Sagan, our beloved pooch, once had a toy in the shape of a duck. It looked like a duck, it quacked like a duck and one day after months of puppy love it was as dead as a duck with its stuffing strewn all over the living room floor. We let him drag the carcass around for a while until it started to gross us out and then bought him a shiny new (and bigger!) duck which he proceeded to destroy in a matter of days. I was fortunate enough to find the duck in the middle of the floor, stuffing everywhere (much as before) with a handwritten sign that said “Duck got got”. I credit this to Aaron and our roomate, Jackson, who have been watching a little too much of The Wire as of late. I have since patched and sewn this plush creature several times and it is currently in a drawer waiting for its next repair. Frankly, I’m tired of repairing the duck, so I pulled out some old denim pant legs of Aaron’s and fabricated some toys.
They were quite simple really. The first, I cut out two layers of a bone shape ( I didn’t put too much time into the design since Sagan won’t know the difference), then machine sewed them together leaving a hole to pull it inside out. I then bordered the edge with a round of hand sewn stitches to close up the hole and give extra strength against Sagan’s chewing. For the other toy I used the 4 thick seam lines of the two legs and braided them together, knotting them at the end many times to keep from unraveling.
Hopefully the durable denim will fair better than the duck, only time will tell, but as you can see below, they’re already being put to the test by my devious dog.