Showing posts with label toys. Show all posts
Showing posts with label toys. Show all posts
Thursday, 22 August 2019
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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.

Monday, 5 August 2019
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DIY Cobra Knot Woven Fleece Dog Tug Toy

Dalmatian dog pulling on a woven fleece tug toy playing with owner

My go-to tug woven fleece tug toy knots tend to be square or spiral; however, most macrame or boondoggle knotting techniques can be adapted for toy making. For added safety, I prefer using weaves that involve knotting over braiding or looping when making tugs for my pets. This toy uses a thickened multi-strand variation of the basic cobra stitch/knot, which you often see in lanyards or paracord bracelets/keychains.

Monday, 10 June 2019
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FAQs, Tips, and Troubleshooting: DIY Fleece Tug Toy Sizes

Strips of purple and green polar fleece on a cutting matt for making dog tug toys


We love hearing from our readers! Over the years, we've gotten some great questions, comments, and requests. We've been creating some special posts around the queries we see most often here, on social media, and via email. Our first FAQ mini-series topic looks at one of the most popular topics here on the blog, and that's making fleece tug toys.  The four-part tug toy special includes choosing and using fleece for DIY tug toyscommon weaving pattern problems, starting and finishing knots for tug ends, and today's final instalment on tug toy strips and finished toy size.

Monday, 3 June 2019
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FAQs, Tips, and Troubleshooting: End Knots for Fleece Tugs

Side-by-side comparison of different woven fleece dog tug toy end knots

We're sharing a few special posts about some of the questions we get most often here, on social media, and via email. Our first FAQ mini-series topic looks at one of the most popular topics here on the blog: DIY woven fleece tug toys.  We've talked about choosing and using fleece for DIY tug toys, common pattern problems, and today we're exploring options for starting and finishing the ends of woven tugs. 

Monday, 27 May 2019
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FAQs, Tips, and Troubleshooting: Common Pattern Problems

Woven fleece dog tug toy with an accidental shift in colour pattern due to weaving mistake

We introduced our FAQ posts last week, exploring some of the questions we get most often here, on social media, and via email. The first FAQ mini-series covers one of the most popular topics here on the blog: DIY woven fleece tug toys.  We've talked about choosing and using fleece for DIY tug toys, and today we're looking at one of the most common questions we get about making tugs, and that's why a finished toy might have an uneven shape or irregular pattern. Here are some of the common culprits for problems with weaving uniform looking patterns.  To help with visuals, I intentionally made some of the most common weaving errors in a multicoloured square/box tug and multicoloured spiral/circle tug. Let's take a closer look:

Monday, 20 May 2019
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FAQs, Tips, and Troubleshooting: Choosing Fleece for Tugs

Stack of coloured polar fleece fabrics for making DIY dog tug toys

As promised, we've created some posts talking about some of the questions we get most often here, on social media, and via email.  First up, we're talking about choosing (and using)  fleece for making tugs with tips for selection, value, cutting, care, and more. We'll share tug toy help for troubleshooting problems with weaving, as well as tips and tricks for weaving styles and techniques in future posts.

Monday, 4 February 2019
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DIY Woven Fleece Double Loop Dog Tug Toy

Pink and blue woven fleece dog toy with two loops and two tugs

Love is in the air! Humphrey has a new puppy pal (they are so cute together) and this toy was created for some wild tug toy playtime. It may be a bit strange looking, but was created for function and fun - which is what matters most, right? With two loops and two straight stick "handles" there are tons of options for multiple dogs and humans. Humphrey has even figured out how to play tug with himself by using a paw with one loop and his mouth with the other - quite hilarious to watch. 

Friday, 30 November 2018
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DIY Blue and White Hanukkah Spiral Fleece Dog Tug Toy

Dalmatian dog playing with blue and white fleece tug toy

As promised, it's the bonus bonus post!  We were asked for a blue version of our Howliday tags for Hanukkah and decided to treat you to a Hanukkah tug toy DIY as well. We love our furfriends of all shapes and spots, and it's pawesome when you send us a request to create something special for your holidays and events that we might not be celebrating ourselves. No matter what the reason or season, did you know that blue is a great colour for dog toys?  One of the things we learned while trying to support senior dog Oli with his declining vision is that most dogs see on a spectrum of blue-yellow unlike our human red-blue-green, so blue and/or yellow toys are the dog version of "high-vis" fun!

Monday, 7 May 2018
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DIY Spiral Dog Toy in High Visibility Colours for Dog Vision

Dalmatian dog looking at a blue, yellow, black, and white dog tug toy

Well hello there, beautiful blue and yellow tug toy!  As detailed in our post about the differences between how dogs see things vs. how humans see things, blue and yellow are the two "true" colours for a typical dog's vision so we combine those with high contrast white and black in this special spiral tug.  This combination is my new version of doggy "high vis" for maximum colour and contrast, as shown in the side-by-side simulation below:

Monday, 29 January 2018
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DIY Giant Lips Squeaky Softie Valentine's Day Dog Toy

Stuffed toy shaped like giant red lips in the mouth of a Dalmatian dog

Smmmmmmoooch! Young master Humphrey-Hot-Lips is loving his newest squeaky toy. This Valentine's Day DIY dog toy was a quick and easy craft - much simpler than some of our fancy embellished squeaky toys, but still tons of fun!  The centre seam really completes the lippy look, and the toy looks exactly the same on the front/back.

Friday, 15 December 2017
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DIY Squeaky Stuffed Christmas Tree Dog Toy

Homemade Christmas dog toy shaped like a tree on a red table with craft and wrapping materials

This DIY squeaky Christmas tree softie dog toy is part of our three-piece set of Christmas triangle toys.  Triple the squeaky holiday fun!  There are no doggy play pictures in the post as Humphrey is counting down the days until his Christmas morning squeaker fest. :)  Here's how it was made:

Friday, 8 December 2017
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DIY Squeaky Stuffed Christmas Elf Dog Toy

Homemade Christmas elf dog toy on a red table with wrapping and craft materials

This DIY squeaky Christmas elf softie dog toy is part of our three-piece set of Christmas triangle toys.  Triple the squeaky holiday fun!  There are no doggy play pictures in the post as Humphrey is counting down the days until his Christmas morning squeaker fest. :)  Here's how he was made:

Friday, 1 December 2017
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DIY Squeaky Stuffed Santa Claus Christmas Dog Toy

Hello December, hello summer, hello countdown to Christmas! We have a Christmas post for you every weekday between now and the start of our offline holidays, with toys, decorations, treats, and more!  It has been a while since our last toy post, so I thought I'd kick of the Christmas fun with a toy, the first of three triangle toys we've created for this Christmas. Meet squeaky Santa:

Homemade Christmas Santa dog toy on a red table with wrapping and craft materials

This DIY squeaky Santa Claus softie dog toy is part of our three-piece set of Christmas triangle toys.  Triple the squeaky holiday fun!  There are no doggy play pictures in the post as Humphrey is counting down the days until his Christmas morning squeaker fest. Here's how Santa was made:

Monday, 16 October 2017
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DIY Squeaky Stuffed Witch Halloween Dog Toy

Dalmatian dog with a homemade Halloween witch squeaky toy in his mouth

We've got a witch! A witch! A witch! We have found a witch. May we BITE her?  This DIY squeaky softie dog toy is a fun Halloween treat and easy to adapt to different witchy styles.  Humphrey is loving his coven of squeaky witches. He has three of them, spoiled spotty devil, but it has been a bit of a special time around here lately as noted at the end of the post.  A little spoiling and some Humphrey-centric fun was definitely in order.

Friday, 7 July 2017
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DIY Squeaky Ice Cream Cone Softie Dog Toy

Dalmatian dog biting a homemade dog toy shaped like an ice cream cone

"I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream for Ice Cream!"  Or pleading puppy dog eyes and wizzles of impatience as the case may be. Made of scrap fleece with easy-sew external seams, this ice cream toy concept can be easily scaled and customised to suit your sewing and toy preferences. I opted for simple vanilla but with the tricky to sew but oh so cute cute sprinkles with a cherry on top. I also thickened the cone with extra offcuts to create a waffle cone texture just for fun! Waffle cones are my favourite after all!

Friday, 16 June 2017
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DIY Ladybug Stuffed Squeaky Softie Dog Toy

It's almost summer for our northern hemisphere furfriends and here's a summer squeaky toy to celebrate your equinox, midsummer, summer holidays, or just because! Ladybugs are one of our favourite garden helpers and are well-suited for a very cute and simple toy design. I have to confess that I also made a happy little honeybee summer squeaky but forgot to insert my stinger piece before sewing it together so it wennt straight to the toybox instead of blog pictures. :)  Also, many of you will be celebrating Father's Day this weekend too, and we'd like to wish all the Dads, Fathers, Furfathers, Poppies, Grandpaws, and other Father figures a wonderful weekend!  Our Father's Day is celebrated in September, but you can find a few pawesome Father's Day ideas in our archives.  

Dalmatian dog playing with a ladybug shaped dog toy

Friday, 9 June 2017
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DIY Stuffed Squeaky Softie Shark Dog Toy

Oh the shark has, pretty teeth dear, and he shows them, pearly white... When I found this grey fabric, I simply had to make a shark toy.  Not only is it a fun shape for a toy, Sharkie (Baby Shark, Sharkle Fang...) has been Humphrey's nickname since his nibbley puppy days and a shark toy would be just perfect for our wild beasts.  Shark attack!

Dalmatian dog with homemade shark dog toy

Friday, 2 June 2017
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DIY Squeaky Softie Sprinkled Donut Dog Toy

Dalmatian dog playing with a homemade donut shaped dog toy

Happy Donut Day!  Today's doggone great DIY is an easy-sew squeaky softie donut dog toy. It's a simplified versions of our DIY monogram birthday cake/eclair softie, made with external seams  for simple two-piece joining. Nibble on donuts?  Don't mind if we do!  Humphrey (like most of us when offered donuts...) was wild about it! Check it out:

Friday, 21 April 2017
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Earth Day DIY Dog Toy Hospital Ideas for Longer Lasting Fun!

Dalmatian dog dressed as a doctor with a stethoscope

It's no secret that we love to spoil our dogs, but we're also conscious of our environmental pawprints.  In honour of Earth Day this Saturday, we're sharing some of our own DIY "Toy Hospital" methods for extending toy life for longer lasting fun as well as how materials can be repurposed before becoming waste.