Our Daisy Girl Scout Troop is going to be visiting the Warrick County Humane Society in a couple weeks. We are going to collect needed items like cleaners, paper towels, blankets, toys, etc., but decided to have a craft at our meeting before this visit to actually make some toys. This is all for our Sunny Petal (Friendly and Helpful).
What do you need?
Fleece Strips 2 inches wide by 36 inches long
Tennis balls (got these in packs of two for $1 at Dollar Tree)
Needle Nosed Pliers
Scissors or Rotary Cutter
Cutting Mat (if you have one)
I prefer to use a Cutting Matand Rotary Cutter, but it isn’t required. You don’t have to be super precise with this project. I searched through my ridiculous amount of fleece and started cutting 2 inch wide strips around 36 inches long. For each toy you need three strips and one ball.
I used my X-ACTO knife to make an “X” cut on top and bottom of the ball. It took a few tries on threading the fleece through. The pliers worked great for this. You put them through the ball. Just the tip will go through, and you can open it just enough for the three layers to fit in. Then just squeeze hard and pull through.
1. Cut three strips of fleece.
2. Cut “X’s” in the tennis ball.
3. Pull fabric through.
4. Either knot fabric on top of ball to make a long braid, or pull the ball to the middle of the fabric like I did and make a knot on either side then braid and knot again.
I prepped all the toys to save time. I am not sure how the girls will do with braiding since they are in Kindergarten, but it is a good project to have two work together. One can hold the toy so the other can get a tight braid.
You’ll notice in the picture some without balls. I thought those would be good to braid all the way down for a pull toy, or leave as is for a dangle toys for the cats.
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