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#1 yuki34543


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Posted 22 January 2012 - 07:29 AM

I've looked around on the internet and I've seen some hamster pouches. I had a bunch of old cloth and clothes so I'd make one and now I want to share how i did it with everyone else!

You will need: A pair of good scissors, Thread, A needle (or a sowing machine, I'll be telling you how to hand sow it.), Spare cloth or old clothes or both, and your Imagination!

Note: Do not use a running stitch. use an overcast stitch. To tie a knot, put your needle under the previous stitch and before you pull your thread all the way through, put your needle through the loop that is created and pull tight.

First off, you will need to choose cloth or a piece of old clothing that you want to use. There are a few ways you can do it.

The first way is to use the sleeves on a long sleeved shirt (this is by far the easiest to do) You will cut your choice size of the sleeve, turn the sleeve inside out and then sow along the bottom (the bottom will be the part without the cuff, if your sleeve does not have a cuff then you get to chose which part the bottom is) Leave the top open.

When your done the outside should look like this. (this is when it is inside out first way)
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The second way to do it is to fold your cloth in half, or, if you use an article of clothing use the seem to be your half. When you cut it, you should have one long piece of cloth folded in half. Make it so the side that you want on the outside, is on the inside, this will make a clean seam. Then sow up the sides. You want to keep the outside inside out for a while.

cloth, not sown, outside facing in.
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When your done, it should look like this. (This is when it is inside out)
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If you want to have just the outside part, then turn it right side out and your done~! However, if you want to make a lining, There is more.

For the lining use your outside part as template and cut as close as you can to it. Then you repeat the steps for the first way if your using sleeves, or the second way if your using cloth. You can mix and mach the ways of course, (i did the second way for the lining and the first way for the outside part) Then, you will turn the lining so it is right side out, and keeping the outside inside out, you will put the outside part into the lining, then, if your lining is a little bit bigger then the outside part, fold down the lining so the end of the lining is the same or shorter then the outside part. around the opening sow the lining to the outside part. when that is done, turn your hamster pouch so your outside part is now on the outside. Then hand wash it and let it air dry. When its dry, Time to play!

Lining right side out
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Lining right side out, outside part inside out
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the outside part that is inside out, inside the right side out lining
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Lining sown to the outside part.
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Finished product
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Yukio says hello!
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If you make one or have made one post it here!

#2 Azayles


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Posted 22 January 2012 - 07:32 AM

it's a portable sleeve! Excellent work, Yuki :D

#3 Creative Hamster

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Posted 22 January 2012 - 08:06 AM

That's cool! I gotta try that, thanks for the idea :yes:

#4 mercgirl


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Posted 22 January 2012 - 08:29 AM

Very simple, yet creative and fun - Thanks! :thumbsup:

#5 Aluyasha


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Posted 22 January 2012 - 09:43 AM

I bet Hannibal would love that!
Is there any fabric that should be avoided?

#6 yuki34543


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Posted 22 January 2012 - 10:16 AM

Try to avoid fabric that frays, or pulls apart easily after you cut it because the hamsters can ingest the threads. You should cut a test piece and see if it frays easily before you use it. If you use a fabric that frays I would recommend using a sowing machine instead of hand sowing it. I would also try to avoid things that cant be sown together easily like silk which also frays. Personally I would use fabrics like fleece, Thick cotton, or flannel.

#7 Imi&Cinni


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Posted 22 January 2012 - 04:30 PM

Wow! That is a really clever idea! Good Work!

#8 Chocolate Hamsters

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Posted 22 January 2012 - 05:26 PM

Great work, I have one somewhere, but muffin hates it ...LOL!

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Posted 22 January 2012 - 09:28 PM

And for tho0se that cannot sew:
No Sew Accessories
Instead it's a serious of knot tying, and ends up looking rather nice. I used to make them for my rats.

#10 princesshamster


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Posted 22 January 2012 - 11:29 PM

That is so awesome! You are a really talented sewer. I'm going to make one! :D