DIY Tugga Toy

DIY Tugga Toy
Make it! recycled t-shirt tugga toy


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


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. Lay your pieces together in two sections of ten. 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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Comments (2)

cool idea, but strips need to be way longer and 20 strips makes it so thick it is extremely difficult to tie the knot, and it is very difficult to get the know tight. waste of 30 min.
Mon, 07/30/2012 - 17:25
I agree with Brittini. It was very difficult to knot 20 strips together, but mine were also cut a little too wide. Also, when I twisted the fabric together, knotted the other end, and let it go... it unraveled! So I improvised and braided it together. It came out a little bit too short at 8 inches long (original cut strips were about 16 inches long), but my Bru still loves it anyway! Check it out on my blog:
Tue, 09/04/2012 - 18:16

Dog of the Week!