How to Make a Pet Rat Carrier Out of Fabric
Why Make a Bonding Pouch for Your Rats?
Rat carriers (also called bonding pouches) are very useful. They can be used to help socialize baby rats, to comfort sick or lonely rats, or to just spend more time with healthy rats. When rats have a cozy bed to sleep in close to your chest they will feel safe and comfortable. If you have baby rats to socialize or sick or lonely rats to keep company, consider making a rat carrier.
I have outlined the steps to making a wearable bonding pouch below. Pictures are included to help you follow along.
Do you have rats that would benefit from a bonding pouch?
Step 1: Make Templates
Make 3 cardboard templates for the 3 different sides of the carrier. Using templates instead of measuring directly onto the fabric is more accurate, so the finished product will be neater. Also, you can keep the templates to make more carriers in the future. The size you make you carrier will depend on how many rats you want to carry at one time and how big they are. My back piece measured 9 inches by 5 inches.
*When deciding on a size be sure to add an extra 1/4 inch to each side for seam allowance.
Step 2: Trace onto the Fabric
Trace the each of the templates once on both colors.
I chose a dark blue fleece for the outside, and a light blue fleece for the inside.
Step 3: Cut out Fabric
Cut out all 6 pieces.
Step 4: Sew the Back Pieces Together
1. Pin the two back pieces together with the right side of the fabric facing inward.
2. Sew along the edge about 1/4 inch in.
3. Fold the fabric back so that both right sides of the fabric are facing outwards and you can't see any stitching.
Step 5: Sew the Front Pieces Together
Now do the same thing for the longer front piece. Pin together the two front pieces with the right sides facing in, and sew along the edge 1/4 inch in. Then fold the fabric back over so that the right sides are facing outward.
Step 6: Sew the Front Piece to the Bottom Piece
1. Pin the front piece to the bottom piece, with the right sides facing in. Make sure you are pinning the raw edges of the front piece, not the newly sewn edge from the previous step.
2. Sew along the edge, 1/4 inch in.
After you've sewn the front pieces to the bottom pieces it should look something like this.
Step 7: Sew the Back Piece to the Bottom Piece
1. Pin the back piece to the bottom piece with the right sides facing in.
2. Sew 1/4 inch in along the edge.
Step 8: Sew the Edges
1. Pin the edges together with the right sides of the fabric facing in.
2. Sew along the edge, 1/4 inch in.
*Don't worry if your front piece is a bit long (as seen in my picture) because you can just trim it off after you sewn up the side.
After you have sewn all the sides the carrier will look like this (the inside out view).
Here's what it looks like right side out.
Step 9: Make the Strap
1. Cut two long strips of fabric. Mine were about 2 feet long and 2 inches thick. You can measure around your neck with a piece of string to get a better idea of how long you want the strap. When you choose the thickness of the strap be sure to add 1/2 inch so that you can have 1/4 inch seam allowance on each side.
2. Pin the two strips of fabric together with the right sides facing each other.
3. Sew along the two long sides, 1/4 inch in.
4. Pull the strap right side out.
Step 10: Attach the Strap
1. Pin the strap inside the pouch, pinching the edges of the pouch closed.
2. Sew through all the layers to keep the strap in place.
The Finished CarrierClick thumbnail to view full-size
Loki looks out from her pouch.
Do you think you might try making a rat carrier?
This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. It is not meant to substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, or formal and individualized advice from a veterinary medical professional. Animals exhibiting signs and symptoms of distress should be seen by a veterinarian immediately.