Dog toy made from canvas and an empty water bottle.

We are always looking for toys for Sawyer that can stand up to a puppy but have found that many of them are easy to tear up and even dangerous. I made this from some heavy canvas and an empty water bottle that I put a few beads in so it rattles when he plays with it.  It has quickly become his favorite toy and was very easy to make and cost me nothing.


  • small piece of sturdy canvas fabric ( a piece of a painters tarp would work well)
  • empty water bottle
  • small beads or anything that will rattle around

Step 1.

Cut out canvas as shown.  I made a bone shape but you can do almost any shape as long as you make it big enough to fit a water bottle.  You will need to cut two pieces of fabric.  Put them together (right sides together) and stitch around the edge leaving it open at one end.  I sewed around twice and finished the edges with a zig zag stitch so that it’s extra strong.

Step 2.

Crush up water bottle and put some beads inside. Screw lid on good and tight. Turn bone inside out and stuff water bottle inside.  Stitch across end twice to secure it.

Sawyer has had it for a week and it is holding up really well.  He loves the noise it makes when he shakes it, loves to fetch it, and sometimes just chews on it.   I’m going to try to come up with some more stuff that can take the abuse he dishes out!

About Elaine Kazinec

I have never met anyone who can't make wonderful things for their homes, friends, and family, only those who think they can't. The purpose of this blog is to show everyone how really simple most projects for the home are to make. When my husband and I bought our first home we were short on cash so I learned to be long on creativity. I have been told that I can make something wonderful out of nothing and that is true. You can too! Some of my favorite things are items that I found in someone's junk pile. I am going to show you how easy it really is. I hope you find the courage to jump in and attempt some of these projects. You will be amazed at how talented you really are.