Do you have a stack of old t-shirts? Then turn them into something useful and make these 5 different T-shirt dog toys that your pup will love!
I had so many leftover T-shirt pieces from my refashioned T-shirts: sleeves and cut-off knit fabric pieces. For most of the following DIY T-shirt dog toys I used 6 sleeves and 3 fabric strips that were leftover from my refashioned T-shirt skirt. For the donut shaped dog toy, I used a cut-off sleeve leftover from my 1920s-style refashioned middy blouse. And I made the jellyfish dog toy with leftover fabric from my dress to top refashion.
Since May 1 there’s a little black GSD puppy in my life (more pictures of her on my instagram account) Because she’s a puppy and teething at the moment, she chews on everything at the moment. So I made her these DIY chew and fetch dog toys: She loves to chew on the big knots and braids of the T-shirt dog toys, carry the toys around and play fetch with them.
Safety note: The toys aren’t indestructible so throw the toys away when they’re torn.
DIY T-Shirt Dog Toys
- old T-shirts or leftover jersey knit fabric *
* one T-shirt is enough for one or two dog toys
Easy Braided T-Shirt Dog Toy
Cut off the seams and hems of the T-shirt. Cut the T-shirt into roughly 12 in. (30cm) strips. Then roll the T-shirt strips into sausages.
Tie together three T-shirt strips with an overhand knot. Tightly braid the three strips together and secure the end of the dog toy with an overhand knot again. Trim the ends if necessary.
Rope Braided T-Shirt Dog Toy
Cut the T-shirt into roughly 10 in. (25cm) strips and roll the strips into sausages. Then start braiding using the four strand braid or square braid (see picture above).
Push the T-shirt ends back into the dog toy with a knitting needle.
Knotted T-Shirt Dog Toy
Cut the T-shirt into roughly 10 in. (25cm) strips and roll the strips into sausages. Tie together two T-shirt strips with a series of square knots.
Optional: To prevent fraying you can hide the T-shirt ends inside the dog toy: Push the ends back into the dog toy with a knitting needle.
Donut T-Shirt Dog Toy
For the nautical donut dog toy or life ring dog toy, you’ll need a cut-off sleeve, leggings leg or socks with the toes cut off. Roll the sock up into a donut shape like you would for a sock bun donut.
To secure the donut shape, wrap a long strip of knit fabric around the donut and tie the ends together with an overhand knot.
Jellyfish Dog Toy
Click on the link below for the jellyfish dog toy tutorial: