OE, or Open Environment, pouches are something I see a lot of people ask about. They can be hard to find tutorials for. They're a great addition to any cage, but are especially useful for pouch-protective Sugar Gliders. 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.
Sorry for the poor lighting in some pictures! This print and my table did not get along with my phones camera.
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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
-Four 1" x 4" strips for hanging tabs
Sizing Tip: When making your corner hammock smaller or larger than my dimensions above, make sure the small number is exactly half of the larger! Ex. 8"x16" or 11"x22"
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.
Fold each piece in half, making sure the right sides of the fabric are facing together. With the bottom being where they're are folded, sew straight down the right side only on each piece, like shown in the picture below. Leave the left side open.
Open up the print and fold it to make a triangle, with the seam in the middle.
To box the corner, sew across the corner like shown in the picture below. I do it about 1.5" from the tip of the triangle or so, but you can make it wider by going further back. Trim off the excess after sewing.
Repeat with solid piece..
Flip the solid piece inside out, and fold back into the triangle with the seam at the center.
Place the solid piece inside the print, and line up the seams.
Place your tab(s) between the layers. I used two at the back side about an inch or so from the seams. You can use one if you prefer, and put it right between the seams. 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 your other two tabs at the back edge(on the same edge where your first tabs are). 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. (Sewn a bit different, as this isn't how I normally make them)
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