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Repurposed Denim Dog Bones

Date Posted:9 October 2021 

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Repurpose your old denim clothes by creating denim dog bones! These handmade toys are the perfect playmate for your dog and will keep them busy and entertained. It's a great way to reuse old fabric and avoid wasting it, whilst creating something fun and playful for your pet. This project is great for beginners or those at an advanced level. 



Machine Embroidery (optional)


  1. Deconstruct your denim jeans by unpicking the inner seam of each leg.
  2. Embroider “Let’s Play” or the Dog Paw design on your denim. Try and get the design placement to be in the middle of the jeans away from the seam. If you don’t have an embroidery machine, skip this step.
  3. Print the PDF pattern and choose which size bone to make (4 sizes available).
  4. Cut out the selected pattern, joining together A & B if the large bone has been selected.
  5. Place the pattern over the previously embroidered jeans, pin in place, then cut out. Place the pattern a second time on the jeans and cut out the back of the bone.
  6. Pin fabric right sides together leaving a 3” gap along a straight edge to turn and stuff the bone.
  7. Using a triple stitch and with the edge of the foot on the outside edge of the fabric, sew around the outside of the bone. Don’t forget to leave the 3” gap for stuffing!
  8. Clip around the curves of the bone every ½”.
  9. Turn the bone inside out and stuff with toy stuffing, pressing out the curves of the bone as you stuff.
  10. Slip stitch the 3” gap closed using matching thread.


These denim dog bones can also be donated to charity. If you want to contribute to a great cause, the charities listed below accept our handmade denim dog bones to give to their animals. Just send your creations in to the mailing address provided. 

Are you a charity that would accept this item? Contact us to have your details added here.


Mareeba Animal Refuge
PO Box 562
Mareeba QLD 4880

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