My lil’ terrier Gus is a fetcher. I mean he can play fetch ALL DAY long! *lol* Squeaky toys are among his favs. Over time, though, they tend to wear out and get holes in them. Rather than buying a new toy each time, I decided to give the old squeakers a new life – recycling them inside new, handmade toys.
After creating a rough pattern, I used some old fabric scraps and my sewing machine to create this doggie bone toy. I couldn’t stop there…it turned into an addiction! I ended up making 10 squeaky toys for the neighborhood dogs this Christmas. I thought I’d share the pattern and step-by-step tutorial with all you dog-lovers out there!
Gus loves to gnaw on chew ties, so I knew I wanted to incorporate those into my pattern. They are very simple to make.
1. Start with a simple rectangle (around 1″ x 4″).
2. Fold it in half and sew an L-shape tube (with a 1/8″ seam allowance).
3. Turn the tube right-side out and then tie a knot on the closed end to finish.
4. Repeat twice so you have three finished ties for each toy. Don’t worry about the side with the raw ends…those will be hidden inside of your finished bone.
It can be helpful to use a hollow tube & rod to turn the fabric tube inside out…
5. Using the PDF pattern at the bottom of this post, cut out two bone shapes from heavy canvas or upholstery-weight fabric. In the examples shown here, I used decorative canvas fabric from my local Hobby Lobby store, but think outside of the box… do you have any old canvas bags sitting around the house waiting to be re-purposed?
6. Place the shapes right-sides together and add three chew ties to one end as shown…
7, Sandwich the ties between your pattern pieces and pin all in place before sewing.
8, Sew around the pattern piece with a 1/4″ seam allowance leaving the bone open on one side as shown. (For a smaller bone, use a larger 5/8″ seam allowance.) When you sew over the chew ties, you may want to back-tack across them to give them added strength. Make sure you don’t accidentally catch the ends of your chew ties in the seam as you sew around the bone.
9. Clip the seam allowance around the entire bone before turning right-side out.
10. Turn your bone right-side out & prepare to fill it.
11. I used Polyfil to stuff the bones. Then, I added a small squeaker. You’ll want to bury the squeaker in the middle of the stuffing.
12. Once you’ve stuffed your bone, hand-stitch the opening closed with a slip stitch using several strands of matching embroidery floss or thick thread for added strength.
Don’t have left over squeakers to use? You can buy a pack of 6 replacement squeakers for under $4 (with free shipping).
So now it’s time to test out our creation!
Click on the below image to download the PDF pattern template (free for personal, non-commercial use).
Supply list: PDF pattern, 1/4 yd heavy-weight fabric with coordinating thread, sewing machine, cotton scraps for chew ties, embroidery floss, needle