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.
To make your own, you will need white and black fleece plus an accent colour for the eyes, complementary thread, stuffing, squeakers (optional) and scissors/sewing tools. The toy can be hand sewn, but will be much easier if machine sewn. 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.
- 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, toys are for supervised interactive play. Know your dog before giving him or her any new toy. Some dogs would rather eat their toys (whether store 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 about dog toy safety here.