Midland family get crafty for furry friends

By Harriet Evans | Stourbridge | Dudley entertainment | Published:

A family from Wordsley have used their creative skills to make accessories for four-legged friends during social isolation.

Eleanor Wilkes aged 14 with dog Charlie aged eight

Emma Wilkes, aged 46, has been teaching her daughters Hannah, 16, and Eleanor, 14, to sew while creating bow ties and bandanas for dogs.

Using colourful fabrics the family team have created more than 75 dog accessories in just a few days.

To brighten up social isolation for neighbours, they have been leaving the handmade bows and bandanas outside their home for people to take for free and enjoy.

Emma, who runs her own home beauty business, said: "My mum and grandma taught me to sew and I wanted the girls to be comfortable using a sewing machine. They had a great teacher at Summerhill School who showed them the basics so they were up and running pretty quick.

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"They have made lots of different coloured bandanas from quilting squares including Star Wars and Micky Mouse. We are now making rainbow ones.

"They want to make at least another 50, if not more, we are just waiting for more fabric to be delivered."


Eleanor with dog Charlie

After posting a picture of their handiwork on Facebook, Emma has received numerous messages of support and thanks.

She added: "People have been amazing, posting pictures of their dogs and sending them on our street's WhatsApp - I’ve had people message me to ask for one too.

"The girls are working hard on their school work but this is something fun that they will remember with fond memories and not just the ones they spend on their phones."

Harriet Evans

By Harriet Evans
Community Reporter - @HarrietEvans_ES

Community Reporter at the Express & Star, covering the issues affecting young people across the Black Country and Staffordshire. Contact me at

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