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How To Make A Cozy Sack

CathiiPiggie

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A number of people have been asking me how I make my cozy sack I posted on a thread a while ago, so I decided to post a tutorial!

Note:
In order to make this set of instructions the best it can be I've tried and tested other methods across the internet and combined some of my own ideas. It's not completely original or my idea, but this method is my own.
I took the photos from my own website, so they have the watermark over it. Don't worry, I'm not stealing anybody's work!


You Will Need:

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-Large patterned fleece blanket
-Large plain fleece blanket
-Half a metre of 4oz or 6oz wadding/batting (optional)

-Needle and embroidery thread (colours matching outside fleece)
-Scissors
-Pins
-Sewing Machine (optional)
-Wire (optional)


Method:

1. Lay out your fleece and work out ideal measurements. For young guinea pigs, the cozy can be smaller but it is worth making one big enough for a fully grown cavy if you'll want to use that cozy when gets older. Make it big enough for the cavy to turn around in, with an extra inch for sewing space and an extra few inches length ways to roll back. If you are making for a pair, double the width measurements below.


My measurements:
-18" long
-26" wide (to be folded over to make 13" wide)
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2. Cut the fleeces to size. Make sure the inside fleece is the same size as the outside fleece, even if using wadding.

3. Lay the wadding/batting material over the outside fleece, leaving an inch gap around the sides. Cut it to size.

4. Place the pins to keep it in place in the wadding and through the outside fleece, leaving an inch gap around the sides.
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5. If you have a sewing machine, get it threaded up. If not, thread the needle. Start sewing around the wadding and through the outside fleece, leaving a small gap from the side of the wadding (see photo below) to where you are sewing to make sure it stays securely sewn in place. I suggest you use running stitch or back stitch.
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6. Once you've sewn all the way round, it should look like this:

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7. Fold the outside fleece in half, so the width is 13". Leave about 1/4 of an inch over the fold for sewing purposes.
Fold the inside fleece in half the same way, but have a 3/4 of an inch fold if you're using wadding so there is enough space. If not using wadding, just leave 1/4 or 1/2 an inch fold.
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8. Pin (with pins) or tack (with thread) down the fold ready for sewing to keep in place. Make sure the wadding is on the outside of the tube so you can see it.
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9. Sew down the fold of the inside and outside fleeces separately. If you have a large fold gap, then sew down both sides of the fold so there's not a loose flap.
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10. Slip the inside fleece through the outside fleece. The wadding should still be on the outside.
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11. Pin or tack the end of the 2 'tubes' together, but only pin through 2 layers of fleece, not 4. Remember to line up the inside and outside folds together for a neat finish.

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12. Sew around the tube. Then, remove the pins/tacking thread.
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13. Pull out the inside tube to make a longer tube.
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14. Push the outside tube through the middle so it the inside fleece is on the outside (see photo below).
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15. Pin/tack through all 4 layers of fleece on the opposite end to what you've just sewn through.
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16. Sew through all four layers and remove the pins/tacking thread.
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17. Turn the cozy inside out.
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18. Roll back the top for a nice finish.
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19. Just add a piggie and you're finished!
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Wire: Sew on a circle of wire in step 17 around the top where you are planning on rolling the top back. You must make sure there are no sharp parts sticking out which are likely to harm the piggie. This is good if you want to leave the cozy in the cage so it stays open.
 

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Hope you benefit from my tutorial...enjoy making your cozies! :)
 

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Thanks, helpful!!!
 

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I just followed these instructions an it works great! My piggie loves it!!! Thankyou :))))))
 

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No problem ;) My piggie loves snuggling in his too!
 

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Thanks for this! I made one myself but this one looks much better, I'm going to make my next one like this :)
 

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Hmm, the photos have disappeared! Gonna have to re-do them later.
 

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Here is the finished cozy photo:
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Your piggy is so cute in the cozy bag!! :)
 

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Defo going to try this thanks for this post :) x
 

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This is a great instructional thread...I may even be able to do this! Thanks! ;)
 

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Great DIY tutorial TY! We will have to make a few ourselves as a project. It is winter now so I am sure we will have the time to do it.:p
 

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It's actually still fall.. but it feels like winter!
 

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I made my first cozy sack today and I love it! I just wanted to thank you for posting this tutorial! [MENTION=22833]CathiiPiggie[/MENTION]
 

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Here is the finished cozy photo:
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So cute, and I want to squeeze it so much!!!!

Thank you for the instruction. I am gonna make these for my piggies :)
 

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This is great! I am definatly making this! My piggies will love it! They sleep all day... LOL.;)
 
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