How To Make A Dog Toy Out Of Old T-Shirts

By Cuteness Team

Got some old cotton T-shirts lying around? Before you ditch them, think about up-cycling them into easy-to-make chew toys for your pup! Here's how:

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Step One: Create strips.

Using your scissors, make a cut to make a 3-inch strip.

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Once you've made a little cut, it's easiest to rip the shirt (unless you have a very sharp scissors or a fabric cutter).

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Once you've separated your fabric from the shirt, make a cut to turn it from a circle into a strip. Pull the strip to lengthen it as much as possible.

Repeat with your shirts until you have 12-18 strips in three different colors. (Or all the same color, two colors, etc. — it's up to you!) Create three sections with either three or four strips, depending on your dog's size and how thick you want the toy to be.

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Step Two: Knotting.

Gather one section and tie a simple knot at one end. Repeat with your other two sections.

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Step 3: Create gathering ties.

Cut about one inch off of the sleeves of your tee, snipping to create a smaller strip. Repeat on other sleeve so you have two smaller strips.

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Step 4: Put it all together.

Gather your three sections. Using your smaller strip you just made, tie it underneath the knots.

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Then, braid your strips together until you feel the toy is long enough.

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Knot each section again at the end. Secure as you did before by tying your smaller strip at the base of the knots.

Step 5: Even out the ends.

Cut off any excess.

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And voilà! Machine-washable chew toys!

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