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Guinea Pig bedding can get expensive; especially when you have to change it at least once per week. My daughter figured this out quickly and researched other bedding options for her Guinea Pig.
She found some awesome fleece bedding ideas on Amazon. Though quite costly, it still beats having to buy and change the paper bedding once a week. The average cost for one of these is about $50+, so we decided to make one of our own!
She picked out a really cute cactus design, which of course, I knew I’d have to post about it here!
The fleece was on sale at my local fabric store for 40% off so we got it for about $4/yard. We needed about a yard in a half (but because I didn’t measure before we went we made it two yards to be safe). I then bought a roll of project fleece to use as the inside liner which was $14.97. I made her two of these bed liners so when it’s time to wash one, she’ll have a spare to put in the cage. The total cost then before tax was $42.91 or $21.46 each. Not too shabby for two liners and about two hours of my time to sew it all together.
Now, since putting this fleece liner in, we’ve been able to see those tiny little turds through-out the cage. (Did I mention she also bought another guinea pig yesterday, so she has double the “mess” to clean now). I’ll have to update on how well the cleaning of the cage goes compared to using the paper liner.
Well do you want to see how I did it? Okay…
First, measure the cage (inside bottom). Add an inch to that measurement to allow for 1/2 inch seam line on each side.
Second, with a measuring tape, mark the length on your fabric and cut.
Third, mark the width with a measuring tape, and cut.
Next, you’ll want to measure out the inside liner fleece. I’ll admit, I did not use a measuring tool with the inside fleece liner, but instead, laid it on top of my cut material and folded it back and forth so it was about a 1/4 inch from all the edges. It was about 4-6 layers in depth.
- After I “measured” out my inside fleece liner, I sewed each end together, just to be sure it stays together inside the outer liner.
Now it’s time to start really sewing. Turn the design fabric INSIDE OUT. Line up the edges and sew all but one small end. I use pins just to be sure my edges stay lined up. I’m not that much professional…yet!
The next step, I impressed myself a bit. Normally I would have shoved the inside lining inside, but something in my brain went “ding, ding, ding,” and I laid the inside liner onto the design fabric and turned the fabric inside out again, all while holding and turning the liner inside! Wow! Does that sound confusing? Check out the pictures.
Shazam! Inside liner in, “measured” to perfection might I add. So after getting the inside fleece liner in, time to sew up the last end. I folded each side over to make a clean edge and used a needle and thread to finish the seam. I suppose using the sewing machine would work too.
I am super excited for how it turned out. It fits PERFECTLY inside the cage. Seriously, even my daughter was impressed and said “my mom made that!”
What do you think of the finished product? How about that cute potted cactus design?