created on Apr 20, 2015
Using this DIY dog toys checklist will allow you to make a simple, inexpensive toy for your favorite canine. Completing this particular no-sew dog toy requires very little time and minimal skill, and the project becomes even cheaper if you make it using a recycled t-shirt or similar piece of secondhand material.
Fleece or denim works best.
Pinking shears would work, too.
Consider using fleece, flannel, or heavy t-shirt knits when making toys for small to medium dogs. When making the toy for a larger dog, you may need to choose a more durable fabric like denim.
Using fabric scissors or pinking shears, cut three evenly sized strips from your chosen material. Make the strips 3 feet (91 cm) long and 3 inches (7.6 cm) wide for large dogs, 2 feet (61 cm) long and 2.5 inches (6.4 cm) wid
Stack the three strips on top of one another, then tie them together into an overhand knot. Position the knot 2 to 4 inches (5.1 to 10.2 cm) away from one end of the stack.
Use masking tape to secure the knot to a hard surface. Alternatively, ask another person to hold the knotted end for you as you work.
Separate the stack into its three distinct strips. Cross the right strip over the middle strip and under the left strip.
Weave the left strip over the middle strip and under the right strip. Doing so completes one full braid.
Create additional braids down the length of the stack by following the same procedure: cross the right strip over the middle, then weave the left strip over the middle. Create as many braids as needed until only 2 t
Regroup all three strips of fabric into a single stack. Tie another overhand knot at the loose end to mirror the first knot.
Peel away the masking tape currently holding the toy down.
Using fabric scissors or pinking shears, trim the loose ends of the dog toy so that they appear even in length.
This step completes the DIY dog toys checklist. Use the new toy to play tug-of-war with your dog or give it to your dog for use as a chew toy.
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