This is a typical scene in the house. I'll spare you the pictures where the stuffing is everywhere and she's still pulling material out or ripping the fabric. Dogs! Does this count as eating for Tasty Tuesday over at Sugar the Golden Retriever? Sammy sure thinks it does.
Being the dedicated dog momma I am, I would pick up the fluff, stuff it back into the toy, and sew the opening closed again. I've done this so many times. But over the last two weeks it's gotten to the point that I would 'fix' a toy and Sammy would have it ripped apart in a matter of minutes. Argg! She has even evolved to finding the sewn closure and specifically ripping that spot open. She knows it's a weakness in the toy. Argg again!
I took some left over home decorating weight fabric and cut a piece to accommodate the size of the toy. Go ahead and put the right sides together and sew a double seam around three sides of the square.
And since I'm using fabric is a fun way, I'll be sharing this at Fabric Tuesday at Quilt Story. Maybe it will help other dog mommas!
Yup, you guessed it. The toy is now put in through the remaining open side of the sack. I said a few words for Mr. Squirrel. He's been a favorite toy of both dogs for some time now and I'm sad to see him go, but this should be a safer resting place.
Tuck the opening flaps inward, pin, and sew another double seam all the way around the sack.
Did I get a finish photo, nope. Forgot. Sammy nearly pulled the 'toy' out of my hands when I finished. Did I get a photo with Sammy running around with her 'Sammy Sack' -- nope. I was laughing way way too hard. She's a clown.
So far, this reinvention of soft toys has been a huge success! Sammy and Katie both love trying to figure out what's inside and have no problem squeaking it. They have used it as a tug toy between them rather roughly. And I think I even saw Sammy laying down with it; she's probably scheming how to get to the 'guts'. But, here we are on day four and the sack has survived! That's victory around here!
I think more Sammy Sacks are in our future since we have a lot more soft toys to save. And I think I might even use old jeans for the next ones since that fabric should be able to take the abuse. Plus, it's reusing times two; once for the dead toy and once for the dead jeans! I'll try and check in later in the week with the status of the toy and with a playing picture.
Do you know a dog that could use a Sammy Sack?