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Craft Tutorial: No-Sew Dog Tug Toy

No-Sew Tug Toy

I had a lot of leftover fleece from sewing valentine hearts, so I figured out how to make braided doggy tug toys. It is super easy - no sewing involved. You basically just cut and braid. Here is a quick how-to. There are more photos from in between the step in my Flickr feed.

Step 1 - No-Sew Tug ToyYou'll need some fleece. You can use up to 3 colors for each tug toy. Mine was leftover from another project.

Step 2 - No-Sew Tug ToyFold the fleece in half, selvage to selvage so you are cutting strips along the direction the fabric stretches (the selvage will be on the end of your strips, not on the length).

Cut a strip 3" - 4" wide. I went with 3.5".

Step 4 - No-Sew Tug ToyRepeat until you have three strips total.

Step 5 - No-Sew Tug ToyLay the strips lengthwise side-by-side. Fold them in to loose tubes at the middle so that the rough edges aren't as noticeable when you start to braid.

Step 6 - No-Sew Tug ToyBraid the middle 10" or so of the strips. When you fold this in half, it will become the loop handle.

Step 7 - No-Sew Tug ToyFold the strips in half and line up the matching colors. If you are using all one color, just split the strips from each side into 3 groups of 2.

Step 8 - No-Sew Tug ToyStart braiding tightly till the end. You can make it look neater by wrapping the pairs of strips around each other into a tube so you don't see as many rough edges.

Step 9 - No-Sew Tug ToyTie the whole tug toy in a knot above the loose ends. I like to make the knot loosely but starting fairly high, then pull it down towards the end until it is nice and tight.

Step 10 - No-Sew Tug ToyTrim the ends to make them even, and you are done!

No-Sew Tug Toy

Comments

( 4 comments — Leave a comment )
charlottegeary
Feb. 12th, 2009 09:54 pm (UTC)
I love this! Thanks for the idea and tutorial. Ally loves fleece pull toys, and we go through them quickly!
punquin
Feb. 12th, 2009 09:59 pm (UTC)
They charge so much for those tugs in the store! You could make 3 or 4 from one yard of fleece.
gaewyn
Feb. 13th, 2009 02:22 am (UTC)
instructable!
You should drop this on instructables.com
hiqiscup
Apr. 9th, 2011 04:00 pm (UTC)
Great post! I wish you could follow up on this topic!

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