How to Make a Dog Diaper Using an Old T-Shirt

This may be useful one day!

Every dog owner wants to maintain a clean and fresh household. However, that ideal may become difficult to achieve with a dog in the house, a dog that may often mark their territories on your carpet or leave you a smelly little present on your bed while you’re away.


There are several options pet owners have in their disposal when it comes to dogs’ bathroom needs. One common option is to regularly take the dog outside. Many dogs are vocal and voice their desires when it’s potty time. However, this option may be difficult, especially for pet owners who are often away for long hours when at work. Another option is to potty train the dog at a young age. Although another good option, this may not be possible for everyone, especially for those who adopted an untrained, older dog.


There’s the final option, the option of placing your dog in a diaper. Although there are several benefits of choosing this option—this is great for incontinent dogs and dogs in heat—regularly purchasing dog diapers can be costly. Fortunately, there is a cheaper alternative:  DIY reusable dog diapers made out of unwanted t-shirts.


Creating a dog diaper out of a t-shirt is easy, and it often doesn’t require any sewing skills. You simply need an old, unwanted t-shirt, and some pins. Make sure the t-shirt you use is 100 percent cotton because it is more absorbent. Also make sure that you’re using a shirt with short or three-quarter-length sleeves, as it makes pinning the diaper together easier. Finally, make sure the shirt is the right size for your dog. For example, a German shepherd may require a medium-sized shirt while a beagle may need a size small.


Step 1: Lay the shirt flat on a surface. A table or floor will do.


Step 2: Fold one side of the shirt over. The bottom of the shirt should be folded ⅓ of the way. The seam where the sleeves meet the shirt’s body should align below the center of the neckline.


Step 3: Fold the other side of the shirt over. This process is similar to the folding you did for the first side.


Step 4: Fold the top of the shirt down, creating a “t” shape.


Step 5: Fold the bottom of the shirt in half, shortening the shirt.


Step 6: Wrap the diaper around your dog by bringing the bottom portion of the diaper up and over the front of your dog and wrapping the sleeves around the back and to the front. Pin the sleeves together.


Step 7: Cut a hole in the back where you want your dog’s tail to emerge.


For more information about creating a DIY diaper for your dog using a shirt, see WikiHow’s article.

Used Diaper Cleaning Recommendations


Now that you’ve learned how to create a dig diaper out of a t-shirt, it’s time to figure out this important detail: cleanup. How do you clean a used diaper soiled by your dog? Well, you have two options. If you’re too averse to the idea of reusing a soiled diaper, you can throw the t-shirt away. Of course, this defeats the purpose of a DIY reusable dog diaper.


Another option is to put it in the washing machine. For an item like this, it’s best that you wash the diaper on its own so that the waste or bodily fluid collected in the shirt doesn’t get to your clothes, towels, and blankets. It is also wise to flush any feces away down the toilet before placing the diaper in the wash.


Remember, it’s recommended that you change your dog’s diaper once a day at the very least. To prepare for this, either wash your dog’s diaper every day or create multiple dog diapers. If you’re trying to accommodate for a dog in heat, keep in mind that dogs heat up to one month. Prepare accordingly.





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