Friday, 4 March 2016

Woven Fleece Carrot Dog Tug Toy

Does your dog love carrots?  Ours do, especially Humphrey - check out the little carrot thief at work!  Although Easter is more typically associated with sweet treats, these is nothing wrong with a crunchy carrot stick every now and then either. :)  For a little interactive fun, why not create your own Easter carrot tug toy? 

The materials and craft supplies used in making the tug toy shown are:
  • Polar fleece fabric
  • Scissors

This toy is fairly easy to make, but if you've never made a woven tug toy before and would rather start with the easiest option, you might like our simple DIY fleece tug toy in festive Easter colours. :)  To make your own woven fleece carrot tug toy:
  • Cut two long strips of orange fleece. The length and width are at your discretion to scale the carrot to the size of your pet.  The orange strips in the toy as shown were approximately 2m long x 4-5cm wide.  
  • Cut four shorter strips of green fleece.  The length and width are at your discretion to scale the carrot to the size of your pet.  The green strips in the toy as shown were approximately 60cm long x 4-5cm wide. 
  • Starting with your orange fleece, tie a knot securing both strips together in their middle.  This forms the tip of your carrot.
  • 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. Pause knotting to attach the "leaves".
  • Tie a green strip around each of the four orange ends
  • Continue weaving as above, working slowly to keep your pattern. As you cross the knots attaching green strips to orange, take care to try an position the knots inside the weave for a tidier appearance when the toy is finished. Loose ends can be woven where feasible or simply left outside (as shown) for later trim and tuck. Weave until you are several layers past the knots, out of the orange and into the green, for security.
  • Tie a large looping knot all the way around your stem.
  • Tuck in any loose ends (trim and tuck if needed) from the orange-to-green knots.
  • Even out your leafy ends with a straight cut if/as needed. If you wish, use pinking shears to notch the ends and texture the edges for a little extra feathery carrot-top flair. 

Remember, toys are 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.

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