How Do You Make Dog Toys Out Of T-Shirts?

How Do You Make Dog Toys Out Of T-Shirts?

Dog toys are great. You think so. We think so. Your dog certainly thinks so. But just because they spend 90% of their day thinking about playing with toys doesn’t mean you have to go out buy one! With a few spare items around the house and some elbow grease, you can make dog toys that your dog is sure to love. Just grab two t-shirts, some scissors and you can quickly fashion this T-shirt dog toy for your furry love.


how to make a t shirt dog toy

For this project, the only things you need are two gently used t-shirts that smell like you and a pair of scissors. Dogs who love rolling around in your laundry will love this toy even more.

(*Note: If you have more than two tees handy, you can use more and make a super colorful version!)

how to make a t shirt dog toy

Start by cutting little 2-3” wide slits at the base of your shirts. After you’ve cut your slits, just rip along the slit and your t-shirt will have the perfect strips of fabric for the next step.

how to make a t shirt dog toy

Gather your t-shirt strips and tie off one end. Divide your strips into thirds and braid them together.

how to make a t shirt dog toy

Once you’ve braided down to the other end, tie up the bottom and cut any straggling t-shirt strips.

Whether this toy comes in handy during an epic tug-of-war battle or serves as a distraction to keep your pooch’s mind from wandering to the smelly trash can and dreams of gnawing the legs off the couch– it’s a simple and fun way to make something special for your four-legged friend.

DIY dog toy

If You’re Not In A DIY Mood

Of course, you could always skip the whole “making a t-shirt toy” process altogether and just buy one instead. Did you know that BARK’s famous Tug Toys – for playing tug with that dog you love – are often made with t-shirt rope? It’s true!

Dog with Cunning Colin BarkShop Tugimal Toy

Check out BarkShop’s many-splendored Tugimals for some really great options. “Cunning Colin” is a personal favorite, but he’s far from the only great t-shirt toy available.

P.S. The featured pup in this post is BarkBox Stacie’s three-legged rescue Lab, Bridget. Bridget lives in Franklin, Indiana and loves to chase cats, swim in the creek, and shred plush toys.