9 Super Easy DIY Dog Toys You Can Make from Old Clothes
Buying dog toys can really add up. Especially when you’re the owner of a toy-destroying chewer. These 9 ideas are great ways to create toys for your dogs from those raggy old shirts or jeans laying around the house. Also, if you have an abundance of worn clothes laying around the house, we encourage making some of these toys and donating them to your local shelter.
1. Denim Knot toys
Does your pup chew through even the most expensive, indestructible toys? Save some money by turning some old jeans into denim chew toys. All you need are some scissors or old jeans. You can make these toys extra exciting by dipping them in chicken broth and letting them dry, or by freezing the chicken broth for a fun and cool toy on a hot summer’s day. If you’ve got extra denim laying around, I’m sure your local shelter would love some denim toys, too!
2. No-Sew Denim Knot
Another way to use old denim for dog toys is this no-sew denim knot toy. Simply cut and weave the fabric together to make this toy.
3. A ball throw toy with a tail
This one is easier than it looks. To make this fabric throw toy, simply take about a square yard of fabric, place your ball in the middle, tie the fabric around the ball, then cut and braid the four tail pieces. This makes a super fun toy to play both fetch or tug-a-war with.
4. A T-shirt Wrapped Water Bottle (or a sock!)
This is a noisy and fun chew toy to entertain your pup. The fabric gives the water bottle grip and style, and the water bottle crinkling sounds makes it fun to chew. Caution: Remove the cap from the water bottle before wrapping it in the fabric. You don’t want your pup to accidentally swallow the cap.
5. A T-Shirt Rope Braid & Ball
No one will suspect that this rope braid/ball combo is really just your old t-shirt stuffed in a tennis ball. An advantage to this toy is that even if your dog chews through one of the braids, you’ll be able to just pop in another braid from the leftover fabric so the fun can go on.
6. A Tug-a-rope
Or forgo the ball and just use the braid as a tossable rope! Dish towels and other fabrics also work well for this project.
7. Double Knot Toy
Or take two thinner braids and knot them together to make this fun and leggy tug-a-rope toy.
8. Or this loopy tug-a-rope toy.
9. A cloth ball
You can also use the t-shirt hems left over from the above projects to make a fabric ball for your pup to chase. Just follow these instructions to weave the fabric into ball form.
Enjoy crafting and let us know of any other fun do toys in the comments below!