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!
‘To make this coveted Christmas toy take a small rubber ball or a piece of cork, wind it with coarse worsted of any color, until the ball is of the desired size, then knit the cover.’ (Demorest’s Family Magazine, 1891)
Today, rag balls are still popular: They are a favorite decoration at Christmas time. Or you could make a rag ball as soft toy ball for your baby or toddler. ‘There are innumerable games to be played with a soft ball which the very tiny children even can enjoy and profit by.’ (Every Woman’s Encyclopaedia, 1910-2) And if you don’t have a toddler, your pup would love a new toy too! Continue reading Victorian Rag Ball – Tutorial
Make no-sew recycled denim dog toys out of old jeans! It’s easy, fast and free! And your pup will love it!
Since May 1 there’s a whirlwind in my life: A black German shepherd puppy (more pictures of her on her instagram account @khaleesi_theblackgsd). She’s a little destroyer! 😉 In the last weeks, she destroyed part of the cork floor, some of her toys, Grandma’s midcentury chair – and even her harness! So her toys have to be sturdy and robust! Continue reading 5 DIY No-Sew Recycled Denim Dog Toys
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.
Note: If your pup is a heavy chewer, like mine, it’s best to omit the octopus tentacles! My puppy loved the tentacles but she chewed them off in about 10 minutes! 😉 But the rest of the dog toy is still holding up. Continue reading DIY Octopus Dog Toy Out Of Old Jeans
Do you have a stack of old t-shirts? Then turn them into something useful and make these 5 different T-shirt dog toys that your pup will love!
I had so many leftover T-shirt pieces from my refashioned T-shirts: Continue reading 5 Different DIY No-Sew T-Shirt Dog Toys
Does your pup need a new toy? Make this easy DIY dog toy out of the sleeves of an old T-shirt! This cute DIY T-shirt dog toy looks like a jellyfish or octopus with four tentacles!
There’s a new puppy in my life since May Day! 😀 She is fearless and playful and a little crazy sometimes! 😉 Continue reading DIY T-Shirt Dog Toy
Make your own colorful boho accessories this summer! Continue reading DIY Pom Pom Summer Accessories
DIY boho pom pom dog collar – made from scratch with linen webbing and DIY colorful yarn pom poms!
Turn an ordinary dog collar into a cute and colorful summer dog collar with DIY yarn pom poms! 😀 Continue reading DIY Boho Pom Pom Dog Collar
These paw print dog treats are so cute! And much easier to make than they look!
My water-crazy GSD loves these hazelnut dog treats! And the dog treats are so quick and simple to make with just 4 ingredients: hazelnuts, flour, butter and water! My dog probably doesn’t care about the shape but don’t the paw print dog treats look so cute? And the paw prints are easy to make without a cookie cutter, mold or cookie stamp!
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These 2 ingredient banana dog treats are quick to make with just two ingredients – banana & rolled oats or banana & semolina – they are sure to please your dog. The banana dog treats are so good you might just eat them yourself!
I baked the banana dog treats yesterday for my black GSD puppy and she loves them! Follow me on instagram for pictures and videos of my puppy!
And if your dog is allergic to certain ingredients: These 2 ingredient banana dog treats are dairy-free, egg-free, fat-free & vegan and the banana oatmeal cookies are also gluten-free! Continue reading 2 Ingredient Banana Dog Treats – With 3 Variations