I would say “Let the Games begin!” but around here, the games never end! Check out our DIY medal dog tug toys for playtime of champions. These medal tug toys are so cute and fun, but they’re also deceptively simple to make. Two tugs (one for the medal, one for the ribbon) are knotted together to form each toy. Here are the DIY details on how to make gold, silver, and bronze medal woven fleece dog tug toys.
Going for Gold!
I made three tugs, because I’m crazy like that and we love making this to share on the blog and play with ourselves. If you’re only making one toy, I’d say go for gold! Not only is your dog the very best and no doubt the gold medallist of your heart, but yellow is one of the colours that dogs see well. Win win! Check out our post about the differences between how dogs see things vs. how humans see things for details and examples. And on the subject of going for gold, we also have an upcoming post with DIY details for making gold medal dog treats. Woofs!
Making a DIY Medal Dog Tug Toy
If this is your first tug toy DIY attempt, you might find it helpful to you might like to try making a basic straight toy or two (square or spiral) first before you start joining and pairing ends for loops. The loop toys pictured here use a simple square knot weaving pattern. The repeating pattern makes it an easy technique for weaving projects. Check out our simple spiral DIY dog tug toys for an easy alternative weaving pattern.
Preparing the Materials
To make a similar toy, you will need:
- Polar fleece or alternate fabric
To weave a basic tug toy, clean fabric is cut into 4 long narrow strips. The tug toy ribbons were each made with long strands, using two strands of blue and one strand of each red and white for a classic red white and blue ribbon. To reduce the bulk where the medal joins the ribbon, I opted to use two strands for each medal, woven from the midpoint (creates four working ends)
You can scale the toy to suit your dog and your materials by altering the width and/or length of the fleece strips. I’ve made many different shapes and sizes over the years. Fortunately, when making a tug with fleece there is also no need to be too fussy about straight lines when cutting. Yay!
Weaving the Medal Tug Toy
Weaving the ribbon:
- Align your strips into a single long bundle.
- Tie a starting knot near one end of your strands.
- Weave using your chosen method. See our square knot tug toy or spiral tug toys for instructions, weaving pattern diagrams, and step-by-step images for weaving.
- Repeat the steps until you start to approach the end of your strips. Don’t leave yourself short on the tie-off – you’ll need more fabric than you might think.
- We’ll tie off after connecting the medal for easier handling. Set aside while you prepare the medal.
Weaving a small loop for the medal:
As noted above, I started the medal at the midpoint of two strands so that there was less bulk where the medal loop joins the ribbon.
- Tie your two medal strands together in the middle.
- Weave using your chosen method. See our square knot tug toy or spiral tug toys for instructions, weaving pattern diagrams, and step-by-step images for weaving. Keep your starting knots a touch loose so that you can easily join the medal loop.
- As you near the end of your medal strands (or have reached the desired size for your medal loop), slide two of your working ends through just below the starting knot and weave to secure, “swallowing” the starting knot into the circlet.
Connecting the medal to the ribbon:
You can use whatever method you’d like to join your ribbon and medal together, just make sure that it’s a secure connection for safe play. I opted to connect the medal ends through the ribbon as follows:
- Pass the working ends up through the midpoint of your ribbon at slightly different points. Weave again to secure.
- For added security, pass the working ends back down through the ribbon to the medal side. Tie individually to the medal below the ribbon, then trim and tuck the loose ends back into the toy loose ends if/as you wish.
Closing the ribbon loop:
Close the ribbon loop near your starting knot. You can knot around the strand or (as shown) you can pull the loose ends of your ribbon through the ribbon strand at slightly different points just below the starting knot, and tie a loop knot to finish the end and secure the loop. Trim the ends if/as you wish. The ribbon loop is made the same way as these simple loop tug toys. Hop over to our post on how to weave a basic loop dog tug toy if you need more photos and/or instructions.
Playtime of Champions!
Let the fun begin! Of course, at our place, the battle for the podium was fierce between medal contenders. Check out my wild beasts enjoying their new tugs:
Additional Information and Tug Toy Tips
In addition to the detailed square and spiral instruction posts linked above, helpful information is also available in our tug toy FAQs, tips, and troubleshooting mini-series:
- Choosing (and Using) Fleece for DIY Dog Toys
- Common Pattern Problems and Weaving Errors or Issues
- End Knots for Starting and Finishing Fleece Tug Toys
- Tug Toy Strips and Finished Toy Size
Remember, your dog isn’t judging on looks. Just fun! I’m sure they think you’re the gold medal human and champion of their world no matter what. Woofs!
🚨 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 or her any new toy. Some dogs try to eat toys or 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 in our dog toy safety post, including tips and helpful links for safer playtime. Have fun and play safe!