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Free Sewing Patterns for Dog Toys &
How to Make an Octopus Ball
Toy for Your Dog
If your puppy or dog loves to
play fetch or tug-of-war with braided ropes, she will love this fun
eight-legged Octopus toy made from old t-shirts and an old tennis
ball. It's quick and easy to make and requires no sewing at all!
(Here is our new Golden Retriever
puppy, Kody (Dakota), playing with her new toy I made her, Ali the
How to Make an Octopus
Ball Toy for Your Dog
You Will Need:
2 old t-shirts
a tennis ball
permanent black marker
a precious little pup or dog to
play with the "Ali the Octopus" dog toy
You can use two different
color t-shirts, or four different color t-shirts to make this
Cut the bottom of a t-shirt
4.5". Then measure again another 4.5" and cut again.
If you are using two t-shirts,
you will need two strips from each t-shirt. If you are using four
t-shirts, you will just need one strip from each t-shirt.
Cut the tube so that you have a
long strip. Do this to each of the tubes you cut.
Place two of the four strips
into the shape of a "t" with the centers in the middle as shown. This is
the part the octopus face will go on.
Then place the next two strips
into an "X" shape as shown.
Place the ball in the
Wrap the ball around all layers
and gather the strips at the bottom of the ball as shown.
Cut a small piece of t-shirt from the left over pieces
measuring about 1" X 10". Tie a VERY tight knot at the neck of the
octopus. Tie several knots to hold it in place.
Take one of the "legs" or
"strips" and cut them into 3 equal pieces as shown.
Braid until you get near the
Tie a self knot using the leg.
Tie it nice and tight. Since this is a knit fabric this will be easy to
Using a permanent marker and
draw a cute face onto the octopus head.
Last, let your best friend play
with her new special toy you just made her!
Oh for goodness sakes you silly
puppy, how did you manage to get yourself all tied up like that?
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