While cleaning and decluttering, had quite a few running shirts from races that I don't wear. For Christmas, my friend Allison made this awesome dog chew/tug toy for Bear. She found this simple tutorial on Yellow Dandy blog. For a few steps, I mod just a little bit. While doing this project, it reminded me of a childhood memory to making gimp bracelets. Usually I donate unwanted clothes but thought this was a good way to make use of the shirts. So dig through your old unused shirts and make your furry pet a chew toy with this simple DIY.
- 1 - 2 Old Shirts
- Scissors or Fabric Cutter
- Rotary Mat
Step 1: Depending on the color scheme, cut one or two shirts into 4 strips. I first started out trying to cut with scissors but it was taking a long time. Decided to switch to a fabric cutter, it was much faster. I picked two different color shirts to give a nice pattern.
***Note: Depending on how small or large your pet is, cut the strips to the thickness that you want. Bear is on the larger side, I cut the strips about 1.5 inches in width.
Step 2: Take the four strips and tie it into a knot.
Step 3: Make a cross with the strips as shown below.
Step 4: Make a reverse "S" with two of the strips as shown below. The reverse "S" strips should lay on top of the other two strips.
Step 5: Take the bottom right (white) strand and bring it over the first loop and through the second loop (blue). Take the top left strand (white) and place it over the the blue loop on top of it, and through the loop on the bottom.
Step 6: Start to pull each of the strips (two at a time) tighter. As you start to pull them they should make a square shape and end product should be like below with a crisscross square.
Step 7: Repeat, Repeat and Repeat. You should start to see a pattern like below.
Step 8: As you reach near the end, tie a knot with the four strips like in the beginning.