How to Make a Collapsible Travel Dish for Your Petcomments (17) February 6th, 2009
Back to the sewing machine! This is how the bowl needs to be oriented on your machine. Older models may require you to remove a piece to reveal a smaller sewing area like this. Newer models may not require any adjustment.
Install a heavy-duty sewing machine needle. Sew along the folded edge with a 1/8-inch seam allowance.
Note: you're sewing through several layers of oilcloth here. My 25-year-old machine can handle this, but some newer, introductory model machines may not be up to the task. Definitely try sewing on some scrap oilcloth before you try this step.
Then, remove the tape. Stitch along the edge of the flap, following your previous seamline.
Repeat these two steps on the other side, and the bowl is complete!
If your pet is sensitive to smells (like Pushkin is), you may want to place the bowl in direct sunlight for several hours to bleach out any scent from the oilcloth.
To fold the bowl up, just bring the sides without flaps in toward the center, and then bring the flaps together in the center. You can keep folding, wadding up, or crushing the bowl from there—it'll pop back into shape.
To clean the bowl, just wash it with soapy water and then invert it on a dish rack to dry. I definitely would not recommend putting it in the dishwasher!
I think these dishes have some human applications, too—picnic snacks, anyone?
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