Friday, 10 March 2017
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DIY St. Patrick's Day Woven Fleece Dog Tug Toy Ideas

Dalmatian dog playing with a homemade woven fleece spiral tug toy

St. Patrick's Day is coming soon, and it's ever so easy to have a little pinch-proof playtime by making your dog a new green toy.  Modern St. Patrick's Day celebrations are all about the green (did you know that Saint Patrick's traditional colour is actually blue?), and you can't go wrong by mixing together fresh bright greens on their own or with a pop of white, glitter of golden yellow, or even a flag inspired orange if it takes you fancy and suits your available materials.

Homemade woven fleece St. Patrick's Day dog toys on a green table with treats

The two-toned green and white double spiral twist tug toy featured in the photos above was made in exactly the same way as our Valentine's double spiral twist dog tug toy in a fresh green colour combo. 

The smaller pale green and white spiral/circle tug toy was made using my leftovers from the big spiral - all of my fleece was the same end-to-end length, but double spirals require four equal strands and two longer strands, so I made a mini-tug with my extra fleece. You can this style of tug easily using either a twisted box knot (as I did for this toy) or a circle twist. Both methods are very simple and the results for a four-stranded fleece tug are pretty much identical (check out our side-by-side comparison of these methods for weaving spiral tug toys), so its really just a matter personal preference.

Dalmatian dog playing with green and white woven fleece tug toys

The easiest type of fleece tug to weave (IMHO) is the simple square tug toy created using the basic box knot. It's a great option for beginners or for any level of crafter looking for a cute and quick DIY. The instructions for making a basic box knot DIY dog tug toy are one of our most popular posts. From the basic box knot, it's an easy advancement to try a twist (like the small tug in this post) to create a simple spiral tug toy or add a loop to either style of tug. Check out our instructions for basic loop DIY dog tug toys and loop/handle DIY dog tug toys (another favourite).

For more ideas, you can dig through our toy archives, explore all of our tug toys or hop into our St. Patrick's Day collection for toys, treats, and more. See the footer labels below. Have fun!

Dalmatian dog playing with a homemade woven fleece spiral tug toy

Safety first, furfriends! Remember, no matter what a toy is made of or how it's made, toys are meant for supervised interactive play. Know your dog before giving him/her any new toy. Some dogs try to eat toys/parts (whether bought or handmade) and that's dangerous. Toys are for playing, and playtime is always safer (and more fun!) with you involved. You can read more on our dog toy safety page, including tips and helpful links for safer playtime. Have fun and play safe!

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