Have you ever seen those fleece rope dog toys at the pet stores? Well, my dog loves them. In addition, they aren’t as messy as a typical knotted or hemp type rope where little strings can be left behind. I realized right away that I could make fleece ropes with all the left over fleece from other projects (the trendy term for this is upcycle). I’ve now made more ropes than I can count for my dog and all of her friends.
I just completed two new rope gifts for some doggies I’ll be visiting soon.
Instructions: cut 3 strips of fleece. The thicker the strip, the thicker the today. Knot at one end. Braid. Knot at the other end. Play tug with a happy dog!
My dog has a ton of toys. She takes great care of them and never ruins them. She has enough that I have to swap out batches of toys because they don’t all fit in the toy basket. Eventually I donate them to the shelter. Despite that, I continue to make her this one type of toy that she likes: a braided fleece rope. I once bought a simple fleece rope at PetSmart and found out she really liked it. After that, I collected fleece scraps when they were on sale and have made many, many fleece ropes for my dog and other dogs I fancy. She doesn’t play tug too much but she does like to carry around the fleece rope and slowly will chew on it (or it gets ruined when another dog comes to visit) so I have to make her new one.
Here’s how I make them:
- Cut three long strips of fleece (make them thicker for a thick braid)
- Tie one end in a tight knot
- Braid to the other end, tie in a knot
- Tie a knot in the middle
- Optional: tie extra small fleece scraps near the ends of the rope (I used to do this because the toy at PetSmart had them, but don’t do it any more)
- Give to your favorite spoiled dog. Seriously, it’s that easy.
A posed picture of Molly with a fleece toy on top of one of her new beds:
(This is her “window” bed that I felt the need to make after we removed the carpet from our house this winter. I didn’t want her to be cold while laying with her head on the windowsill! Also, the cats really enjoy it.)
Yesterday I made a dog bed cover.
- Measure dog.
- Triple her size.
- Cut a giant piece of fleece, randomly adding inches for the seam allowance.
- Sew the fleece like it’s a pillow case, with the opening on the long side.
- Try to be smart by planning the placement of velcro to close the cover.
- Finish sewing velcro and find out you planned wrong (a usual occurrence in my sewing escapades).
- Give up because the dog doesn’t seem to mind.