How to Make Clothes for a Pet Rat

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Things You'll Need

  • Scrap fabric

  • Marking pen

  • Scissors

  • Straight pins

  • Sewing machine or needle/thread

  • Thin round elastic (optional)

  • Embellishments (such as ribbon and buttons)


Do not attempt to place clothing on a struggling, panicked rat. Wait until you are both calm.


Surprisingly, not all rats enjoy wearing clothes. You may need to spend some quality time, with treats in hand, acclimating your rat to his new duds to avoid sustaining a painful bite.

Every pet rat wants to look stylish, especially when getting together with other rats or attending fancy human parties. Sadly, though, rats cannot make clothes and they depend on their humans to provide these for them. All joking aside, making clothes for your pet rat, mouse or hamster is not as difficult as you may think. It is easier than making human clothing and on a much smaller scale. The instructions provided here are for a simple shirt and pants, but can be modified or embellished as desired. In addition, only basic sewing skills are required and you may find that it is easier to sew these tiny clothes by hand rather than with a sewing machine.


Step 1

Estimate about how large your rat is and draw a simple T-shirt shape onto the scrap fabric. If you have enough, fold the fabric in half for a single color/pattern shirt, or trace on two separate scraps.

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Step 2

Cut out the T-shirt shapes, and pin them with the "right" sides together.


Step 3

Sew the sides, the underarm of the sleeves, and the shoulders of the shirt together.

Step 4

Hem the neckline, the sleeve openings, and the bottom of the shirt. Trim any excess threads and turn the shirt right side out.


Step 5

On another piece of scrap fabric, draw a pair of pants. Again, you will need two pieces, so fold your fabric in half, or use two separate pieces.

Step 6

Cut out the pant pieces and pin them together with the "right" sides facing.


Step 7

Sew both sides and the crotch/legs area of the pants together.

Step 8

Hem around the bottoms of the legs, and around the waist area. If desired, sew a length of thin round elastic into the waist hem to help the pants stay on your pet.

Step 9

Trim any excess threads and turn the pants right side out. If desired, add embellishments such as buttons or ribbon.


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