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Liners Uhaul layers, 1 or 2?

Kimberly713

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Hey everyone!
I am looking into sewing up some more fleece liners for the cage, but this time with uhaul pads. I am leaning towards reversible liners, so it'd be fleece+uhaul+fleece. I've read over and over again that you can use either 1 or 2 layers of the uhaul pad, and considering I'm a very frugal college student, I'd like to make my pads go far :p
I have two pigs, girls, in a 2x5 cage. And I plan to change out the liner every 4 days or so. Here's a pic of the cage: The Cage - Guinea Pig Cage Photos
How many do you use, and why?

Also, just an FYI, Joanns is having a 50% off blizzard fleece til saturday :)
 
I agree that one layer of UHaul is enough and also agree that a standard sewing machine would be able to handle 4 layers. In fact mine can't even handle 2 layers of fleece plus one of U-haul so when I make mine, I just made sort of a pillowcase with 2 layers of fleece, inserted the piece of U-haul and then made hand stitches about every 6 inches across and down the liner to hold the Uhaul in place.
 
I use a single layer of uhaul padding in my fleece pads. If the inside layer is too thick, it doesn't dry completely. I put a single layer of uhaul padding under my fleece pads. I also flip my pads so I get use out of both sides. I use two fleece pads, side by side, in all my cages. I can clean one half of the cage at a time while my guinea pigs just move to the other side of the cage.
 
I've always used two layers. I have never tried a single layer but I might do that since I am needing to make new sets of liners anyway. I change my liners once a week, so I'm not sure if one layer would be able to absorb a week's worth of moisture?

Thanks for the heads-up on the sale!
 
@Kimberly713.....I just looked at your cage pic after I posted my message above. Are those wood pellets in your "kitchen" and if so, what kind and do you use them whole?
 
@Raine59
Yes, they are wood stove pellets. I buy them from a local home energy shop; the brand is Somerset. They are just what you'd use as fuel if you owned a wood burning stove. Yep, you just use em whole as they come in the bag. I like them since they're cheap and are efficient at absorbing urine and odor. I mixed in a little bit of aspen shavings too, so thats the lighter stuff you see in there btw

So it sounds as if one layer will do just fine, which i find to be great news :D
wanted to sandwich the uhaul inside fleece to protect it from getting torn in the washer, my last set of uhaul pads were torn up :( I have a top loader washer.
 
@Raine59
Yes, they are wood stove pellets. I buy them from a local home energy shop; the brand is Somerset. They are just what you'd use as fuel if you owned a wood burning stove. Yep, you just use em whole as they come in the bag. I like them since they're cheap and are efficient at absorbing urine and odor. I mixed in a little bit of aspen shavings too, so thats the lighter stuff you see in there btw

So it sounds as if one layer will do just fine, which i find to be great news :D
wanted to sandwich the uhaul inside fleece to protect it from getting torn in the washer, my last set of uhaul pads were torn up :( I have a top loader washer.

I wash my liner uhaul pieces separately from my fleece pads and I wash them on the delicate cycle. Since I've been doing that, they last longer.

I sew my fleece pads with a layer of fleece on the top with a second layer of fleece under it and a single layer of uhaul pad on the bottom. I stitch around three sides and about 2/3 or 3/4 of the fourth side. I trim the excess fabric around the edges and cut the uhaul pad close to the seam. I flip it inside out so the uhaul pad is in the middle and fleece on the outsides. I stitch the open edge and sew all around the pad about an inch from the edge. I sew through the middle of the fleece pad both ways. (I pin everything before doing any sewing so it all stays flat.)
 
I see many people talking about UHaul pads. Is this the pad you are referring to?
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I use two layers of uhaul pads.. I sewed them together.. Not to the fleece.. But if your worried about them coming apart you might consider using a cheaper cotton (instead of fleece) on the underneath. For me.. Fleece can get a lil pricy. It takes me 5 yards to make my liner... Plus I have to make matching accessories :) [GuineaPigCages.com] Uhaul layers, 1 or 2? have fun!
 
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