Saturday, December 4, 2010

Fleece Dog Toy Tutorial

Can you keep a secret?

Abby was quite suspicious this afternoon when she saw me taking one of her toys. 

The orange/green/yellow toy is the old stinky one.  It needs to be washed.  The one on the right is her new Christmas toy.  I studied the old one and decided "I can do this."  Abby has enjoyed her old toy for quite some time and I can tell you it is very durable.  I like this toy because it keeps my hand far away from her mouth when she's pulling and adjusting her "grip."  And the loop allows me to hold on for dear life when she starts shaking her head like a wild beast.  Abby also really enjoys chewing on the knots too.  She's a chewer.

All you need is 3 strips of fleece measuring 2 1/2" wide by width of fabric which is about 60".  The fleece I used is anti-pill.  Not sure it really makes a difference.

Find the center of the strips.  Mr. Creations didn't seem to mind that I interrupted his tv time.  Plus he has very photogenic hands. 

Another set of hands makes this so much easier.  Braid evenly in the center of the strips for about 12".  You'll want to braid as tight as you can through the entire process.

Fold in half then have your helper hold all of the fleece strips as shown in the photo.

Matching up your green to green, red to red, and dot to dot you'll now braid with your two strands of each color set as "one", about 6" in length.

Knot and have your strong handy helper pull very tight.  Pulling each strip helps with the tightening.

After the knot you'll now braid in two sets--a set of each color group (one red, one green, one dot), about 6" in length.

The last step is to knot each end and pull tight.  I hope this makes sense.  I'm a visual learner so I wanted to share plenty of step by step photos.

You certainly wouldn't want to forget your 4-legged friends this holiday season!  This toy will provide endless hours of cheap thrills.

~Piecefully, Stephanie

21 comments:

Jackie said...

Great tutorial and toy! Now if I only had a dog... but I think that my three cats might mind having a larger four legged friend around.

Lee said...

great idea! I think I have some fleece hanging around here somewhere. Lily would love it

Csigi said...

Thank you for this tutorial! Murphy will love this :))

Carrie P. said...

Perfect, she will be so surprised on Christmas morning.

Micki said...

Loved the tutorial!
Micki

Candace said...

Wow - cheap thrills for Abby and you're so right about Mr. C's photogenic hands! What a great tutorial, Stephanie! When we get out dog, this will be made right away!
Cheers!

Tarnyia said...

Great idea and so quick and easy... clever you xxx

Carol said...

What a wonderful, wonderful toy...great tutorial!

Annemariesquilt said...

How sweet to make Abby a new toy. Did you buy the old one??

Melanie said...

Lovely one Stephanie. I used to make them from the off cuts -from the fleece dog coats. Have you tried a pretzel shape of a plait just splicing in at the join points? They are fun too.

Quilt Hollow said...

Very nice and so much prettier than a sock tied in a knot! She isn't spoiled is she? LOL

Cindy said...

My Maggie is going to just love this. Now all I need is some fleece and I'm making toys.

two hippos said...

This looks great. There are several dogs I know who will now be getting special gifts this year!

TJB said...

Cute toy!
I have 2 big chewers, so made something very similar out of old blue jeans cut up.

Cindy said...

You're the "bestest" doggie Mom around !!

Abby is loved.

Robyn G. said...

This is a grat idea and very easy :-)

jabeybaby said...

I just made two of these, one for our dogs and one for our neighbor dog, and they were super easy! Thanks so much for the tutorial!

sewmod said...

These are just great. Totally going to make some of them! Thanks for the tutorial.

Norissima said...

Made the first toy as a Christmas present for our doggie and she loved it! Since have another one as a replacement! thank you.

Eva Mari said...

Wonderful! Thank you SO much! I made one a tad smaller as the wee Abby (!) will be coming home to my son's family this week.

Best regards from Eva Mari in Norway

http://i1202.photobucket.com/albums/bb367/Emmari0601/Abbytoy_zps44040163.png

Eva Mari said...

She absolutely loves it! :)

http://i1202.photobucket.com/albums/bb367/Emmari0601/lek_zps36808f7e.png