Ever since we decorated our stockings a few weeks ago, a small red-and-white striped miniature stocking has been hanging around our craft room.
Rob originally made it to be a pet stocking, until I helpfully pointed out that it was much smaller than the felt letters we intended to use on the stockings.
This weekend, though, I rediscovered a dog-toy squeaker from the set we bought at Prairieland Feeds in Savoy  some time ago. We always intended to use them to make dog toys but never got around to it.
(Full disclosure: this squeaker somehow separated itself from the rest and I found it when I was vaccuming under the fridge this weekend. Also under the fridge, courtesy of our bad cat: wine corks, dried out jalapeno peppers (Sassy's favorite summer toy ), a lid to a small Pyrex container I've been missing and a tube of kitty medicine that conveniently disappeared this fall when I left it within paw's reach.)
As I saw the small stocking we weren't using and the squeaker that was sure to disappear again, I wondered aloud if we could combine them to make a Christmas-themed dog toy.
It couldn't have been simpler, as the stocking was already sewn. Rob wanted to make the toy without batting. Milou  isn't really into pulling stuffing out of toys, but he has tried it before. Rob wrapped the squeaker in fabric scraps, stuck them in the stocking and sewed the top up.
Milou has a couple of squeaky toys, but seemed especially interested in the little plastic bubble's high pitched whine. He looked pretty cute, playing with his homemade toy.
Sorry about the blurry picture of him playing - I didn't get a good one. This one certainly captures his spirit.