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The dog bone shown in the photos was created for my daughter's Chihuahuas. A large dog would probably tear a similar fabric bone to shreds. If you are sewing a dog bone for a destructive dog, I suggest a second layer of fabric on the inside made from a well-shrunk muslin so the fibers are tightly woven.
- Print out of pattern - two sizes are included in the printout. For a larger bone use a copy machine to enlarge the pattern to the desired size.
- fabric (and possibly well-shrunk muslin) -... enough for the pattern of your choice.
- Optional: A small container with dried peas or beans in it to make a rattle noise. The container needs to be small enough that it will be well padded with stuffing on all sides. A small Tick-Tac candy container works well in the large bone.
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- Using two layers of fabric, use the fabric grain line on the pattern to lay the pattern an even distance from the selvage of the fabric or on the straight grain of a scrap of fabric. (Learn more about laying out pattern pieces)
- Cut out the pattern
- Make a small mark at the edge of the cut-out pieces to mark the area to be left open or use the tip described in the next step.
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Pinning the Fabric
- Un-pin the pattern piece and place the right sides of the fabric together.
- Pin the fabric so that all of the edges are aligned and held in place by the pins.
- Tip:To mark the area to be left open, set the pattern piece on the pinned fabric and place double pins at the leave open markings. The double pins will serve as a reminder to stop sewing so that you don't sew the opening closed.
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Sew the Bone
- Using a scant 1/4" seam allowance, sew the edges of the bone, leaving the opening un-sewn.
- Back stitch at the start and end. Pivot and turn where necessary to maintain a seam the is an even distance from the edge of the fabric. Everything You Need to Sew a Perfect Seam
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Clipping the Seam Allowance Tips
- Clip the seam allowance at all curves so the fabric will lay smooth when it is turned right side out.
- Clip so that you are cutting the fabric just to the sewn seam, without clipping the sewn stitches.
- To maintain a strong seam, clip the layers separately, clipping one layer and moving just a few threads-of the-fabric from the first clip to clip the second layer of the seam allowance.
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Turn, Stuff and Close the Bone
- Turn the fabric right side out through the opening. Turn in the opening seam allowance and finger press the opening seam line.
- Finger press the edges and push all seams to the edge of the fabric.Tools to Push Corners
- Stuff the bone.
- Use a slip stitch to close the opening.