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Dog Bottle Toy - DIY

Updated on September 6, 2014

Easy Tutorial to Make a DIY Dog Bottle Toy

I designed this dog toy for our rescue dog who just adores chewing on her toys. The concept is simple and I hope you'll find the pattern and instructions to be also. This diy dog toy is based on the premise that dogs don't require fancy toys......a disposable plastic water bottle covered in sturdy fabric will do very nicely.

This dog bottle toy pattern is simple enough for sewists of all levels. The tutorial is filled with helpful step-by-step photos. If your dog loves their water bottle toy as much as mine does, please share the pattern and ask your friends and family to consider making extra dog bottle toys to donate to their local animal shelter or rescue.

On the pattern pieces below, you will note in red ink I have recently lengthened the ties of the dog toy by an additional 2 1/2" to make this heavy denim fabric toy easier to tie and knot. At this length it will comfortably accommodate ALL the 16 oz water bottles from various manufacturers. Thanks to Hawaiian Humane Society Animal Behavoirst Dept for helping me "perfect" this dog toy. :)

(Photo credit Pam Irie)

Dog Bottle Toy Pattern

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DIY Dog Bottle Toy - Step 1 - Pattern Piece A

Dog Bottle Toy Pattern Piece A - DIY
Dog Bottle Toy Pattern Piece A - DIY

Note: pattern pieces shown MUST be resized before use. Here's how..... Print one copy on regular copy paper. Cut that sheet into two separate pieces. Next, enlarge pattern pieces vertically until length of A1 measures 9 1/4" as indicated on pattern and length of A2 is 11".

Print, cut paper along lines and tape pieces together at arrows to make one single pattern. This elongated pattern piece A is the bottle cover WITH the knot tie handle all in one piece and it should measure 20 1/4" in length once it is taped together.

Trace paper pattern onto thin cardboard. (I like to recycle empty cardboard cereal boxes or shipping boxes...this cardboard is easy to work with and results in sturdy pattern pieces.)

(Photo credit Pam Irie)

Portable Ironing Boards

I always press my dog bottle toys in between steps. It results in a much nicer finished item in the end. My portable ironing board is easy to set up and doesn't take up a lot of space in our cottage.

Dog Bottle Toy - Step 2 - Pattern Piece B - Lining for Knot Tie Handle

DIY Dog Bottle Toy Pattern - B
DIY Dog Bottle Toy Pattern - B

Note: pattern piece shown MUST be resized before use. Here's how..... Enlarge pattern piece B vertically until length of piece measures 11". Print, cut along lines and trace paper pattern onto cardboard.

(Photo by Pam Irie)

Pattern Layout - Dog Bottle Toy - Step 3

DIY Dog Bottle Toy Pattern
DIY Dog Bottle Toy Pattern

Depending on the width of the denim fabric, you will be able to make 4 or more completed dog bottle toys from 1 yard of fabric. Play around with the layout first before you begin cutting.

Pattern piece A and B both must be placed on fold of fabric, traced and then cut along tracing line. Each completed dog bottle toy requires cutting TWO each of A and B.

(Photo credit Pam Irie)

DIY Dog Bottle Toy - 4 Pattern Pieces
DIY Dog Bottle Toy - 4 Pattern Pieces

DIY Dog Bottle Toy - Step 4

4 Fabric Pieces

These four pieces (shown still folded in half) will be sewn into ONE completed dog bottle toy.

(Photo credit Pam Irie)

Pause for a Poll

Dog Using Remote Control
Dog Using Remote Control

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After a long day of playing with their DIY dog bottle toys, what television program does your dog enjoy watching? :)

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Sewing the Dog Bottle Toy

DIY Dog Toy
DIY Dog Toy

Finish Lining Edges - Step 5

Use pinking shears to trim the bottom edges of the knot tie handle lining pieces (B). I use pinking shears to help prevent the fabric from fraying at the raw edges. (I'm not building a rocket, lol....but I do want the bottle cover to stay in one piece after repeated washings.)

(Photo credit Pam Irie)

Sewing a Dog Bottle Toy
Sewing a Dog Bottle Toy

Lining for Ties for the DIY Dog Toy - Step 6

With right sides together, pin lining B onto pattern piece A.

(Photo credit Pam Irie)

How to Make a Dog Bottle Toy
How to Make a Dog Bottle Toy

Sew the Lining - Step 7

Sew 1/2" from edge as shown in photo. Repeat step 6 and 7 for second half of diy dog toy.

(Photo credit Pam Irie)

Steps 8 - 11 Sew a Dog Bottle Toy

Sew an Easy Dog Bottle Toy
Sew an Easy Dog Bottle Toy

Step 8 - Use pinking shears to trim sewn raw edges of top lining of bottle cover.

Step 9 - Turn top half right side out. Press flat with iron.

Step 10 - With scissors, cut a 1/2" incision directly under each lining edge so bottom half of bottom cover lies flat.

Step 11 - Important.... First, on each individual half of bottle cover, sew a straight seam close to lining edge all the way across. This particular step is NOT shown, but look closely at step 11 and you'll see this stitch line. This ensures lining stays neatly in place which makes tying the final knot much easier.

Then, pin both halves of bottle cover together, right sides facing. Sew in a 1/2" seam beginning on right hand side at point of previously sewn seam at edge of lining. Don't forget to trim raw sewn edges with your pinking shears.

(Photo credit Pam Irie)

Steps 12 - 14 Making a Dog Bottle Toy for Your Dog

Finish a Dog Bottle Toy - DIY
Finish a Dog Bottle Toy - DIY

Step 12 - After turning dog bottle toy cover right side out, press flat with iron.

Step 13 - At sewing machine, sew in a straight stitch close to edge of the bottle cover using the same starting position as before in Step 11.

Step 14 - Insert a dry empty water bottle (WITHOUT the cap which could be a choking hazard) into the cover and tie in a double knot at top (see finished diy dog bottle toy in final step.)

(Photo credit Pam Irie)

Dog Bottle Toy - Last Step

Bow Knot at Top - Final Step

Final Step - DIY Dog Bottle Toy Tutorial
Final Step - DIY Dog Bottle Toy Tutorial

Replace the plastic bottle when desired. The sturdily sewn fabric cover for this diy dog bottle toy is machine washable and dryable which makes this an ideal dog toy.

As suggested earlier on this page, I hope you will please consider making a few extra diy dog toys to donate to the homeless animals in your local animal shelter. For many of these dogs, the welcome distraction of this dog toy could allow them to relax a little and lose their worries for a few hours.

Studies show happier animals "present better" to potential adopters. So, your DIY dog toy could help get an animal adopted! Isn't that a lovely thought? :)

(Photo credit Pam Irie)

Dog Bottle Toy in Use!

Dog Bottle Toy in Use at Hawaiian Humane Society
Dog Bottle Toy in Use at Hawaiian Humane Society

This sweet doggie is at the Hawaiian Humane Society. He is enjoying his new dog bottle toy.

(Photo credit)

It's EASY to Enrich an Animal's Life!

Have you made any diy toys for a dog or a cat?

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    • RuthieDenise profile image


      6 years ago

      I have made a couple of toys for my dog but they don't last too long and they are not as cute as these. Great lens.

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      Virginia Allain 

      6 years ago from Central Florida

      Now that is mighty clever!

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      7 years ago

      I plan on making a few of these and donating them to the rescue that we adopted our puppy from

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      7 years ago

      That is a really cute idea! Going to have to save this and make some up for gifts to the dog owners in our family this year. Blessed.

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      7 years ago

      I'm sure dogs must love this toy! We've done simple things for the kitten- toilet roll toys, box 'houses' that sort of thing.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 

      7 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Our Bruno eats all of his toys - I mean he actually swallows the whole thing so I am not sure what he would do with this Dog Bottle Toy. I love the idea and you sure gave great instructions. Thanks.

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      7 years ago

      This is so cool! My Pom loves noisy toys so I bet he'd love this!

      Well earned Purple Star. *Blessed!

    • RaintreeAnnie profile image


      7 years ago from UK

      You have done a great job here with detailed instructions and a well deserved purple star :) Totally agree with you about adopting a dog wherever possible.

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      7 years ago

      Terrific detailed instructions, as usual! I'll bet Lana loves playing with her toy! Congratulations on a well-deserved Purple Star!

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      7 years ago

      No, but I used to cook dog biscuits myself and even make "dog tea" (when I cooked chicken sausages, our dog loved to drink the water after it cooled down).

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      7 years ago

      Your lens is very detailed and you made it easier by presenting a step by step guide. Great job!

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      davenjilli lm 

      7 years ago

      what a creative way to make a dog toy!

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      7 years ago

      Tidbit would be barking, "Where's the water?" However, Tidbit's human companion loves this do-it-yourself dog bottle toy!

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      Peggy Hazelwood 

      7 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      This is great, Pam! I think I've sewn a catnip toy or two but they're long gone. I should again. You're so talented and an inspiration to all pet owners!

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      7 years ago

      My dog would love this. He loves grabbing the 2-liter bottles we have sitting in the pantry for now. I should make this for him.

    • gottaloveit2 profile image


      7 years ago

      What an adorable idea! With 6 dogs over here, you've just saved me a boatload of money. Barley, Killian, Rita, Gizmo, Wilbur and Matee thank you!

    • Scraps2treasures profile image


      7 years ago

      I haven't made any myself, but this is a great tutorial. I will have to make a couple for my sister-in-law's dogs.

    • Paul Ward profile image


      7 years ago from Liverpool, England

      Clever dog toy and I could follow the instructions easily.


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