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!
- 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.
- 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.
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.
Step 3 – Braid the Strips
Separate the strips into 3 sections of 3 strips each and braid from the knot, down.
Step 4 – Knot the End
Once all the strips are braided together, tie a knot at the end of your rope.
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.
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!