Y’all, I’m not even exaggerating when I say that my dogs would rather play with one of their daddy’s ratty old t-shirts than with the finest dog toys on the planet.
Once I finally accepted this fact and stopped wasting so much money on fancy dog toys, I began to look for fun, creative ways to make pulls and tugs for my girls using old t-shirts.
There are many things a crafty dog mom (or dad) can do to make an old t-shirt fun, and today I want to share just one of them with you. It’s this very cool upcycled t-shirt dog toy, and trust me, if I can make these, so can you.
This project calls for only 3 supplies: 2 old t-shirts, a pair of fabric scissors, and a nimble pair of hands. Honestly, it can’t get much simpler than that, right?
The fun thing about making these toys is that you can come up with so many cool color combinations. Not that my dogs care what color their toys are, but it does make the project a bit more fun and interesting for me. Get the directions below!
Make Your Own DIY Upcycled T-Shirt Dog Toy
- Use fabric scissors to make several cuts, about 3 inches apart, from the bottom hem of 2 t-shirts (photo 1).
Cut or rip the shirts upward at each cut to approximately the level of the sleeves. This will create a fringe (photo 2).
Cut off the fringe and gather fabric pieces together (photo 3).
Set aside 2 strips of fabric to use for your ties (photo 4). Use on of the strips to tie the fabric pieces together on one end. Double knot it to secure.
Divide the strips into 3 sections and braid (photo 5).
Braid all the way to the other end, and then use the remaining strip (photo 6) to tie the ends, using a double knot to secure.
See what I mean? Minimal supplies and just 6 easy peasy steps, and your dog has a brand new toy that doesn’t cost a cent. Win-win, am I right?
These toys can easily be machine washed and dried at home and believe me, you’re probably going to want to do that from time to time because they get super soggy and a little smelly.
And when they get really bad? Simply toss them in the garbage (when your mutt isn’t looking) and make a brand new one.
Because this is such a quick, simple, and inexpensive project, it’s one of my favorites to do for my dogs.
Have you tried this super easy DIY?
Let me know about it in a comment below! Or better yet, come join my private Facebook group for dog moms and share your photos there!