Step 3: Pillow talk
scrap fabric: fleece, canvas, fiberfill stuffing
For both of these toys, I put the noise makers inside 2 fleece pouches (I refer to them as pillows). I made layers of fabric as a barrier to the teeth piercing that happens as they hone into the sound of the squeaker and purposely chomp hard in that area. I also wanted the noise makers to be another layer so that if (when) the dog chewed through the exterior, I could retrieve the squeaker before it got punctured or swallowed.
I had to experiment with fabrics as some that I thought would be more durable and failed (flannel shirt, sweat shirt material). But the process was similar:
1. Make a small rectangle slightly larger than the squeaker/noise maker with fleece
2. Fold the fabric over the squeaker, sew.
3. Put this rectangle (pillow shaped) in another layer of fabric, sew.
4. Add a third layer of fabric for the exterior and stuff (lightly) with fiberfill.
5. Sew around the outside of the shape at least 2 times.
I sewed on the outside of the fabrics rather than turning the shape inside out (hiding the seams). I did this because I've noticed that when their sharp teeth snag a seam, it makes an hole that they can pull and rip larger. Plus, the dogs don't really care about the shape as much as the noise/squeak. The shape is more for the human.
Two MONTHS later I am happy to say these toys are still intact! If they make it through a couple of hours in our house with having the stuffing ripped out, it is a success story. And the best part is the happy faces on my dogs with new toys! They both still squeak and rattle and relatively blemish free. Success!