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18 Easy DIY Dog Accessories A Paw-fect Way to Express Your Love

Inside: A collection of DIY dog accessories from leads to toys that can be made at home.

If you are a regular reader of Pillarboxblue, thank you first! And second, you’ve probably noticed I have a dog. Toby is a beloved but now rather old (15 years) rescue Foxy Russell. He keeps me company while I craft and often sneaks into the photos.

Who doesn’t love pampering their dogs with lots of love, cuddles, and, yes, even accessories? For many pet owners, dog accessories are not just frivolous frills but fun and functional items that express their pet’s personality.

Dog accessories can be a bit pricey, so I thought I could make some for Toby out of stuff we already have. And upcycle materials like denim from jeans and other old clothes unsuitable for donation.

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Denim Dog Accessories

Denim is a popular choice for making dog accessories for several reasons:

  1. 1. Durability: Denim is a solid, durable fabric that can withstand wear and tear, making it perfect for pet accessories that need a lot of use.
  2. Easy to Clean: Denim can be easily cleaned; this is a massive plus since pet accessories can get dirty quickly. Most denim materials are machine washable and do not stain easily.
  3. Comfort: Despite its toughness, denim is also quite comfortable. It’s a breathable material, which is particularly good for pets as it can help prevent overheating.
  4. Affordability: Old jeans that are no longer wearable can be upcycled into dog accessories, making denim a cost-effective choice for DIY projects.

In conclusion, denim’s strength, comfort, versatility, and affordability make it an excellent material for dog accessories.

However, it’s important to remember that while denim is generally safe, you should always ensure the finished product has no loose threads or small, chewable parts that could be a choking hazard for your pet.

DIY Dog Accessories & Crafts

This is a curated list of excellent DIY dog accessories and crafts; you can make your beloved pooch from leads and leashes to toys and coats.

I think the denim dog bone toys are my favourite DIY dog craft on the list. However, Toby has started to lose his hair through old age, so it might be time to make him a denim dog coat.

Another way of showing love for your dog is to paint them some personalised giant wall art or a create map dog portrait.

DIY dog accessories and crafts pin


Sunday 5th of January 2020

I bought a couple of cat Toys Shape as fish with Catnip put in with Stuffing., my Cats Loved them. Your denim dog toys I thought of your denim toys.

Claire Armstrong

Sunday 5th of January 2020

Thank you, you could easily make cat ones and fill with Catnip.


Thursday 1st of November 2018

I am so happy to have found you. I was looking for dog things to make for our church Christmas bazaar and these are IT! Thank you for sharing. I lost my cocker spaniel (17-years old) just recently. I read not long ago, "A dog gives you some of the best days of your life, and one of the worst." So true.

Claire Armstrong

Friday 2nd of November 2018

Thank you. Our TOBY is 15 years old and beginning to show his age we know our time with him won’t be for much longer. It’s so sad! Your saying is so true.


Sunday 14th of October 2018

Hi Claire, what clever creations! I tried to make a toy for my sister's dog, a Shar Pei, but she break it off after few days .. Ahahaha!!

Hugs, Roberta

Claire Armstrong

Wednesday 17th of October 2018

Thank you ?

Michelle Leslie

Thursday 11th of October 2018

Toby is just the sweetest little fur baby and love all your denim puppy accessories. What fun and I know our fur babies are going to enjoy quite a few of them too

Claire Armstrong

Thursday 11th of October 2018

Thank you, Michelle. TOBY is getting a bit old these days we think he’s 15 but not sure as he was a rescue dog. So I think he’s more interested in the bed than toys.


Saturday 6th of October 2018

I always enjoy seeing your creative uses for denim, Claire. Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm!

Claire Armstrong

Sunday 7th of October 2018

Thank you, Cecilia. I enjoy thinking of more creative ways to use denim.