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How to make a Sleeping Pouch with Boxed Corners

Posted by Summer Wright on

Sleeping Pouches are a must for any cage, and are the pieces that tend to be replaced most often(especially if you have chewers!). This is a tutorial on how to make your own. I'll list example sizes below, but you can make them bigger or smaller with a few tweaks. (Try to ignore my poor, abused table, it's just used as a cutting mat a lot.)

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Supplies needed:

-Sewing Machine(here's the one I use)
-Rotary Cutter or Scissors
*Fabric pen or chalk to mark cut lines
*Pins or clips
*C-Links to hang items

*Optional supplies


Fabric Needed:

-Fleece Solids:

  • One 20" x 10" rectangle

-Fleece Prints:

  • One 20" x 10" rectangle
-Two 1" x 4" strips for hanging tabs


If you don't know which side of fleece is the 'right' side, hold the fabric so it stretches across, then pull slightly. The edges of the fabric will curl towards the 'wrong' side.

Step One:

Cut out and gather your pieces. You'll have one rectangle in the print, one in the solid, and some strips for the hanging tabs.


 

Step two:

Grab your solid piece and fold in in half, making sure the right sides are facing together. Sew straight down the sides, leaving the top open, like shown in the picture below.

Step three:

Grabbing one of the bottom corners, lay it out so that it makes a triangle, with the seam directly in the center.

Step four:

Sew across the corner like shown in the picture below, about 1.5" from the tip of the triangle or so. Trim off the excess after sewing, and repeat on the other side.

 This is how it should look now. 

 

Step five:

Repeat Steps 2-4 with the print, then flip the solid piece so that the right sides are now facing out.

Step six:

Place the solid piece inside the print, and line up the seams.

Step seven:

Place the first tab between the layers. I place mine at the back side about an inch or so from the seam, but some prefer to put them between the seams instead. Start sewing on the back side of the pouch, a few inches away from the first tab.

To make the tabs: Fold your strips in half to make them loops, then line up the open ends with the edge of where you're sewing.


Step eight:

Sew around the top of the pouch, making sure to add the second tab when you get to the other side. Leave a 1-2" gap to flip the pouch.

 

Step nine:

Flip the pouch through the gap, then push the solid back inside the print. Sew the gap closed with a tight stitch.




I hope this tutorial helped! Feel free to leave a comment below and let me know how you liked it, or if you have any additional questions!

If you'd like to purchase one of these instead, you can get them here.

3 comments


  • I love this tutorial better than watching a video. I’m the type of person who needs step by step instructions and with your added photos makes it even better. Thank you so much for sharing with us!

    Susan on

  • Thank you so much for your tutorials. I just finished making my glider a new pouch following your directions, and it turned out so great! I can’t wait to make him more cage accessories using your guides.

    Deidre on

  • Thanks for the detailed tutorial. It really helped making nice pouches for our gliders!
    Appreciate the pictures. It makes following along much easier.

    Susanne on

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