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Friday, 7 October 2016

DIY Combination Tug and Squeaky Halloween Spider Toy

DIY Halloween spider dog toy

This Halloween spider toy combines all the fun of a squeaky soft dog toy with the longer-lasting stretchy goodness of a woven tug dog toy.  If the spider body succumbs to the inevitable tyranny of squeaker frenzied doggy bliss, the legs are still plenty of fun on their own. Yeah!  And it's crazy fun - there was a frenzy of dog excitement over this spider toy. I had some scraps in my stash and extra  black fleece kicking around, so I figured why not bet a little creative (and silly). Black fleece is a Dalmatian fur magnet...furry spider legs before it was even off my craft table! Sigh...


The materials and craft supplies used in making the toy shown are:
  • Polar fleece fabric
  • Scissors
  • Stuffing
  • Squeakers
  • Sewing Supplies Can be fully hand sewn if you wish, but will be much quicker/easier if you have a sewing machine. Basic sewing skills are needed - nothing too fancy or difficult!

Step-by-step how to make a DIY Halloween spider dog toy

To make the spider legs:
Step-by-step how to weave a DIY dog tug toy

  1. Spread the strips in a cross (+) shape 
  2. Fold the top of the vertical strip towards the bottom
  3. Fold the bottom of the vertical strip towards the top
  4. Fold the right end of the horizontal strip towards the left, passing over then under
  5. Fold the left end of the horizontal strip towards the right, passing over then under
  6. Pull to secure
  • Repeat steps to continue weaving until you start to approach the end of your strands, then tie a large looping knot all the way around to finish the tug and trim to even our the ends, if/as you wish.
  • LEG 3+4: Gather four strands, knot near one end, then weave as above.  When the tug is roughly half length (you can use the starting tug as a gauge), insert half of the strands through the middle of your first tug.  Adjust the alignment so that you are working away from the first tug, and continue to weave as above to complete the leg.
  • LEG 5+6:  Gather four strands, knot near one end, then weave as above.  When the tug is roughly half length, split the strands over/under the middle intersection of your finished legs. Tie a quick cross-over to secure, and continue to weave as above to complete the leg.
  • LEG 7+8: Gather your last four strands, knot near one end, then weave as above.  When the tug is roughly half length, split the strands over/under the middle intersection of your finished legs. Tie a quick cross-over to secure, and continue to weave as above to complete the leg.
Step-by-step how to make a DIY Halloween spider dog toy


To make and assemble the spider body:
  • Cut two identical circles for the spider body, plus one slightly smaller circle for the inner squeaker pocket.  
  • Sew the  smaller circle to the inside of one outer circle.  Stuff and sew closed. This helps keep the squeaker/stuffing contained as the legs move during play, and makes it harder to capture the squeaker.
  • Cut some scraps or small pieces of fleece to make a face (have a little fun with it!) and sew them securely to the outside of your other spider body circle.
  • Position the accent leaf on the front side of one of the main leaf shapes and pin to secure. Using a complimentary coloured thread, sew around the outside edges to secure.
  • Layer your circles right side out (stuffing pocket in).   Sew together a small portion of the bottom (under the mouth) and a slightly larger portion at the top of the circles.  This will help with positioning your legs to the sides of the body.  The rest is all hand sewing - sorry!
  • Slide the legs into the body, four to a side.
  • Sew to close the toy into roughly equal gaps between the legs of spider.  If you wish, you can add a little extra stuffing before closing the final gap.   There is no added value in sewing the body to the legs as the stitching will break when the toy stretches, so skip it let the legs slide.  I opted to carry my blanket stitching along the top surface of the legs (superficial) for easy sewing to avoid knot/restart.

DIY Halloween spider dog toy
  
If spidey bites the dust, you can remove his fleecy carcass to the toy hospital or rubbish, and play on with the legs until they wear out.  If your dog isn't into squeakers, is too destructive, or you just want to keep it simple, you can easily skip the body and adapt to make this toy as a tug-only.  Softie only?  Check out our cat brother Tiger's matching teenie weenie catnip spider. :) We also have a Halloween mummy dog toy and Frankenstein squeakie softie dog toy to share from our scrap busting toy projects, so stay tuned for more!

Safety first, furfriends! Remember, no matter what a toy is made of or how it's made, toys are meant for supervised interactive play. Know your dog before giving him/her any new toy. Some dogs try to eat toys/parts (whether bought or handmade) and that's dangerous. Toys are for playing, and playtime is always safer (and more fun!) with you involved. You can read more on our dog toy safety page, including tips and helpful links for safer playtime. Have fun and play safe!

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