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How to Make Eco-Friendly Dog Toys from Old Jeans & Tees | DIY Project

Who wants a green dog? We're helping our dogs go green by upcycling old jeans and t-shirts into fun, eco-friendly dog toys. 

Fetch this easy DIY project by shredding your old, undonatable jeans and tees and braiding your way into your dog's playful heart. 

Why buy disposable toys that are made from chemical-laden plastic when you can make your own out of your old clothes. This is one of the easiest DIY projects out there. Start by getting your frustrations by ripping some old clothes to shreds. Then braid the stands together and knot both ends for a great pull toy. 

If your doggie loves to fetch, add a tennis ball on the end and watch those old clothes fly! 

This green and thrifty project from tuja's very own Frugal Frog will save money on toys, keep chemicals and toxins out of your pet's mouth and upcycle clothes that were bound for the dump. Good for the planet, your pooch and the pocketbook. 

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#DIY: How to Make a T-Shirt Dog Toy

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As humankind’s most loyal and steadfast friend, dogs share many qualities with people. Both understand moods of those around them, both enjoy sleeping on the bed, and both dogs and people get into trouble when they’re bored. With a couple old t-shirts and a pawsin your day, you can make a quick and easy toy to prevent that mischievous boredom in your canine companion. Who knows? Your pooch might find your handmade creation quite… fetching.


For this project, the only things you need are two t-shirts and a pair of scissors. Have a couple old shirts lying around with a stain or two? This is the perfect project to reuse them!

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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.

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

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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.




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Step 1: Materials & Tools

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1. Materials & Tools Needed for “Y” Shaped Dog Tug & Toss Toy •3/8” Rope •Tape Measure •Scissors •3 Small Zip Ties •Marker •Needle-Nose Pliers or Hemostats •Lighter
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These easy to make colorful rope toys are great for any size dog.

"Y" SHAPED DOG TUG & TOSS TOYProject Cost $1.68 (100' of rope at $7.00 = $0.07 a foot; Project 24' x $0.07 = $1.68)

Check out my basic version of this toy at Dog Toys for Heavy Chewers

If you are having trouble tying the knot see my video BASIC KNOT VIDEO

(If you are concerned with your dog ingesting the nylon rope, natural 3/8" jute rope can be used instead) WARNING

Please discard if toy becomes damaged or torn. Not intended for children. Should be used for chewing & playing only. Supervision is recommended when dogs are playing with toys.