Introduction: Dog Rope From Old Socks

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Why throw away your old dirty socks when dogs love old dirty socks? Upcycle old socks into a braided dog rope that your dog will surely enjoy! This dog rope is quick and easy to make. Anyone who knows how to braid can whip up a few of these rope bones in a couple of minutes! These ropes make great gifts. What are you waiting for? Find those old socks that nearly got swallowed whole by your washing machine, and get crafting!


  • 4 Old Socks
  • Scissors
  • Some mad braiding skills
  • A dog to enjoy the rope

Step 1: Make Sock Scrunchies

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First, take one of your socks, and grab a pair of scissors. Starting at the top of the sock, cut strips straight across, parallel to the opening of the sock. These should be about one inch wide. For one dog rope bone, you only need two of these strips, which I am calling "Sock Scrunchies" for convenience. If you are making only one rope bone, tuck the rest of this sock away until your next dog rope endeavor. However, if you are making multiple ropes in one sitting, you can keep cutting Sock Scrunchies from this sock.

Step 2: Prepare the Socks

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Next, stack three socks on top of each other. Fold the top of the stack a couple of times. Then, take one of the Sock Scrunchies, and wrap it around the top of the sock pile tightly like making a ponytail in your hair. Now it is time to braid.

Step 3: Braid the Socks

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Tightly braid the socks into a rope. In order to braid, you will have to fasten the rope down somehow. I have found the easiest way to braid the socks is to hold the end between my knees, but other options include taping or clamping the rope down to the table. Maybe you can even have your dog hold the end in its mouth.

Step 4: Tie the End

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Once you reach the end of the rope, grab another Sock Scrunchie. Wrap it tightly multiple times around the end.

Step 5: Give the Dog a Bone

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You are done! All that is left to do is to give the rope bone to your dog. These rope bones make excellent gifts. You can make them in bulk and give them to a local shelter. Wherever the ropes end up, a dog will surely enjoy them!


Lovely_Liv made it! (author)2015-12-09

I made one for my neighbors dog and Bently loved it too!

Jessie Marie (author)Lovely_Liv2016-07-20

I'm so glad they loved it! Thanks for the feedback! :)

Izoa Artista (author)2016-05-02

my puppy chili is too small. Any tips to use other things?

You could use kid-sized socks, or instead of using the whole adult-sized sock, you can cut it in half to make the rope shorter for your dog!

RacerX2004 made it! (author)2016-02-28

thanks a lot!

Lovely_Liv (author)2015-12-09

This is great! My dogs loved it! Troy and Charlotte even sleep with them so they can wake up and play! The first time i tried, i grabbed too small of socks, but it ended up working as a bracelet! I love it!

Catley (author)2015-08-22

This is a great idea. Considering the fun a dog is going to have chewing it to pieces, might it be good insurance to tack those scrunchies securely to the braid using needle and thread? Less likelihood of the dog's swallowing a scrunchie. I wish I had seen this ible when my dog Pepper was alive--but that was so long ago that we didn't even have the Internet yet! Here she is with the only toy I knew how to make--a sock with a knot in it.

martijn-konijn (author)2015-08-16

Splendid. Thank you so much for this 'able, on Plutos' behalf as well!

Thanks for the feedback! I hope your dog enjoys it!

cchesser1 (author)2015-08-15

Thanks for sharing. My 9 month old chug (Long hair chihuahua +pug) goes through so many dogy toys that she is breaking us. I'm always sewing up a toy she's played to rough with her sharp teeth. She loves tug of war. I'm going to go through the sock basket now. Gracie thanks you <3

Jessie Marie (author)cchesser12015-08-21

Thanks for commenting! Cute dog! :)

8chilipeppers (author)2015-08-16

So clever, I'm going to make some for our dogs, thanks!

Thank you for commenting! Hope your dogs have a fun time!

ralema69 made it! (author)2015-08-18

He loves it! Thanks!

Jessie Marie (author)ralema692015-08-21

It looks like he really enjoyed it! Thanks for the feedback! :)

ralema69 (author)ralema692015-08-18

Exhausted himself!

Rocketraccoon (author)2015-08-17

Intelligent, will have to try

CraftCrazie (author)2015-08-17

Thank you for sharing! My dog Bella will love this. Also it will be making some up for my local shelter :)

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