How to make braided dog toys from tshirts! Our “pandemic puppy” is all grown up and he likes to PLAY! Unfortunately with our wild yard and woods, we keep losing his favorite rope tug toys. Instead of dropping more and more money on store-bought ones, I decided to dig into my stash of old t-shirts and now I’m sharing the no sew diy dog toy tutorial with you so you can make your own!
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Trying to take a photo where you can see Jango’s face and the toy at the same time was a challenge!
He’s a good boy and these toys have been a huge hit; you can tug with them or toss them and play fetch!
Pin this tutorial for how to make braided dog toys from tshirts with this link or image:
how to make braided dog toys from tshirts
Ready to make your own? It is quick and easy!
- Tennis ball (the cute ones I used are from Target but were only seasonal!)
- Large adult tshirts or knit fabric (ask around for donations, people often have lots of these to give away!
- Hemostats or needle nose pliers
- Box cutter style knife
Cut 3 strip that are approximately 42″ long and 1.5″ wide.
Tie a knot in one end and braid! Leave the other end loose for now.
Cut a slit about 1″ long in one side and then an identical one on the exact opposite of the ball. It’s better to start small and make it longer if needed, this will vary a bit depending on how thick your tshirt was but if you make it too big, pup will pull the knot right out.
Use hemostats or pliers to shove the loose tail ends all the way through.
Tie a knot, leaving the loose end free and creating a loop, and then use the pliers to thread those loose ends back through the slits to the other side.
Tie another knot and you’re done! You can either leave the loose end loose, like the pink on the left, or trim the edges and hand sew it straight like the grey on the right.
Now go play with your pup! Let me know how this works for you!
LORENA A BOUTIN
Tuesday 18th of August 2020
Jango sure is a handsome pup. Love your toy ideas.
Stephanie - Swoodson Says
Saturday 7th of November 2020
Thanks Lorena!! You are so sweet!