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DIY for Your Dog

If your favorite things are crafting and canines, then DIY for Your Dog by Rachelle Blondel is the book for you. Easy to make projects include something for all of our furry friends, from treats to toys, to a travel dog bed and more!
Photos by Kate Whitaker | Click on images to enlarge
DIY for Your Dog features four sections--Eat, Nest, Play and Wear--with projects both practical and cute. There's a sweet, knitted blanket, fancy flower collar and loads of treats including Doggie Pops. Another are all of the instructions you need to make your own Chuck-it Fabric Ball!

Your dog will love chasing this ball stuffed full of fabric scraps. Its practical handle helps you to chuck it just a little bit further, which may wear your dog out a little bit quicker. It can also be thrown in the washing machine if it gets dirty!

You Will Need:

8 x 20-inch piece of fabric, or six 8 x 3-inch pieces if you would like to use different fabrics
2 pieces of cotton twill tape 18 inches long
Small fabric scraps for stuffing
Strong thread and needle


1. Enlarge the ball template below by 120% on a photocopier, print it out, and use it as a pattern to cut out six pieces of fabric. 2. With right sides facing, pin and stitch three pieces of fabric together and then repeat with the other three pieces. 3. Place a piece of twill tape onto the opposite edges of one of the three stitched sections of the ball at the notch mark, making sure the tape is lying on the right side of the fabric toward the center of the ball. Stitch into place, sewing back and forth several times to attach the handle firmly. 4. With right sides facing and the twill tape inside the ball, sew the two remaining sides of the ball together, leaving an opening in one side to insert the stuffing. 5. Fill the ball with small scraps of fabric and then stitch the opening closed with strong thread. 6. Hand stitch across each seam from the top to the bottom of the outside of the ball to give it extra strength. You can use a contrasting color of thread for this if you wish. 7. Tie knots in your twill tape to form a handle with which to throw the ball.

Note: You can leave out the handle if you prefer. If you would like to make a different size ball, just enlarge or reduce the size of the pattern piece on a photocopier until you achieve your desired size of ball.

More Photos (click to enlarge):

Doggie Pops   Doggie Pops   Fancy Flower Collar   Fancy Flower Collar

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