5 Different DIY No-Sew T-Shirt Dog Toys

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!

5 Different DIY No-Sew T-Shirt Dog Toys

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.

DIY T-Shirt Dog Toy

Since May 1 there’s a little black GSD puppy in my life (more pictures of her on her instagram account) Because she’s a puppy and teething at the moment, she chews on everything! 😉 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

You’ll need:

  • old T-shirts or leftover jersey knit fabric *
  • scissors

* one T-shirt is enough for one or two dog toys


Easy Braided T-Shirt Dog Toy

5 Different DIY No-Sew T-Shirt Dog Toys - Tutorial

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.

DIY Braided Dog Toy - 5 DIY No-Sew T-Shirt Dog Toys

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.


Square Knot T-Shirt Dog Toy

DIY Square Knot Dog Toy

Cut the T-shirt into roughly 10 in. (25cm) strips and roll the strips into sausages. Then start tying crown or square knots (see picture above). Here‘s a video of how to tie crown knots.

DIY Square Knot Dog Toy - 5 DIY T-Shirt Dog Toys

Push the T-shirt ends back into the dog toy with a knitting needle.


Knotted T-Shirt Dog Toy

DIY Knotted Dog Toy - 5 DIY T-Shirt Dog Toys

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

DIY Donut Dog Toy - 5 Different DIY No-Sew T-Shirt Dog Toys

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.

DIY Life Saver Dog Toy Tutorial

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

DIY Jellyfish Dog Toy Tutorial Octopus Dog Toy

Click on the link below for the jellyfish dog toy tutorial:

-> DIY Jellyfish Dog Toy


More Dog Treats & Crafts

-> Healthy 2-Ingredient Banana Dog Treats

-> DIY Pom Pom Dog Collar From Scratch

53 thoughts on “5 Different DIY No-Sew T-Shirt Dog Toys

  1. Lina I too have a teething puppy and he wants to bite everything. He usually ends up grabbing the plastic water bottles but I like these toys much more. I will be making them pronto!

  2. OMG! I have a 5 month old Bernese Mountain Dog. I so have to make some of these. I would luv for you to also share this with us at Wall to Wall DIY Wednesday!

  3. I don’t have a dog but my Uncle does and some of my friends do. I thought this was a really creative way to get more use out of old shirts. Love all 5 ways!


  4. Homemade toys for our furbabies are the best! And all of these are wonderful ways to upcycle t-shirts into something special for them!

  5. What a fabulous idea!! We are thinking about getting another puppy and these will be just perfect instead of our furniture and shoes!

    Thank you so much for sharing your fun project with us over on Waste Not Wednesday!

  6. These are great, large dogs go through so many chew toys and they can be very expensive. You could even make one out of your own clothes to help keep pup comfy when your away. Love it.

  7. I love these toys. I am going to make some for my dog. Thank you for sharing at Dishing it and Digging it link party. You are one of the features for this coming Sunday party. Thank you again.

  8. Those are so cool, I will never spend money on dog toys again! My daughter and I love crafting from time to time, this weekend this will be our new project. Max will be very happy with his new toys, thanks for sharing 🙂

  9. Can you confirm that when you talk about measurements of 10 and 12 inches that you mean the width of the strips? Thank you! I’m looking forward to making them!

    1. I was wondering the same thing. Working on my first one right now, and I cut the strips 12″ long but only about 3″ wide … making very skinny braids. So, I’m going to make three braids and braid *those* together and then try again w/ another t-shirt 😉

          1. Cut the T-shirt into a long continuous strip as if you are making T-shirt yarn. Or join them if you have shorter strips because you need a long strip of fabric. 🙂

  10. I love this! I work for a library and I am looking for Take & Make crafts for our Summer Reading Program. One of the weeks we are working with a local humane society. I thought that this would be a great way for the kids to do a craft and to give back to the community. By chance, do you have a PDF of this or a way to print out the instructions? Would you mind if I created something and cited you if not?

  11. Thank you so much, I have too many old t-shirts. My dog is too lazy to play with these, but the humane society will love them. Thanks again.

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