Friday, 1 December 2017

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:

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:

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 Santa toy, you will need pre-shrunk/washed sturdy fabric, mixed fabric/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.
    Note: If your base fabric is red, this will be the visible portion of Santa's hat and jacket.  If it is a different colour, you can cut red fleece to cover these sections. If used, sew these into position before attaching the other embellishments detailed below. 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 Santa is green.
    • Cut a piece of sturdy beige fabric (or fleece) for the face. It should be tall enough to go from under the hat to under the beard, and wide enough to span the toy so that the edges are all well attached and hidden underneath the fleece embellishments.
    • Cut white fleece for the pompom, hat band, beard, moustache, eyes, eyebrows, and jacket trim (optional).  My Santa face was adapted from last years circular squeaky Santa design
    • Cut a small piece of pink or red fleece to position behind the moustache/beard to form the mouth. Cut small pieces of fleece for the irises, pupils, jacket button (optional) and any other embellishments you might like to include on your own unique Santa design. 
    • Sew the jacket trim (if using) then position the beige face, pink mouth, and beard.  Pin to secure and sew the beard securely into place. 
    • Position the moustache and sew securely into place. I added extra lines of stitching to the moustache, which are primarily for looks, but also ensures the pieces are very well attached.
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    • Sew the hat band into place, ensuring that the band covers the top edges of the beard and face. Sew the pompom piece to the top of the hat.
    • Continue layering to best suit your embellishment placement, incrementally sew the eyes, eyebrows, button, and any other extra 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.
    • Optional: If you wish, rub the nose/cheeks of your Santa with a little bit of lip tint, blush, or other non-toxic tint to create a slightly rosy glow.

    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 TreeSqueaky Santa Claus, and Squeaky Christmas Elf. Woofs! 

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