My sewing skills leave much to be desired, but I can slap together simple things like bandanas and bows. Our household has been scraping by without a doorbell since February when Whizbee destroyed our original one while my husband and I were at work. At the time, we had some suspicions about separation anxiety, but she had done ok for a few of our outings so we thought it was just a matter of settling in. We were wrong.
Anyhow, I finally picked up the few missing pieces for a new doggie doorbell. This project is SUPER easy and so self-explanatory; this post is probably useless. Anyone could look at a picture of a doggie doorbell and probably figure out how to make it. I used a sewing machine to speed things up, but you can hand stitch, use fabric glue, or even tie knots. Knots would look a little too… um… half-assed for my taste, but suit yourself.
Step 0. Gather your materials. At a minimum, you’ll need:
- ~ 51 inches of ribbon or fabric / bias tape
- D-rings that match the width of your ribbon
- a small split ring for every bell
- a needle
Step 1. I started by using clear nail polish to coat the raw edges of the ribbon. Frayed ribbons bother me, but this is optional.
Step 2. Hold the ribbon up to your door knob. Pin where you’d like to stitch the loop that encircles the door knob. Hand-stitch a straight line or use a machine.
Step 3. I prefer not to leave raw edges exposed so I used a double-fold hem. It helps to iron first. If your precision skills are not that great, make the folds larger, and the process will be more forgiving. I made my folds a little less than 1 cm. This is optional.
Step 4. Sew a D-ring into each of the hems. If you’re using a machine, make sure the D-ring will not interfere with the presser foot.
Step 5. Attach the split rings to the D-ring. Do this before you even touch the bells. If you bought really small split rings and your D-rings are on the larger side, order matters. Once bells are attached to the split rings, it is really hard to attach them to the D-ring.
Step 6. Now you can slide the bells onto the split rings. This was so easy for me because the built-in loop on the bells is flat and slides around the split ring with no fuss.
TA-DA! You’re done. Easy peasy right?! Now you *just* have to train your dog to use it! It’s not difficult as long as your dog is already house trained and prefers to relieve himself/herself outdoors. Maybe I’ll do a blog post on that some other day.