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!
Molly enjoys watching the Steelers every weekend with us. When I jump up and down and cheer, she even barks along. Two years ago when the Steelers were in the Superbowl I took an old terrible towel and turned it into a dog bandana (ok, maybe it’s more like a cape). Don’t worry, I had other terrible towels and this particular one had been washed after a party where someone used it to mop up a spill. Obviously such a thing should never happen, but I made the best of the situation after the towel frayed a bit in the wash.
To turn the towel into dog wear, I folded under the frayed corners and sewed them under.
I also sewed a button on the front so Molly can dress quickly and easily at game time.
Here we go Steelers!
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:
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.)