Friday, 7 July 2017

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 eternal 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!

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

The materials and craft supplies used in making the toy shown are:
  • Polar fleece 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. 

To make your own, you will need brown (or other colour of your choice) for the cone, ice cream coloured fleece, and 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.

DIY ice cream cone dog toy, step-by-step how to make

  • Cut two identical triangles of brown fleece to the the full size for your finished cone. 
  • Cut strips of brown fleece for the waffle texture (optional) and cone lip (optional).
  • Cut two identical pieces of fleece for your ice cream.  
  • Cut small pieces of coloured fleece for sprinkles (optional) and any other embellishments (optional). I made a drip of ice cream and a cherry topper. :)
  • Position and sew your waffle strips (optional) onto the front of one cone triangle. To further accentuate the waffling (optional) sew additional seams parallel to the strip edges (I sewed one in the middle of each strip) and then perpendicular at approximately even gaps.
  • Position and sew a strip of fleece for the cone top lip (optional) even with the edge at the top of the cone. 
  • Trim to remove excess fleece and/or threads if/as required.

DIY ice cream cone dog toy, step-by-step how to make

  • Sew your sprinkles and cherry (optional) securely into place on the front of one ice cream piece. Trim any excess threads if/as needed. 
  • Carefully position the embellished ice cream piece on the embellished cone, overlapping at the top of the cone, and pin into place. If you're including a drip (optional) also position this at the same time so that it starts from underneath the ice cream edge. Sew the drip (optional) and ice cream into place. I sewed a double seam for the ice cream, one close to the edge and a bit higher at a small seam allowance just for a little added strength and style. 
  • Carefully position and pin the back ice cream piece on the back cone, overlapping at the top of the cone and ensuring that the pieces will match the front.  Sew the ice cream into place.
  • Position and pin the two ice creams together, embellished side out. 
  • Sew the external ice cream edges (around the outside of the toy only, not across the cone) securely together using a complimentary coloured thread. Tip: If you've included the optional cherry, you can skip this section and sew it closed with red thread later, as shown. You can use red thread in the top and ice cream colour in the bobbin to hide the stitches on the back of the toy.
  • Sew the cone edges securely together using a complimentary coloured thread, leaving an open gap for stuffing.
  • Add stuffing and (optional) squeaker(s). 
  • Sew to finish stitching the toy closed. Trim any excess fleece or 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 in our safety post and find advice from the Humane Society here.

Dalmatian dog playing with homemade dog toy shaped like an ice cream cone

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