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Puppy rattle made from an unfinished toy

I made this cute puppy rattle from an unfinished toy, which was missing the limbs. I had it made a few years ago and the problem was that I didn`t have the beige yarn left to complete it. But I loved his cute face and was unhappy to simply through it away. So I got this idea of turning it into a rattle. I did have some leftover of the blue shades so I decided to use these in this project.

On the photos below you can see how it looked like in the beginning.

Here`s what I did:

  1. I disconnected the head from the body. Then removed a bit of stuffing from the head, inserted a small metal bell in it and put the stuffing back.

2. I ripped off most of the body and made a new handle for the rattle.

Here`s the guide for my new handle (sc = single crochet):

1: Work 6 sc in a magic ring [6]

2: Work 2 sc in each st around [12]

3: (Sc in next st, 2 sc in next st) rep 6 times [18]

4: (Sc in each of next 2 sts, 2 sc in next st) rep 6 times [24]

5: (Sc in each of next 3 sts, 2 sc in next st) rep 6 times [30]

6-8: Sc in each st around

9: (Sc in each of next 3 sts, sc2tog) rep 6 times [24]

10-11: Sc in each st around

12: (Sc in each of next 2 sts, sc2tog) rep 6 times [18]

Here I started creating stripes with contrasting colors.

13-33: Sc in each st around

It`s important to keep in mind that the head and body should end up with the same amount of stitches. Then you can easily sew them together.

3. I finished the rattle by sewing the head to the handle.

 

If you are lacking ideas then here are some free head versions for you: teddy bear head, pig head, cat head, bunny head and frog head. Be my guest to use them!

UPDATE!

The full instructions for making this puppy rattle can now be found at my free patterns page. See here.

2 thoughts on “Puppy rattle made from an unfinished toy

  1. Margaret says:

    Great idea to make a rattle of this cute puppy head. He has a sweet, bit funny look on his face. Thanks for this lovely pattern.

    Have a wondeful weekend, Margaret

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