Homemade Treat Bag

If you're like me, then you are always looking for ways to reuse something. Call it what you will: up-cycling, recycling, reusing, trash-to-treasure; ultimately reusing something is one of the best things you can do for the earth. We tend to go through jeans fairly quickly in this family. Must be all the time we spend outside playing in the garden and forest, but jeans wear out, so much so that donating them back to the thrift store is not an option. However, just because there is a large, irreparable hole doesn't mean they are useless. Denim is a pretty handy fabric to have around. Here's a quick and easy way to reuse your jean pockets to make a training treat bag.

1.Cut out both of the back pockets off an old pair of jeans. Try to cut right along the stitch line so you don't have any running fabric threads to deal with.

2. With either a sewing machine, or by hand, sew the two pockets together, leaving the top open.


3. Next, find an old belt, some fabric webbing or even use another scrap of the denim to create a loop. Sew this loop onto the back of the treat bag (whichever side of the pocket you want to call the back).
4. Next, select a way to attach this loop to your person. Here are a few suggestions:
  • Slide the treat bag over your belt.
  • Use a carabiner to hook onto your pant's belt-loop.
  • Use webbing and a plastic buckle to snap on and off of your belt or belt-loop. (I have some spare webbing and buckles handy, so that is the option I selected.)

I recommend lining your treat bag with a zip-top sandwich bag. That way the treat bag doesn't need washing as often and you can close the treats up when they aren't needed.

Pair this with a clicker or a few good positive words and you're ready to go!


  1. What a great idea! And it looks really great compared to commercially made treat bags!

  2. This is so cool! I've been looking for a treat bag for training treats. I'm tired of crumbs in my pocket.


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