Dog Toy From Recycled Pants




How to make a braided dog toy from recycling pants.

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Step 1: Supplies Used

Two pairs of pants
Sewing needle
Strong thread

Step 2: Remove Zippers

Removed the zippers from the bottom of the pant legs. We don't want our baby chewing on these.

Step 3: Cut

We wanted as much fabric as possable. Cut legs off of both pairs of pants.

Step 4: Fold

Fold three of the pant legs so they are somewhat the same width.

Step 5: Sew

Hand sew the ankle ends together

Step 6: Braid and Sew

Braid the three strands together. Keep the braid as tight as possable. It is helpful to have someone help hold the ankle end while you braid.

After you are done braiding hand sew the end.

Step 7: Happy Dog

Look how happy our fur baby is!



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    8 Discussions


    8 years ago on Introduction

    My friend got a puppy yesterday, and I was wondering how to make puppy toys (I've made cat toys for ages, but they don't have to be as strong or chew-proof as dog toys). And this one was perfect.
    I didn't have old pants so I used a pile of old t-shirts instead, and made knots to the end. I'll update once the puppy has tested it (as in if the t-shirts are as durable etc). :)

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    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    i just adore puppy breath :) i can't wait to see pics of your creation


    9 years ago on Step 7

    Instead of sewing, I did knots.

    Thanks for the instructable! c:


    9 years ago on Introduction

    Great idea!  Can you just tie the ends, rather than sew them?  I'm going to try this one tonight!


    11 years ago on Introduction

    How cool!
    I wish my dog was still alive. =/
    He died when he was about 3 or 4 months old, my mom would have definitely have done this probably, because she sews and stuff.
    Very good job, your dog is cute too. ;-)

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    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    Thank you for your kind comments. I am so sad about your puppy. The loss of a companion is really hard. One of our of our pups passed on about two years ago, she was nineteen. I miss her very much. I had to remind myself how lucky I am to of shared my life with her and that other pups need love too... When we brought our baby boy into our home I wasn't sure if I could do it. But my heart just made room for another and I am so grateful...


    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    Thank you. Also my neighbors dog was kind of old, we knew him since we moved in, and he passed away about a year ago I think. He was my favorite dog back then. That was before I got my puppies. We had two, and we gave the brother to my mom's friend. I really want another puppy, but my mom was really sad when he died, so we are not sure yet, so we will have to wait...