Friday, 14 October 2016
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DIY Halloween Squeaky Mummy Dog Toy

Smiling Dalmatian dog sitting on a chair with a homemade Halloween mummy face dog toy

Today's doggy DIY is a Halloween mummy squeaky softie. It requires a little cutting/sewing but is VERY easy to make as mummies are inherently haphazard and (of course) it's tons of fun for play.  This is also a great scrap-buster project if (like me!) you have fleece offcuts hanging around in your craft supply stash.


The materials and craft supplies used in making the squeaky softie 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!
  
Homemade Halloween mummy face dog toy on a table with black bone dog treats

To make your own mummy, you will need black and white fleece (or sturdier fabric for a stronger toy), white fleece for bandage strips and plus accent colour(s) for the eyes, complementary thread, stuffing, squeakers (optional) and scissors/sewing tools.  Softie dog toys follow the same basic principles as you would use if sewing (or buying) for a small child - no loose parts to nibble free and everything securely stitched into a sturdy toy.  

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

  • Cut two large circles, one black and one white, to form the head of the mummy.  These should be the desired size of your finished toy. A plate or a circle makes an easy template for tracing.
  • Cut two small circles for the eyes (yellow for my toy) and smaller black circles for the pupils.  
  • Using a complimentary coloured thread, sew the eyes into place and then sew the pupils into place on top.
  • Cut small strips of white fleece to create a bandaged face.  These can be larger than required for flexibility in arranging your face and then trimmed after sewing, as pictured.  Pinking shears can be used, if you wish, to add a little extra style to the edges.
  • Using a complimentary coloured thread, sew the the strips into place incrementally, taking care to create a layered look. This may require a stop/start at some intersections. Trim loose threads.
  • Trim the excess from the edges.  This does not need to be a precision trim, which you can do after joining the toy.
  • Position the circles together, right-side-out, and pin to secure. Using a complimentary coloured thread, sew around the outside edges to secure stopping with a large enough gap to add filling. Alternative approach: If you would rather not see the edge seams, position the shapes together, right-side-in, and pin to secure. Using a complimentary coloured thread, sew around the outside edges to secure stopping with a large enough gap to inverse the toy to right-side-out and add filling.
  • Stuff and (optional) add squeakers.  Amazon sells squeakers if you can't find any in your local shops.
  • Sew the toy closed, trim any threads or rough edges if/as needed, and enjoy!

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 safer (and more fun!) with you involved. You can read more in our dog toy safety tips and helpful links and find advice from the Humane Society.

Homemade Halloween mummy face dog toy on a table with craft supplies

The bone treats pictured above were part of our batch of Black Cat Halloween Dog Cookie Treats and Humphrey is snug on the chair with his DIY t-shirt quilt  as shared at Creativity Unmasked.

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