Daffy's Stitchy Friends

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Sew A Crinkle Flying Disc Dog Toy

There were so many questions and emails after I posted about sewing Molly some dog toys I decided to do a tutorial to show exactly how they were made. These toys have become Molly's all-time favorite fetching object. My favorite too, as they are soft and don't tend to break stuff in the house when you've made a bad throw or the dog misses her catch. These are also machine wash and dry so when they get all dog-spitty and nasty - into the laundry they go. You should see how excited Molly gets when I take them out of the dryer...it's like brand-new toys!

Supplies needed:

2 pieces of fleece, a few inches larger than your desired finished circle.

A sheet of plastic, you can use the clear inner liner plastic of a boxed cereal or crackers but I've been using extra-thick drop cloth plastic because it holds up longer.

A piece of cotton batting.

Matching thread.

Basting spray.


Scissors, use your craft scissors not your good fabric ones because you will be cutting plastic.

A dinner plate or some other round object.

A marker or pen.

Sewing machine.

Cover your work area before you spray! If you are taking pictures with your cell phone, cover your iPhone too. TRUST ME! Basting spray is nasty on your phone.

Layer 1 piece of the fleece pretty side down and give it a dusting of the basting spray. Put the plastic sheet on. Spray the plastic then stick the batting on. If you are worried about the basting spray harming your dog just wash the toy before use. If you are REALLY worried you can skip the spray and just use pins. I use the spray because the fleece and plastic is really slippery and the spray makes it so much easier to sew.

Now center the round object on the batting side and draw your circle.

Put your 2nd piece of fleece pretty side up and put the sandwich you made on top with the batting part up. Pin these together around the outside of your line. Don't trim yet! It's much easier to hold all the layers together while you sew the circle if you trim after it's sewn.

Now sew around the circle you drew leaving a 3-4 inch gap and backstitch at the start and stop. Don't worry how neat your sewing is, this is a DOG TOY after all!

Trim off the excess. I leave a good wide margin for extra strength. I have to put my scraps up up high since now Molly knows I'm making toys and she will fish the scraps out of the trash! I guess they smell the same.

Carefully turn it right side out, try not to stretch the fleece out of shape. Make sure you get it all smooth and flat(ish) around the edges. Fold the edges on the open seam inside, mimic the curve as best you can. Feel free to pin it closed. I don't pin, I'm making a DOG TOY so I'm not too worried...

Next, top stitch around the outside, close to the edge. This closes the gap you turned it through and makes it lie flat. Feel free to do some fancy quilting in the center. I never have time because someone is usually whining at me to hurry up...

Finished! It's all soft and floppy with that delicious crinkly sound dogs love.

You can give it to someone who will love it. Molly grabbed this one, gave it a furious shake and spit it right out for me to throw it.

Molly often naps beside me while I sew, but if I am sewing a tog toy she is sitting, watching, and waiting. I can't resist making these for Molly...she loves them so much.

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rosey175 said...

So fun! I wonder how the cats would appreciate this -- probably as something new to sleep on haha. :D

Hooked on Stitches said...

This looks like a fun toy to make :) Great tutorial!

marly said...

Dog-spitty - LOL!! I think I'll make a few for friend's pups. I have a few deflated foil balloons I may try inside. Thanks!

Bea said...

Had a super toy! Too bad cats won't play fetch.

Anonymous said...

I must show this to Rowen - she'll be all over it. Our dogs think she's some sort of doggie-goddess on earth. <3

Minnie said...

Those are fantastic toys and if I had a normal dog I would make some but "Bud" is not normal. His main goal with any toy he gets is to find any weakness and exploit it until he gets to the inside and it is completely destroyed. Then of course he looks at you with the look that says "next". So there will no toy making here.

moosecraft said...

Very neat idea! Thanks for the tutorial! Molly looks so cute posing with her new toy! :-)

Melody said...

Thanks for sharing this. I may have to attempt one for my grand-dog. :)

Khristine Doiron said...

Molly is so sweet! And great idea for a dog toy!!

Marsha said...

I will have to give this a go. Buddy always gnaws til he gets the squeaker out first then the stuffing. Always lots of stuffing floating around here.

Faith... said...

Cute idea! I may have to give this a try.

Ma, Herself said...

Wow! That was an awesome tutorial...thanks Daff! I believe I may just have to make one for both Ms. Teagan and Mr. Leo...love the fabric!
Have a great week

Deb said...

This is so creative and so darn cute.

Anonymous said...

what an excellent idea!
thank you for the cornflake packet plastic idea!