Today I was deep-cleaning the ferrets' cage and decided that it's about time to toss them together some covers(tray, ramp, shelf). There have been one too many times of ferrets screeching when they get their tootsies caught in the shelves and I'm sick of having to scrub poo off trays.
Well, I'm too lazy to sew a set(go figure), so I grabbed a fleece I figured no one would order and got to work.
In 30 minutes and using less them $10 of fleece I managed to make them a beautiful FN cover set. :D Now I will share it will ya'll!
What you need:
*2 yards( 2 1/2 yards if you are making ramp covers too) of your anti-pill fleece of choice
*Some kitties nearby to help you tie the knots. ;)
Here are the instructions on how to make a Shelf cover:
Cut out 2 pieces of fleece measuring approx 28 x 27.
Place shelf cover over top of piece of fleece(have the "furry" side of the fleece facing AWAY from the shelf). Then fold the fleece over the front end of the shelf so it reaches approx. 2 inches past the second row of loops. You don't have to make it go this far under the shelf, but I did it as an extra precaution to prtect the ferret's toes. ;)
Then make a cut that reaches back to each loop. Then make 2 equal cuts on each side of the first cut. That will give you the 2 strands that you will be tieing together.
Next, tie the strips around each loop,
After that you will need to cut a slip where each bar crosses under the fleece. Here's a pic to show you what it should look like so far:
Once the slits are cut you should be able to slip the extra flaps underneath the bars that run parallel to the fleece.
Cut any excess fleece off the ends and turn to the side of the shelf. Here you will do the same as with the loops: cut 3 slits(creating 2 strips) in front of each bar.
Tie each set of strips to the coordinating bar.
After that's done you can either let the extra flaps hang loosly, cut them off, or, as I did, tuck them under.
Now you should be working on the back part of the shelf. Here you will do pretty much the same as with the front.
Lastly, you will do the other side the same as the previous one. All done!
For the tray covers simply cut a piece of fleece that is slightly larger then the tray. Then fold the ends underneath the tray.
Lastly, for the ramp covers(sorry, no pics, I ran out of fleece) you will need to cut out a piece of fleece that is approx. 22 x 16. Place the ramp in the middle of the fleece. Then cut coordinating strips on both sides. Tie together snuggly. To keep the covers from slipping I recommend cutting a couple strips on each end and eitehr tieing them together or tieing them to the ramp.
*when tieing knots(with the exception of the ramp covers) do NOT double tie the knots. Just make one snug knot. Otherwise, you won't be able to take the cover off, lol.
All the covers are reversible, so you can flip them over when they get too icky, but you're too lazy too wash, lol. ;)
I hope this helps ya'll out. By the way, if you wanted to buy the "fancy" FN covers it would cost about $50! This is definately the better way to go!
Here's a pic of my finished product: Please do not copy this tutorial or post it elsewhere without my permission first. Thanks. :)
<message edited by TortieBaby on Monday, November 05, 2007 1:56 PM>