Homemade Holiday Gift Idea: Make Fido A Dog Toy

Homemade Holiday Gift Idea: Make Fido A Dog Toy

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Ashley Poskin
Nov 18, 2015
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If you're like most pet people, your special little furry friend gets a stocking of his own for the holidays, right alongside everyone else. They're always fun to fill with treats and chew toys, so this year, why not make your own? Sure, he might not get the warm fuzzies when you tell him it's handmade — but you can be proud of the fact that you made it out of 100% recycled materials!

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What You Need

Materials

  • 12 strips of t-shirt yarn (apx 36" long)
  • Scissors

Instructions

1. Cut 12 strips of t-shirt yarn in 24"-36" lengths. If you can't find t-shirt yarn, you can recycle an old t-shirt: cut strips up and over the shoulder in 1-2" widths.

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2. Tie all 12 pieces together in a large knot at the end of the strips.

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3. Separate the strips into 4 piles containing 3 strips each.

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4. Lay each of the four piles out in a cross shape like demonstrated in the photo below.

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5. Begin your braid by folding the top vertical (white) group of strips down, and the bottom vertical group of strips (black) up, so that the top and bottom sections of the cross switch places with one another.

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6. Like you did in step 5, fold the group of horizontal strips on the left side (black) over to the right side, and the right horizontal group of strips (white) over to the left side so the horizontal sections of the cross switch places with one another.

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7. Repeat steps 5 and 6 until the braid has a tail of 5"-7". End the braid by twisting all 12 strips into a knot. Pull the knot as tight as you can and trim off any excess longer than 3".

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