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NicoleMarie
« on: January 14, 2012 02:48:06 AM »

We recently adopted a pair of Guinea Pigs and they absolutely love their cozy beds, however they get dirty pretty quickly, so I wanted to have some extra on hand to swap out when washing.  I whipped these beds up in no time (about 15-20 minutes each) and created a tutorial.
 

All you need is some scrap fabric, some soft fleece or minky for the inside and some hi-loft batting.

The bed is totally customizable, so you can make it any size you wish.  I've included the instructions on how to figure out measurements in the tute. 
Thanks for looking!

LINK TO TUTORIAL: http://sewplicity.blogspot.com/2012/01/tutorial-simple-pet-bed.html
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« Reply #1 on: January 14, 2012 05:38:12 AM »

These are super cute.  The only thing my guinea pig was willing to sleep in was a mound of hay.  I tried her with several beds/boxes/covers and she ignored them all.  Maybe if I'd tried yours things would have been different Tongue
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« Reply #2 on: January 14, 2012 06:33:14 AM »

First, yay piggies! I love to see people taking in piggies, especially by adopting them! Cheesy I recently expanded my boys' cage & have been meaning to make some more beds/toys for them, I should give this a shot & see how they like it. They don't have any proper beds right now, but I use fleece bedding that they really love, so hopefully they would like something like this.
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« Reply #3 on: January 14, 2012 07:02:48 AM »

Cute, say you wouldn't happen to have a hanging one for ferrets do you?
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« Reply #4 on: January 14, 2012 11:54:11 AM »

Thanks so much for sharing. I'm definitely going to give this a go tomorrow!
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« Reply #5 on: January 14, 2012 12:02:29 PM »

First, yay piggies! I love to see people taking in piggies, especially by adopting them! Cheesy I recently expanded my boys' cage & have been meaning to make some more beds/toys for them, I should give this a shot & see how they like it. They don't have any proper beds right now, but I use fleece bedding that they really love, so hopefully they would like something like this.

I'm using fleece too....I purchased some reusable bed padding, cut it to the size of the cage bottom and topped it with fleece (serging everything together).  Super quick, super absorbent and super easy to change out.  I made another one with sides that go up and over the coroplast, but found that I don't really need it.  I also made a bunch of little pads the same way that I put under their beds, the food dish and the corners of the cage which allows me to get through the week without having to change out the large pad.  It's working great!
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« Reply #6 on: January 14, 2012 12:03:42 PM »

Cute, say you wouldn't happen to have a hanging one for ferrets do you?

Sorry....I don't, but I'm sure it wouldn't be too difficult....I'm thinking if you add a few grommets to some padded,layered fabric you'll be good to go with clips!
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« Reply #7 on: January 14, 2012 03:40:09 PM »

Awesome! I actually volunteer with a guinea pig rescue in So. Cal. so it makes me super happy to see rescue pigs! I recently bought some cuddle cups for mine (my sewing machine hates me), and they LOVE them. I just wish I had more so I could swap them out and wash them more frequently... Maybe I should fight with my sewing machine and see who wins...
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« Reply #8 on: January 15, 2012 07:19:17 AM »

I'm using fleece too....I purchased some reusable bed padding, cut it to the size of the cage bottom and topped it with fleece (serging everything together).  Super quick, super absorbent and super easy to change out.  I made another one with sides that go up and over the coroplast, but found that I don't really need it.  I also made a bunch of little pads the same way that I put under their beds, the food dish and the corners of the cage which allows me to get through the week without having to change out the large pad.  It's working great!

Good to hear! I'm a huge advocate of fleece bedding. Smiley I might have to try doing sewn layers...when I adopted them I was in school & didn't have my own sewing machine so I've been using old bath/beach towels under the fleece. Sewing them together would be better especially since I recently expanded their cage & it's almost twice the size. Hm, I'm really glad you mentioned that because it's got me thinking now how I could sew together what I have for ease of changing while keeping the flexibility to use different combinations of fleece in the two sections, hmm....
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« Reply #9 on: January 17, 2012 02:44:04 PM »

So cute!  One question, though, is there ever any chewing?  Do you have any concerns about them eating the batting if they do?
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« Reply #10 on: January 17, 2012 03:05:23 PM »

I've never really had any problems with guinea pigs chewing fleece bedding, or fabric toys. Their teeth are designed for grinding, so occasionally they will chew on the cage bars or the edges of their huts, but not really on anything fabric...
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« Reply #11 on: January 19, 2012 01:46:55 AM »

So cute!  One question, though, is there ever any chewing?  Do you have any concerns about them eating the batting if they do?

I've been using these for a while and haven't had any issues at all with chewing, but my guys are used to sleeping in beds.  They just curl up and go to sleep.  I keep other things for their chewing pleasure in their cage.....

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« Reply #12 on: January 22, 2012 10:19:54 AM »

I finally made one of these! It took me longer than 30 minutes because I'm such a noob, but I'm happy with how it turned out (despite a bit of wonkiness and a non-perfect circle Cheesy ).



I've had to try to coax Darwin into it with some pepper and she still seemed pretty unsure! But I'm hoping she'll use it to rest and sleep once she's used to it being there.

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« Reply #13 on: January 25, 2012 05:19:31 AM »

Yeah!   Love it!  It came out super cute....love the fabric! My guys don't get out of theirs....I'm sure Darwin will love it when she gets used to it!
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« Reply #14 on: March 18, 2012 04:57:16 PM »

NicoleMarie - thank you for the tutorial, I am going to have to try to figure how to make these for my beastie boyz.  Plus your guinea pigs are way cute too!

HolaKitty - Awwww!  Darwin is adorable!

Yeah for guinea pig crafts!  Cheesy
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« Reply #15 on: July 14, 2012 02:20:27 PM »

simple and good looking! i love it! they look really nice.(: i love that you can vary the size, as well. might have to try this.
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