Step 3: Braiding
Here's where the fun part comes in. If you've got yourself a partner have them hold the end of the whip while you braid the strips.
Since I ended up making mine in the wee hours of the morning I had to rely on a piece of packing tape to be my helper.To get the proper bulk you'll double up your strips - so essentially you're braiding 3 strips of doubled fabric (that's why we started with 6 strips instead of 3).
Step 4: Finishing
Once you get about 3 inches from the end you'll want to stop. Sew through all layers of fabric to hold your braid in place and to create the business end of your whip.To make the handle end simply fold over the top to make a loop and tack it down to the rest of the whip.
Cut a 4" by 5" rectangle of flannel for the "handle". I seamed the 4" top and bottom of this piece for more of a finished look but that is completely optional.
Wrap the handle fabric over the whip being sure to cover up where then end of the loop meets the body of the whip.
Then simply sew the handle as close as you can along the body of the whip and clip the excess fabric with pinking shears or regular scissors. I also tacked the top and bottom of the handle to the whip as well so there was no chance of it migrating down the length of the whip later.
I've been whipped quite a few times wit this thing since it's creation and I can personally vouch for its softness. It doesn't sting at all - at least not when whipped around by a 5 year old and I think that's the greatest test right there.
*As always with any toy - especially rope-like toys - please be sure to supervise your children at all times to avoid any risk of strangulation.