Learn to make an authentic Victorian rag ball for your kid, pup, or as decoration.
In the Victorian era, a rag ball was a toy of poor children. Old rags and fabric scraps were wound into a ball and covered with ball stitches to hold the rags together: ‘Ball Stitch – A stitch used in making ornamental balls for children.’ (Embroidery Stitches, 1872, p. 9)
Rag balls were popular Victorian Christmas presents. Victorian mothers would make rag balls for their toddlers, while kids could make their own rag balls – rag balls are so easy and fast to make! And cheap too – using just what you’d usually throw away!
Make a cute DIY octopus dog toy with jeans pockets!
This DIY octopus dog toy out of old jeans is a great project for sewing beginners because it doesn’t matter if the seams are uneven! Your pup will love it just the same! For the denim toy you’re going to need two jeans pockets, some denim fabric for the “octopus tentacles” and old fabric scraps for stuffing. I used the jeans pockets that were leftover from my 5 DIY No-Sew Recycled Denim Dog Toys.