Is your pup looking a little bored lately? Dog toys are a great way to keep your dog busy and entertained, but let’s face it, dogs aren’t the most gentle with their toys. And if you’re finding that you’re going through a lot of them, this DIY dog toy is for you!
This fun DIY dog toy is safe, sturdy, and best of all very easy to make. It requires just a few simple materials that you probably already have around the house, which makes it handy and of course budget friendly!
This DIY dog toy combines tug and fetch into a fun toy your pup can retrieve and wrestle with. The materials you need are an old t-shirt (that you don’t mind cutting up), a tennis ball, some scissors and about 10 minutes of your time, and you’ll have a new toy for your furry friend!
Making this tug dog toy for your dog is quick, easy and requires no sewing at all. And with just a couple of reused items from around the house, your dog will have hours of enjoyment and fun.
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How to Make a DIY Dog Tug Toy
Materials required for this dog tug toy tutorial:
- one old t-shirt that you don’t mind cutting up
- one tennis ball
- a pair of scissors
Step-by-step instructions to make a DIY Dog Toy
1. The first step is to lay your t-shirt on a flat surface. Plan to make 2 cuts horizontally. You’ll need to make 2 strips that are about 5-6 inches wide and an additional thinner strip about 1.5-2 inches wide. (see photo above)
Once you cut your T-shirt, you’ll end up with 3 strips of material that are connected in a circle. Simply snip each of them at one of the ends to make them into long strips.
2. X marks the spot! Lay the 2 wide strips in the shape of an X on a flat surface and place the tennis ball in the middle.
3. Wrap the ball with the 2 strips of fabric. Then gather the strips at the bottom of the ball and tie with the skinny thin strip. Make sure to securely tie this otherwise your DIY dog toy will fall apart easily!
4. Take one of the 4 long strips and cut them into 3 even sections.
5. Braid the 3 long strands and tie securely at bottom to end the braid.
6 Repeat steps 4 and 5 for the other 3 remaining strips and you’ll have a brand new toy for your dog to play with!
Additional Tips and Tricks for this DIY:
- I suggest using a men’s t-shirt for this DIY dog toy. You’ll find that it’s larger and provides more material for you.
- Using a shirt with a pattern is always a little more fun!
- Make sure you securely knot the ends of the braids and secure the material around the ball well to prevent it from falling apart.
- Once this toy falls apart, simply throw any the t-shirt and you can remake it with another one of your old shirts!
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HopeMay 24, 2020
this is awesome my dog loves it thank you
EileenMay 25, 2020
Fantastic! So happy your pup love it! 🙂
KelseyAugust 24, 2018
What do you tie it with?
Erin ChildsDecember 21, 2017
Love this idea – and your dog model looks just like our Toby! <3
Mommy PehpotDecember 10, 2014
h cuteness overload! When we have a dog, will make one like this 🙂
Erin KennedyDecember 5, 2014
I love this! So creative! Now I want a pup!
DawnDecember 4, 2014
You’d be amazed at what all you can turn into a doggy toy! This is so creative and cool!
Donella CriggerDecember 4, 2014
What a simple idea! Our German shepherd would love it. She loves tug-of-war. 🙂
RattlesandHeelsDecember 4, 2014
I want to get a dog for the kids and we would def do this! So cute and creative.
TamikaDecember 4, 2014
Thanks for the reminder! I have a bag of old shirt’s that I normarlly start working on now for my kitty and doggie gifts.
HilLesha O'NanDecember 4, 2014
I don’t have a dog (just a cat), but I think this is so adorable! I’ll have to keep this in mind when I do get one.
Aisha Kristine ChongDecember 4, 2014
I love how creative this can be – yeah – there is no need to throw old and unused shirts when they can be used for something else!
Natalie H.December 3, 2014
That’s pretty creative.. I don’t have any pets, however I would totally make something like that for the baby to throw around, lol.
Liz MaysDecember 3, 2014
There are going to be some really happy furballs this year. These are a great way to entertain the pups!
Vidya SudarsanDecember 3, 2014
ha! that is so cute.. I bet even kitties will like it 🙂
CourtneyLynne StormsDecember 3, 2014
Looks like an easy toy to make if you have doggies… I don’t have any doggies though lol….
thejoyfulfoodieDecember 3, 2014
Such an easy toy that will probably get lots of play! I might have to make one for my brother’s dog for Christmas.
Echo (The Mad Mommy)December 3, 2014
This is such a fantastic idea for a dog toy! I think I need to make one!
Terri Ramsey BeaversDecember 3, 2014
You are so creative. I always donate my tshirts to goodwill when I get tired of them but I’ll keep in mind my family members that have pets and make them a dog toy..
Vicki WDecember 3, 2014
This is such a cute idea! I am going to have to make one for my Annabelle today! I may even slip in some of my splenda packaging to give it that crinkle sound she seems to love. Thanks for sharing this!
Shanéy VijendranathDecember 3, 2014
Such a fabulous idea! I would of never thought of that.
EllieDecember 3, 2014
Omg your puppy is soooo cute!
Tracy @ Ascending ButterflyDecember 3, 2014
Your furbaby is so cute! Great idea! 🙂
Tracy @ Ascending Butterfly
Mia MyrabevDecember 3, 2014
This is so cool, back home my dogs would to love fetch but also chasing people that seemed to brighten there day lol
WhiteBeadAugust 18, 2014
Love it! Just made one for my puppy 🙂
EileenAugust 18, 2014
Thanks! Hope your puppy had fun with it! 😀