With the new year coming, I have been cleaning out a lot. I always wanted to get rid of my t-shirts, but every time I went through them I was only able to get rid of one or two because I didn't want to part with them just yet. I got the idea to make homemade dog toys with my extra t-shirts and that made it much easier to get rid of them. Knowing that they're going to be loved by a furry pet made me excited. I had about ten shirts that I decided I could part with. At first I was making the toys by myself and if I'm going to be honest it was not fun. It hurt a little with how much I had to pull them and I was getting tired of the same thing. As I was doing them on the couch my mom came and helped by tying the first knot while I braided the rest. My step dad eventually joined in too. It made it much better and more exciting. When we finished with the normal strips, we made some toys out of the scraps. It was a fun family time. In the end we made 30 dog toys. The toys felt real and I think I probably could sell them and actually make money. I brought them to the SPCA the other day and they were very thankful. I wanted to ask if I could give them to some dogs, but I didn't have the guts. When I got home that evening I looked at the scraps before throwing them away and thought I could probably make some cat toys so that is in process now :)
Here's the steps to making a dog toy:
1. Find an old t-shirt.
2. Lay it out flat and cut off the sleeves.
3. Cut small strips on the end and depending on the shirt you can rip it to the top or cut all the way through with the scissors.
4. Once you have 6-9 strips, tie a knot (preferably with different colors).
5. Braid the strips through evenly.
6. Tie a knot at the end.
7. Cut the end pieces and cut into smaller strips if necessary.
8. You have a dog toy!
If you're interested in making a dog toy, there's different kinds of patterns online too! I'm sure any shelter would love to have them and you could even sell them to raise money for an animal shelter as well!