How to Embroider a Chew Toy for Man's (My) Best Friend

comments (2) February 7th, 2009     

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JenniferStern Jennifer Stern, contributor
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Heres Emma with her new funny face toy.
The bone was a hit, too!
If youre going to use your own embroidery design, choose one with a tight, heavy fill stitch—thatll stand up better to the chewing than designs with long satin stitches.
Heres Emma with her new funny face toy.

Here's Emma with her new funny face toy.

Photo: Jen Stern
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My dog, Emma, loves to chew on things, so I have to be really creative to keep her from chewing on my stuff! I discovered a way to make her toys more enticing than, let's say, my favorite shoe. I store them in the dog food container...when she's tired of a particular toy, I stash it away on top of the kibble. Later when I trade it for the newest castoff, she's enthralled with it again! You can whip up these dog toys in about a half hour...even if you embroider them! Email me at [email protected] and I'll email you the pdfs of the pattern pieces and/or a free smiley embroidery design that you can stitch on the funny face chew toy.

Here's what you'll need:

  • Pattern for the chew toy (either download the bone and funny face pattern or you can draw your own)
  • Built-in lettering on your embroidery machine and/or smiley face that you can download for free at
  • 1/4 yard sherpa fleece
  • Cut-away stabilizer
  • 505 Temporary Adhesive Spray
  • Embroidery threads to contrast fabric
  • Bobbin thread
  • Good-quality all-purpose poly sewing thread
  • Cotton or poly fiber-fill
  • Hand needle

Start by cutting out two of whatever pattern piece you decide to use.

cut out your chew toy shapes
Cut out the paper pattern piece exactly first...that way, you can follow along the edge when you are cutting out the fleece. If you try to cut through both at the same time, you'll tear the paper pattern (the fabric is too thick).

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Comments (2)

roselynbette writes: Will the dog show interest in such chew-toy? It does not seem very desirable to me.. but hey, I'm not the one who's going to chew it anyway.
Posted: 3:56 pm on May 14th
FashionSweetie13 writes: i have a bishon frise and she would love this , the only thing i would have to add is a squek thing .
Posted: 10:21 pm on February 7th
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