Thursday, 22 August 2019
Textual description of firstImageUrl

DIY Squeaky Sprinkle Cake "Birthday Bonenut" Bone Dog Toys

Stuffed dog toys shaped like bones with birthday cake icing and sprinkles.

Humphrey loves his squeakies and it has been a while since I made a new stuffed toy for his toy stash, so for his birthday I made two new little softies shaped like bone birthday cakes with rainbow sprinkles. They were nicknamed "bonenuts" for looking like sprinkle donuts in bone shape. Hehehe... They're a cross between Humphrey's old "Love Bone" DIY squeaky dog toy  and his monogram "H" DIY sprinkle donut dog toy, and he was a very happy little birthday boy with new toys.

Dalmatian dog in birthday bandana begging for bone shaped dog toys.

DIY Squeaky Sprinkle Cake "Birthday Bonenut" Bone Dog Toys

The materials and craft supplies used in making the toy shown are:
  • 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!

To make your own Birthday "Bonenut" Bone Toy, you will need pre-shrunk/washed sturdy brown (or other colour of your preference) fabric, mixed fleece scraps for embellishments (a great use for offcuts!), complementary coloured 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.  I made two bones, as I figured I might as well use up the scrap of heavy brown corduroy material in my stash, so you'll see double the action in the collaged photo below as would be needed for a single toy.

Step-by-Step instructions for DIY bone shaped birthday dog toys.

  • Cut two identical bone shapes of strong fabric for the main body of the toy. Scale to suit your pet and available materials.  Bones are pretty easy to free-hand (folding the material into quarters is a sneaky way to make a symmetrical shape) but if you aren't comfortable free-handing a bone, there are plenty of free outline bone shapes online that you can print and use as a pattern.
  • Cut a piece of fleece for the icing, ensuring that it will fit onto the toy without encroaching on the seam allowances.
  • Sew your icing onto the bone shape using complimentary coloured thread. Trim any threads if/as needed. I sewed all around mine at the edge, then added some extra curves just in from the edge to give it an added dimension for fluffy frosting. It also helps to double lock down the edges for a more robust toy. 
  • Cut scraps of contrasting fleece for the sprinkles.
  • Sew sprinkles securely into place. I used matching thread (needle only, brown in the bobbin throughout), but you can use a single thread for the sprinkles if you prefer. With fluffy fleece, it will be barely visible on the finished fleece and much quicker that changing for every colour.  
  • Layer your bone shapes right-side-in and sew together along the seam allowances, leaving a gap for inverting and stuffing. You can sew a double seam or finish the raw edges, if you wish.  
    ✂️  If your toy is small, the base fabric is very thick/stiff, and/or your bone has tight curves, you may find that cutting small slits and/or notches in the seam allowances (not all the way to the stitch line) at the heavy curves helps the curves invert more smoothly.

  • Trim any excess threads/material and invert to right-side-out.
  • Add stuffing and (optional) squeaker(s). Make sure your squeaker is well padded into the toy. Make sure the toy is full, but don't over-stuff as it will be difficult to close the toy.
  • Fold the gap seam allowance into the toy and sew the toy closed. Caution: Accidental squeaking while stuffing/sewing may result in dog theft attempts from your craft table before you finish the project.
  • Trim any threads if/as needed and enjoy! 

One of the signs that Humphrey really likes something is when he scurries away to hides with it, in one of his beds, under my desk, or other sneaky little places just in case Oli might decide he's interested or someone else might make a move on his treasures. Often with a protective paw or, once worn out, a snoozing head on top. When offered the new toys, he couldn't decide which bone to run away with but then somehow managed to get both into his little fangs, pranced off, and hopped straight into bed with his prizes.  Mine mine mine...

Dalmatian dog in birthday bandana playing with bone shaped stuffed toys.

Dog birthday party buffet table with birthday cake and treats

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!

No comments:

Post a comment

We love comments almost as much as treats! 💌 Say hello and share your thoughts.