Friday, 22 July 2016

DIY Gold Silver and Bronze Medal Dog Tug Toys

I would say "Let the Games begin!" but around here, the games never end. :)  We have a special collection of Olympic-inspired toys and treats to share with you over the next few weeks.  These medal tug toys are so cute (and fun) and are deceptively simple - two tugs (one for the medal, one for the ribbon) made using our basic box knot woven dog tug toy are knotted together to form each toy.  

The materials and craft supplies used in making the toys shown are:
  • Polar Fleece Fabric
  • Scissors
To make a medal tug toy:
  • Cut four long strips of fleece for the ribbon (I used one white, one red, two blue), and two strips for the medal. The length and width are at your discretion to scale the toy to the size of your pet. 
  • Tie a knot near one end of your long "ribbon"strands and then knot using a "box weave" aka "square knot" or "box braid" per the diagram and steps below:

  1. Spread the strips in a cross (+) shape 
  2. Fold the top of the vertical strip towards the bottom
  3. Fold the bottom of the vertical strip towards the top
  4. Fold the right end of the horizontal strip towards the left, passing over then under
  5. Fold the left end of the horizontal strip towards the right, passing over then under
  6. Pull to secure. 
  • Repeat the steps until you start to approach the end. Set aside while you prepare the medal.

  • Tie your two medal strands together in the middle and repeat the process above weave a strand for the medal.  Tip: Keep your starting knots a touch loose so that you can easily join the medal loop.
  • As you near the end of your medal strands, two of your working ends through just below the starting knot and weave to secure, "swallowing" the starting knot into the circlet.

  • Pass the working ends up through the midpoint of your ribbon at slightly different points.  Weave again to secure.
  • For added security, pass the working ends back down through the ribbon to the medal side.  Tie individually to the medal below the ribbon, then trim and tuck the loose ends back into the toy loose ends if/as you wish.
  • Close the ribbon loop near your starting knot. You can knot around the strand or (as shown) you can pull the loose ends of your ribbon through the ribbon strand at slightly different points just below the starting knot, and tie a loop knot to finish the end and secure the loop. Trim the ends if/as you wish.

Let the fun begin! Of course, at our place, the battle for the podium was fierce between medal contenders! :)

Remember, no matter what a toy is made of or how it's made, toys are meant for supervised interactive play. Know your dog before giving him or her any new toy. Some dogs would rather eat their toys (whether store bought or handmade), and that's dangerous. Toys are for playing, and playtime is safer (and more fun!) with you involved.  You can read more about dog toy safety in our safety post and find advice from the Humane Society here.

Looking for more? You can find all of our tug toy related posts here.  Helpful information is also available in our DIY Fleece Tug Toy FAQs, Tips, and Troubleshooting Mini-Series: 


  1. Love this! :-) Any suggestions for how I can maybe make a squeaker version?

  2. Hi Susan! Absolutely. :) You could make the medal a round softie with a squeaker in the middle, kind of like we did in our Cupid's Arrow Tug Toy. For a ribbon loop not a "shaft" like the arrow, to attach perhaps you might want to have the medal have a top loop around the ribbon tug. You can find squeakers in your old damaged dog toys (if still squeaky!) or buy replacement squeakers in a local shop or online. I haven't had any luck with my local shops, so buy a big bag online whenever I need some for new toys or the toy hospital. Have fun, and I'd love to see what you come up with! :)

    1. Thank you! :-) Love the idea of a toy hospital too!


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