Midlands family start crafting dog accessories during quarantine

By Jessica Rowley

A local woman and her two daughters have started making ‘doggie accessories’ in a bid to raise community spirit amidst the Coronavirus outbreak.

Emma Wilkes, aged 46, started the craft along with her two daughters, Hannah, 16 and Eleanor, 14, as a way to keep them occupied during quarantine. 

The range of accessories, including ‘doggie bow-ties’ and bandanas, can be found on Hope Street, Wordsley and are currently free of charge.

Emma Wilkes, who currently runs her own home beauty business, said today:-

“I just wanted to teach the girls how to use the sewing machine and they got carried away.

‘So far the girls have made over 300. We are waiting for more material to arrive and then we will be back on it”.

Emma shared their activity onto the ‘I’m from Kingswinford’ Facebook page where it has been met with a wave of support from local residents. 

Fellow Facebook users have since uploaded photographs of their dogs wearing the handmade accessories in response to the post which has been liked by over 600 people and shared over 40 times. 

Emma added:-

‘People have been brilliant. They’ve messaged us asking for them, they have sent photos on Facebook of their dogs wearing them and on our street WhatsApp that we set us so we can all stay in touch.

“People have left gifts on our doorstep for the girls, thank you cards, sweets and home-made gifts. Everyone has a job from ironing and sewing to restocking. At one point we had a queue of people waiting. It’s been so lovely”.

One Facebook user commented “This is so lovely and I have seen several Kingswinford doggies modelling them. Well done you, a kind thing to do to bring cheer in these difficult times”.