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DIY Fleece Dog Toy Tutorial

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Follow this DIY Fleece Dog Toy Tutorial to learn how to make 2 types of homemade fleece dog toys. #diyfleecedogtoys #homemadefleecedogtoys

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 and getting new toys from time to time helps. 

Recently I made a few new toys and today I’m sharing how you can make your own diy fleece dog toy.

dog with dog food bag

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 and chewing on them.  Homemade toys are great but like any other dog toy please be sure to supervise your dog for his or her safety.

Two types of DIY fleece dog toys in front of a basket of toys

DIY Fleece Dog Toy Tutorial #1

The first rope style diy fleece dog toy 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.

6 strips of fleece fabric with a knot at the top, separated into 3 groups of 2

Step 2: Braid the fabric.

picture of the fleece strips being braided

Step 3: When you have braided what you want to braid then you will tie a knot on the other end to finish it.

The finished braid with a knot at the end

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.

diy fleece dog toys in front of a basket of other dog toys

Tutorial #2

The second rope style is a little more complicated therefore I’m going to try to break it down more.  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.

4 strips of fleece knotted at the end

Step 2: Next place the knot in between your knees.  Spread the pieces of fabric out into a cross pattern.

knot held into place between knees and 4 strips of fleece separated into a + shape

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.

series of 6 photos showing how to make the knot with the 4 strips of fabric, weaving them in and out of each other

Step 4: Keep making knots, like so.

the fleece dog toy mostly finished after repeating the knotting process

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.

the dog toy finished and knotted off

He likes them!

fluffy white dog snuggling the fleece dog toy

He also loves kibble.

a bag of dog food with two homemade fleece dog toys in front of it

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We recently picked up the Simply 9 White Meat Chicken and Whole Barley Recipe Natural Dry Dog Food variety for Lucky at Target.

a bag of dog food in a grocery cart

Target has an amazing variety of Purina dry dog food products available at in the pet aisle.

Find out more about the great Purina foods that Target has to offer.

So what’s your dog’s favorite toy?  I love hearing other people’s recommendations so please leave them in the comments below.

Want more DIY dog tutorials? Then check these out:


Monday 20th of March 2017

They turned out so cute! Pinned!


Monday 20th of March 2017

Thank you!

Cassy Gobin

Tuesday 14th of March 2017

Super easy, yet useful tutorial!! Well done.


Wednesday 15th of March 2017

Thank you!

Allison Waken

Monday 13th of March 2017

Great toy ideas! Mine go through toys super quick as well so they're usually just running around with strips of fabric left over lol! [client]


Monday 13th of March 2017

I know, sometimes we bring a toy home and in minutes it's destroyed so we never can have enough of them around!

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