Celebrate National Puppy Day: Create a Puppy Welcoming Basket and a Dog Toy

Hello and happy National Puppy Day everyone! There is nothing like bringing home a bundle of furry joy. While I don’t have a puppy at the moment, my brother has an adorable dog that he adopted from the local animal shelter. He is such a sweet pup and fills everyone he meets with love and joy. If you are thinking about getting a pet for your family, I personally recommend going to your local shelter. There are lots of wonderful animal who need caring forever homes. I have gotten pets from there, and they have added so much to my life. Since it’s National Puppy Day, I thought it be a great idea to create a basket of goodies to welcome my doggy nephew and make a dog toy for him while I’m at it.

Puppy Welcoming Basket & Dog Toy DIY

This basket is a blast to put together for new puppy parents. The rope toy is great for playing fetch in the park or chewing on while they relax. This dog toy is also easy and cheap to make. Creating a special gift for someone’s new fur baby will let them know that they are loved.

What you will need for the dog toy is:

Supplies for Dog Toy DIY

  • Cotton rope
  • Old t-shirt
  • Tennis ball
  • Measuring tape
  • Scissors
  • Utility knife

I picked up the cotton rope from my local hardware store. It is 100% cotton rope which is natural and safe for dogs. You can make this toy any color depending on the t-shirt you use. I used a bright orange shirt because it will be easier to spot if it gets lost in the park or even in a lake.

To make the dog toy you need to cut the shirt into a long strip.

Cutting t-shirt

Start by cutting off the bottom hem of the t-shirt. Cut the shirt into about 1 inch strip from one side to the other. But you want to leave an inch or two from the opposite side uncut. (See photo above.) When you come to the sleeves, cut the top of the t-shirt off at the sleeves. Then lay out the uncut side of the shirt. It will look a little like a rib cage…or at least that’s what it looks like to me. 😀 Next cut diagonally from one strip to another so you get one continuous strip of fabric or “yarn”.

Set the fabric aside and get measure out the thin cotton rope.

Measuring cord for toy

You can make this dog toy as long or short as you wish. I decided to make mine about 20 inches long. So I cut one piece 40 inch long or 20 inches long when doubled up. The length that you will use make the twisted knot should be about twice as long as the base rope. So you need an 80 inch long piece or 40 doubled up.

I doubled up the shirt “yarn” for more color and durability. Begin making the dog toy by joining the two ropes and the t-shirt strips together. Make a square knot at the center of the ropes using the middle of the two t-shirt strips.

Start on one side of the square knot and simply knot the t-shirt yarn around the ropes. The size of the loop is completely up to you. I used my hand as a general guide so I can get a good grasp while tugging and throwing the toy. So I knotted the width of my hand on one size of the square knot and the same on the other side as well.

To make the knotted center, begin by bringing the shorter sections of rope together. You are going to be knotting around shorter rope to create the twisted shape.

Start by taking the left side long rope and t-shirt yarns and pass them under the short ropes. Pass the right side strands under the left side strands, over the short ropes, and around the strands on the left side. (Pictured above)

Next pass the right strands over the short ropes to the other side. Then take the left strands over the other strands, under the shorter ropes, and through the loop on the right side. Pull the knot tight. (Pictured above) Repeat this knot along the short ropes.

If you don’t want to add the tennis ball at the end, you can knot it till close to the end. Then you can knot all the ends together to finish it off.

But if you want to add the ball at the end, leave about 6-8 inches at the end.

Cut a small “x” in a tennis ball with an utility knife. Use the “x” to cut a square hole. Repeat and create a square on the opposite side of the ball. Thread the middle short ropes through the holes in the ball. Tie one or two knots under the ball to secure it in place. Join the ropes together and tie the shirt yarns around the ropes to finish it up.

And there you have a great toy for a new puppy or your faithful old dog. Now you can assemble a basket for the lucky puppy. Here are some ideas for your welcome gift.

  • A cozy blanket
  • Tough toys for chewing
  • Soft toys for snuggling
  • An assortment of treats both hard and soft
  • Cute water and food dishes
  • Collar and leash
  • Pee pee pads for puppies still potty training
  • Adorable doggy clothing

Finished Puppy Welcoming Basket

Place it all in a basket that you hold all their toys as they grow. Or you can even place all those goodies in a dog bed, which is also a great part of the gift. This is a great way to help new puppy parents who might not know what they actually need. The new puppy and his/her proud parents will love the welcome basket.

If you have a little dog that needs some help getting up on the couch, Heartland America has these great pet stairs.

Puppy Stairs at Heartland America

These steps are strong, lightweight, and padded design with a removeable cover. Whether your dog is just a tiny puppy or an older dog, they will be able to sleep in their favorite spot on the coach whenever they want. Supplies at Heartland America are limited so pick up these stairs for your pooch while you can.

I hope you enjoyed this puppy centered post. Happy National Puppy Day! Next week I’ll be bringing you a post made for spring. Until then have a great week and remember you are always welcome at Home with Heartland.

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