Gingham + Plaid: polished yet casual

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A collection of cute accessories that give your dog a casual yet polished look

As the weather has started to warm up, I’ve become fixated on creating some new items focused around gingham and plaid. Especially in colors that are fun for summertime.

Gingham and plaid handmade dog accessories roundup

Pink and white gingham dog collar / Pink and white gingham poo bag dispenser / Madras plaid and salmon pink poo bag dispenser / Madras plaid and salmon pink dog collar / Red, white, and blue plaid dog collar / Navy blue and white gingham poo bag dispenser / 6-ft navy blue and white gingham cotton leash for small dogs

Why gingham and plaid?

My affinity toward these classic fabrics is rooted in my love of order, systems, and patterns. But they also bring to mind summer picnics and easy, breezy days by the sea. They’re timeless and classic without being dull. They’re polished, yet casual.

Or perhaps childhood memories of watching Gilligan’s Island reruns after school bubbled up in my unconscious: Mary Ann often wore a red gingham dress. And of all the characters on that show, I’m a Mary Ann (trust me, I took the quiz).

A special summertime version of plaid is Madras style plaid. It’s often found in bright, vibrant colors that come together with a fun energy. Who wouldn’t love a beachy vacation stroll in Madras plaid shorts? Apparently it’s been an American staple for quite some time:

“Cotton plaid madras reached American soil first in 1718 as a donation to the Collegiate School of Connecticut (otherwise known as Yale)”
– Checkered Past: A Brief History of the Madras Plaid Shirt

A few people have told me that putting a gingham or plaid collar on a dog transforms them. It gives them a really sharp and confident look — like you didn’t know what they were missing until they were sporting the dapper accessory.

Bosco wearing a navy blue and white gingham collar

Dobbie wearing a plaid collar in red white and blue plaid

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I’m particularly excited about expanding my bag dispenser design to include some of these fabrics as accents on the outside. My inspiration board has many preppy summer outfits (pink, navy, and tan was one of my favorites!) that combine a few different colors and patterns, and I wanted to coordinate three different fabrics for the bag dispensers. It provides more of an opportunity to play patterns, colors, and textures off of each other.

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The collection

To outfit your dog with these cute and preppy accessories, visit the my Etsy shop.