Y’all, I’m not even exaggerating when I say that my dogs would rather play with one of their daddy’s old t-shirts than with the finest dog toy 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. I mean, let’s be honest: no one wants a bunch of soggy old t-shirts just scattered around the house, so being able to turn them into cute toys was an absolute must.
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 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 scissors, and a pair of hands. Honestly, it can’t get much simpler than that, right?
If your house is anything like mine, I’m sure you’ve got lots of old t-shirts just lying around. I like to donate old clothing to worthwhile organizations, but I always keep a few old t-shirts just for my dogs. 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 for me. Get the directions below!
- 1.5 yard of fleece fabric: 3/4 yard for the top and 3/4 yard for the bottom
- Stuffing – this can be an old bed pillow, or you can even use old shirts and towels
- Lay your fleece on top of each other on the floor, and then place your pillow (or other stuffing) on the fleece
- Make sure you have about 5 inches around each edge of your pillow and cut out a large rectangle
- Cut out four, 4 inch by 4 inch squares, from each corner
- Cut 4 inch strips every 1 1/2 inches (will look like fringe), do this around each edge
- Tie the strips in a double knot, along three of the four sides
- Once you get to the last side, insert your pillow (or other stuffing)
- Finish tying your double knots along the last edge and your bed is ready to go!
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? Toss them in the garbage (when your mutt isn’t looking) and make a 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 ever made an upcycled t-shirt dog toy for your mutt? If you try this one, I’d love for you to share a photo on The Lazy Pit Bull Facebook page, or feel free to tweet us!