DIY Dog Toys Checklist

Using this DIY dog toys checklist will allow you to make a simple, inexpensive toy for your favorite canine. Completing this particular no-sew dog toy requires very little time and minimal skill, and the project becomes even cheaper if you make it using a recycled t-shirt or similar piece of secondhand material.

Supplies Needed

  • Fleece or denim works best.
  • Pinking shears would work, too.

Preparing the Materials

  • Consider using fleece, flannel, or heavy t-shirt knits when making toys for small to medium dogs. When making the toy for a larger dog, you may need to choose a more durable fabric like denim.
  • Using fabric scissors or pinking shears, cut three evenly sized strips from your chosen material. Make the strips 3 feet (91 cm) long and 3 inches (7.6 cm) wide for large dogs, 2 feet (61 cm) long and 2.5 inches (6.4 cm) wid

Making the Toy

  • Stack the three strips on top of one another, then tie them together into an overhand knot. Position the knot 2 to 4 inches (5.1 to 10.2 cm) away from one end of the stack.
  • Use masking tape to secure the knot to a hard surface. Alternatively, ask another person to hold the knotted end for you as you work.
  • Separate the stack into its three distinct strips. Cross the right strip over the middle strip and under the left strip.
  • Weave the left strip over the middle strip and under the right strip. Doing so completes one full braid.
  • Create additional braids down the length of the stack by following the same procedure: cross the right strip over the middle, then weave the left strip over the middle. Create as many braids as needed until only 2 t
  • Regroup all three strips of fabric into a single stack. Tie another overhand knot at the loose end to mirror the first knot.
  • Peel away the masking tape currently holding the toy down.
  • Using fabric scissors or pinking shears, trim the loose ends of the dog toy so that they appear even in length.
  • This step completes the DIY dog toys checklist. Use the new toy to play tug-of-war with your dog or give it to your dog for use as a chew toy.

DIY Dog Toys Checklist Tips

  • Watch your dog as it plays with the toy. Discard it if your dog tears it apart into small pieces.
  • Avoid using fabrics that fray or unravel when cut. Your dog could swallow the small threads, and those threads could tangle together in your dog's stomach.
  • Save money by recycling an old t-shirt instead of buying new fabric. Many t-shirts are made from fray-resistant material, making them perfect for this craft.