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.
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.
Gather the strips together and match the ends up so that they're even.
Tie a knot in one end to fasten all three strips together.
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.
Tie a knot at the bottom of the toy to secure the braid and keep it from unraveling.
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.
Items You Will Need
- Polar fleece
- Tape measure
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