How to Make DIY Dog Toys From Old Clothing

Instead of throwing out old clothing, repurpose the fabric into dog toys.

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Introduction

Dog toys can be surprisingly expensive. But if you have basic sewing skills, you can easily create DIY dog toys from old clothing. Denim in particular is ideal for making tough, durable toys. And because the fabric has your scent on it, the toy is sure to become your puppy's favorite.

Tools Required

  • Fabric pins
  • Iron
  • Measuring tape
  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine

Materials Required

  • 4-in. x 6-in. pieces of decorative fabric (2)
  • Spool and bobbin of heavy-duty thread; Poly-fill or fabric scraps
  • Toy squeakers (optional)
  • Unwanted jeans or old clothing

 

Project step-by-step (9)

Step 1

Cut the Fabric

  • Measure and cut two 12-in. x 5-in. rectangles from the one leg of the jeans.

Cut the FabricCamryn Rabideau for Family Handyman

Step 2

Pin the Fabric Together

  • Stack the two pieces of fabric, with the sides you want on the exterior of the dog toy facing inward.
  • Using sewing pins, pin the two pieces of fabric together along the long sides and one of the short sides.

Pin the Fabric TogetherCamryn Rabideau for Family Handyman

Step 3

Sew Three Sides

  • Make sure your sewing machine is threaded with heavy-duty thread.
  • Sew straight lines along the three pinned sides, removing the pins as you go.
    • Use a straight stitch, and back-stitch at the beginning and end of each side for durability.

Sew Three SidesCamryn Rabideau for Family Handyman

Step 4

Stuff the Toy

  • Turn the fabric pocket inside out.
  • Stuff the toy with your desired filling material (poly fill, crinkle material or fabric scraps), including any squeakers.
    • You can adjust the "fullness" to fit your dog's preferences.

Stuff the ToyCamryn Rabideau for Family Handyman

Step 5

Sew the Fourth Side

  • Pin the remaining side closed.
  • Sew a straight line, removing pins as you go, and back-stitch at the beginning and end for durability.

Sew the Fourth SideCamryn Rabideau for Family Handyman

Step 6

Prepare the Edging

Prepare the EdgingCamryn Rabideau for Family Handyman

Step 7

Pin the Edging in Place

  • Fold the decorative fabric over the end of the toy, and pin it in place.
    • There will be extra fabric hanging off each side.
  • Repeat Steps 6 and 7 on the other end of the toy using the second piece of decorative fabric.

Pin the Edging in PlaceCamryn Rabideau for Family Handyman

Step 8

Attach the Edging

  • Sew the edging into place with your sewing machine, back-stitching at the beginning and end.

Attach the EdgingCamryn Rabideau for Family Handyman

Step 9

Cut and Finish the Edges

  • Cut the edging so only 1/2-in. remains on each side.
  • Fold the edging to the back of the toy and stitch it in place with a few forward-and-back stitches.
  • Trim off any hanging threads.

Cut and Finish the Edges