Thursday, December 16, 2010

* Homemade Christmas: Toy Kitty Cat Carrier

My little 3.5 year-old "C" is OBSESSED with Kitty Cats.
She has quite a collection of stuffed kitty friends.

They all have names and distinct personalities.
She even has a "real" (pink) kitty bed upstairs in her room
that I let her buy on sale (with a coupon!) at the pet store earlier this year.

It's a really easy way to corral all of her plush feline friends.

She also loves carrying them around the house
but that usually means that mommy has to transport
6-8 kitties up and down the stairs several times a day.

I decided she needed a little cat carrier to keep her furry friends contained and portable. 

My solution after looking at several 
overpriced and ugly "real" carriers
was to make my own with stuff I already had in the house!

I used plastic needlepointing mesh material,
I don't know what this stuff is actually called!

I used one "Whole" Sheet of Plastic Mesh (far left above) as the topper
(10 1/4" by 13 1/2"),
One Rectangle as the Bottom (approx. 6" x10")
One skinny Rectangle as the Handle (7 1/2"x 2")
and Two Curved Semi-Circle Pieces 
as the Back of the carrier and  Front Door (approx. 6 1/2" wide by 6" tall). 

I'm sorry about the wacky dimensions, this was one of those
make-it-up-as-I-go projects so I was just
cutting stuff out and using scraps I had to make it work, 
(I really didn't want to go to the store!)

Same with how I sewed it together...
I just started stitching pieces together while sitting on the couch!

I did the little front door last. 

Stitching away with pink yarn and a big embroidery needle. 

Side view of the cat carrier
(also known as a mesh mail box with a handle)

View of the front of the carrier.

Pink elastic Ponytail holder stitched to the door to be the "clasp" for the door. 

"Samantha" cat and "Strawberry" cat check out their new digs!

How many kitties can this thing hold?

Such a happy Cat Mama, she even brought her cat carrier to school for Show and Tell!

Happy Crafting!

pink and green mama, MaryLea


Jessica said...

This is adorable!! My son loves cats, and I was thinking about getting one of those little carriers, but you are right--they are not very cute and very $$$. I would love to make him something like this for all of his kitties and puppies. Thanks for the great directions and photos! :)

Julie Bagamary said...

How Adorable!! What a clever mom!

Eva said...

wow what a fantastic handmade toy! my daughter loves stuffed animals, I'm gonna have to try my hand at one of these, thanks for sharing!

Anne said...

That is amazing!! Well done. Thanks for showing us!

Valorie said...

So cute, we have a cat lover here too. The plastic mesh is called plastic canvas, you were so close!

Mrsblocko said...

Thank you for sharing this tutorial. I made a version of this for my daughter. (You can see pictures here.)

P.S. Where did you find the smaller stuffed kitties?

Anonymous said...

I luv this I may even make one of these for my guinea pig, but of course bigger. I've been all over google looking how to make a homemade pet carrier and this would be perfect.

Digi mom said...

Love this idea its so simple my 5yo was given a stuffed dog by her grandma she had bought it because it looks like her neighbors dog Queenie my little girl fell in love with it on a visit so grandma said she could keep it next thing I know Queenie needs dog collar and a tag and a leash well thankfully dollar store has a pet supplies isle I love this carrier she takes Queenie with her to grandmas and on family vacations like a real dog we even fooled a hotel clerk who at fist glance thought it was real. Thanks for posting this awsome idea.

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