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DIY Tugga Toy

Make it! recycled t-shirt tugga toy

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Time: < 30 minutes Cost: free!

This colourful, homemade dog toy is perfect for tug-of-war games or fetch. It’s so simple to make that kids can put it together. It makes a great project for fetes and fundraisers, too.

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


20 1” x 20” (2.5cm x 50cm) strips of stretch knit material recycled from pants or tops in assorted colours


1. For large dogs, cut the fabric into 20 pieces that measure approximately 1” x 20” (2.5cm x 50cm). For smaller dogs, reduce the length and quantity of the strips but not the 1” width.

2. Lay your pieces together in two sections of ten.

3. Twist the two 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 dog’s preferences. And that’s it! Playtime!

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