Make no-sew recycled denim dog toys out of old jeans! It’s easy, fast and free! And your pup will love it!
Since May 1 there’s a whirlwind in my life: A black German shepherd puppy (more pictures of her on her instagram account @khaleesi_theblackgsd). She’s a little destroyer! 😉 In the last weeks, she destroyed part of the cork floor, some of her toys, Grandma’s midcentury chair – and even her harness! So her toys have to be sturdy and robust!
A while ago, I made her DIY dog toys with old T-shirts but since she’s such a destroyer (unlike my first dog) they don’t hold very long! 😉 She needs heavy duty dog toys. So this time instead of using T-shirts that rip easily I used old jeans! For all the no-sew recycled denim dog toys I used one jeans and the cut-off jeans legs that were leftover from my jeans to capri refashion. But you don’t have to use old jeans or jeans legs, you can also use old denim skirts or shorts, denim jackets, vests or coats – everything that is denim.
These no-sew recycled denim dog toys are great as chewing dog toys, to play fetch and tug-of-war.
5 DIY No-Sew Recycled Denim Dog Toys
- old denim clothes
- strong scissors
- elastic or hair tie
- needle-nose pliers
For the braided and the donut dog toy: Cut off the hems, then depending on the size of the jeans cut each jeans leg into 4 – 6 long strips. Fold the strips so that the raw edges are enclosed. You can use pins to temporarily hold the strips together. Remove the pins as you braid.
Easy Jeans Waistband Dog Toy
The jeans waistband dog toy is perfect for chewing and playing tug-of-war.
- 1 jeans waistband
Cut off the waistband. Then cut off the button. And that’s all!
Crown Knot (Square Knot) Denim Dog Toy
The knotted denim dog toy has a nice weight – it’s perfect for playing fetch.
- 4 demin strips
Temporarily secure four denim strips with an elastic or hair tie.
Tie a series of crown knots. I used the spiral crown knot (also called round crown knot). but you can also use the square knot (also called box knot): the spiral crown knot creates a round dog toy while the box knot creates a square dog toy. Here‘s a video of how to tie a crown knot.
To hide the tails, push the needle-nose pliers through the knotted denim dog toy, grab the tail and pull it through the toy. Then trim the ends.
Y-Shaped Denim Dog Toy
The Y-shaped dog toy looks complicated but it isn’t more difficult to make than the knotted denim dog toy.
- 6 denim strips
Start like you did for the crown knot (square knot) dog toy: Begin with four strips and tie a series of crown or square knots. When you reach the middle of the strips, add two more denim strips.
Now start knotting in two direction – knotting together two ‘old’ strips and two ‘new’ strips. Finish the Y-shaped dog toy like the rope braided dog toy.
Donut Denim Dog Toy
A nautical chewing or fetch dog toy! Doesn’t the donut-shaped dog toy look like a lifebuoy?
- 1 cut-off jeans leg (or sleeve)
- 1 denim strip
Roll the jeans leg into a donut shape like you would for a sock bun donut.
Wrap a long denim strip around the donut to secure the donut shape and tie the ends together with an overhand knot.
Candy Denim Dog Toy
The candy-shaped denim dog toy is so easy to make!
- 1 cut-off jeans leg
- 2 cut-off jeans hems
- another cut-off jeans leg, denim scraps, T-shirt or other fabric scraps for stuffing
With the stuffing inside, roll the cut-off jeans leg into a candy shape.
Tie the ends together with the cut-off jeans hems.
More DIY Dog Toys
You can use the leftover pockets of the jeans to make a DIY octopus dog toy!
My puppy Khaleesi loves the recycled denim dog toys. She chews on them, plays fetch and tug-of-war with us and so far they survived! On her instagram account @khaleesi_theblackgsd I share pictures of her playing with the DIY denim dog toys and how they hold up over time.