Make a DIY Dog Toy

Learn how to make this fun fabric log, perfect for Fido's fetching.

Photo By: Photo by Melissa Caughey

Photo By: Photo by Melissa Caughey

Photo By: Photo by Melissa Caughey

Photo By: Photo by Melissa Caughey

Photo By: Photo by Melissa Caughey

Photo By: Photo by Melissa Caughey

Photo By: Photo by Melissa Caughey

Photo By: Photo by Melissa Caughey

Photo By: Photo by Melissa Caughey

Photo By: Photo by Melissa Caughey

Photo By: Photo by Melissa Caughey

Photo By: Photo by Melissa Caughey

Photo By: Photo by Melissa Caughey

Photo By: Photo by Melissa Caughey

Photo By: Photo by Melissa Caughey

Photo By: Photo by Melissa Caughey

Photo By: Photo by Melissa Caughey

Photo By: Photo by Melissa Caughey

Photo By: Photo by Melissa Caughey

Photo By: Photo by Melissa Caughey

Photo By: Photo by Melissa Caughey

Photo By: Photo by Melissa Caughey

Photo By: Photo by Melissa Caughey

Fabric Log Dog Toy

Learn how to sew this fabric log toy for your favorite furry pal.

Gather Your Supplies

For this craft you will need: small remnants of upholstery fabric / sewing machine / empty water bottle / dog toy squeaker / pins / scissors / thread / stuffing

Measure the Log

Fold a portion of the log's fabric in half and be sure it can wrap around the water bottle. Add a couple of inches for the seam.  Then leave at least 3 inches of fabric on the top and bottom of the water bottle.

Cut the Log Fabric

Cut the log from the larger piece of fabric. Then cut the piece in half like so.

Cut in Half

Then cut the piece of fabric on the left in half like so.

Sew the Seams

Sew the two seams on the two pieces of fabric like so. Then set aside the three log pieces.

Make the Branches

Cut out two more identical pieces of fabric for the branches. These are approximately 4 inches wide and 6 inches long.

Sew the Branches

Fold the branches in half the long way and sew each seam.

Make the Cuts

This step will be repeated on each branch and on the log. You will make four of these. Note: the branches will be smaller than the two you make for the log. Step 1: Cut a circle at least 2 times the diameter of the branch/log. Step 2: Fold one side of the circle up to the middle of the circle. Step 3: Fold the right side up to the center of the circle. Step 4: Stitch the seams in place and continue around the circle. Step 5: Continue folding and sewing around the circle. Step 6: Tree cut is complete.

Add the Ends

With the branch still inside out, cut small slits in the end of the branch. Center the cut on the branch with the good side facing in. Pin it in place. Then sew around the perimeter and right side it out. Repeat this step on the other branch. If you are having trouble right siding it out, you can trim off the excess on the branch cut.

Stuff the Branches

Stuff the branches and add the squeaker.

Complete Branches

Set the two completed branches aside.

Cut Leaves

Cut two leaf shapes from the green felt.

Leaf Out

Sew the two felt leaves in place on the good side of the log.

Assemble the Log

Face the two good sides of the log together. Overlap the two cut pieces of fabric with the sewn seams together like so.

Tuck in the Branches

Tuck in the branches on the log and pin along both sides.

Sew the Sides

Sew down both sides of the log and remove the pins.

Trim the Excess

Trim off the excess branch fabric like so.

Log Cuts

Sew on the log cuts to the ends one at a time in the same way that you did the branches.

Add the Water Bottle

Right side out the log and then add the water bottle.

Share With a Friend

Share the toy with your favorite pal. Here Sara investigates the new toy.

Have Fun

It didn't take long for Sara to begin to play with her new toy.

Fetch!

We play great games of fetch with her new toy. She even brings it back to me to toss over and over again.