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dnmgiordano
« on: April 26, 2005 12:23:28 PM »

Here is a tent that I made for a baby ferret that we are getting, her name is Missy.  I thought she might like a tent to play in.  




Here is the Tutorial, The areas in Pink are the pieces of the tent.  I wrote it with experience in sewing assumed.



Materials:  1 Fat Quarter 20" Square.  Some Bias Tape.  Dowel rod or Bamboo sticks for Gardening.

Cut a circle or a slit in one triangle for the critters door, cover with bias tape.

With Right sides together sew each triangle to another until you have a circle of them, sew folded bias tape into edges to form the loops.

Sew the top closed.

Right sides together sew the bottom square on to the tent, the turn right side out through the door. 

Put in your sticks through the loops, probably about 13" but measure first to be sure.  I taped the top of mine together to hold them up. 

This is my first one and it took about half an hour. 

With the rest of the fabric I might make a hammock or a ferret carrier purse!  I bought half a meter and only used half of that!

This was my first tutorial!  What do you think?  I hope its understandable. 

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« Reply #1 on: April 26, 2005 07:06:16 PM »

That is SO cute!!! My rats would totally love something like that. Thanks for sharing!
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« Reply #2 on: April 26, 2005 07:09:43 PM »

that's so cute!  maybe i'll try making a bigger version for my chinny when i get a chance
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« Reply #3 on: April 26, 2005 07:38:21 PM »

Our new baby came home today instead of this weekend and I just have to post a pic of her in her tent! 



Isn't she just darling? 
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« Reply #4 on: April 28, 2005 06:11:10 PM »

She's adorable! and the tent is great too. I've seen these tents and lusted after them for my own ferrets but am to cheap to splurge on a place for them to sleep since my old jeans make them just as happy it seems. But now I can make them one thanks.
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« Reply #5 on: April 29, 2005 07:14:08 PM »

My rabbits saw the tent and are now jealous. I must go find bamboo rods.
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« Reply #6 on: May 01, 2005 11:04:20 AM »

I am going to make one for my rabbit! How hilarious!
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« Reply #7 on: May 02, 2005 07:55:45 AM »

WARNING TO RABBITS:

Bamboo rods have some sort of paint on them.  As a former rabbit owner I know they chew everything, especially wood.  It would be a good idea to use dowl rods instead of bamboo just incase the paint is not good for them.  with rabbits I think you would have to replace the rods often if they chew them. 

Happy sewing! 

P.S. - if you make the tent bigger, make sure it is considerably taller than it is wide, otherwise it wont stand properly. 
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« Reply #8 on: May 02, 2005 02:00:44 PM »

I said bamboo but was thinking of organic willow.
Bunny owners can get ok for rabbits willow from:
http://www.bunnybytes.com/
or
http://www.leithpetwerks.com/
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« Reply #9 on: May 03, 2005 04:21:04 PM »

oh wow , that's hot.. but i don't have any pets..'cept a fish Undecided .
great idea!
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« Reply #10 on: May 08, 2005 08:19:14 AM »

Rabbits and Guinea Pigs definitly chew anything...  When I was younger my best friend's guinea pigs ate the corner off one of her raincoats.  It didn't hurt them any, which more than surprised me...  You would think plastic would be harmful?!?  Anyhow, I consider them to be lucky little pigs.  Smiley
This tent is adorable.  If I built one my cat would love me forever...  She's way to big for the measurments given here, but she wouldn't notice.  She likes shoe boxes and baskets too- when they are ten times too small for her.
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« Reply #11 on: May 08, 2005 09:01:48 PM »

That is really cool. Smiley
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« Reply #12 on: July 19, 2005 03:59:41 PM »

i MUST make one for my hamster. hehe it's soo cute! i think I'll use chopsticks instead of bamboo sticks. i have lots of chopsticks. lol
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« Reply #13 on: July 20, 2005 11:43:20 AM »

How cool! You know those tents cost like 15-20 bucks at a pet store, and the fabric is usually hideous. (Not that the ferrets care.) We make our own hammocks and sleep sacks for ours. We have one store bought one and it was 15 bucks and can only hold one fert. Poop on that. It's fun and easy to make them yourself.
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« Reply #14 on: July 20, 2005 06:14:08 PM »

I just made my fuzzys a tent  Grin They aren't to interested in it right now...I think it has something to do with them running around like chickens with there heads cut off when they're out.
FerretNose is that your ferret? He's(?) adorable!
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« Reply #15 on: July 21, 2005 12:41:21 PM »

Yes, thank you! That's my Max. He's the only one we have who sits still long enough to get good pics of.
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« Reply #16 on: July 21, 2005 01:09:34 PM »

so i made my hamster one. I don't know if he liked it *tear* i think he was more excited about being out of his cage. but it turned out great, and I think that when he gets a bigger cage then he might like the tent.
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« Reply #17 on: July 21, 2005 01:42:40 PM »

Oh my, thats just so cute Cheesy i'll try to make one for my grandmother's kitties Wink And she's just adorable
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« Reply #18 on: July 21, 2005 01:55:42 PM »

awww so cute!!! i got a pattern like this to make my kitties a bed...umm..yeah it hasnt happened yet...
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« Reply #19 on: May 14, 2008 12:54:31 PM »

This makes me miss my little ratty! (May he RIP) He would have loved something like this. He would have hidden in it for a few weeks, then chewed it to bits and waited expectantly for me to make him a new one.
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« Reply #20 on: May 23, 2011 11:52:54 PM »

good idea! my rats will love this!
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