|That's a standard steel folded dog crate for a medium-sized dog (the crate has a 2' x 3' footprint), and the crate memory foam pad, both tucked into an oversized shoulder bag. In this post, I will describe how I created the bag.|
|If you search for a carry bag product in the commercial market, mostly what you're going to find is flimsy nylon portable dog crates, "travel crates", some of which do come with an outer sack for carrying them. But a dog's crate is her castle, and my 45 pound mutt considers hers to be her Linus blanket. She would not do well in a tent-like portable crate. She would chew through it and then there would be no crate at all. |
Screengrabbed from Google image search for 'dog crate carrying bag'.
|To create a sack for a crate this size, you're going to need a good sewing machine (mine is a 10-year-old low-end Kenmore similar to this one), approximately three and a half yards of 56" wide light upholstery fabric, and extra strength thread, what we used to call "coat thread" when I was a kid.|
|I cut a 90 inch length of the fabric and doubled it, wrong sides together. Normally when sewing, you would primarily work with right sides together, but I was making this bag in a double fabric thickness.|
|Remember to straighten up your fabric before starting this process, making sure that the edges are in parallel and that the bias is on square. We have ceramic tile through our entire house and it makes a very convenient measuring template for large projects such as this.|
|Here I'm folding down the two edges of what will be the top opening of the bag (the "lip"). In other words, I finished the top edge before sewing up the two sides.|
|Now I've sewed up the second side.|
|A steel crate is heavy, so I needed big wide thick shoulder straps. I created them out of two twelve-inch lengths of the same upholstery fabric.|
|I half-folded the wrong sides together like this.|
|Then I folded over the end pieces so that they could be stitched first.|
|Once I got the first strap sewed on, I flipped the bag over and positioned the other strap in the same manner, lining the two straps up by feel. This pic actually shows both straps on top of each other, but you can only see the top one.|
|I would have preferred to run my straps all the way down the side of the bag for strength, the way better tote bags such as this one are constructed. This tote is by Steele Canvas Basket, which just might be the only remaining manufacturer in America that sells oversized tote bags to the public. Most of them were taken off the market about 15 years ago because of liability fears (so I was told by a prominent manufacturer when I complained about their sudden disappearance). Injury lawsuits, in other words. |
However, regarding my strap ambitions, with only a light-duty sewing machine to work with, I opted not to get too elaborate with my design, doing only what was needed instead of going for maximum strength. I don't need to be climbing mountains with this crate bag - I just need it to move the crate from house to car to hotel and back again. As such, I could make do with only minimal engineering.