DIY Doggie Tug Toy

DIY Doggie Tug Toy

This upcycled ball-and-tug dog toy is a quickie, with no sewing required:


  • 1 old T-Shirt
  • 1 tennis ball
  • scissors


Snipping the Shirt

Lay your T-shirt on a flat surface, and mark off your cuts. You’ll want to make 2 pieces that are about 5-6 inches wide and a thinner strip about 2 inches wide. Once you cut up your T-shirt, you’ll end up with 3 tube-like pieces. Simply snip each of them at one of the ends to make them into long straps.

X Marks the Spot

Lay the 2 wide strips in the shape of an X, and place the tennis ball in the middle.

Wrap it up

Wrap the ball with all layers, and gather the strips at the bottom of the ball. Take your skinny strip, and tie a tight double knot to secure the fabric-wrapped ball. Now you should have four wide strips hanging from the base of your ball.

Just a little more snipping

Take 1 of the 4 wide strips, and separate it from the rest. Cut this piece into 3 even sections.

Braid the Rope

Braid the 3 newly cut strips until you get near the bottom, and then tie the ends with 1 of the strips. Snip the ends so they’re even. Then repeat steps 5 and 6 with the rest of the remaining strips of cloth.

And here’s your finished dog toy! Now it’s time to test it out with your furry friend.

We want to give a special shout out to Eileen Chow at for this awesome DIY!


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