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How to make Dog and Cat Toys from a Shirt

By August 4, 2016October 1st, 2018No Comments

DIY pet toys from recycled t shirts! Easy diy pet toy made from old clothes.

How to make Dog and Cat Toys from a Tee Shirt

Outgrown tee shirts make great dog and cat toys! Usually I donate clothes we no longer need, but recently I decided to try making a few toys for our pets. This is a great project for kids to make as gifts for their pets.

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One child’s tee shirt can make two dog toys and two cat toys in just a few minutes. I grabbed a shirt my son outgrew in size 3T; larger shirts will make toys for larger dogs.


  • 1 Shirt
  • Scissors

How to Make a Dog Toy from a Tee Shirt

I’ve included both written and visual directions because this really is easier than it sounds!

  1. Cut along the seam on the side of the shirt from the bottom up to the seam of the sleeve.
  2. Continue cutting along the seam going up and over the shoulder and back down towards the side seam. The sleeve should now be completely detached.
  3. Repeat on the second side of the shirt. Set the sleeves and back of the shirt aside.
  4. Lay the front of the shirt flat and cut into 3-4 pieces lengthwise from bottom to top.
  5. Gather the pieces together and tie a knot as close to one end of the strips as possible.
  6. Separate the strips into 3 rows and braid until you reach the bottom.
  7. Tie another knot as close to that end as possible.
  8. Repeat with the back of the tee shirt to make a second toy.


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How to Make a Cat Toy from a Shirt

  1. Cut along the seam of a detached sleeve to create one flat piece of fabric.
  2. Pinch the center of the fabric and wrap a scrap piece of the shirt around the top portion and tie.
  3. Using scissors, cut the fabric from the bottom up towards the part that you tied to create what looks like a tassel.
  4. Repeat with the second sleeve to make another toy.

dog and cat toys

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