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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-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
- One 20" x 10" rectangle
- One 20" x 10" rectangle
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.
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.
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.
Grabbing one of the bottom corners, lay it out so that it makes a triangle, with the seam directly in the center.
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.
Repeat Steps 2-4 with the print, then flip the solid piece so that the right sides are now facing out.
Place the solid piece inside the print, and line up the seams.
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.
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.
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.
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