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I had some recycled polyester fleece leftover and was still in a creative mood.
I needed a sling to help me socialize the kittens. One which allowed me to use both hands to work while they slept, yet kept them close enough to my chest so they could hear my breathing and heart beat.

This design keeps the kitten directed towards your chest, where they can see and hear you.
Most baby or ferret slings point away from you, or have too much material between the kitten and your chest.

I tried to keep the instructions as minimal as possible.
This can be adapted to use a beach towel with safety pins, I needed a permanent one.
 
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Step 1: 'Cut' fabric

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I used a recycled poly fleece stadium blanket
(there are always a ton donated to the thrift stores...and they are all from banks or software companies go figure)

I used the 50" width as I found it comfortable to wear.
however you may want it longer and cut it length wise.

cut to 26" width, for neatness I hemmed the cut edge with a zig zag stitch though fleece is not prone to unraveling. the Cut edge would normally just curl up, which is fine too.

Step 2: Fold fabric

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Fold lengthwise.
Bring the bottom UP about 8 inches
and the top down about 4-6, make sure they overlap at least an inch.

Step 3: Sew ends

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Sew each end closed (i used a zig zag)
What you want to create is a long pocket, somewhat resembling an enchilada.
with this fold and the secured ends, you have the most room without any escape hatches.

Step 4: Pin ends together

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I just used safety pins to secure both ends together.
Makes it easier to wash.
You can always attach webbing and buckles for adjustability.

Step 5: Insert Kitten(s)

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This kind of sling is very handy for socializing feral kittens.
or nursing bottle babies.
it allows you one hand free when you want it and two hands free when you can.
it also keeps the kitten directed towards your chest, where they can see and hear you.

orksecurity4 years ago
I like the idea. Little fuzz-for-brains may get a bit spoiled, but there's nothing wrong with that.

Darn it, I really need cats in the house...
Aww, my little cousin would love to have one of these for her kitten!
and step five is: add kitten
knexguns6565 years ago
cute kat
What a great idea. I really could use some of these.
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topazcat5 years ago
I wish I had known about this idea many years ago when I was bottle feeding an abandoned 2 week old kitten. (It was a success and he's my 5 year old sweetie now, but it sure would have been easier if I could have held him more...)
i got scratch wen i tried to put my kitty in it!:(
Well, you should try and see if anything went wrong while you were building it...
jgodsey (author) 6 years ago
no no polyfleece - walmart is cheap but stadium blankets are cheaper at the thrift store.
diablo1326 years ago
is it wool from like walmart???!???
m_yazhini6 years ago
nice idea
Outlander6 years ago
Very cool. good job!
i wish i know about something like this when i still lived with my parents. we had outside cat that if you didnt hold when young they would run away and hiss. i bet this would work if you had to hand feed a kitten as well. thanks for the directions i may have to make myself one when i raise kittens again
oh dam. it thought the tittle of this was how to make a kitten sing :(
disapointed but neat nonetheless.
(want my kitten to sing like stevie wonder)
:)
Officially wins the "Awwwwww" of the day.
reedz6 years ago
This is pretty cool but I have to say, the first thing I thought when I read this was "Why would you want to sling your cat? Well...maybe if it was someone else's cat, or that damn neighbor's cat who happens to scratch on my window"
*puts cat in sling*
*pulls out slingshot*
"PULL!"
"MEOWWW!!!!"
i had the same thought
Notbob reedz6 years ago
thats what i thought when i read the title too! I would probably change it into a squirrel-a-pult .
robots1996 years ago
Cute Cat! I will try to do this for my poodle puppy!
pyro136 years ago
Haha! lucky kitty, gets a free flight to the neighbors yard!!
Gjdj36 years ago
That is one lucky kitty! Fleece is really soft and warm.