Do you have a dog? And do you like to spoil it with dog toys? Well, have you ever thought of making your own handmade dog toys?
Apparently us Brits as well as being tea drinkers we love our dogs too!
I’m not fussed about tea (more of a coffee lover), but I do have a dog. In fact, most of my friends and family own dogs too. We love to fuss over them with treats and toys.
This denim dog toy tutorial featured under the letter D in the A to Z of denim upcycles.
Upcycle Your Jeans Into The Cutest Dog Toys.
Our Dog pack..
My craft club friend Wendy’s dog Lottie’s (of giant wall art fame) loves to destroy her dog toys. They don’t last five minutes and Wendy is fed up with constantly buying new ones.
Lottie is not the only craft club dog, there’s my dog Toby a Foxy Russell (Jack Russell, Fox Terrier cross). Toby’s the old man of the pack, we’re not quite sure how old Toby actually is as he was a rescue dog, but think he’s about 14 years old now.
Then there’s Buster another Jack Russell with a Napoleon complex. I couldn’t make just one toy for Lottie. I had to make a pile of handmade dog toys for them all.
Lottie is not interested in the supposedly indestructible heavy-duty rubber dog toys. She likes the soft plush ones that squeak. I suggested making our own handmade dog toys. Not only would we save a bit of money but they may last a little longer.
Why Denim Dog Toys?..
I never throw away old jeans. I even save all the scraps from previous craft projects. Most of the time I find a use for every part of a pair of jeans.
A couple of weeks ago I made some lovely denim hearts out of scraps. I’ve made rugs out of the waistbands, and even lampshades out of the seams.
Since denim is such a robust fabric and as I have lots of it I decided to make my handmade dog toys out of denim.
These dog toys also come with the squeak. However, if squeaky dog toys drive you mad you can leave that bit out.
Luckily these dog toys were really simple to make, therefore, I make a load of them really quickly.
By the way, these handmade dog toys aren’t just for Jack Russells but can be enjoyed by any breed of dog. I’m going to give one to the cute Beagle (Millie) round the corner.
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What you need to make denim handmade dog toys
- Old jeans, or denim scraps. Any part of the jean will do. It’s great if you can get some denim seams on to the dog toys. To achieve a two-tone effect I used denim from more than one pair of jeans. I’m sure the dogs didn’t appreciate this aesthetic but I did!
- Dog toys squeakers – you can buy these on-line
- Fiber fill– I, fortunately, had a load of natural wool fiberfill that had been used as insulation for a fresh food delivery. However, you can use any fiberfill that is child-friendly. (If it’s child-friendly it should be dog-friendly).
- Needle and thread – I used a sewing machine to make my dog toys, but they are very easy to sew by hand.
- Dog bone template.
How to Make Handmade Dog Toys
2. Then lay the dog bone template on the wrong side of your denim scrap and draw round it.
3. Using scissors cut out the dog bone shape. Make sure you have 2 dog bone shapes for each toy. I used two contrasting denim shades for each dog toy.
4. Then pin the denim bones right sides together and sew them either by hand or on a machine. Remember to leave a small opening and a 5mm approx margin.
5. Next, by using the small opening turn the denim dog toy the right side out.
6. Finally, stuff your denim dog bone with the fiber and don’t forget to put in your squeaker before sewing up the opening.
These denim dog toys are a bargain. The only cost is for the squeak inside!
Personally, I think these denim handmade dog toys are the coolest ones in town. Whether or not the dogs think that I’m not sure. I know many dog lovers though that would love to receive one of these denim bones as a gift.
Top tip: I if you use the pocket bit of your old jeans when making your dog toys, you can then hide a treat inside the pocket. This gives the handmade dog toys an extra fun element as the dog tries to work the treat out of the pocket.
If you are looking for more ideas for denim dog accessories and toys I’ve curated a collection of ideas.
Cool Handmade Denim Dog Toys
- Old jeans
- Dog toy squeak
- Needle and thread
- Download and cut out the dog bone template from the blog. Or draw your own.
- Draw around the template on to jeans
- Cut out two dog bone shapes
- Pin the denim dog bones pieces wrong sides together
- Sew leaving a gap for stuffing and dog squeak.
- Turn right side out, stuff and then stitch to close.
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For more sewn dog accessories visit allfreesewing.com
If you love to craft with denim I have made a lot of wonderful things out of old jeans, you can check them all out here. They include tutorials for fun things like these denim bow ties.
Friday 19th of November 2021
Is it ok to use stretch denim/
Saturday 20th of November 2021
I don’t see why not, I’d try it.
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Thursday 29th of July 2021
Just a thought , could use left over scraps of denim or other materials to stuff the toy if the fiber fills not available
Thursday 29th of July 2021
Thank you, that is a great idea too.
Tuesday 15th of December 2020
Thanks for the great idea. I have lots of old jeans on hand. I was looking for a gift idea for my grand dog. When I downloaded the template, I thought it didn't appear to be as big as the denim bones appeared in the photos. I made one and it turned out to be about 6 inches long by 4 inches tall. I lengthened the template and the next denim bone I made was about 8 inches by 4 inhces. I am going to send both to my son and my grand dog and see which one they like. Thanks again.
Tuesday 15th of December 2020
Thank you, Judy. I'm sure he will love both, you can make them any size you want depending on the size of your dog.
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Friday 8th of March 2019
[…] Denim Bone made from old jeans- For making stuffed toys. You can stuff them with organic cotton, ethically sourced wool, or recycled material (natural fiber t-shirt, linen). You can also try to get some wool from a farm nearby or from a rancher with alpaca or sheep. Get creative. […]
Has anyone made these what are the measurements? Just trying to figure out a good size for a boxer.
Sunday 17th of March 2019
If you have made a dog bone what are the measurements you used and for what size of dog? I plan on making some for a boxer friend , a medium size dog. We don't have a dog any more.