If you're anything like me (and the rest of the Internet) you've jumped on the Pinterest bandwagon and obsessively pin anything and everything. One of things I tend to pin the most (aside from wedding ideas and nail polish colors LOL) are all sorts of DIY craft ideas. I pin things all the time but until this week, I'd never gotten around to actually making any of the things I've been obsessively pinning. Being the crazy dog mama that I am, it should come as no surprise that I made Riley a dog toy. I had fun making her this tug-toy, it was really easy plus she LOVES it, so that just makes it really great any way you look at it.
Pinterest has a few different dog toy DIY ideas- most of them involving old t-shirts or fabric scraps. I had a few old t-shirts that I had set aside to donate to Goodwill, so I decided to use them for this project instead. I looked through the different pins in my pinboard to get the basic idea and then I set out to make one for Riley. It was so easy to make that I can definitely see myself continuing to make these for her.
I measured out about 20 inches and started cutting strips, trying to keep them all about 20 inches long and about 3 inches wide.
As you can tell, I definitely wasn't going for perfection here! All my strips were different widths. I ended up cutting 15 strips total, 5 from each t-shirt.
I gathered all my strips and tied them together on one end. I made the tightest, strongest knot I could. I originally cut 15 strips, but it was too bulky to tie into a good knot, so I ended using only 3 strips from each color, for 9 strips total.
After you tie your knot, you just make a basic braid and tie another strong knot at the end.
And then you're done and it's ready for your dog- in this case Riley, who was not-so-patient! She hated taking these pictures, because I wouldn't let her play with the braid right away.
She LOVED it right away.
She paraded and pranced around the backyard like a lunatic. It was awesome.
Good job! Riley approved!