EFA: Etsy For Animals Etsy For Animals: Dog Days: Tees into Tuggy Toys

Etsy for Animals (EFA) aka Artists Helping Animals,

is a team of independent artists, craftspeople,

vintage sellers and craft suppliers on Etsy.com

who are dedicated to providing charitable relief to animals

by donating a portion of the profits from their shops

to an animal charity of their choosing,

and/or to EFA's featured Charity of the Month.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Dog Days: Tees into Tuggy Toys

EFA's Dog Days Festival

Tees into Tuggy Toys
Reuse, Recycle, Make Your Dog Happy !
Tutorial by YarnMiracle

Everybody has a few unworn t-shirts drifting around in the back of a drawer. Why not give them new life by transforming them into dog toys with the help of this photo tutorial from
Yarn Miracle ?

For this project, all you will need is a couple t-shirts and a pair of scissors (please remove any cats before continuing). I was able to make two big toys from three large t-shirts.

To get started, cut the hems off of the shirts.

The body of the shirt is the part that is used for this project, so cut a 6 inch wide piece off of the shirt straight across the bottom (this will actually look like a big loop). For a smaller toy, make the pieces skinnier. Repeat this step until there are three pieces of fabric.

Cut open each loop to make a long strip of fabric.

Locate your assistant if your arms aren't long enough, and give each strip a good stretch...

...so that they roll up into a tube. Jersey knits LOVE to roll.

Line up the strips, and tie a tight overhand knot at one end.

Get your assistant to come back and hold the knot while you braid the strips together (just like hair). Never braided anything? Nothing to it -
here's a tutorial.

Stop when it's as long as you like or you have about six inches of loose fabric left.

Tie an overhand knot to secure the loose ends and trim them with the scissors. If the braid is nice and long, another knot can be made in the center.

Your toy is ready to share with your dog! (That's actually our former foster dog, Chickpea - but we've got a couple puppies as house guests right now.)

If you don't have a resident dog (or you have a surplus of t-shirts), make a whole pile of them to take to your local shelter!


  1. This is terrific! We don't have a dog, but if we did you'd better believe I'd be doing this with our old Tshirts. Love it! :o)

  2. What a great idea for fun with a child! Of course, for pets ,too, but I think it's so cool that you get the kids involved.

  3. So glad you put this together Emily !
    I think making them for shelter donation is a super great idea :)
    Thanks so much,

  4. I found this tutorial and am making about 20 of these to donate to the local animal shelter. We are using old tshirts and old fleece blankets. Thanks for the great idea.

  5. Old fleece blankets are a great idea!

  6. Oh, and Emily - wouldn't the cat flavor make them taste better? ~ lol ~

  7. Great tutorialI know some doggies who would love those and they's make nice Christmas gifts too.

  8. I absolutely love this idea!! As a professional trainer, I encourage many of my clients to tug with their dogs and now, no one has a reason not to have a tug lying around! Also great to leave with dogs in their kennels during the day because it smells like you!
    Thanks for this!


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