How to Make a Pet Rat Carrier Out of Fabric

Updated on July 19, 2019
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Jesse loves finding new ways to enrich the lives of her pet rats Koko and Loki.


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.

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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 Carrier

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The Finished CarrierKokoLoki
The Finished Carrier
The Finished Carrier

Loki looks out from her pouch.

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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.

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      Ashley Brown 

      4 months ago

      What measurements were made to use the little dip/window in the front? I made the original with directions but I think Remi would like to see out more. Thanks for the pattern!

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      16 months ago

      Love the idea but sizes are needed.

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      20 months ago

      i made this it is AWESOME im now training my rat to get in it

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      20 months ago

      i have a single rat and because hes alone he is always with me and sometimes its hard so im hoping that this will make it easyer

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      22 months ago

      I hope my two baby rats will like this.

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      2 years ago

      I'm actually making one for my guinea pig. This is so clever!

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      3 years ago

      What a great idea, I wish I was as good at coming up with things as you are . I'm going to try this because it looks easy enough . Thanks for a great idea.

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      3 years ago

      Measurements for bottom?

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      4 years ago

      does anyone know what the front piece measures to? Thanks

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      4 years ago

      i have 2 mice so i made a smaller one for them and they loved it!!!

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      6 years ago

      I made a similar one (but not so beautiful..) for my persian cat when she was a baby, to keep her close to me while I was surfing the internet or working around the house and it was a blast. Awesome lens!

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      7 years ago

      I just tried making this and it turned out great! The pictures were a huge help. :) I used ribbon for the straps and I don't think it worked as well as I thought, so I'm going to have to add a few more straps to stabilize it. But other than that I love it and can't wait to tote my ratties around in it! XD

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      FallenAngel 483 

      7 years ago

      Great idea this would stop little Silke going down my top and scratching me to bits, thanks for this.

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      Darcie French 

      7 years ago from Abbotsford, BC

      I love this idea to make a bonding pouch, carrier for my little guy. Many thanks!

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      7 years ago

      This is great! It looks simple enough that my kids could make this. Thank you for the very detailed images, they are a big help.

    • JessyGene profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago

      @lilymom24: That is a great idea too. I've heard of people doing that. Too bad i don't have any hooded sweartshirts.

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      8 years ago

      great idea..........

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      8 years ago

      How cute and what a great idea. I've been turning my hooded sweatshirt around so our ratties can ride around in it but having a special pouch just for them is a great idea too. =)

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      Indigo Janson 

      8 years ago from UK

      What a clever idea, and great to see such a clear illustrated tutorial for making a rat carrier of your own.


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