Friday, 15 December 2017

DIY Squeaky Stuffed Christmas Tree Dog Toy

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:

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 tree toy, you will need pre-shrunk/washed sturdy 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. 

  • Cut two identical triangular* pieces from sturdy base fabric (don't forget to include seam allowances).  You can shape and scale your toy to best suit your fabric and your pet. If you are working from a large piece of fabric, you can also cut the toy as a large diamond and fold at the bottom instead of having a seam.
It is recommended that you use green for one (front) or both sides of this design so that your Christmas tree is green, but you can use any colour combinations you wish.  I used one triangle of green and one triangle of red for each of the three toys in this coordinating trio, so the back of my tree toy is red.
  • Cut pieces of fleece for the decorations. My tree was designed to match Santa and the Elf, and the design is a simplified variation on last year's squeaky softie tree toys.
  • Layer in position to best suit your embellishment placement, and incrementally sew the embellishment pieces securely to the base.
  • Layer (or fold) your triangular pieces so that the toy is right/embellished side in.  Pin to secure. 
  • Sew together along the seam allowances, leaving an opening gap for inversing and stuffing.
  • Trim any excess threads/material and inverse to right-side-out. 
  • Add stuffing and (optional) squeaker(s).
  • Sew to securely stitch closed the gap.
  • Trim any threads if/as needed.

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.

Our squeaky toy trio is not only a cute combo, but was an efficient way for me to cut multiple triangles with less fabric waste - win win!  See the details at Squeaky Christmas Tree, Squeaky Santa Claus, and Squeaky Christmas Elf. Woofs! 

We have a Christmas post for you every weekday between now and the start of our offline holidays, with toys, decorations, treats, and more!  Stay tuned for holiday fun, and we'll see you again Monday!

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