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Jun 092012
 
How to make a braided-rope dog toy

When it comes to kids’ crafts, I like projects they can make and use rather than just make and throw away. During a recent sleepover in my house, I enlisted the help of two kids to try out one of the DIY projects I have bookmarked on Pinterest.

Using fleece fabric left over from winter projects, we made several braided-rope dog pull toys. This was the perfect summer craft for kids. The pull-toys were simple to make (the most difficult part was taking the pictures), cost us nothing, kept the kids engaged and best of all? Our dog loves them.

How to make a braided-rope dog toy

Here are the instructions, written by one of the kids:

1. First cut your fleece into strips.
Braided Rope Pull Toy for Dogs - Start with three strips of fleece fabric.

2. Secure one end with a safety pin, knot, or rubber band.
How to make a braided-rope dog toy

3. Next have a friend hold the end with the safety pin while you braid the toy tightly.
How to make a braided-rope dog toy

4. Take the safety pin out and knot the ends. For a tighter knot have your friend pull one way while you pull the opposite way.
How to make a braided-rope dog toy

6. Cut a fringe on both ends or leave it as-is.
How to make a braided-rope dog toy

7. Give as gifts or keep for your dog. And, most important, HAVE FUN :)
How to make a braided-rope dog toy

Carolyn Erickson

Carolyn Erickson is a freelance writer with expertise in business-to-consumer writing and editorial. During her career, she's helped companies like Time Warner Internet, Ethan Allen, Gold's Gym, Stanley Steemer, Empire Vision Centers and others reach local customers with their marketing messages. Her writing has received awards from the Kansas Professional Communicators and the National Federation of Press Women. Most recently, Carolyn has parlayed her experience in digital media as the owner of Wichita on the Cheap into helping small businesses and non-profit organizations establish an Internet and social media presence – on the cheap, of course.

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