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DIY Project Handy Tugger Toy
A homemade toy to enjoy.

Crafty dog lovers will find lots to inspire them in Mike Spears’ new book, Silly Dog Toys, which includes 12 easy projects. Safety first: Spears notes that it’s important to use materials that have not been soiled or coated with toxic substances, and that it’s also essential to supervise your pup’s play—or better yet, play with her. We couldn’t agree more! The Handy Tugger will satisfy the toughest of tuggers. Use different types of gloves for the tugger ends. You can also vary the tube, using socks or other materials. If you have two or more dogs, they’ll certainly learn quickly what the tugger is all about.

Materials
Fabric (12" x 9")
Gloves (2)
Toy squeakers (2)
Stuffing
Elastic (1.5" x 12")

Tools
Scissors
Sewing machine
(optional)
Needle & thread
Pins

Directions
1. Create a sleeve, starting with a piece of material 12"x 9". Fold the piece in half to 12"x 41/2", right sides together. Sew the long edges together, 1/4" from the edge. Turn the piece inside out.

2. Insert a 4" length of elastic into the sleeve and sew it 1/4" from one edge.

3. Stuff the sleeve lightly with batting, surrounding the elastic.

4. Find the free end of the elastic. With your free hand, push back the sleeve and batting until the edges of the sleeve and elastic are aligned.

5. Pin together the sleeve edges and elastic, 1" from the edge. Sew the elastic to the sleeve 1/4" from the edge.

6. Stuff both gloves with batting and add a squeaker in the palm of each glove. Stuff the thumbs and fingers fully and the palms about three-quarters full.

7. Remove pins from the sleeve. Insert a sleeve end into one of the gloves. Sew the sleeve inside the glove 1/2" inside the glove cuff. Repeat for the other glove. (Double-check to be sure all pins have been removed.)

8. Tug away!

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From Silly Dog Toys by Michael Lane Spears, © 2007 by Molle Tache, LLC; used with permission. See more at thedogdesigner.com.

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