Recycled TShirt – Dogs Tugga Toy

This home made dog toy is perfect for tug of war games or fetch. It is so simple to make that even kids can put it together. It is a great project for fetes and fundraisers too.

Recycled TShirt – Dogs Tugga Toy

What you need

20 1 inch x 20 inch (2.5 cm x 50 cm) recycled stretch knit from pants or tops in assorted colors.


You can use recycled stretch knit from old t-shirts or pants or if you like you can use new fabric.

Cut the fabric into 20 pieces that measure approx 1 inch x 20 inch (2.5 cm x 50 cm) for a large dog.

For smaller dogs reduce the length and quantity but not the 1 inch width.

Lay your pieces together in 2 sections of 10. Twist the 2 sections together and tie a large knot at each end as shown in the picture. Your knot should be tight and secure.

There is no need for gluing or sewing.

Alternatively you can plat your strands together or add extra knots depending on your dogs desire.


  1. Not sure how you get the twisted material to stay twisted mine just unravels

    • Don’t use JEAN material! Frays – strings and a terrible mess! uhh – Stick with cotton tees or something “chewy.”

    • in order to keep them from falling apart divide strands in two sections twist them both the same way, then twist them together the other way and tie a not, I do my daughter’s hair like this all the time!

  2. Yep! Simple and fun to make this dog toy! Work time really was about 30 minutes and well worth the excitement for my hubby’s hound dog! I used strips from a t-shirt, tank top, and T-shirt gown, all stretchy fabric that doesn’t unravel. Toy was “untied” at one end within 30 minutes of play but “RB” still thinks it’s great! He’s been totally involved for one hour now. Even if it doesn’t last a minute longer, it’s still worth making as I’ve bought several of these in the $5-10 range that didn’t last beyond an hour either! And, this cost nothing besides time!!

  3. Wow…an endless supply of inexpensive dog toys since my dog seems to love to chew every single one up!

  4. I love this and so does my dog. My only complaint is, I used jeans since my dog chews things like crazy, and jeans cause a a lot of strings, which worries me. So, like every dog toy, watch your dog. Any toy that you give your dog, whether it be a home made one or something you buy, you must watch your dog so they don’t swallow any pieces. All in all, I loved this toy.

  5. Nice.. im using it to get donations to spay and neuter cats 🙂

  6. Love this!! To bad my dog would rip this up in a heartbeat:(

  7. My student just brought one in as a project on recycling and gave it to me for brand new puppy. This is the neatest project!!!!

  8. I have a jack Russell and she LOVES IT!!

  9. cool

  10. looks so cool! can’t wait to try it!

  11. we just made this. our dogs are currently fighting over it. great idea! (:

  12. wow! this is the easiest project to make!

  13. I used scraps from a no-sew blanket. You know when you have to cut off the icky fabric at the edges? It works really well because it wasn’t the stretchy side of the felt. Just put all the thin strands together and cut them in half.

    Also, I braided it instead of twisting it. Put the little strands together, like the threads of a rope. I made sure to braid it REALLY tight.

    This is a GREAT idea 😀
    It’s colorful and soft, yet functional!
    Kudos to whoever thought of it!

  14. i love it! my friends dog is going to love it.

  15. I’m definitely trying this! Instead of getting my dog a toy from Petland for Christmas, I can just get him this and then give him a big snack!

  16. I”m going to try this one with my 5 year old to make a present for our dog! To keep it twisted, you have to twist each of the two sections by itself clockwise, and then twist the sections around each other counterclockwise. Then when you knot it the twist will stay.

  17. omg my dog loved the toy
    it took forever to twist it 🙁 oh well when i finally got it worked like a chem:)

  18. I think this is a really cute idea for my large dog who tears through every rope I ever given him.. This one might last, but how do you twist it? It keeps untwisting.

  19. Thanks. This will be great for my 2 dogs that love to play tug of war.
    Sadie, American Bulldog also loves to chew. I will tie in the middle as well as the ends.

  20. my 5 month old puppy loved this. I always have old or stained t-Shirts on hand fo cleaning and dusting rags so I just used those and they worked up beautiful.Thanks

  21. i love this project. it is a good way to recycle and i mean wat dog doesnt love a new toy?!

    thanks for shareing!

  22. Brilliant idea, a must have for dog owners, and so easy too.

  23. Very cute and creative!

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