DIY Hamster Bed Pouch

This hamster pouch makes the perfect burrow bedding for any rodent friend! It is a wonderful DIY pet project that can be made by hand-sewing stitches, or with a sewing machine, and your fur baby will much appreciate the love.

Beginner Sewing Tutorial - Easy Hamster Bed Pouch is a 15 sewing minute project perfect for your fur baby!

When I was a kid, my sister and I went through a hamster stage. We saved up money from birthdays and chores and bake sales, and bought ourselves a pair of baby dwarf hamsters.

They were adorable and fun for about a week--then horrible.

They were difficult to catch, bit us all the time, and smelled GAWD-awful.

After a while, they escaped their (very nice) cage we made for them, and either perished or made their way outside our house and got lost in the woods. Now, before you think this is a sad story--my love has been utterly renewed for the hamster species.

A few months ago, my mother--who is a real estate agent--went to help another agent clear out a rental house that had been vacated after some unsavory tenants left in the middle of the night.

Suffice to say, the situation was not great, and they abandoned quite a few things--not to mention left the place a mess! It had been three weeks since they'd moved out, and the agent responsible for the house needed to clean the place up.

My mom went to help her, and while tip-toeing through the mess, they both jumped at a scratching sound. Having seen too many scary movies, the first agent about fainted with visions of the undead coming to attack them.

My mother, a huntress, braved her way toward the sound and found a dehydrated, hungry little hamster in a filthy cage.

Beginner Sewing Tutorial - Easy Hamster Bed Pouch is a 15 sewing minute project perfect for your fur baby!
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She brought him home and we nursed her back to health.

The sweetest little Syrian (sometimes called Teddy Bear) hamster you've ever held, she was an absolute darling, and we fell in love.

Every time I walked by her cage, she would run to the door, wanting to be held. She's never bitten anyone, is relatively quiet for a nocturnal pet, and is beyond adorable.

Initially, I named her for my favorite fictional rodent: Mrs. Brisby. She's escaped only once, somehow finding her way to me through our entire house in the middle of the night.

An hilarious tale of hearing scratching in my dreams, only to wake to something pulling at my sheets, I threw the blankets back, thinking a snake had made it's way into our rustic, urban home--only to find it was Mrs. Brisby trying to cuddle with me in the middle of the night. It's a miracle our boxer didn't eat her!!

With her cage fixed and more toys to keep her occupied at night, she's officially my craft room pet.

Yesterday, I found her completely submerged in her absorbent bedding, which gave me an idea! A few rectangles of cotton batting and pretty fabrics later resulted in a cute little pocket pouch for her to burrow inside and sleep.

Another revelation I've had the last few days is that Mrs. Brisby is actually a HE!

Some of the more--erhmm obvious-- parts of anatomy have dropped into place, which means he needs a new name!

I'm leaning toward Gus Gus, because--well--Cinderella! 🎀


Anyway, for this Hamster Pouch you'll need:

Pin your exterior fabric right-sides together and sew around, leaving one short edge open.

Do the same with your batting pieces.

Turn your batting right-side out (with the seam on the inside) and stuff it inside the still inside-out outer fabric.

Beginner Sewing Tutorial - Easy Hamster Bed Pouch is a 15 sewing minute project perfect for your fur baby!

Pin the edges and sew around the opening, leaving a small section open to turn your hamster pouch right-side out.
Beginner Sewing Tutorial - Easy Hamster Bed Pouch is a 15 sewing minute project perfect for your fur baby!

Once turned out, fold the edges of the hole under and pin.
Beginner Sewing Tutorial - Easy Hamster Bed Pouch is a 15 sewing minute project perfect for your fur baby!

You can use an invisible ladder stitch (see how to do that here) or just sew around the edge again to make it lie down better and keep your fabric from shifting.

Beginner Sewing Tutorial - Easy Hamster Bed Pouch is a 15 sewing minute project perfect for your fur baby!
Beginner Sewing Tutorial - Easy Hamster Bed Pouch is a 15 sewing minute project perfect for your fur baby!

Once finished, I turned the edge of my my hamster pouch down a bit, and added it to Gus Gus's cage. He's since slept in it, shoved it inside his running wheel, turned it inside out, hidden treats inside it, and has torn it open to sleep in between the layers 💁 At least he's having fun! Haha!

Beginner Sewing Tutorial - Easy Hamster Bed Pouch is a 15 sewing minute project perfect for your fur baby!


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  1. I'll be making these for my neighbor, she is a wildlife rehabber and she gets lots of small animals that can use these cute snuggle pouches!!!

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    1. Oh that's awesome!! I love making these! My hamster will sleep in his, then tear it apart to turn into bedding for his "sleeping corner" haha! I don't mind making him more though :)

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