DIY Dirty Dog Paw Mitt

Each month I’m taking on a common cleaning & organization challenge and tackling it with a thrift store item. I love when great organization solutions end up being affordable. It’s always a win-win.  All it takes is a little patience, DIYing and a great thrift store find! This month we’re tackling dirty puppy paws with:

||| DIY Dirty Dog Paw Mitt |||

A very active Doberman puppy + 9 month rainy season in Seattle = mud ridden entryway and … well entire home. Even worse, we let our pup sleep on our bed during the day. Yes, on our bed with a white comforter. Well, that is a whole other story. But I did need a way to keep Reagan’s paws clean after taking her for a walk during the rainy Seattle months.

Admittedly up until this point, our previous solution was to grab a used dish towel from the kitchen to wipe down Reagan’s paws. We’d then have to throw the dirty towel into the laundry. Let’s just say that this system didn’t last long. Especially when we take Reagan outside several times a day.

So instead I grabbed a couple of dish towels from my near by Goodwill (why buy new only to use on my dogs dirty paw??) and a couple supplies around the house to make these DIY Dirty Dog Paw Mitts that we’ll surely put to use:


  • Hand Towel or Dish Towel
  • 1 Inch Wide Ribbon
  • Sewing Machine
  • Thread
  • Scissors


As they say, a picture is worth a thousand words:

Fold your towel in half “hamburger style”.

Cut it in half. You can actually make two dog paw mitts with one towel.

Sew along the long open side (the side that you just cut).


Trim ribbon to desired length, based on where you want to hang it.

Sew the ribbon on to the top right corner, making a loop.

Sew the remaining long side a couple inchnes. Allow for an opening big enough for you to put your hand through.

Flip inside out and wipe those dirty paws!

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Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge

As a lover of affordable solutions of ANY kind, I’ve paired up with some extremely talented bloggers to bring you a monthly Thrift Store Upcycle Challenge. Each month we will create something amazing from an item(s) we’ve found at a thrift store, yard sale, resale shop etc.

The Rules

  • Upcycle an item(s) from a thrift store, resale store, or garage sale into a new piece of decor.
  • There’s no monthly theme.
  • There’s no budget to stick to.

Meet the Bloggers

Michelle | Our Crafty Mom  Lora | Craftivity Designs
Vicki and Jennifer | 2 Bees in a Pod Pili | My Sweet Things
Angela | Simply Beautiful by Angela Kim | Made in a Day
Lindsay | Crazy Organized Marie | DIY Adulation Ann | Duct Tape and Denim
Denise | My Thrifty House Jeanie | Create and Babble Debra | Shoppe No. 5
Shirley | Intelligent Domestications Victoria | Dazzle While Frazzled 
Maureen | Red Cottage Chronicles Jeanee | Centsably Creative
Florence | Vintage Southern Picks Deborah | Salvage Sister & Mister

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  1. October 26, 2017 / 5:52 am

    Oh my word – this is so cute! Also thinking this would make for great stocking stuffers for pet owners. Thanks for sharing!

  2. October 26, 2017 / 7:24 am

    Smart idea! I’ve never had a dog {I know, so sad, right?!} but I can imagine this would be very handy!

  3. Deborah
    October 26, 2017 / 9:42 am

    What a GREAT idea! And that makes me miss my chocolate lob so much!!!

  4. October 26, 2017 / 10:09 am

    Amazingly clever idea! As a pet lover, I could have used this on many occassions!

  5. October 26, 2017 / 10:25 am

    Cute paw mitt + cute dog! I tend to grab paper towels but your idea is much more planet-friendly. Visiting from Thrift Store Upcycle.

  6. October 27, 2017 / 8:49 am

    What a cute dog! I need a ton of these mitts! I hate when they come in all muddy! Grat idea!

  7. October 27, 2017 / 12:02 pm

    I don’t have a dog but this is a wonderful idea for those who do. It is a good gift for the dog owners I know. 🙂

  8. October 27, 2017 / 1:02 pm

    Oh, this is so practical Lindsay! I love it! All dog lovers & happy pet owners (me) can use this tip! It sounds so easy too. Pinning. Visiting from the Challenge.

  9. October 29, 2017 / 12:48 pm

    Reagan is gorgeous! This is such a smart idea to handle a real problem!

  10. October 30, 2017 / 12:31 pm

    Oh my gosh I need one of these! We have designated “dog towels” but they always just end up sitting on the floor next to the door on rainy days. Having a mit I could hang up would be so much better!

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