Saturday, August 4, 2012
Handmade Doggie Toys
Sew It, Love It. The hostess is a huge dog lover, and the proceeds from the party were going to her rescue organization. I decided to stick with the theme and make some gifts for her 4-legged family members. I did not follow the tutorial I linked to, but just used it as inspiration. I wanted very solid filling instead of just filling the balls with fabric scraps. So I took some plain white socks (I'd bought a package of cheapo white socks for another project and have a ton left over. I balled one sock up, then placed it into the toe of another sock. I then twisted the sock and folded it back over the ball until I had a solid ball form. For the tube, I cut a large 24"x9" rectangle of fabric. I folded the two short ends down 1/4" then 1/4" more, and stitched them in place with a 1/8" seam allowance. Then I folded them right-sides together down the long side to make a long tube. I stitched along the long side along a 1/8" seam allowance then again along a 1/4" seam allowance for added stability. Then I pulled the tube right-side-out and tied a tight knot in one end. I stuffed it with one sock ball, knotted it as closely to that ball as possible, stuffed in another sock ball, then tied a final knot. I got a puppy-approval picture as a thank-you. They love it!