How to Make a Polar Fleece Tug Toy

By Jennifer Lueck

Just about every time I’m in a store that sells fabric, I check the remnant bin for polar fleece for making tug toys. Remnants are generally reduced to half of the original cost. Jo-Ann Fabrics reduces remnants even more when the item is on sale. I made the toy in the pictures with three colors to show the different strands, but it can be made with one color. Using remnants is a great way to make a fun toy and save a few dollars. And your dog will be amazed by your new skill.

You’ll need:

  1. 1/3 yard polar fleece
  2. Scissors
  3. Yardstick


Using a yardstick and scissors, cut the fleece into three 4-inch wide by 60-inch long strips.*
For the handle:

  1. Hold all three strips and fold in half to find the center.
  2. Begin braiding from center toward one end for about 5 inches.
  3. Turn over and braid in the other direction for about 5 inches. (Fig. A)
  4. Fold in half to form the handle.
For the tugging part:
You will now have 6 strands. Pair the strands together to form 3 sets of strands.
  1. Use the 3 sets of strands to braid the remainder of the toy. (Fig. B)
  2. Braid all the way to the end, braiding as tightly as possible.
  3. Tie a knot in the end and pull tight.
  4. Trim the ends with the scissors.
  5. Go play with your dog. (Fig. C)
*Small dog owners may want to cut thinner strips.
Remnant from Jo-Ann Fabrics. This piece is marked $1.33 but I
got it for 67 cents because polar fleece was half off that day. This
remnant is 1/3 yard – just enough for one toy. Where else can
you get a toy for 67 cents?