I admit it -- my toddler dressed the dog in her pajamas and socks in this picture. The dog absolutely loves eating socks though and will usually eat them without any encouragement at all. With our family goal of going greener in mind, I tried to come up with an idea to satiate the dog's love of socks with his need for more toys. Here's what I came up with...
Everyone has holey socks laying around. At least everyone with teenage boys in the house does! Even worse is those mystery socks that get eaten in the wash somehow leaving one lonely straggler behind. This DIY makes use of these scraps of socks. Here's what you need to get this job done:
- 2 socks (mismatched, holey, whatever condition is okay)
- 1 worn out dishtowel ripped into a 3" section and two 1" sections (or strips of used towel, another sock, ripped denim, any durable fabric scraps that are headed for the garbage. Make sure the strips are about as long as your sock is.)
- 2 rubber bands
- Scissors to cut the fabric into strips
Cut the fabric into a strip about as long as your socks and 3" wide. Hold the three pieces of fabric together with a rubber band temporarily about two inches from the end.
Braid the three pieces of fabric together as tight as you can. It's good to have someone else hold the other end while you're braiding it. Hold the other end of the fabric together temporarily with a second rubber band about two inches from the other end. Cut two more strips of fabric about as long as your sock and 1" wide. Exact measurements are completely unnecessary.
Remove the rubber bands one at a time and secure the ends with tightly tied 1" strips of fabric. I found it best to tie a knot each time it's wrapped around the braid. This toy is surprisingly durable and if it gets ripped apart, it can always be put back together again.
This is a great way to use up those socks and fabric scraps without throwing them away. Animal shelters, dog foster families and rescue foundations are always looks for toys for the dogs to play with as well. If you don't have any dogs, consider making these chew toys up anyways and donating them. These toys save money and rescue items headed for the landfill into a new use. If they're going to eat your socks anyways, you might as well just give the socks to them!