We have been burning through dog toys around here, having 3 of us and all! Boss has to get (yet again) crafty to make sure we're not learning how to eat furniture or kitties. So.....with that in mind, she has come up with the solution:
DIY Dog Toys!
This is the first prototype of her "line" of toys for us. This one is made of 4" wide, and long pieces of fleece. Boss picked 1 color this time to make them look cute, but you can use any combination! She also uses 2, 3, and 4 color combinations- it's really up to you. First, I must apologize for my Boss's horrible picture quality- taking pictures in her "craft room" is tough, especially when the sun is coming up!
Once she had the fleece laid out, she cut 4 equal segments of each color.
Then, she started doing the knots. You have to sort of "weave" the 4 strands- it's difficult at first, but once you get going and have less yarn to work with, it gets easier. I always make an upside-down U, and on the other side of the knot, a "U", then think "over, under" to get the correct knot going. It's slow going at first, but after a while, it's just habit.
Keep making knots until you decide that the toy is the right length (there is no "right" length- it's all up to you)! Tie a knot at this end too, to finish the project off. The tighter, the better!
You can also do this project with t-shirt yarn, but you have to use 4 strands to make 1 thicker "strand" to weave, resulting in 16 pieces of t-shirt yarn total. Those tend to be really stretchy, but I still liked to play with them, nonetheless!
Ta-da! A cheap, durable doggie toy that us friends LOVE!
|We LOVE our new toys!|