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Old 11-17-2009, 07:39 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I'd like to make my own cage liners to welcome home my new hedgie this weekend. I'm quite handy with a sewing machine, so it's not a lack of ability, I'm more in need of a few instructions. I've taken measurements and was planning to use two pieces of fleece. Do I need anything in between them, or should I just sew them together as is?
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Old 11-17-2009, 08:08 PM   #2 (permalink)
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well you could always do 2 pieces of fleece together. What I did, because the fleece my ex bougth was doing a lot of fuzz (Litchi once got it caught in her mouth from her hedgiebag. So there was no way it would be the top layer. Instead, I used it as a core and used hevyweight cotton on the outer. That's really up to you. This method work fine for me and it's easyer to pick things off the cotton than fleece.
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Old 11-17-2009, 08:25 PM   #3 (permalink)
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There are so many ways to do liners. Some go with just a single layer, others two layers stitched together, still others have two layers with an inner core. It's all good... just choose a fabric that will not fray for the outside layers and use small stitches that would make it hard for hedgie to get a toe caught in.
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Old 11-18-2009, 01:24 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I ended up doing two cotton outer layers and an inner fleece layer. How did I do?



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Old 11-18-2009, 01:45 AM   #5 (permalink)
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cute liner

just out of curiosity what is it that you are using for the bottom of your cage? ( the blue bin looking thing in the photo)
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It's a Super Pet Deluxe. I can't remember the exact make. I got it ages ago when I was co-housing my guinea pigs. I'm not sure what cage set up she'll have as an adult, but this is plenty of space for now.
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ohh okay, I think it just looks bigger in the picture than it actually is. I was thinking it looked as big as my C&C cages and was thinking darn if I knew there was a pre-made base that big I wouldn't have bothered with constructing my own chloroplast.
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Old 11-18-2009, 08:53 AM   #8 (permalink)
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It's about 18" by 30". There's a little upper platform I may or may not use. She'll probably end up getting moved into a bigger cage once she grows a bit, but she's only 6 weeks at the moment.
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Old 11-18-2009, 09:06 AM   #9 (permalink)
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If you use it don't forget to close off the upper platform and ramp if walls so that hedgie cannot fall off. They seem to really like walking off edges and can get really hurt from falling.

I really like your liner it's so funky and looks great in the blue base.
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Old 11-18-2009, 01:28 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Cute liner! I'm going to make a few over the weekend as well. I did have a question though. I know people put a strip of coroplast along the bottom edges to prevent the hedgies from escaping, but do you also place a sheet of it under the liners as well? (I've looked through the forums but maybe I missed this) I saw that someone places cookie sheets underneath too which I think is a great idea as well. Also has anyone tried to make a liner with a piece of vinyl/waterproof fabric in the middle to prevent "leakage"? I'm just wondering because I want to get some coroplast this weekend but want to be sure I get enough, and want to try the waterproof fabric as well.

Thanks for your help,

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