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DIY Denim Dog Toy

Do you have an old pair of jeans? You know, like jeans that have a hole in the knee that you just can’t patch?

You can turn old jeans into a chew toy your pet will love with our DIY denim dog toy!

Denim Dog Toy in water bowl with leash

Jeans are strong and sturdy fabric. Which makes them a great material to make dog toys. The denim can stand up to pets pulling and tugging on it, while chewing at the same time.

It is easy to find an old pair of jeans to use for this project. If you don’t have any at home, go to a thrift store and buy a pair for just a dollar or two.

In fact, since you don’t need to wear these jeans, you might be able to score a deal on the ugliest pair of jeans they have! It doesn’t matter what they look like or what size they are since you will be cutting them up.

You could get them for just a few cents!

What’s even better is that this project requires no sewing or any fancy supplies. Nope! Just jeans, scissors and a ruler.

It literally can’t get much more simple than that.

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Can I Wash This Dog Toy?

Yes, you can wash this pet toy because it is just made out of denim. You are able to wash it on hot water because you don’t have to worry about shrinking or damage (assuming the jeans were already pre-shrunk by washing in hot water and/or a dryer).

handmade Denim Dog Toy with leash on white background

How to Make a Denim Dog Toy


  • Old jeans or denim fabric
  • Scissors or a Rotary Cutter
  • Ruler or Cutting Mat
Denim Dog Toy Supplies


Step 1: 

Cut jeans into strips that are about one inch wide by at least 19 inches long. It works best when you cut from the leg of the jeans.

You need 9 strips.

Denim Dog Toy Step 1

Step 2:

Lay all of the pieces on top of each other in a stack with the cut ends lined up.

Denim Dog Toy Step 2

Step 3:

On one end, tie all the pieces into a knot to hold them together. This step isn’t necessary, but you do need to have another way to hold them together. For instance, a large binder clip, rubber band, etc.

Denim Dog Toy Step 3

Step 4:

Take three pieces that are side by side and braid them together.

Denim Dog Toy Step 4

Step 5:

Now, repeat step 4 by braiding the next three pieces that are near each other. And finally braid the remaining three pieces. Now you will have a total of 3 braids.

Denim Dog Toy Step 5

Step 6:

Take those 3 braids and braid them together to form one large, thick braid.

Denim Dog Toy Step 6

Step 7:

Tie the ends off by tying them to each other until they are all tied to another piece. Make sure you tie them to a piece that is not within its own braid.

Denim Dog Toy Step 7

Step 8:

Unknot the other end or unclip. Then tie those ends just like you did on the other end in Step 7.

Denim Dog Toy Step 8

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