In this post, I am going to share some tips on how to upcycle old jeans and T-shirts into fun dog toys. Some of us would like to buy dog products in the pet store. Of course that is convenient and time-saving. But these DIY dog toys are not going to take to too much time to get them done.
It is really simple. What we need to do is to create stripes from the old clothes which are not suitable to donate like the old jeans. What you want to do is to snip the bottom hem. Do not cut all the way up. Rip it all the way up to leg. The reason you want to rip instead of sniping is because you will have fewer fibers coming off it. Repeat the process to rip the other one. The stripes between an inch and two would be fine. Then you are just going to snip it off until you have enough to put together in a braid.
You can braid with three or six stripes if you want depending on how thick you want it to be. Just put a nice solid knot in the bottom and start braiding, a really straightforward nice tight braid. If you have never braided before, it is easier to put the right strand in the middle and then the left strand into the middle and repeat the step all the way down. Put another double knot in the bottom and give the braid a good pull to make sure it is not gonna come apart. The other option is to put an extra knot right in the middle. It depends on what your dog likes. Buying pet supplies online offers us lots of choice. While Homemade toys for your dog is another budget-friendly alternative.
Let’s move on to the T-shirt. We are going to create a pull toy or a throw toy. You will need an old tennis ball for this toy. You need to create stripes out of old T-shirts. Likewise, you want to rip instead of snip. T-shits tend to rip horizontally along the bottom. So cut up the seam and rip the T-shirt all the way across the front to the back of your T-shirt and chop it off.
This time we need six stripes and thread through the tennis ball. Open a little hole on the tennis ball and make cut in opposite directions on opposite side of the ball. You need a pencil to help guide the fabric through the holes. So slip your fabric right on the pencil and poke it through the hole and come out from the opposite hole. And then pull your pencil back out. You are going to do that five more times. After you finish threading all of them, make a knot on one end and start braiding and make a knot at the bottom.
With these two DIY dog toys, your dog are ready to play.