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Thursday, October 4, 2012

Dog DIY: Easy Box Braided Tug Toy



There is nothing I love more than combining by love of dogs, and my love of crafting. So today I’m giving you a simple DIY that you dog will love! I’m always in search of a cheap, sturdy toy that Carter will love, and today I think I found it. The toy is simple to make, and is inexpensive, and so far its held up to everything Carter has dished out.


All you need for this project is some fleece, or an old t-shirt will work, scissors and a ruler.
I bought my fleece at my local Joann Fabrics, luckily for me it was 40% off and I had an additional 20% off coupon, so all of the fabric was less than 8 dollars, and I will get a bunch of toys out of it.

Box Braid Tug Toy


4, 4”x48” Fleece Fabric Strips (I used a different color for each of the strips, but you can easily customize the toy how you want it to look)
Scissors
Ruler


Use the ruler to cut your strips of fabric into 4”x48” pieces.


Tie the four pieces in a knot at one end.


Lay the fabric down on the table, so the fabric falls in four different directions and looks like a t.


Fold the first vertical strand to the opposite side, creating a loop. Fold the opposing vertical strand to the opposite side, creating another loop.

With the other hand, weave a horizontal strand over the closest loop and under the next loop. Do the exact opposite with the last horizontal strand.


Pull the four strands tightly. (I like the pull the top left hand side strand, and the bottom right hand stand and vice versa, pull both of them extremely tight in order to keep you box uniform.)

Once you have about a foot of fleece left, knot the end of the toy.


Now your toy is ready for use!

This toy has been more durable than I ever imagined it would be. Carter and I have been tugging at the toy all night and its still exactly how it was when we started playing with it. My only suggestion is to make sure the two knots at the end are tight, as we tugged they seemed to slip out some until I took a moment to tighten it.



After a long tug session there is nothing Carter enjoys more than a nap!

Is there any DYI dog product that you would like to know how to make? Let us know if there is anything you want to see in the comments below.

Love and Paws,


4 comments:

  1. Love this!!! Thanks so much for posting. I've seen these for sale for $16 or more. It's a great use of fleece that I had with the intent of making a winter scarf (that never was made).

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    1. Its a great way to use old t shirt scraps as well! Look for a new fleece DIY this week teaching you how to make a tug toy!

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  2. Hi,
    Thanks so much for sharing! Love the toy! Can't wait to try making one for our dog!
    Love your pictures! Carter is so cute!

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  3. BEST instructions on how to make this dog!!!!!!!! Your instructions and pics explained this so easily!!!
    Thank you thank you thank you!!!!!!

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