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Easy Upcycled Dog Toy

By: Erika Lindquist for Sew DoggyStyle

Looking for easy homemade dog crafts? This Easy Upcycled Dog Toy from Erika Lindquist takes mere minutes to make and is fun to play with!

Easy Upcycled Dog Toy


  • Plaid shirt
  • Scissors


  1. Cut three strips of fabric.

    Easy Upcycled Dog Toy
  2. Tie into a knot at one end and then braid it.

    Easy Upcycled Dog Toy
  3. It can be as long or as short as you'd like. Perfect for tug-of-war!

    Easy Upcycled Dog Toy


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Wow these are so expensive in the pet stores so I can only get them once in awhile but now that I see how easy they are to make and that you can use old flannel shirts and recycle them and they are so simple and super fast to make. This is a great project to get the family involved in and donate to shelters for the dogs to play with. Nice tutorial and so easy to follow.

Always wondered what to do with those old shirts! This will be a good project for the foster dogs, and so easy to do, with no expense ! I think it would work for old flannel sheets or blankets, or even flannel fabric scraps that aren't big enough for other projects! And these can even be thrown in the wash, so that is even better for the practical side of things!

oh,my. guess i will be making these for the animal shelter. thank you thank you!!!

what a great idea. Going to make one right now!

This is so smart! My dogs will love this!!!!!

I have been using all my leftover fleece to make a braided pull toy exerciser for my bulldog.

I have been making these for years out of fleece........... dogs love them and they are can be washed and dried many times.............. go very well at craft shows!

I have to make these out of recycled jeans or my dog shreds them in minutes.

Looked really easy but I was wondering how you get the edges of the stips of the plaid shirt to be as even as in the picture without raveling? What other materials could a person use that would be effective?

how about making long tubes sewing the one end closed and turning it inside out, then stitching the end closed before braiding, nothing to unravel, hmmm

i have made these for my 3 basset hounds and they love them i made mine useing old t shirts i also tied two or 3 plates around the main boady( so it looked like it had arms and legs ) this is so they could all pull on something have lasted years great make and gental on the dogs mouth

Super! Thanks for the terrific idea!

I've used fleece to make these braided dog toys............and more durable for a big dog...........BUT fantastic ideas these! Dillon's mom (Doberman)

What a great, simple, indestructible idea!

i bet this is very durable

this is very cool and durable i bet :)

Another form of material you can use is fleece. I have used fleece to make the braided dog toys and they are fast, inexpensive toys to sell as fund-raising items for humane organizations. As with any dog toy, you have to watch for loose parts, frayed ends and so forth. This is a great fast toy to make if your dog likes to carry toys around or play tug-o-war.

I tried this with 3 different breed and size dogs. They all loved it but went for the ends to shred them to pieces.

I think that using a flannel shirt would work better than one made of just cotton. I do not think that a shirt made of polyester and cotton would be good to use because it could cut the lips of a dog.

My little shitzu and maltese doggies love this toy. Brilliant idea.


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