Friday, July 6, 2012

Summer Flannel Pita Pouch Tutorial for Hedgehogs, Guinea Pigs, etc

Poggy has not been sleeping inside of his fleece pouch lately.  He has been sleeping beside it.  I suspect that his pouch is too hot since it has been hot out lately.  In order to make him more comfortable I have designed a new pouch for him. 

***Please note that these tutorials are for you to make things for your own personal use, not to sell.***
I call it the Summer Flannel Pita Pouch.  It is shaped like a Pita, and it has flannel instead of fleece on the outside.  The interior is still fleece as that is softer.

MATERIALS NEEDED
Flannel fabric
Fleece fabric
Thread
Sewing Machine
Needle
Scissors 
Chalk Pencil
 First, fold your fabric in half.  Then place your dome onto the flannel fabric.  Trace the shape with a chalk pencil or a regular pencil.

Tip: if you measure 2.5 inches in from the opening side and straighten out those edges instead of curving them in, then you will have a round interior with a straight outer rim.  This makes the pouch deeper, while still keeping the entrance wide enough for a hedgehog to pass through.
 Cut out the shape.  You will need two of the flannel shapes.

 Place your flannel shape onto folded fleece.  Cut two fleece shapes out.
 If you were smart, you will have shifted your dome when you were tracing the fabric so that you had only 3/4 of the dome shape.  If you are not so smart (like I was when I made this), you will need to trim off 1/4 of the shape.

(If you followed the tip for how to alter the opening shape, then don't cut it off now.)

The goal is to create an opening wide enough for your hedgehog or other small animal to get in and out easily, but yet deep enough to provide warmth and shelter.  So trim off what you need depending on the size of your animal.
Place the flannel together with the good sides facing each other.  Line up the edges neatly and pin in place.  Sew around the curve.

Tip:  Backstitch to lock your stitches into place.

 Do the same for the two fleece pieces.  Remember, the good sides of the fabric should be facing each other (wrong side out).
 Now turn the flannel piece so that it is the right side out.  Do not turn the fleece one around yet.
 Slide it into the fleece half.  The good sides of the flannel and fleece should now face each other.
 It should look like this.  Wrong side of fleece facing out, wrong side of flannel facing in.
 Sew the joining straight edge, don't forget to backstitch to lock the stitches in.
 Leave a 2 inch gap.
 Turn the pouch inside out through the 2 inch gap.
 Use a hidden stitch to close the 2 inch gap:

Tuck in the fabric edges neatly and pinch closed.  Thread a needle, tie a knot, and start the first stitch to overlap existing stitching around the gap (for security). Stitch one stitch along the edge of the flannel, go directly over to fleece side and make a stitch along the edge of the fabric.  Keep going side to side like a ladder (not zig zag).
 When you pull the thread gently along the way, the gap will close.

Tip:  to avoid bunching, tug fabric gently side to side to straighten out the stitching once in a while.
 When you are finished overlapping the final stitches, tie a secure knot.  Hide the loose thread by sewing into the pouch and pulling the thread taut before snipping it.
 You should end up with a hidden seam like this.  It's not beautiful, but it will do the trick.
Ta da!  You're all finished your Flannel Pita Pouch!  My finished pouch was about 8 inches wide and 7.5 inches long.
It was Poggles testing time!  Poggles was not pleased as usual.
However, he took to it immediately.
Although he seemed confused as to why this pouch was so shallow.  He kept turning around like more space would suddenly appear.  Silly, the whole point was more air flow! 
And it fits your dome perfectly!

Happy sewing!

Don't forget to post your finished pictures in the Flickr group here.  I'd love to see what you make!

Don't want to make your own?  Email me at bluepandemonium (at) hotmail.com and maybe I can make one for you!  I also have some fleece pouches listed in my Etsy shop.
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1 comment:

Karalee Warren said...

Just made two of these for my guinea pigs....they love them! Thanks