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Your dog will love this DIY tug toy

Eileen is the creative blogger behind Yes Missy, a DIY fashion and lifestyle blog. She has a special love for making jewelry and dainty accessories. When she’s not crafting, you can find her antiquing and exploring new places to brunch. ...

Don't toss that old T-shirt! Snip it up to make this toy for your furry friend.

What are the two favorite dog games of all time? Fetch and tug-of-war! This DIY dog toy combines the two into a fun toy your pup can retrieve and wrestle with. Making this ball-and-tug dog toy is quick, easy and requires no sewing at all. With just a couple of recycled items from around the house, Fido will have hours of enjoyment.

DIY ball & tug dog toy

DIY ball & tug dog toy


  • 1 Old T-shirt
  • 1 Tennis ball
  • Scissors


1. Snipping up your shirt

DIY ball & tug dog toy

Lay your T-shirt on a flat surface, and mark off your cuts. You’ll want to make 2 pieces that are about 5-6 inches wide and a thinner strip about 2 inches wide. Once you cut up your T-shirt, you’ll end up with 3 tube-like pieces. Simply snip each of them at one of the ends to make them into long straps.

2. X marks the spot

DIY ball & tug dog toy

Lay the 2 wide strips in the shape of an X, and place the tennis ball in the middle.

3. Wrap it up

DIY ball & tug dog toy

Wrap the ball with all layers, and gather the strips at the bottom of the ball. Take your skinny strip, and tie a tight double knot to secure the fabric-wrapped ball. Now you should have four wide strips hanging from the base of your ball.

4. Just a little more snipping

DIY ball & tug dog toy

Take 1 of the 4 wide strips, and separate it from the rest. Cut this piece into 3 even sections.

5. Braid that rope

DIY ball & tug dog toy

Braid the 3 newly cut strips until you get near the bottom, and then tie the ends with 1 of the strips. Snip the ends so they’re even. Then repeat steps 5 and 6 with the rest of the remaining strips of cloth.

DIY ball & tug dog toy

And here’s your finished dog toy! Now it’s time to test it out with your furry friend.

DIY ball & tug dog toy

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