Thursday 4 August 2016

Upcycle project ~ squeaky dog toy....

My new puppy, Jenson, has inspired my latest crafty make for the latest #CraftBlogClub upcycling challenge.

The challenge was launched by Jenniffer Taylor of the #SewingRevolution and Sewing Bee fame and all we had to do was upcycle anything.  So using an old pair of jeans and fleece jumper I decided to make a squeaky dog toy.

What did I use....

  • Old pair of jeans. Denim should be hard wearing enough for my teething pup
  • Old fleece jumper for the chew ties
  • Matching thread
  • Polyester toy filler
  • Dog toy squeaker. I used Kong replacement squeakers which I bought from my local independent pet store but they are also available online.
  • This tutorial by Laura Griffin which includes a template.

It was a great opportunity to dust off my sewing machine.

Laura's instructions were easy to follow and it only took me a couple of hours to make.

The Finished Dog Toy!

I think it was a big hit with Jenson! As soon a I gave it to him he ran around with it and then hid under the dining room table to play, making sure no one could take it away from him! 

I enjoyed getting my sewing machine out again, I don't use it enough. I am now on the look out for my next sewing project.

Have you taken part in the challenge? Even if you haven't taken part in the challenge but have done an upcycling project I'd love to see it, please share your links below so I can check them out.

Disclaimer: The Amazon links in this post are affiliated


  1. Hi Fiona! This is a fab idea! Upcycling is such a great way of making new things! It certainly looks as though it is a hit with Jensen - he really is adorable! I shall have to remember to do this next year - when we get our puppy, if all goes to plan. Well done on sharing your experiences out here, not many people would be brave enough to do that. It's so good to hear that you are making good progress and understanding yourself more too - along the way. Keep up the good work - love and hugs Gilly xxx

    1. Thanks Gilly! I'm pleased to say Jenson is still loving it. I don't feel brave but thank you for your kind words it means a lot. I hope things will continue to get better xx

  2. Ohh, I like the streamers! They probably add a lot to its fun as a toy!

    That's so smart to make dog toys out of old clothing -- pet toys are made to be destroyed anyhow.

    1. Hi, Thanks Katherine. Jenson does like to play tug so the chew ties are great fun for him. He is teething at the moment so he is going through a few toys! This toy is still going strong and survived the washing machine, so I'm pretty pleased with my efforts. I have lots of the Jeans and jumper left so I can easily make more and I will try different shapes.


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