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ferndalezoo
04-28-09, 09:00 am
You will need:

2 rectangles of fabric (I use fleece and a print) decide how wide you want the opening to be, and double that measurement for the width of the rectangle. Decide how deep you want the bag to be. That (plus an inch or so) will be your length.

EITHER a strip of 1" foam OR a strip of boning, an inch shorter than the longer measurement of your rectangle.

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Sew the foam (or boning) to the wrong side of your print fabric, a few inches from the long side.

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Fold each rectangle, seperately, in half, right sides together, and sew down the side. I use a straight stitch, and then reinforce with a zig-zag.

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Turn the print right side out, and put it inside the fleece tube. Align the seams, and sew around the end closest to the boning/foam strip.

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ferndalezoo
04-28-09, 09:05 am
Turn the whole thing rightside out. Tuck the fleece layer inside the print layer, and sew around the edge closest to the boning from the outside, to reinforce.

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Sew along the bottom of the fleece layer, to close it.

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Fold the raw edges of the print layer inside, pin, and sew closed.

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Here's Greyson showing off the finished product!

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theresaj
04-28-09, 11:01 am
What a great thread! I've always wanted to try making a cozy myself!

Skeetersmom
04-28-09, 02:06 pm
That's great! I have some of that foam from my husband making seats for our boat. Great idea!

hilary
04-28-09, 02:50 pm
Thanks for posting this!

Bambi5826
04-28-09, 08:41 pm
Looks like fun! Can't wait to try....

ferndalezoo
04-29-09, 08:03 am
That's great! I have some of that foam from my husband making seats for our boat. Great idea!


Another thing you can do with the foam is to make the cuddle cups (I think it's a sticky at the top of this page) and use the foam instead of batting. Cut the foam an inch smaller all around than you do your fabric. It turns out nicely.

blessedbeingmom
05-16-09, 12:20 am
Thanks for these great instructions! I just finished making one for our piggies. However, although I do have a sewing machine, I have had little practice, so I learned a lot from my mistakes today. (I also sewed bedding out of fleece and cut-up cotton rich mattress pads, another cozy and another bag that was supposed to be a cozy until mom sewed the wrong sides facing each other and was forced to get creative to salvage it for my child.)
The foam was kind of hard to sew through, and my machine didn't like it very much. Would you happen to have any tips for working with foam in the future? I still have a lot of it left, so I'm sure I'll have to find something to do with it.
Thanks again for all your great instructions!

ferndalezoo
05-19-09, 07:51 am
When I make the cuddlecups and tunnels with the foam, I try not to sew through it at all. Rather, I cut the foam a bit smaller all around than the fabric, and just sew fabric to fabric. If you need to sew through it (like in this project), I put the foam on the bottom, the fabric on top, and flatten the foam with my hands nearest the pressure foot, so it sews more easily.

blessedbeingmom
05-19-09, 09:53 pm
When I make the cuddlecups and tunnels with the foam, I try not to sew through it at all. Rather, I cut the foam a bit smaller all around than the fabric, and just sew fabric to fabric. If you need to sew through it (like in this project), I put the foam on the bottom, the fabric on top, and flatten the foam with my hands nearest the pressure foot, so it sews more easily.

That is very helpful, thanks! I messed up the foam a good bit trying to do it first with the foam on top. After a while, I decided to try it upside down (foam down) and it did work better. I'm relatively new & inexperienced at sewing, so it can be a challenge at times. Speaking of sewing, I still have to finish sewing our second set of bedding (mattress pads and pads for the kitchen area and the hidey area). They are also thick and a bit of a challenge due to the thickness of the padding, but I'm managing okay. I'm learning a lot about threading and winding the bobbin and all that though, as I'm continually having to rethread because I messed up again, or maybe I forgot to put the pressor foot back down (easy to do when sewing something thick). I don't think I need to do any more sacks or cozies as we sadly only have one piggy now. Thanks again for your advice!

rjramer06
07-05-09, 06:59 pm
If I could sew, I would definitely make one of these. >.<

Heatherdu
07-07-09, 09:18 am
Hi. Thank you for posting this. We are preparing to bring home a piggie for my son and I would love to make one of these. Can you provide the approximate size of the rectangles that you used to make the cozy?

GizzyandMe
09-15-09, 01:55 am
O Wow another great idea to keep my mom busy with! Thank you!!!!

1frankie7
10-01-09, 06:45 am
I didnt even need foam to make my cozy and to opening stays open i hope my piggy will like it!

ferndalezoo
10-02-09, 01:05 pm
This will work without the foam or boning, but I found that my pigs trample them, flattening the opening, more quickly that way.

MasterBlaster
10-29-09, 08:06 pm
Thanks for the patterns for this sleeping bag and also the cuddle tunnel. I will be making one of each as I've noticed one of my guys, Darwin seems fond of tunneling and power napping under the sheet I put down at floortime. I will photo the results (no matter how wonky) and share with you here :melodrama

Master Blaster

soupz
12-23-09, 12:52 am
Yay! This is great! I will make one soon when I have time! Hehe :) can't wait, it's so cute! Thank you so much!

BrianL
12-23-09, 08:43 am
Thank you very much for the detailed instructions. I could follow them and I am totally out of my league for this type of thing. Now to figure out what to buy wifey so she will be so happy that she will be willing to drag out the sewing machine.

tina&bella
12-28-09, 12:57 pm
OMG this is the cutest thing i've ever seen thank you so much !!!!!!(adorable piggy;) )

alicia09
12-30-09, 05:19 pm
Does the fleece need to be washed like it would be if it was going to be used as a bedding? Or does it not matter? I bought some fleece today to use to make a few of these but I don't know whether I can use it straight away or whether I should wash it.

Penny
12-30-09, 06:46 pm
Wow this is great! thank you so much! I would wash all fabric before making anything.

distancel
12-30-09, 07:43 pm
Does the fleece need to be washed like it would be if it was going to be used as a bedding? Or does it not matter? I bought some fleece today to use to make a few of these but I don't know whether I can use it straight away or whether I should wash it.

I've been wondering this too, as I just got a lot of new fleece to make piggie accessories from. I'm thinking it would be better to wash it a few times first otherwise they might pee in it and it won't soak through (but then again where exactly does it soak through to? I just wash my piggie's cozies every day or two anyway.)

Thank you for this thread I've been looking for a good guide on how to make them. I was especially confused on what you use to make it keep its shape - now I know you use foam or boning. The cuddle sack I bought from ebay has boning in it, I just didn't know what the word for it was so didn't know what to ask for at the fabric shop! Now I can get stuff to make mine better so they stay open for the pigs :D

Evangela
01-07-10, 07:35 pm
I am having the worst time finding absorbent fleece. It is all polyester and the water just beads off. I have washed and dried it several time and still no luck. Could someone please give the a brand name of the fleece. I tried cheap and expensive fleece.

ppqppq
01-11-10, 09:40 am
To the posters wondering if they need to wash the fleece before using, yes. Wash all fabrics before sewing not only does it need to be preshrunk, but new fabrics often contain chemicals which can be harmful to small animals.

bpatters
01-11-10, 10:11 am
Nearly all fleece, unless it comes directly off a sheep :), is polyester, so that's not your problem.

Many fleeces are made to repel water -- that's why they make good outerwear. You need to break down that coating so that the liquid will wick through.

Wash it several times in hot water with detergent with no fabric softener in it. You could even soak it in a strong vinegar solution for a while, then throw it in the washer, or wash it in a soap with a mild bleach in it. Just be sure to wash it again a couple of times with a soap without the bleach -- just to get all the bleach residue out.

I bought all mine on sale at either Hancock Fabrics or Joann's. It wasn't the most expensive fleece, but not the cheapest, either. It works just find, but I did have to wash it four or five times before it would wick.

Evangela
01-11-10, 10:38 am
Thank you for your help. I have washed and dryed the fleece 4 times so far, so I'll just continue until it wicks.

Katrinah
02-27-10, 08:59 pm
I am sewing challenged but trying to learn! I am finding it difficult to know how big to make the rectangles. Can someone that has made these provide examples for me? width for opening and length of bag? Thanks sooo much!