Pouches-for orphaned joeys

When juvenile kangaroos or wallabies come into care they need to be kept warm and quiet. WIRES carers are always in need of suitable pouches. The pouches are used for many different animals, at many stages of their development. Some are required for the tiny furless joeys and some for the larger joeys. This means various sized pouches are always useful. Many people, who would like to help our wildlife but are unable to commit to animal rescue or care, can help by making pouches and/or linings.


Wool: 8 ply pure wool (we are unable to use pouches made from synthetic materials)

Knitting: Pouches should be knitted in plain (garter) stitch both sides

Needles: Size 8 needles (old UK size) or 4mm metric UK size needles

Dimensions:  Two separate rectangles either: 40cm wide x 60cm long  OR
50cm wide x 70cm long 

Sew together on the two longer sides and at one end, and leave open along one of the shorter ends.

Alternatively, knit one long piece 40 cm wide by 120 cm long and fold, sew the two long sides, leaving the top open. This then makes a finished pouch 40 cm wide by 60 cm 


Material: Pure cotton or flannelette, washable material only

Dimensions: Two separate rectangles either 40cm wide x 60cm long  OR
50cm wide x 70cm long 

The lining should not be attached to the pouch as it will need to be changed regularly. We generally require many more linings than pouches to allow washing and regular changes. The lining should be closed on three sides and open at the top.

Other Sized Pouches

Other sized pouches are also gratefully received. Crocheted pouches are also accepted, however a tight crochet stitch is preferred for warmth. 

There is no one perfect size, these dimensions provide a guide. Finished pouches can be posted to:

PO Box 7276
Warringah Mall  NSW  2100

Please include your email address when you send pouches or liners to us so that we can thank you and emails about our work or when we have other knitting/sewing projects that you may be able to help with.


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