How to Make a Dog Tug Toy
I’m a puppy and love to play. My owner loves to sew, and collect fabric. She made me a dog tug toy, when I need a little something new to play with! Sometimes I just like to sit and chew on them, too.
Start with four pieces of fabric that are 4″ wide. They can be the same color, or different, but it is easier to keep track of your knot tying with different colors.
Here are the four fabrics we’ll be using for the dog tug toy.
Take all four fabrics and tie a big knot on one end. This is the easy part!
To make a sturdy tug toy, we’ll be making a square knot with the four 4″ fabrics. Start by laying them out with two to the sides, and two down.
Take the strip on the far left (pink) and fold it over the two strips (yellow and orange) that are laying down straight.
Take the strip (orange) that is on the right laying down and fold it up over both horizontal strips (the red and pink).
Take the strip that was lying to the right (red) and fold over the strip that was folded up (orange), and pull it under the 2nd strip that was laying straight (yellow). Now, all four strips are interlaced for a square knot and ready to pull it taut!
Here is another view of the four strips interwoven for the square knot.
Voila! Our first square knot.
Now, do the process again (and again), making square knots until you run out of fabric. Here are the steps again. Fold the piece of fabric that is to the left (yellow), over the two center strips (orange and red).
Bring one of the center strips (red) up and over the two strips (yellow and pink) that were on the outside.
Bring the right side strip (pink) over the strip we just folded up (red).
Pull all four taut for a knot. Here is the finished dog tug toy! Tie off the end with a big knot when you don’t have enough fabric to make another square knot.
Now it’s time to play!
I’ll just chew it a while, until you come and chase me for the tug toy!
I like my new tug toy — made from scraps of fabric. You can make it longer by making your strips longer.
Oh, yeah. The knot is nice to chew on!
Bringing back my new tug toy for another toss in the yard!
Come on, let’s play!
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