I purchased two doggie stuffed toys at JoAnne's for $2.50 each. They were intended for kid's to have their pals autograph them with a permanent marker. But I had some fabric pens that I let the girls use to decorate their pups. They had fun! And this idea would be simple to do in a handmade version. Hey, after my doll-making day last week, I'm a pro, right? Just some white cotton sewn into an animal-ish shape & then the kids can draw with permanent markers or fabric pens.
The girls played with their embellished pups all day, & are now sleeping with them all cuddled in bed.