T-Shirt Rope Toy


Feathers, string, USB cables, and hair ties. All of these items, whether intended as toys or not, will be chewed up and carried around in your cat’s mouth. (This has been my experience at least). I do not want to deny my cat his right to lose his mind while chasing stringy objects through the air. This project is simple, and for most of you will cost zero dollars! That is right, $Free.99.

What You Need:

  • Two old t-shirts without side seams 
  • Scissors
  • A flat rectangular object. (I used a cutting board)
  • The ability to twist, braid, and knot.

Step One: First, lay both t-shirts on a flat surface. 


Step Two: Cut a straight line below any embellishment on the t-shirt.


Step Three: Cut the bottom seam off of the t-shirt.


Step Four: Fold the t-shirt from bottom to top, leaving a one inch allowance.


Step Five: Cut even strips vertically without cutting the one inch allowance.


Step Six: Unfold the t-shirt and slide it onto a flat rectangular object with the one inch allowance in the middle. 434

Step Seven: Make a slant cut from strip 1 to strip 2, continuing with each strip until you have a continuous strip of fabric.


Step Eight: Pull on the strip of fabric until it starts to roll up into a tube, it should look like string now.


Step Nine: Repeat this process with the other t-shirt. You will have two balls of t-shirt yarn when you are done. (this project does not require a lot of t-shirt yarn, so save it for future projects)


Step Ten: Roll out  and cut three even sets of string (one of each color), and tie the ends into a knot to hold the two strands in place.


Step Eleven: Twist each pair of strings until you reach the end of the strand, and secure each twist with a knot.


Step Twelve: Tie all three strands together at one end, leaving the three strands free to be braided.


Step Thirteen: Braid the three strands for about 3/4 of the length and then tie off the braid with a knot. Then tie each individual strand into two knots close to the big knot in order to keep the strands more separated.


Step Fourteen:  Tie each strand into a few more knots to help the strands move more freely.

Step Fifteen: Introduce your cat to this awesome upcycled toy!




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