CRAFT: Easy Gift for a Beloved Dog

MAKE YOUR OWN: Braided Dog Toy
Don’t have a dog? Make a cat toy instead.

Six 1”x22” strips of fabric.


1/ Gather all six strips of fabric together at one end in your hand. Tie a simple knot to keep them together, leaving about 2 inches of fabric “shaggy” at the end.

2/ Divide the longer side of the six strips into three sets of two. This will create the “strands” of fabric you will braid.

3/ Braid the fabric as you would braid hair. Just make sure the pretty side of the fabric (in sewing, this is called the “right side”) is always showing.

4/ Continue to braid until you have about 8 inches of braided fabric, with 6 inches left of unbraided fabric.

5/ Tie a knot to secure the braid.

6/ Trim the ends of the fabric to even them out so that they are all the same length. Make sure they are also the same length as the “shaggy” strands of fabric on the opposite end of the toy, where you first started.

Happy playtime!

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