That darn rat!

My youngest son has a rat as a pet.  Ratatouille is really quite a nice little pet.  He enjoys riding around on my son’s shoulders and loves to eat cheese from my hand.  His only drawback is that anything that comes into contact with the bars on his cage is chewed into nothingness.

The biggest of the holes.

The biggest of the holes.

One morning, he took off his robe and instead of putting it away, he just threw in down.  Obviously, it came too close to the rat cage!

Measuring fabric.

Measuring fabric.

It took me quite awhile to find fabric that would match.  This fabric doesn’t match exactly, but it’s really close.  Since the holes were so big and numerous, I cut a panel of fabric that would be sewn to the inside of the robe and cover all of the holes.

Placing the fabric "panel".

Placing the fabric “panel”.

The I pinned the panel in place and sewed around the outside of it.

Edges of the hole, right side.

Edges of the hole, right side.

Then I turned the robe so that the right side was facing me, trimmed the edges of the holes so that they were not so ragged, pinned around them and…

Sewing around the holes.

Sewing around the holes.

Sewed the edges down to the backing panel.

Edges trimmed and sewn.

Edges trimmed and sewn.

This is what the holes looked like after they were trimmed and the edges were sewn down.

Hole finished.

Hole finished.

Fixed!

Fixed!

Not perfect but…

He loves it!

He loves it!

J and his rat.

J and his rat.

I think he will now put his robe away every time!!

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