Irresistible and Free DIY Pet Projects: DIY Dog Rope Toy

DIY Dog Rope Toy

Chuy and I are back with another fast, easy, and FREE DIY pet project! Recycle your clothes by creating a Rope Toy for your dog out of old shirts.

This is an “irresistible” way to save money, recycle old clothes, and create a free toy for your dog! These toys will provide hours of fetch, tug-of-war, and plain old enjoyment for your dog! You can even get your kids to help out . . . that’s how simple this project is! If you have left over material, create a few extra toys and donate them to your local animal shelter!

You can’t get more Irresistible than that!

Materials Needed

  • 1-3 old shirts*
  • 1 pair of scissors

*Depending on how colorful you want your rope toy to be, you can use just one shirt or 3 to add multiple colors. In this tutorial, I used 3 different shirts.

DIY Dog Rope Toy

Time Required

  • 60 minutes or less


These instructions are based on the dog rope toy that I created in this picture. If you want to learn more, keep reading!


Step 1 – Cut the Strips

Begin by cutting 3 strips from each shirt. That’s 9 strips in total.

DIY Dog Rope Toy - Step 1

I didn’t measure these, but if you are a true perfectionist, by all means, be my guest! Sometimes, imperfect is just perfect for these types of projects!

I cut 4 strips each just to be safe.  I cut them on my ironing board, which makes it easier to cut and much more visually appealing to view your strips.

Step 2 – Knot the Top

Twist the strips together and tie a knot at the top of all 9 strips.

DIY Dog Rope Toy - Step 2

Step 3 – Braid the Strips

Separate the strips into 3 sections of 3 strips each and braid from the knot, down.

DIY Dog Rope Toy - Step 3

Step 4 – Knot the End

Once all the strips are braided together, tie a knot at the end of your rope.

DIY Dog Rope Toy - Step 4

Step 5 – Knot the Strands (Optional Step)

This step is optional but will add extra chewing power to your rope toy. Tie off additional knots on your strands as shown in the pics below.

DIY Dog Rope Toy - Step 5

That’s it! I promised you it would be simple, easy, and FREE! Chuy loves his homemade rope toy!

PS – Here’s a plus about these homemade toys, if you use your own clothes, they will smell like you (not like a pet store), which is comforting and familiar for your dog!

Chuy Chihuahua DIY Rope Toy

Let me know if you have any questions or if you decide to create a DIY Dog Rope Toy of your own! See all of our DIY pet projects here! and follow us on Facebook to be notified of new posts!


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  1. Cindy Jacobs says

    That is adorable!!! My dog eats every toy I get him! He loves to play tug of war, so I have to make several of these. Is there any material you prefer to use for them?
    Thank you for sharing this idea!

  2. says

    I will be creating one for my dogs. They will surely love it! Instead of adding clothes in landfills it is better to recycle and put them into good use and buying toy stuff can hurt my finances in the long run.
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  3. Carol says

    I like this idea!When I scrap out a pair of jeans i braid the seams together to make the same kind of thing.

  4. MelissaM says

    OMG, we were just talking at day care how we needed to make some of these as chew toys for the children with biting issues. My teachers will be completing this naptime activity on Monday!

  5. Taylor Moore says

    hope you don’t mind me making these then selling them! Just thought it was an absolutely great idea! Visit my instagram account! @doggycreations

  6. Bridget says

    Just made my 1st one for my puppy packs all my puppies take home with them when they find new homes

    Still trying to figure out how to knot the top and bottom.

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