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If you’ve read the blog for the last couple of years you then you’ve probably seen our sweet dog Lucky from time to time. We like to keep things interesting for him by getting him new toys occasionally. Recently I made a few new toys and today I’m sharing how you can make your own.
I’m going to share the tutorials for how to make two different styles of rope-type dog toys. These are great for tossing around and playing fetch. Lucky loves to sprint around retrieving these for us. Homemade toys are great but like any other dog toy please be sure to supervise your dog for his or her safety.
The first rope style is super simple. It’s a basic braid. To make this one you will need:
- 6 1 inch X 18 inch pieces of fleece fabric
Step 1: Lay the 6 fabric strips on top of each other and tie a knot in one end. I find it helpful to tape the braid down onto a table or put it between your knees. This helps you to be able to pull things tight as you go along. Separate the fabric out into 3 pairs.
Step 2: Braid the fabric.
Step 3: When you have braided what you want to braid tie a knot on the other end to finish it.
This size of fabric will make a small rope toy, about 9 inches long. If you want to make a longer toy then use longer strips.
Tutorial # 2
The second rope style is a little more complicated. For this one I channeled my younger self from summer camp days when we would make those plastic lanyard things that you could make into a necklace or key chain. Remember those? This one uses a square knot technique. Here’s what you will need:
- 4 2 inch X 30 inch pieces of fleece fabric
This size of fabric will make a medium sized rope toy, about 13 inches long. If you want to make a longer toy then use longer strips.
Step 1: Lay the 4 strips of fabric on top of each other and tie a knot in one end.
Step 2: Place the knot in between your knees. Spread the pieces of fabric out into a cross pattern.
Step 3: Make a square knot. Fold the bottom piece up to the top left. Then fold the top piece down to the bottom right. Fold the right piece to the left, going over, then under the two pieces of fabric in the middle. Then fold the left piece over to the right, going over, then under. Pull all four ends of fabric to tighten the knot. The picture sequence below should help make this more clear.
Step 4: Keep making knots.
Step 5: To finish things off then make a knot just like you did at the beginning. Trim the ends so that they are nice and even.
He likes them!
He also loves kibble.
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So what’s your dog’s favorite toy? I love hearing other people’s recommendations so please leave them in the comments below.