Calorie-free DIY doggy Easter egg fun! You can even burn off a few naughty treats with some pawesome playtime together! I made two toys (one for each dog), but of course the only thing better than playing with your own toy is playing with your brother's toy, and the only thing better than playing with your brother's toy hording them BOTH... right Humphrey??? Check out this rather guilty looking face and the cheeky snaps below:
April is a rather activity-packed month for us this year with Oli's birthday (eleven!), Easter, Earth Day, ANZAC Day, and more, so now that St. Patrick's Day has been celebrated we're getting straight into our Easter goodies a little early this year. To make your own squeaky softie Easter eggs like ours, you will need pre-shrunk/washed sturdy base fabric, sturdy (preferably washable style) ribbon or mixed fleece scraps for embellishments, complementary coloured 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 identical oval/egg shapes of strong/sturdy fabric for the main body of the toy. Scale to suit your pet and available materials. Eggs are pretty easy to free-hand but if you aren't comfortable free-handing, there are plenty of free outline shapes online that you can print and use as a pattern.
- Cut small lengths of ribbon or scraps of fleece into strips for your embellishment stripes. The stripes will need to extend past the edges so they are sewn into the exterior seam.
- Lay out your embellishments on one of your egg shapes. Pin securely into place. Carefully sew onto the egg shape using complimentary coloured thread. Trim any threads if/as needed.
Tip: If you are concerned about fraying of the edges at the gap when you are inversing or stuffing your toy, before you join the layers, you can sew little seams for extra reinforcement at the places where you intend to leave the opening gap. Make sure that these are between the edge and seam allowance so that they can "disappear" into the seam when the toy is sewn closed without affecting your seams or toy shape.
- Layer your egg shapes right-side-in and sew together along the seam allowances, leaving a gap for inversing and stuffing. Trim any excess threads/material and inverse to right-side-out.
- Add stuffing and (optional) squeaker(s). Don't over-stuff or 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!
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.