DIY toys save me a BUNCH of money. We still have to shell out actual money for Kongs and Bionic toys for everyday chewing but for training toys we mostly get by with homemade.
The other toy is simply a tennis ball (which we can get in mass quantities for FREE from the university tennis center, ask around your own area to see if you can too) with a whole drilled in it and a rope threaded through. This makes it much easier to use for training because you can whip it out of your back pocket with the rope and tug with it without ever letting go.
"food tube" from Home Depot, not CleanRun. Same thing, but without the shipping charge.
four strand braid (tutorial here) and the bottom one WAS a three strand braided toy with loop handle like these instructions. Fleece toys don't last long in our house, that's why we make our own! Fleece is cheap when it's on sale and you can get several toys out of a yard or two.
Do you make your own toys? Have any unique tips or tutorials?