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Fully sewn layered rodent hammock

This large but simple hammock is an easy and fun sewing project that offers a warm, safe retreat for small mammals in rehab.  The fleece or flannel fabric is soft and warm, whereas the cotton provides the strength to support them without stretching.  These are hammocks are easily washed in between patients and moved to new enclosures, with loops to secure them.  

This project is great for beginners, since the sewing is simple and as long as all loose threads are removed, the animals don't care if it's not perfect!



1. Gather materials:

  • TBD 100% cotton fabric

  • TBD flannel or fleece

  • Fabric ribbon, ~1" wide

  • Thread


2. Cut materials to size:

  • Cut 2 large squares (24" x 24"), one of cotton, one of fleece/flannel.

  • ​Cut 4 lengths of ribbon at 7" long each.


​3. Prepare the parts: 

  • Pin both pieces of fabric of same size squares, right sides together.

  • At each corner fold a piece of ribbon, with loop facing the center of the square on each corner, in between the layers of fabric, leaving tails out approximately a half inch.  Pin in place.


4. Sew it:

  • Sew all the way around both the large and medium squares with approximately 3/8"-1/2" seam allowance.  Leave about a 3" opening to turn fabric right-side out.

  • Trim corners, turn square right-side out. Ribbon loops should be outside of square.

  • Sew the top of the fabric, all the way around, sealing the opening, approximately 1/4" from edge.

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