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