Simple DIY Shamrock Pet Toy
I’m so excited because it’s been forever since I’ve had a puppy. This last weekend Rob and I drove up to McAllen and picked up Carly the Gordita, our new Boshih puppy. That’s just fancy talk for Boston Terrier and Shih Tzu mix 🙂 She instantly took to Rob and I got to hold her on the hour long drive home. Just yesterday Rob and I went to buy up a bunch of new pet toys for both her and our Ollie, who I adopted back in Oklahoma about 14 months ago.
In fact, we spent about $80 on a new harness, a few cans of food and handful of toys. Now this is AFTER we had already purchased the bag food our little Carly had already been eating and a few cans for $40. And then we went to Walmart because we totally forget to get Miss Thing a leash and there went another $120. AND we still have her first vet visit on Wednesday. Dang! Can it get any more expensive?
So after we got home we realized that Carly enjoys big toys and doesn’t want to play with the little ones we got for her. And Ollie is going to bust the squeaker on every one of her toys, probably for forever, and she doesn’t seem keen on playing with flat, stuffing-less toys. So rather than spend even more money I decided to make a few BIG toys for Miss Carly that were inexpensive and didn’t have a squeaker to tempt Ollie into destroying them . With Saint Patrick’s Day coming up, a gigantic shamrock seemed the way to go!
For this project you will need:
- 2 Pieces of felt
- Embroidery floss and needle
Click the pic above to get a print quality, big shamrock to print as your pattern.
Print out at home, quality doesn’t matter, and trim out.
Trace the shape onto your first piece of felt.
And cut that shape out.
Use the felt shape as a pattern to trace and trim your second shamrock.
Using your choice of embroidery floss, get your needle ready. I’m using variegated tie dye floss that I made myself ages ago.
Begin a whip stitch around the outer edge to attach the two pieces together. Now I suggest starting just before the stem and working your way around. I took my stitches out and started over after realizing that stuffing the thing through the stem would be darn near impossible 🙂
Once you’ve stitched up the stem, a full 3 leaves and part of the final leaf begin tightly packing stuffing in. Now I hate spending money on Polyfil so I just use old pillows 🙂 It gives me an excuse to get new, fluffy pillows and my fluff gets double duty!
Whip stitch shut and distribute the stuffing inside and you’re all set!
It seems to get the puppy stamp of approval! Without a squeaker Ollie, the toy destroyer, couldn’t be less interested in the thing so Carly isn’t having to share at all, and it’s gigantic just like she seems to like. Now she can play with something a bit more size appropriate than the 3 foot long stuffed snake she’s been trying to drag around the house these last few days!
Now if you’re just finding this tutorial after St. Paddy’s has passed, no worries. Find any shape online, or draw it out yourself and follow the same steps. A heart would be fab and so would a star! No matter what, trust me when I say pets seem to love handmade toys more than any others!