Directions for Braided Fleece Dog Toy

by Elle Di Jensen
    "I wouldn't shred the T.P. if you'd braid a toy for me!"

    "I wouldn't shred the T.P. if you'd braid a toy for me!"

    Chris Amaral/Photodisc/Getty Images

    Some pooches like to fetch, some like to play tug-of-war and some enjoy rousing rounds of both. Whichever category Max falls into, he doesn't need high-end, fashionable toys to play his favorite games. He'll have a blast chasing, fetching and tugging a toy you craft with your own two hands. Don't worry about the time involved. You can create a simple but fun dog toy by braiding strips of polar fleece together. The material is reasonably durable on its own, but braiding three or more strips together makes it extra-tough, plus you can launder it whenever it gets grungy.

    Step 1

    Cut the polar fleece into 1-inch-by-30-inch strips using the scissors and the tape measure. You'll need three strips to make one toy. Double up and use six strips to make a more durable toy for larger dogs or ones who are chewers.

    Step 2

    Gather the strips together and match the ends up so that they're even.

    Step 3

    Tie a knot in one end to fasten all three strips together.

    Step 4

    Braid the loose ends: place the piece on the right between the middle piece and left-hand piece, making it the new middle piece. Then make the piece on the left the new middle piece by placing it in between the middle piece and the right-hand piece. Continue alternating moving the right piece and left piece, working all the way to the end of the material.

    Step 5

    Tie a knot at the bottom of the toy to secure the braid and keep it from unraveling.

    Items You Will Need

    • Polar fleece
    • Scissors
    • Tape measure

    Tips

    • Use two or three different colors and/or patterns of fleece in one toy to make it more colorful and visible.
    • The fleece strips can be cut any length you want to make a smaller or larger toy.
    • If you find it difficult to braid your toy, grasp the knotted end between your knees to hold it in place.
    • Get creative with the shape of your dog toys. Start the braid in the middle section of the strips, then fold them in half to create a loop. Tie a knot to secure the loop and finish braiding the loose ends, knotting them when you reach the end of the material. This technique creates a toy that Max can get a good grip on for a "serious" game of tug.

    Photo Credits

    • Chris Amaral/Photodisc/Getty Images

    About the Author

    Elle Di Jensen has been a writer and editor since 1990. She began working in the fitness industry in 1987, and her experience includes editing and publishing a workout manual. She has an extended family of pets, including special needs animals. Jensen attended Idaho and Boise State Universities. Her work has appeared in various print and online publications.