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.
- 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:
- Spread the strips in a cross (+) shape
- Fold the top of the vertical strip towards the bottom
- Fold the bottom of the vertical strip towards the top
- Fold the right end of the horizontal strip towards the left, passing over then under
- Fold the left end of the horizontal strip towards the right, passing over then under
- 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 fiercely fought between medal contenders. :) Remember, this is 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 here.