Ever purchased your dog a nice toy only to find in shreds minutes later on the living room floor? Well I have…countless times. It can be frustrating because dog and cat toys are not cheap! It can be a waste of money and a waste of energy. One day as I was sorting through some scrap fabric, (and of course cleaning up my dogs latest stuffed victim) it came to me. Why not make my own and better yet, write a blog about it. So here are instructions for you to make your own eco friendly dog and cat toys!
Things you’ll need:
- A sewing machine *if you don’t have a sewing machine try using a non toxic fabric glue
- Scrap fabric ( use a heavier fabric for those extra “ruff” pups)
- Upholstery thread
- A pen or chalk
- Used paper bags or organic batting
- Used rope or twine
Step 1: Lay the scrap fabric out making sure there’s no wrinkles. Use your pen or chalk to draw the shapes you’d like. (cut two pieces for each toy) If you want to put a rope through it then draw a tab on the pattern. You can get creative with it and cut out contrasting fabric to make it more colorful. I did endangered animals on mine!
*Circles, squares, and basic shapes are the easiest to sew
Step 2: If you do cut out contrasting fabric to put on top then sew or glue it on first. Now it’s time to sew your two sides together. Sew about a 1/4 of an inch in all along the edges leaving an opening to put the stuffing in. Stuff the toy as much as you want with paper bag shreds or organic batting. Once the toy is stuffed sew up the opening.
Step 3: If your put a tab on the toy, double stitch around it. (this will make it extra strong) Make a hole through the tab. I used metal grommets so the fabric wouldn’t fray. Now you can put the rope or twine through.
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