Y’all, I’m not even exaggerating when I say that my dogs would rather play with one of their daddy’s old t-shirts than with the finest dog toy on the planet.
Once I finally accepted this fact and stopped wasting so much money on fancy dog toys, I began to look for fun, creative ways to make pulls and tugs for my girls using old t-shirts. I mean, let’s be honest: no one wants a bunch of soggy old t-shirts just scattered around the house, so being able to turn them into cute toys was an absolute must.
There are many things a crafty dog mom (or dad) can do to make an old t-shirt fun, and today I want to share just one of them with you. It’s this cool upcycled t-shirt dog toy, and trust me, if I can make these, so can you.
This project calls for only 3 supplies: 2 old t-shirts, a pair of scissors, and a pair of hands. Honestly, it can’t get much simpler than that, right?
If your house is anything like mine, I’m sure you’ve got lots of old t-shirts just lying around. I like to donate old clothing to worthwhile organizations, but I always keep a few old t-shirts just for my dogs. The fun thing about making these toys is that you can come up with so many cool color combinations. Not that my dogs care what color their toys are, but it does make the project a bit more fun for me. Get the directions below!
- 2 old t-shirts
- 1. Start by making 3" wide cuts along the bottom of the t-shirts.
- 2. Rip the shirt upward at each cut about at about the level of sleeves, creating a fringe.
- 3. Cut off the fringe, so you have multiple strips of fabric, and gather all the strips together. Leave two strips out for the ties.
- 4. Tie one strip up top (double knot).
- 5. Section the strips off into three and braid.
- 6. Once you reach the end, use the other strip and tie off (double knot).
See what I mean? Minimal supplies, and just 6 easy peasy steps, and your dog has a brand new toy that doesn’t cost a cent. Win-win, am I right?
These toys can easily be machine washed and dried at home, and believe me, you’re probably going to want to do that from time to time because they get super soggy and a little smelly. And when they get really bad? Toss them in the garbage (when your mutt isn’t looking) and make a new one.
Because this is such a quick, simple, and inexpensive project, it’s one of my favorites to do for my dogs. Have you ever made an upcycled t-shirt dog toy for your mutt? If you try this one, I’d love for you to share a photo on The Lazy Pit Bull Facebook page, or feel free to tweet us!