Hello! Welcome back to Home on the Corner! I missed Finds and Fashions yesterday, so today I am showing you a simple project for your special pet. I put dog in the title, but it could be for something else small like a cat or guinea pig or whatever other critter you might have!
Our dog Chica is 16, but she still likes to go places with us. The problem is she can’t walk very far. Lauren and I found this idea somewhere on the internet, but I don’t know where as it was several years ago. We were going on a long walk at the coast and knew Chica wouldn’t make it the whole way, but I also couldn’t carry her the whole time without some support. So we thought we would give this project a try and it was really easy.
We took a piece of fabric 26″ wide and 58 inches long. If you have a really small pet, you would want to go with a skinnier piece, but probably the same length.
I don’t know why these pictures are so blurry, but I am sure you will get the idea. Hem each side of your fabric. This will keep it from fraying when you wash it. After it is hemmed, fold it in half so it is a long skinny piece. I guess you would fold the width in half.
Then fold it again so the open ends are together. Fold the length in half. (This took a lot of thinking on my part to figure out how to explain it!! :))
Now you are going to sew the open ends on the short end of the fabric together. When you are finished, you will have a long tube that is open along one long side.
That’s it for the sewing! Now it is time to test it out. The carrier will go over one shoulder and under the other arm. The pouch opening should be on the top. Open it up and place the animal inside. This usually takes 2 people-1 to hold the carrier open and the other to place the pet inside. Munch had never been in one before, but she didn’t seem to mind at all! Her bottom fits right down into the pouch and she is able to sit comfortably. If your pet is in far enough, you don’t have to support them at all.
This carrier really helps to keep the weight off your back and shoulders and also helps the animal feel secure. Munch never fidgeted or tried to get out. Chica was the same way, even the first time we used it.
We have used this many times over the last couple of years and it has definitely come in handy, especially with an older dog.
I would love to know if you have ever tried a carrier like this and what your experience was! Let me know in the comments!
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I’ve been searching for two days for something exactly like this!! It’s absolutely brilliant! Thank you so much!!!!
So glad this helped you out! Thanks for coming by!
Great idea! I’m pinning this for the day I’ll need to make one for our Miss Molly. She’s over 9 years old.
Aww! I’ve seen Miss Molly on your blog. She’s a cutie! Thanks for stopping by!
What a great idea to have your sweet pet in this carrier, especially when it can’t walk far or long trips anymore! I like the fabric you choose too, it looks quite sturdy as well!
So cute! Thanks for sharing @Vintage Charm!