How to Make Fleece Dog Toys

Written by rhomylly forbes
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If your dog loves his fleecy toys, chances are he literally loves them "to death" and you're picking up bits of toy stuffing and a dead squeaker off your carpet. When this happens days--or even hours--after you've bought the toy and brought it home, it's easy to feel like you're wasting your money. You can save a lot of money and frustration by making your own fleece dog toys. Here's how.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Fleecy fabric
  • Sewing machine
  • Thread
  • Scissors
  • Polyester fiberfill stuffing
  • Squeakers (optional)
  • Yesterday's newspaper
  • Bubble wrap (optional)

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Find the right fabric remnant. With a little digging in the remnant bin at your local fabric store or Hobby Lobby (or even Wal-Mart) you can probably find exactly what you need for a lot less money than buying it off the bolt. Look for fake fur, sweatshirt fleece or faux lamb fur fleece--dogs love them all.

  2. 2

    Make some patterns. The design of your homemade dog toy is limited only by your imagination: bone, cat, ball, fire hydrant, tree, steak, stick. Draw the pattern on a page from yesterday's newspaper, adding about 1/2 inch extra all the way around for seam allowance. Cut it out, pin to your fabric, cut two from the fabric, and stitch together. Make sure to leave a couple of inches unsewn so you can turn the unstuffed toy right side out and stuff it. If you absolutely cannot draw, find a basic colouring book for toddlers. It will have all the basic shapes you need as patterns.

  3. 3

    Stuff it. Fill the toy with polyester fiberfill stuffing, and sew the opening shut. For variety, add some crumpled pieces of yesterday's newspaper and/or bubble wrap. The toy will then crackle and pop slightly, piquing your dog's interest. Other cheap stuffing material include: old pantyhose, clean rags and dry, dead leaves.

  4. 4

    Squeak or no squeak. If your dog really loves squeaky toys--and doesn't eat the squeaker when he tears them apart--consider adding a squeaker or two to the toy. See the web link, below, for a cheap source of dog toy squeakers. If your dog is likely to eat the squeaker, leave it out --he could choke on the hard, tiny parts.

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