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Old 06-03-2011, 10:26 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I noticed my hedgehog was biting the fleece under her pillow, I think in an attempt to fluff it up and make it softer. Which got me thinking : comfy igloo pillow. I can even microwave it to make it warm! Before I try and make it, I wanted to post the materials/steps to make sure the pillow would be safe.

Materials:
old 100% cotton t-shirt
needle and thread
velcro tape
uncooked rice
fleece

Steps:
Cut t-shirt into two circles that will fit the bottom of the igloo.
Sew circles together all around the circumference except for 1 inch opening.
Sew velcro tape over 1 inch opening.
Flip circle inside-out so the thread and velcro are now inside.
add uncooked white rice so pillow is half-full. (brown rice spoils more quickly).
Close the velcro shut so no rice escapes.
If desired, heat pillow in microwave in increments of 30 seconds.
Cover pillow with a fleece pillow case (I'm going to use the knot fringe method so no-sew)
Replace rice and clean pillow once a month.

So what do you think?
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Old 06-03-2011, 10:18 PM   #2 (permalink)
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How neat.. Thanks for sharing this.. We should have a share all crafts section.. That way we could all share ideas and have it one area.. But yay, I will so try this out!
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Old 06-04-2011, 04:17 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Sounds like a really cool idea I can't remember for sure if it was rice I heard it about, but I vaguely remember someone saying that when things like that are microwaved it can draw moisture out which will later make it seem damp and cool. Be extra careful if you use fleece and velcro because they are made out of synthetics and can melt easily (It's possible though with the increments you were talking about it could be fine depending on the microwaves strength). One way to get around it would be flannel instead of fleece since its made out of cotton too. The only thing I could think to replace the velcro would be a cotton drawstring on the underside but I'd have to be cinched super tight so nothing falls out.

Hopefully it doesn't come off as negative, just wanted to share it in case it helps one sewer to another
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Old 06-04-2011, 10:20 AM   #4 (permalink)
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As well as creating dampness, another problem with those rice/wheat/grain pillows is, when warmed they give off a food odour. Some hedgehogs are fine with it, others go nuts trying to chew the pillow and if they manage to dig or chew a hole, the hot rice/wheat/grain can burn them.

While in theory, those bags seem like a great idea and they are for humans, they don't work so well for many hedgehogs.
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Old 06-04-2011, 10:31 AM   #5 (permalink)
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I made a practice one, and the fleece knot fringe pillow case worked well, and I just tucked all the fringes inside. My hedgie was clearly not interested in the pillow, so I just used it to weigh down her igloo.

darn about the rice. Any ideas for stuffing that's safe? It doesn't have to be microwaveable, though that would be nice as a back up heat source to put in her igloo.
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Old 06-04-2011, 12:54 PM   #6 (permalink)
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If you don't need to be able to microwave it, you can use fiberfill. If you go to a craft store with a large sewing section, they've got lots of different kinds with different degrees of fluffiness. I usually just use the cheap kind. Some of the fancier, environment-friendly varieties are not washable, and you'd definitely want washable. There's one brand of polyester fiberfill that's made of little spirals that get fluffier and softer every time you wash the pillow...I can't remember the name of it now, but I used to use that for stuffing decorative pillows for my kids' beds.

Hedgehogs usually won't sleep on pillows though, they want to sleep under it, even if they've got a stack of blankies in there to burow in.
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