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Hammock, Tunnel, & Pouch by Kathy
These items are all made with place mats that are 13-1/2" x 17-1/2". The place mats used are made from sturdy fabric and have a different pattern on each side (top and underneath). The one-inch ribbon used for the hammock is about 20" long. Note, if making a hammock, tunnel, or pouch, make sure that the place mat fabric is stiff, not soft and flimsy, or else it will not retain the shape of the finished project. For the hammock, I folded each ribbon piece in half and stitched it to each of the four corners of the placemat. The top edges of the ribbon may be turned under and stitched to create a finished look and to prevent the ribbon from unraveling. The hammock is then complete and ready to hang (see photo album).

Date(s): March 1, 2003. Album by Kathy: themecages@aol.com. Photos by Kathy and Linda lee. 1 - 18 of 18 Total.
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HAMMOCK: One of the 3 Little Pigs using the hammock as a trampoline rather than a hammock for sleeping.

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One 13-1/2" x 17-1/2" placemat made from sturdy, stiff fabric.  Four Pieces of ribbon
about 20" long.

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Fold ribbon in half and sew to each of the four corners of the placemat.

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Underneath side of ribbon stitched to a
corner of placemat.

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Attach the hammock to the cage top, adjusting height of placemat so that a guinea pig can comfortably enter the hammock without getting injured.  Tie each ribbon to top of cage.  

For a cage without a top, slip two wooden dowels through the cage-side grids and tie the ribbons to the dowels.

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Top view of one of the four ribbons securing the hammock to the top of the cage. The ribbon was placed about nine grid-lines apart: placing them closer creates a deeper hammock and placing them wider creates a flater hammock.

If you do not have a cage top, see the text for the prior photo.

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Overview of hammock that shows placement of ribbons (the top front grids are folded back on top of the actual row of grids where the hammock
is attached).

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POUCH (Adult size): Place two placemats together and sew three sides, leaving one short end open.

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Fold down the open end about two to three inches (forms a cuff).

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Fold down the "cuff" one more time.  This creates a stiff cuff that keep the pouch open.

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POUCH (Small pig or baby): Fold placemat in half and sew up each short side.

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May be used without a cuff ...

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or turn back a cuff to help keep the pouch open.  Pig in pouch is about 3 - 4 months old.

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TUNNEL (for baby): Fold placemat in half lengthwise and sew up only the long side.  Fold one end back to create a cuff.

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Fold back the other end to create another cuff.

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Pig in photo is about 3 - 4 months old.  To make a TUNNEL FOR A LARGER PIG: add an insert (lenthwise) and sew each edge of the insert to each long edge of the placemat.

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Linda Lee's Hammock, Tunnel, and Pouch/Cozy: a variation of the items above.

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Futon cover created by sewing two modified (trimmed to fit a grid panel) place mats.  Ribbons are sewn at the top of each side of the opening of the slipcover; attach by tying ribbons to grid panel.