How to turn old blankets or sweatshirts into dog toys

For years, I have worked in animal rescue fostering, adopting, training, transitioning & transporting rescue animals & donating to shelters. With so many cute pups coming through, we go through a lot of dog toys so I started turning my larger chunks of fabric from Mon-stor making into rope toys. This is a great way to repurpose old blankets, sweatshirts & towels – and it’s super easy!

First, cut your material into a rectangle. Make it 3x longer than you want the end result because as you braid it, it will become shorter.

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Cut the material into three or six strips. 

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Tie the strips in a tight knot at one end. 

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Braid the strands together tightly, working as close to the end as you can.

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Pinching the end tightly, loop the material over to tie off this end in a tight knot. It’s that easy!

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Clearly small ones bore big dogs. Make longer, thicker braids for large dogs (using sheets, blankets, adult PJ pants, robes, curtains or beach towels) & you can add multiple knots through the braid for the dogs to chew on or so multiple dogs can play tug-a-war together.

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Little fabric bits – napkins, pillow cases, sweatshirt sleeves, kids PJ pants – are just the right size to make toys for smaller breeds!

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This craft is perfect to do as a fund raiser for shelters or to donate to rescues – they are always in needs of toys for their furry friends! – and it is a great way to keep textiles out of landfills!

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