Making dog toys

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!

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Saving things in the hope that some day I’ll make them into something…

Since my obsession with crafting a wide variety of things, I’ve started to hoard “things” in the hope that some day I will make them into something cool.

“Things” currently include beer caps, wine corks, colored bottles (they are going to make an awesome thing, just wait), ribbon, scraps of fabric, pretty boxes… As I age, I’m certain this list will get longer.

Today, I came across the perfect thing to make my corks into! I’ve been thinking about making a cork board or some trivets but wasn’t really sure what I’d do with them.  Instead, I am totally going to make this wine cork bath mat (some day).  I wonder if I have 175 corks yet. I also wonder if I am patient enough to cut that many corks in half. Only time will tell.