Saturday, April 19, 2008

Making Your Own Fleece Doggie Toys

We go through tons of toys around here. Our 10 month old English Bulldog loves to tear his toys to smithereens. His favorite is soft toys, cute little bunnies and such. After spending hundreds of dollars over the last 8 months I was getting a little sick of picking up obliterated stuffed lambs from all over the house. So I looked at the toys that seemed to last and decided to make my own with some bargain fabric. You can too! It's super easy and your furry friends will love you, and you may even get a slobbery kiss or two.

I got this idea from a toy I bought at PetSmart a few months back for $11.99. It outlasted every other soft toy I purchased so I figured it was a good one.

Get yourself some fleece. I bought this stuff out of the remnant bin for less than a dollar. I matched the fleece to the dog so they color coordinate. -It's a sickness really, the color coordination thing.

Cut it in 2 inch wide strips length wise. My strips were about 2 inches by 3 feet long.

Tie a knot in the center of 3 fleece strips. I did a triple knot. Knots are the chewy fun part.

Braid both sides. Can you tell I only have boys and never have figured out the art of braiding? It doesn't matter. Dogs don't care if you can braid good or not. They just want treats, toys and cuddles.

Now add some more chewiness with a few more knots. Trim the ends neatly

and give it to your fur buddy. This is Gunner. His mom and dad are named Axle and

Hopefully yours will be more excited than mine. This is his pensive look.

and this is his "so ugly it's cute" face.


Rosie's Whimsy said...

hehehe....I do this, too! But I never thought to braid it....dah....I just cut a 6 inch width and put a double knot in it every few inches. I like your idea better!

:-) Rosie

p.s. I also use fleece for reuseable Swifter pads.

Anonymous said...

You are a great "fur" mommy! I love this blog. I think you are a beautiful girl. (from your picture and creations) :) keep up the wonderful creative ideas. I am a LUCKY man.

Valarie said...

Oh he is so cute! I can't believe you color coordinate with the dog. Thats great!

Marie said...

What a good dog mommy you are! I may actually do this...thanks for the 'how to'!

Julie said...

I love that the new toys match your dog! Perfect.

Mrs. B said...

I love that he matches his toy! I've never seen a bulldog with coloring like that. He's very cute.

I might have to try this. Maybe my dog would even prefer these toys to the children's crayons. Probably not. She really likes those crayons.

So, are the dog names an indication of your musical inclinations, or did someone else name them?

Mrs. Fussypants said...

I love your site. Adorable!

You are so talented.

Susie Harris said...

Love the bird cages. I sooo want one. I have been shopping for one for a while now and cant seem just the right one. I will find it one day, smile..... Susie

Cottage Dreaming said...

I am going to pass this wonderful idea on to my brother. He has a white bulldog, Black Jack. They are such characters. Also, I loved all your great finds. What fabulous birdcages. We need some great shops like that around here. Heather

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Hi, Aimee, what a cute doggie!

And I love your thrifted items, those are great things. We would definitely be fighting over the same things if we shopped together. And I LOVE your photo wall with all the "B's" that's a great look & you put it all together so artfully.

I'm adding you to my blogroll!


Melissa @ The Inspired Room said...

Ha, that dog is great!!! And his toy is handsome too!

Donna said...

Hi Aimee,
I just found your site and love it! Gunner is so cute! I have two dachshunds, so I just might have to make that great little fleece toy.