Results 1 to 8 of 8

Thread: How many towels? (& cheap fleece tip)

  1. #1
    Cavy Slave
    Joined
    Nov 16, 2018
    Location
    Near Atlanta, Ga
    Posts
    7
    Thanks
    0
    Thanks
    0 Rec'd/0 Posts
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Quoted
    0 Post(s)

    Question How many towels? (& cheap fleece tip)

    We are getting guinea pigs for Christmas, and I?ve been doing a lot of research and gathering the cage supplies. I have fleece, and plan on sewing liners. For the smaller liners, I?m going to use some old cloth diapers as the absorbent layer, but I don?t have enough of those for the whole cage and am planning on using towels in the larger area.

    How many towels should I have under the fleece layer? 2? 3?

    Thanks!

    By the way, keep an eye out for sales on no-sew fleece blanket kits. They are basically two giant pieces of color coordinated fleece. Joann?s had theirs on sale last week and I was able to get about 4 yards of fleece for $10! (All of their normal fleece was about $7+/yard, even on sale.)

  2. #2
    Cavy Slave Snugglybutt's Avatar
    Joined
    May 21, 2018
    Location
    New Brunswick
    Posts
    184
    Thanks
    19
    Thanks
    16 Rec'd/16 Posts
    Mentioned
    9 Post(s)
    Quoted
    26 Post(s)

    Re: How many towels? (& cheap fleece tip)

    I've used towels for some of the first liners I've made and I used 2 towels. That being said, they got stinky really quick and took FOREVER to dry. I'm talking about hours in the dryer or being hung up on a clothes rack for days. Since you have many weeks to prepare for your piggies, I'd recommend looking into Uhaul furniture pads as your absorbent layer instead of towels.

  3. #3
    Cavy Slave
    Joined
    Nov 16, 2018
    Location
    Near Atlanta, Ga
    Posts
    7
    Thanks
    0
    Thanks
    0 Rec'd/0 Posts
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Quoted
    0 Post(s)

    Re: How many towels? (& cheap fleece tip)

    Quote Originally Posted by Snugglybutt View Post
    I've used towels for some of the first liners I've made and I used 2 towels. That being said, they got stinky really quick and took FOREVER to dry.
    Thank you! I had wondered about drying.

    Do you recommend two layers for the U-Haul pads? I looked at those earlier and with two layers it was a few inches too small for me to get two pads out of it. I?d also read that they shrink a lot over time? They look awesome though.

  4. #4
    Cavy Slave Snugglybutt's Avatar
    Joined
    May 21, 2018
    Location
    New Brunswick
    Posts
    184
    Thanks
    19
    Thanks
    16 Rec'd/16 Posts
    Mentioned
    9 Post(s)
    Quoted
    26 Post(s)

    Re: How many towels? (& cheap fleece tip)

    I used to use 2 layers of Uhaul, but now that I have a bigger cage (3x6 C&C), I make my liners with 1 layer instead since my pigs have lots of room to spread out the pee. How big is your cage? When I made my liners with 2 Uhaul layers, I was able to make 2 2x3 liners and a handful of pee pads with one package. Even so, I think it's very cost effective to use Uhaul pads instead of towels, since they're both around $10 where I live.

    I personally haven't had any issues with shrinkage, but other users claim that they do shrink over time. My liners are only 5 months old so they're still "newish", so maybe that's why. I've read that washing the Uhaul pads a few times by themselves in hot water will shrink them to their "true size" so they won't shrink in the future.

  5. #5
    Cavy Slave
    Joined
    Nov 16, 2018
    Location
    Near Atlanta, Ga
    Posts
    7
    Thanks
    0
    Thanks
    0 Rec'd/0 Posts
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Quoted
    0 Post(s)

    Re: How many towels? (& cheap fleece tip)

    The bottom floor will be 2x3, which is where I’m going to use the towels/pads. Then the loft will have a smaller pad and a kitchen with other bedding. I’m hoping they will do most of their business in the kitchen, but we will see.

    When I checked the measurements of the U-haul pad, it seemed like it was going to be just a little bit too small. Maybe my calculations were off, or maybe they’ve gotten smaller.

  6. #6
    Cavy Slave
    Joined
    Nov 16, 2018
    Location
    Near Atlanta, Ga
    Posts
    7
    Thanks
    0
    Thanks
    0 Rec'd/0 Posts
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Quoted
    0 Post(s)

    Re: How many towels? (& cheap fleece tip)

    Sorry, looking at the blankets again there should be plenty for two layers. I think I accidentally halved both dimensions, Haha.

    I think I will probably get one, just don’t tell my husband I’m spending even more on the cage!

  7. #7
    Cavy Slave
    Joined
    Nov 16, 2018
    Location
    Near Atlanta, Ga
    Posts
    7
    Thanks
    0
    Thanks
    0 Rec'd/0 Posts
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Quoted
    0 Post(s)

    Re: How many towels? (& cheap fleece tip)

    Oh, I also have several of these mattress pads I could use that are thick flannel.

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
    Last edited by Tharvey; 11-16-18 at 03:30 pm.

  8. #8
    Cavy Slave Snugglybutt's Avatar
    Joined
    May 21, 2018
    Location
    New Brunswick
    Posts
    184
    Thanks
    19
    Thanks
    16 Rec'd/16 Posts
    Mentioned
    9 Post(s)
    Quoted
    26 Post(s)

    Re: How many towels? (& cheap fleece tip)

    Mattress pads are a great absorbent layer to use, but many people choose to put these under their liners, not within them. So the order would be the coroplast bottom, a mattress pee pad, and finally the fleece liners you create. I have some mattress pads that are sewn to some fleece and they work nicely, but I have to change them out daily if used in a high-traffic area.

User Tag List

Bookmarks

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •