Showing posts with label weave. Show all posts
Showing posts with label weave. Show all posts
Monday, 5 August 2019
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DIY Cobra Knot Woven Fleece Dog Tug Toy

Dalmatian dog pulling on a woven fleece tug toy playing with owner

My go-to tug woven fleece tug toy knots tend to be square or spiral; however, most macrame or boondoggle knotting techniques can be adapted for toy making. For added safety, I prefer using weaves that involve knotting over braiding or looping when making tugs for my pets. This toy uses a thickened multi-strand variation of the basic cobra stitch/knot, which you often see in lanyards or paracord bracelets/keychains.

Monday, 10 June 2019
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FAQs, Tips, and Troubleshooting: DIY Fleece Tug Toy Sizes

Strips of purple and green polar fleece on a cutting matt for making dog tug toys


We love hearing from our readers! Over the years, we've gotten some great questions, comments, and requests. We've been creating some special posts around the queries we see most often here, on social media, and via email. Our first FAQ mini-series topic looks at one of the most popular topics here on the blog, and that's making fleece tug toys.  The four-part tug toy special includes choosing and using fleece for DIY tug toyscommon weaving pattern problems, starting and finishing knots for tug ends, and today's final instalment on tug toy strips and finished toy size.

Monday, 3 June 2019
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FAQs, Tips, and Troubleshooting: End Knots for Fleece Tugs

Side-by-side comparison of different woven fleece dog tug toy end knots

We're sharing a few special posts about some of the questions we get most often here, on social media, and via email. Our first FAQ mini-series topic looks at one of the most popular topics here on the blog: DIY woven fleece tug toys.  We've talked about choosing and using fleece for DIY tug toys, common pattern problems, and today we're exploring options for starting and finishing the ends of woven tugs. 

Monday, 27 May 2019
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FAQs, Tips, and Troubleshooting: Common Pattern Problems

Woven fleece dog tug toy with an accidental shift in colour pattern due to weaving mistake

We introduced our FAQ posts last week, exploring some of the questions we get most often here, on social media, and via email. The first FAQ mini-series covers one of the most popular topics here on the blog: DIY woven fleece tug toys.  We've talked about choosing and using fleece for DIY tug toys, and today we're looking at one of the most common questions we get about making tugs, and that's why a finished toy might have an uneven shape or irregular pattern. Here are some of the common culprits for problems with weaving uniform looking patterns.  To help with visuals, I intentionally made some of the most common weaving errors in a multicoloured square/box tug and multicoloured spiral/circle tug. Let's take a closer look:

Monday, 20 May 2019
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FAQs, Tips, and Troubleshooting: Choosing Fleece for Tugs

Stack of coloured polar fleece fabrics for making DIY dog tug toys

As promised, we've created some posts talking about some of the questions we get most often here, on social media, and via email.  First up, we're talking about choosing (and using)  fleece for making tugs with tips for selection, value, cutting, care, and more. We'll share tug toy help for troubleshooting problems with weaving, as well as tips and tricks for weaving styles and techniques in future posts.

Monday, 4 February 2019
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DIY Woven Fleece Double Loop Dog Tug Toy

Pink and blue woven fleece dog toy with two loops and two tugs

Love is in the air! Humphrey has a new puppy pal (they are so cute together) and this toy was created for some wild tug toy playtime. It may be a bit strange looking, but was created for function and fun - which is what matters most, right? With two loops and two straight stick "handles" there are tons of options for multiple dogs and humans. Humphrey has even figured out how to play tug with himself by using a paw with one loop and his mouth with the other - quite hilarious to watch. 

Friday, 30 November 2018
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DIY Blue and White Hanukkah Spiral Fleece Dog Tug Toy

Dalmatian dog playing with blue and white fleece tug toy

As promised, it's the bonus bonus post!  We were asked for a blue version of our Howliday tags for Hanukkah and decided to treat you to a Hanukkah tug toy DIY as well. We love our furfriends of all shapes and spots, and it's pawesome when you send us a request to create something special for your holidays and events that we might not be celebrating ourselves. No matter what the reason or season, did you know that blue is a great colour for dog toys?  One of the things we learned while trying to support senior dog Oli with his declining vision is that most dogs see on a spectrum of blue-yellow unlike our human red-blue-green, so blue and/or yellow toys are the dog version of "high-vis" fun!

Monday, 7 May 2018
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DIY Spiral Dog Toy in High Visibility Colours for Dog Vision

Dalmatian dog looking at a blue, yellow, black, and white dog tug toy

Well hello there, beautiful blue and yellow tug toy!  As detailed in our post about the differences between how dogs see things vs. how humans see things, blue and yellow are the two "true" colours for a typical dog's vision so we combine those with high contrast white and black in this special spiral tug.  This combination is my new version of doggy "high vis" for maximum colour and contrast, as shown in the side-by-side simulation below:

Friday, 17 March 2017
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Tug of Tugs! DIY Double Woven Fleece Dog Tug Toy

A tug toy woven out of tug toys?  Oh yes we did!  Why? Simply because someone asked us if we could try to make one! No promises, but if you have a doggone crazy idea that you'd like us to try, don't be shy!  Since this toy was slotting into our schedule on St. Patrick's Day, I went with a wild rainbow of colours, adding in white to make the extra eighth colour for the multi-coloured mix. This also helps you to see what's what in the how-to photos.

Dalmatian dog with a giant multi-coloured homemade fleece dog tug toy

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.

Friday, 27 January 2017
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DIY Twisted Double Spiral Woven Fleece Dog Tug Toy

Dalmatian dog playing with a double spiral woven fleece homemade Valentine's Day tug toy

The Double Spiral weave starts with a Double Box Knot, which is just two Basic Box Knots next to each other, both tied using the same up/down strands.  From that starting point, the weaving style switches to Circle Twist. Since we have two sets of horizontals with shared verticals, the two woven circles conjoin into a spiral around each other as the tug is knotted, creating the Double Spiral. Here's how to make it!

Friday, 20 January 2017
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Twisted Box Knot vs. Circle Twist DIY Fleece Dog Tug Toys

Dalmatian dog looking a two homemade fleece spiral dog tug toys

Humphrey can't see the difference, can you see the difference?  Me neither. :)  In fact, when weaving with soft cooperative fleece, I can change seamlessly between the two different weaving methods within the same toy without seeing any visible difference whatsoever! Not that you'd have any reason to, but I did it anyway as part of my comparisons. Natural variations like subtleties of strand size/position, tightness of the weave, etc. (which are factors no matter how I make fleece tug toys in any shape/method) have a far greater effect on the finished tug than which of the two methods I use. So how do you weave each method, which should you choose, and why?
Friday, 9 December 2016
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DIY Woven Fleece Christmas Candy Cane Dog Tug Toy

Homemade candy cane shaped dog tug toy (red and white, green bow) on a table with real candy canes

Calorie free candy cane tug toy fun! Why not work off some of those holiday goodies with a little festive playtime together? This candy cane tug toy is made using a twisted box knot weave to create it's pretty diagonal strips along with a sneaky hidden extra to create it's classic candy cane curve. Here's how to make your own!
Friday, 7 October 2016
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DIY Combination Tug and Squeaky Halloween Spider Toy

DIY Halloween spider dog toy

This Halloween spider toy combines all the fun of a squeaky soft dog toy with the longer-lasting stretchy goodness of a woven tug dog toy.  If the spider body succumbs to the inevitable tyranny of squeaker frenzied doggy bliss, the legs are still plenty of fun on their own. Yeah!  And it's crazy fun - there was a frenzy of dog excitement over this spider toy. I had some scraps in my stash and extra  black fleece kicking around, so I figured why not bet a little creative (and silly). Black fleece is a Dalmatian fur magnet...furry spider legs before it was even off my craft table! Sigh...


Thursday, 18 August 2016
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DIY Birthday Candle Dog Tug Toy

DIY birthday candle woven fleece dog  tug toy

Humphrey loves tug toys, so I decided to make him something extra special for his birthday. I hinted that something fun and fleecy was in the works when I shared last Friday's instructions for making a round twist box knot tug toy, which is what gives the body of our candle its diagonal colour banding.


Friday, 12 August 2016
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Basic Box Knot vs. Twisted Box Knot DIY Dog Tug Toys

Side by side comparison of square and spiral woven fleece dog tug toys

Today we're sharing an easy twist (literally) on the basic box knot tug toy, so that there is a how-to here to go with one of the special toys for Humphrey's second birthday (stay tuned for the birthday bonanza next week!).

Monday, 1 August 2016
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How to Weave a Basic Loop Dog Tug Toy

Dalmatian dog playing with yellow woven fleece loop dog tug toy

After Friday's DIY Olympic-inspired post, we had a reader request for extra information about how to transition from a basic straight tug toy into a basic loop tug toy, so we are adding in a quick how-to post before we share our usual Monday recipe.  Here are the steps for a basic loop as well as instruction/links for a few variations.  We hope this helps and, as always, please don't be shy to comment/message at anytime if you need a hand with our projects. :)


Friday, 29 July 2016
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DIY Olympic-Inspired Dog Tug Toy Ideas

Olympic ring coloured woven fleece loop dog tug toys

With the Olympics just around the corner, why not have some creative fun and games at home with your pup with a simple tug toy in your favourite Olympic colour(s) (or go completely overboard with all five!) or get pup-triotic with your national colours for cheering together?