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Carry your kitty in style with a retro campervan cat carrier!
This awesome retro fabric from Premier Prints Inc had the perfect look for a campervan so I decided to treat Bobbin to a new cat carrier so she could travel in style.

Posted by Cat Morley from London, United Kingdom • Published See Cat Morley's 1119 projects »
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  • How to make a pet accessory. Campervan Cat Carrier - Step 1
    Step 1

    For this project, you'll need a cheap lightweight carrier to start with.

  • How to make a pet accessory. Campervan Cat Carrier - Step 2
    Step 2

    Trace the front of your carrier onto paper to make a template.

  • How to make a pet accessory. Campervan Cat Carrier - Step 3
    Step 3

    Pin your template to the white fabric.

  • How to make a pet accessory. Campervan Cat Carrier - Step 4
    Step 4

    Cut around the template leaving 1/2" around the edges. Cut two of these.

  • How to make a pet accessory. Campervan Cat Carrier - Step 5
    Step 5

    Measure your carrier with a measuring tape and cut to the correct width and depth. Leaving an inch excess on all sides.

  • How to make a pet accessory. Campervan Cat Carrier - Step 6
    Step 6

    Fold the bottom edge of the fabric up by 1/2", then up by another 1/2" then pin.

  • How to make a pet accessory. Campervan Cat Carrier - Step 7
    Step 7

    Drape the fabric over the carrier and fold the front and back edges under by 1/2", then another 1/2" and then pin.

  • How to make a pet accessory. Campervan Cat Carrier - Step 8
    Step 8

    Cut a v-shaped bottom for the front of the campervan from your red fabric.

  • How to make a pet accessory. Campervan Cat Carrier - Step 9
    Step 9

    Sew in place using a zig-zag stitch.

  • How to make a pet accessory. Campervan Cat Carrier - Step 10
    Step 10

    Repeat with the top edge of the fabric and then sew.

  • How to make a pet accessory. Campervan Cat Carrier - Step 11
    Step 11

    Cut large circles for the headlights from black felt and then slightly smaller circles from the silver fabric.

  • How to make a pet accessory. Campervan Cat Carrier - Step 12
    Step 12

    Place a black circle at either side for the headlights and place a silver circle on top of each.

  • How to make a pet accessory. Campervan Cat Carrier - Step 13
    Step 13

    Stitch in place using a zig-zag stitch.

  • How to make a pet accessory. Campervan Cat Carrier - Step 14
    Step 14

    Mark the top of your fabric where the carrier's handle sits underneath.

  • How to make a pet accessory. Campervan Cat Carrier - Step 15
    Step 15

    Slit the line with your scissors and slip the handle through the hole.

  • How to make a pet accessory. Campervan Cat Carrier - Step 16
    Step 16

    Fold the rough edges under and pin.

  • How to make a pet accessory. Campervan Cat Carrier - Step 17
    Step 17

    Sew the edges down.

  • How to make a pet accessory. Campervan Cat Carrier - Step 18
    Step 18

    Cut two strips of red fabric about half the height of your carrier and as long as the sides. Stitch in place at the bottom of either side of the fabric.

  • How to make a pet accessory. Campervan Cat Carrier - Step 19
    Step 19

    Stitch a slightly smaller version in the middle of the two headlights for the campervan's badge.

  • How to make a pet accessory. Campervan Cat Carrier - Step 20
    Step 20

    Cut a template to the size you'd like the front window.

  • How to make a pet accessory. Campervan Cat Carrier - Step 21
    Step 21

    With the wrong sides facing out, pin the front of your campervan to the sides.

  • How to make a pet accessory. Campervan Cat Carrier - Step 22
    Step 22

    Trace around the template onto the front of your campervan using an air erasable pen.

  • How to make a pet accessory. Campervan Cat Carrier - Step 23
    Step 23

    Unpin the front of your campervan.

  • How to make a pet accessory. Campervan Cat Carrier - Step 24
    Step 24

    Cut the middle from the window leaving 1/2" around the edges and then pin them back.

  • How to make a pet accessory. Campervan Cat Carrier - Step 25
    Step 25

    Sew around the sides of the window.

  • How to make a pet accessory. Campervan Cat Carrier - Step 26
    Step 26

    Make a new template for the side windows and trace around it three times onto either side of the carrier.

  • How to make a pet accessory. Campervan Cat Carrier - Step 27
    Step 27

    Use the same template to cut 12 squares of retro print fabric for the curtains.

  • How to make a pet accessory. Campervan Cat Carrier - Step 28
    Step 28

    Fold the rectangles with a fan fold and pin to either side of the windows to look like curtains.

  • How to make a pet accessory. Campervan Cat Carrier - Step 29
    Step 29

    Cut a strip of ribbon for the top of the windows and pin in place.

  • How to make a pet accessory. Campervan Cat Carrier - Step 30
    Step 30

    Sew the curtains in place.

  • How to make a pet accessory. Campervan Cat Carrier - Step 31
    Step 31

    Cut four large circles from black felt for the wheels and hand-stitch in place on the sides of the campervan, stitching a large white button in the middle.

  • How to make a pet accessory. Campervan Cat Carrier - Step 32
    Step 32

    Hand stitch one large button and 3 small buttons in the shape of a paw on the badge of the campervan.

  • How to make a pet accessory. Campervan Cat Carrier - Step 33
    Step 33

    Wrong sides facing out, pin the front and back to the side of your carrier cover and stitch in place. Fold inside out again, place over your carrier and you're done!

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