|Barked: Wed Oct 22, '08 7:40am PST |
|We have made dog and cat toys to donate to our local shelter with our local 4-H clubs. We cut fleece into strips (wide strips for big dogs and narrow strips for small dogs and cats), and then braided the strips together. For the dogs, we tied some knots in the braid to make a fun rope toy. For cats, we just tied the ends together, left one end long and cut it into fringes so they could bat at it.
Since you have high school kids, you could make sure to do the braids and the knots really tight, and then the toys will last for a long time. For the power-chewer dogs, we braided six strips of fleece instead of three, made the rope really tight, and tied really tight knots in it. I made one for Bianca (world champion power chewer) at Easter, and she still has one ragged piece of it that she carries around.
I don't know where you live, but our Wal-Mart has some fleece for around $3 per yard, and our Jo-Ann Fabrics has all of their fleece on sale this week. You can make several toys from one yard of fabric, depending on how big you cut the strips. We bought six yards and that made about 30 toys of various sizes. Our local shelter was really happy to get them and even sent us a thank you note.
If you have a little more money to spend, you might also try the tie blankets. Let me know if you need to know how to make those.
Edited by author Wed Oct 22, '08 7:42am PST
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