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Title: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: K Rat1417 on December 12, 2011, 02:12:49 PM
This may be a dumb thread idea but lately whenever i've made new hammocks I want to post them on here, so why not start a thread to do that? I'd love to see what other people have made (Lately) for their ratties! |

I'll start.

This pocket i'm extremely proud of! The boys love it (They Love pockets!) and it's the best one i've ever made!
 (http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7017/6500633077_37272cf0c0.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/ks_pics/6500633077/)
006 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/ks_pics/6500633077/) by KD4714 (http://www.flickr.com/people/ks_pics/), on Flickr(http://)

I made it yesterday, sorry it's kind of dirty. I had it in the cage before I took pics.
I have more to post but I can't right now. I'll be back!

Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Maltey on December 12, 2011, 02:48:37 PM
This is such a good idea!

I always want to show everyone what I've made because noone else but rat lovers really cares!!

*goes off to find photos*
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Nari Caution on December 12, 2011, 03:38:43 PM
I concur! Excellent idea and I'm surprised there wasn't one to begin with. It's always nice to at least be able to show off what you've made when that "pat yourself on the back" mentality doesn't cut it, especially if its something you're really proud of. I just got my sewing machine at home and made a hanging pocket out of an old pair of jeans last night. I was cutting them using kid scissors since mine wandered off so they came out a little more wonky than I would have liked but oh well. And I'll be making some more stuff tonight out of a few old sweatshirts and a robe I never wear since getting my snuggy~ I'll be sure and share my handiwork.
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: K Rat1417 on December 12, 2011, 04:26:29 PM
I'm glad you guys like the idea! I have a few more pics to share but I'm not home right now. I'll post when I am. Tonight I'll also be sewing soome more hammocks!
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: K Rat1417 on December 12, 2011, 07:04:17 PM
Okay I'm home and ready to post more pics!

The first pocket I ever made! (A few days ago  ;))

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7166/6500643803_483a10b0b5.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/ks_pics/6500643803/)
057 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/ks_pics/6500643803/) by KD4714 (http://www.flickr.com/people/ks_pics/), on Flickr

And some hammocks for the NTRR (They're too small for Jack and Riley)

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7006/6500641561_c7f317fba4.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/ks_pics/6500641561/)
018 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/ks_pics/6500641561/) by KD4714 (http://www.flickr.com/people/ks_pics/), on Flickr
I have two of these pink and green ones.

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7010/6500637317_1e8680204a.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/ks_pics/6500637317/)
015 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/ks_pics/6500637317/) by KD4714 (http://www.flickr.com/people/ks_pics/), on Flickr

I've started doing a Quilt style on my all fleece hammocks. It looks amazing! I love it


(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7022/6500639381_7d3a7ed31e.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/ks_pics/6500639381/)
017 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/ks_pics/6500639381/) by KD4714 (http://www.flickr.com/people/ks_pics/), on Flickr(http://) This was the first time I tried the "quilt" style so it's a little wonky lol.
This is all i've made recently, but i'll be making more tonight  ;D

Also I forgot to mention if you've made liners recently you can post those too!
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: mrnixonpants on December 12, 2011, 07:41:55 PM
This thread is awesome...

Though I would be way to embarrassed to post mine because just two nights ago I made my very first hammocks ever! I should add that I've never sewn much in my life and I don't have a sewing machine so these were all by hand. They definitely can't stand up to all the beautiful hammocks I see on this site, but I was really proud of my handy work  :BlueDumboSmile:

After all, the rats don't really care if the stitching is straight or not right??
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: K Rat1417 on December 12, 2011, 07:51:58 PM
Exactly! And don't feel bad. I haven't been sewing hammocks very long either, my stitches aren't always straight! :D
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Scubbs on December 12, 2011, 10:59:11 PM
Love the quilt style on the fleecey hammocks, especially the red/orange one!  :)
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: K Rat1417 on December 12, 2011, 11:41:42 PM
Thanks Scubbs. Yeah the quilt style on the other one didn't turn out very well haha.

I just made my first cube and I am totally amazed at how awesome it turned out!! I took some pictures but I have to wait until tomorrow to post them. Oh I also made a bunkbed hammock that I'll post tomorrow as well :) I feel like I'm taking over this thread (even though I started it), does anyone have pics they can share? :D
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: *Kat* on December 12, 2011, 11:52:03 PM
Ones I made last week - 3 CN liners (convertible) and 3 flat quilted hammocks.

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v283/DevilDogWife/hammocks%20and%20liners/IMG_3859.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v283/DevilDogWife/hammocks%20and%20liners/IMG_3860.jpg)
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: K Rat1417 on December 13, 2011, 04:09:28 PM
Ooh I love the fabric Kat!

My first cube:

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7011/6507033885_e6c50f703e.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/ks_pics/6507033885/)
cube (http://www.flickr.com/photos/ks_pics/6507033885/) by KD4714 (http://www.flickr.com/people/ks_pics/), on Flickr

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7148/6507036005_d5ba48cbc6.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/ks_pics/6507036005/)
cube (http://www.flickr.com/photos/ks_pics/6507036005/) by KD4714 (http://www.flickr.com/people/ks_pics/), on Flickr

"We like dis ma!"
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7168/6507046921_b234d3baae.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/ks_pics/6507046921/)
Cube (http://www.flickr.com/photos/ks_pics/6507046921/) by KD4714 (http://www.flickr.com/people/ks_pics/), on Flickr
I'm extremely proud of this! It looks so nice and it was easy to make too (Which is a bonus).

I also made a bunkbed last night:

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7163/6507038251_c28dc0b716.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/ks_pics/6507038251/)
Bunk-bed (http://www.flickr.com/photos/ks_pics/6507038251/) by KD4714 (http://www.flickr.com/people/ks_pics/), on Flickr(http://)
I'm going to grommet it today.

Over all I'm proud of the way my hammocks come out. I just wish I sewed well enough to start a hammock shop. :( 
I have a lot of fabric left so tonight I'm probably going to sew even more! I don't want to post more pics though. I feel like I'm taking over this thread, I don't want to bore people lol.
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Maltey on December 13, 2011, 04:21:33 PM
No! I like looking at them!
And you could definitely sew well enough for a shop!

The only new hammocks I've made lately have been for sale, but I'm really really proud of this snuggle sack, so I'd like to share.
It's the second one I've ever made, but the first reversible one. I don't do tutorials and things so I was a bit worried about how it would come out, but I'm very pleased with it and now I want it for myself!

(http://i1209.photobucket.com/albums/cc400/RelaxedRat9/DSCF3257.jpg)
(http://i1209.photobucket.com/albums/cc400/RelaxedRat9/DSCF3259.jpg)

and this matching pocket I'm pleased with

(http://i1209.photobucket.com/albums/cc400/RelaxedRat9/DSCF3190.jpg)

I really want this set for myself!
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: K Rat1417 on December 13, 2011, 04:24:32 PM
No! I like looking at them!
And you could definitely sew well enough for a shop!

The only new hammocks I've made lately have been for sale, but I'm really really proud of this snuggle sack, so I'd like to share.
It's the second one I've ever made, but the first reversible one. I don't do tutorials and things so I was a bit worried about how it would come out, but I'm very pleased with it and now I want it for myself!

(http://i1209.photobucket.com/albums/cc400/RelaxedRat9/DSCF3257.jpg)
(http://i1209.photobucket.com/albums/cc400/RelaxedRat9/DSCF3259.jpg)

and this matching pocket I'm pleased with

(http://i1209.photobucket.com/albums/cc400/RelaxedRat9/DSCF3190.jpg)

I really want this set for myself!

ooh I really like the snuggle sack!
Okay when I make more hammocks to tonight i'll post them!
Well maybe I could sew well enough, but to me I want them to be a little bit more "perfect" (obviously not really perfect, just better).
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Maltey on December 14, 2011, 03:53:57 PM
Guess it's just me and you  ;)

The girls were looking at me like 'why don't you make us a snuggle sack mummy? Aren't we your friends too?!'

My response was: because you chewed the last one to shreds.

And then I made this:

(http://i80.photobucket.com/albums/j177/xxmalteserxx/IMG_2077.jpg)
(http://i80.photobucket.com/albums/j177/xxmalteserxx/IMG_2074.jpg)
(http://i80.photobucket.com/albums/j177/xxmalteserxx/IMG_2083.jpg)

(Again, sorry about the rubbish quality- need to find the camera charger!)
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: K Rat1417 on December 14, 2011, 08:48:03 PM
Hopefully people who are making hammocks will see this thread!
What an adorable snuggle sack. I haven't made any yet, but I don't think my boys would like them. Riley and Jack like pocket hammocks. (Their all time favorite hammock!)
I have some fleece left and I have enough hammocks for myself so i'm going to sew as many hammocks as I can tonight for the NTRR. I might have to post them tomorrow, it depends when I finish them all.

I loved making the cube but the boys don't seem to care about it, so I probably won't make anymore for them.
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Maltey on December 14, 2011, 08:57:50 PM
Lol, isn't it funny how they can have favourites?!
A couple of my girls have recently taking to chilling out in the tube with their heads sticking out! They've never used it before.
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: K Rat1417 on December 14, 2011, 09:17:15 PM
Riley and Jack are completely opposite about the tube. They used to love it, now they don't use it, EVER.
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Maltey on December 14, 2011, 09:33:13 PM
Haha, they've passed the tubeness over to me  :yelcutelaugh:
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: SchönDers on December 14, 2011, 09:58:04 PM
Ones I made last week - 3 CN liners (convertible) and 3 flat quilted hammocks.

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v283/DevilDogWife/hammocks%20and%20liners/IMG_3859.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v283/DevilDogWife/hammocks%20and%20liners/IMG_3860.jpg)

I love your brown fabric!!
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: thejamiemarie on December 15, 2011, 04:26:29 PM
I sew all my ratties hammocks by hand and sometimes they come out a little wonky and the stitches always look bad so I am too embarassed to post my hammies  :-[
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: RattiesSix on December 15, 2011, 04:38:15 PM
I sew all my ratties hammocks by hand and sometimes they come out a little wonky and the stitches always look bad so I am too embarassed to post my hammies  :-[

Don't be embarrassed! Rats never care if a seam isn't straight. When I first started sewing and posting my cages, most of my stuff was crooked no sew stuff, or stuff with huge stitches.  :yelcutelaugh: But the rats loved them!
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: K Rat1417 on December 15, 2011, 05:46:59 PM
I sew all my ratties hammocks by hand and sometimes they come out a little wonky and the stitches always look bad so I am too embarassed to post my hammies  :-[
We don't mind! I'd love to see them anywsy.
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Lea on December 15, 2011, 09:45:50 PM
I usually just make very basic hammocks and tubes, and put grommets in them for hanging with shower curtain hooks.  I'm sure Jack would love the pocket style, though.  I put several extra pieces of fleece in the cage for him (cut from chewed up liners) which he likes to take and arrange a nest in the hammock.  The most recent things I've made are a simple hammock for the boys and a low-hanging tube for the girls, who are having more trouble climbing nowadays.
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: rodentsrevenge on December 15, 2011, 10:15:32 PM
i don't have pictures yet, but i made a cute square flat hammock for my boys' new cage, and then two christmas tubes. the seams are all crazy town, but like somebody above said, rats don't curr! i'll take pictures and post them probably tomorrow. :3
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: K Rat1417 on December 17, 2011, 04:59:21 PM
Can't wait Simeonrun!

@lea, even if you only make very basic hammocks we'd love to see them anyway!
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Nari Caution on December 17, 2011, 08:39:22 PM
Well I finally made some stuff and am in the process of redoing my cage. Here are a few pics and I'll post the whole thing in the critter nation thread. I need to add a couple more things but its coming out nice. I also made some bunkbeds and liners too.
 
(http://i272.photobucket.com/albums/jj199/Nari_Caution/1323922929.jpg)
 
(http://i272.photobucket.com/albums/jj199/Nari_Caution/1323922930.jpg)
 
(http://i272.photobucket.com/albums/jj199/Nari_Caution/1324105576.jpg)
 
(http://i272.photobucket.com/albums/jj199/Nari_Caution/1324105578.jpg)
 
(http://i272.photobucket.com/albums/jj199/Nari_Caution/1324105580.jpg)
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: SchönDers on December 17, 2011, 10:40:53 PM
Well I finally made some stuff and am in the process of redoing my cage. Here are a few pics and I'll post the whole thing in the critter nation thread. I need to add a couple more things but its coming out nice. I also made some bunkbeds and liners too.
 
(http://i272.photobucket.com/albums/jj199/Nari_Caution/1323922929.jpg)
 
(http://i272.photobucket.com/albums/jj199/Nari_Caution/1323922930.jpg)
 
(http://i272.photobucket.com/albums/jj199/Nari_Caution/1324105576.jpg)
 
(http://i272.photobucket.com/albums/jj199/Nari_Caution/1324105578.jpg)
 
(http://i272.photobucket.com/albums/jj199/Nari_Caution/1324105580.jpg)

random, but you have the same tv remote that I have!!
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Nari Caution on December 17, 2011, 10:49:10 PM
It is a darn good remote.
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: K Rat1417 on December 17, 2011, 10:56:32 PM
I love the colors of those hammocks, Nari Caution!
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Nari Caution on December 17, 2011, 11:34:22 PM
I love the colors of those hammocks, Nari Caution!

^-^ thank you. I couldn't find any cute boy patterns so I went with my favorite colors. I woulda used purple instead of blue but I think I made the right call. I'm folding matching origami to string up and then I think my new set-up will be post-worthy and im pretty proud of it. the solid greens and tiedye blue all came from the remnants bin along with some terrycloth plus the 50% off fleece sale at joanns, I only paid $30 total and still dont know what to do with the rest. Anyone have suggestions on what to make? Right now im making just some pieces of fabric to clip to the side of the cage. I made tubes but they'd always squish them and go under them so I figure if they just want a blankey, I'll make blankies then.
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Scubbs on December 19, 2011, 03:46:58 PM
Well I won't post order pictures since that's kind of like "cheating" (lol), but I have made some new hammocks for my mice recently :)  Pretty much any time I cut up orders, I'm left with scraps that are too small for rat-sized items, but too big to not feel guilty throwing them out, so now that I have mice, I just use those scraps for their hammocks!  Which means they now have eleventy billion hammocks  :P

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7159/6523290969_f1959808ed_z.jpg)

(http://farm7.staticflickr.com/6045/6269650901_c676fa9a5c.jpg)

(http://farm7.staticflickr.com/6102/6281987729_eba15425b1.jpg)

(http://farm7.staticflickr.com/6152/6177214616_72e4322edb.jpg)
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Maltey on December 19, 2011, 05:50:28 PM
Chelsey! I need to learn to take pictures like yours! All mine look like squished balls of fleece!
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: K Rat1417 on December 19, 2011, 08:18:07 PM
Well I won't post order pictures since that's kind of like "cheating" (lol), but I have made some new hammocks for my mice recently :)  Pretty much any time I cut up orders, I'm left with scraps that are too small for rat-sized items, but too big to not feel guilty throwing them out, so now that I have mice, I just use those scraps for their hammocks!  Which means they now have eleventy billion hammocks  :P

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7159/6523290969_f1959808ed_z.jpg)

(http://farm7.staticflickr.com/6045/6269650901_c676fa9a5c.jpg)

(http://farm7.staticflickr.com/6102/6281987729_eba15425b1.jpg)

(http://farm7.staticflickr.com/6152/6177214616_72e4322edb.jpg)


Ooh your hammocks look so pretty!! I'm glad you're participating in this thread, that way I can drool over the cute mice hammies!

What size do you usually make mice sized flat hammocks? I have some scrap fabric that I want to see if I could make mice sized hammocks. I don't have any mice but I could give them away or something. I don't want to waste the scraps that are too small for rats either!
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Lea on December 19, 2011, 08:19:03 PM
@lea, even if you only make very basic hammocks we'd love to see them anyway!

LOL, well OK, I'll show you what I mean about how Jack "decorates" his hammocks. This is a plain flat hammock, to which he has added several pieces of fleece chewed to the appropriate degree and a plastic food dish placed at a jaunty angle just right for wrapping his tail around.
(http://i647.photobucket.com/albums/uu200/leadore/rats/Jack_hammock2.jpg)
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: K Rat1417 on December 19, 2011, 08:23:32 PM
@lea, even if you only make very basic hammocks we'd love to see them anyway!

LOL, well OK, I'll show you what I mean about how Jack "decorates" his hammocks. This is a plain flat hammock, to which he has added several pieces of fleece chewed to the appropriate degree and a plastic food dish placed at a jaunty angle just right for wrapping his tail around.
(http://i647.photobucket.com/albums/uu200/leadore/rats/Jack_hammock2.jpg)

LOL! He looks so proud of himself!
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: rodentsrevenge on December 19, 2011, 08:27:53 PM
it's not a super good view of it, but i made this simple flat with some cute flannel i forgot i had lying around. it's for the boys and they have no idea what flats are for, but tonight, i finally caught lamb chop sleeping in it!

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7007/6540910065_91c70088a0_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/threnodies/6540910065/)
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: K Rat1417 on December 19, 2011, 08:29:56 PM
it's not a super good view of it, but i made this simple flat with some cute flannel i forgot i had lying around. it's for the boys and they have no idea what flats are for, but tonight, i finally caught lamb chop sleeping in it!

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7007/6540910065_91c70088a0_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/threnodies/6540910065/)

Is the red fabric flannel and the printed fabric cotton?
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: rodentsrevenge on December 19, 2011, 08:32:39 PM
nope, the red is fleece! the printed fabric is some really adorable flannel i got at hobby lobby last year before i even got the rats haha. i have so much of it that i figured i better start using it for something. this is the first hammock that i used fleece loops for the hanging hooks instead of ribbon too, and i like it so much better than ribbon.
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: K Rat1417 on December 19, 2011, 08:40:23 PM
Oh I see. I was just wondering because I want to try to make some hammocks that are cotton and flannel because I like working with flannel better then fleece. But maybe the rats wouldn't like it very much? I just thought you might have done that and then you'd have some input on the subject.

Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: rodentsrevenge on December 19, 2011, 08:46:39 PM
i've never actually done that, no, but i understand not liking to work with fleece. i actually hate the feel of it. it makes my skin crawl ahdlakhda, but i find that the rats do love it because it's so soft.
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: K Rat1417 on December 19, 2011, 09:02:21 PM
i've never actually done that, no, but i understand not liking to work with fleece. i actually hate the feel of it. it makes my skin crawl ahdlakhda, but i find that the rats do love it because it's so soft.

Yeah flannel is kind of soft, but they probably prefer fleece.
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: RooRat on December 21, 2011, 04:27:36 PM
Whee hammocks! There are so many pretty ones on this thread...

I really only make simple flat ones (because my boys chew up anything else  :doh:), but I've done cubes and tubes before. If those weren't shredded, I'd post pictures of them as well! Haha

Flat one:
(http://a5.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/s720x720/386711_2444187749470_1395150430_32294593_179951275_n.jpg)

Flat one with odd corners:
(http://a8.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc7/s720x720/390040_2444188269483_1395150430_32294594_1622947817_n.jpg)

Pockety thing (I don't expect this one to survive till morning >.<):
(http://a2.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/s720x720/384952_2444188549490_1395150430_32294595_1132083437_n.jpg)

As you can see, I had an abundance of holly fabric. I even had more, so I made a liner and ramp cover:
(http://a7.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/401606_2444189669518_1395150430_32294600_73241374_n.jpg)
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: K Rat1417 on December 21, 2011, 04:35:26 PM
I love that set Roorat!
I'm going to make some no-sew flat hammocks today (hopefully today). I'll post them!
Does anyone know how to make no-sew hammocks other than regular flats?  :'(
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: *Kat* on December 21, 2011, 05:46:31 PM
I love that set Roorat!
I'm going to make some no-sew flat hammocks today (hopefully today). I'll post them!
Does anyone know how to make no-sew hammocks other than regular flats?  :'(

I got pocket ones from my secret santa!
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Nari Caution on December 21, 2011, 05:47:55 PM
I love that set Roorat!
I'm going to make some no-sew flat hammocks today (hopefully today). I'll post them!
Does anyone know how to make no-sew hammocks other than regular flats?  :'(

I think if you cut the edges of the fabric into strips you can tie the strips together to make no-sew pocket hammocks and tubes. Maybe even a cube, but I'm not sure how sturdy it would be. Bunk-beds are easy enough, just a square and then a bigger square and paperclip the corners together. My guys seem to prefer bunk-beds and pocket hammys since it's chilly now and those are the coziest. Hopefully someone else with more no-sew experience can help you out.
I'm considering offering a different kind of hammock-making service but it might be too much trouble. I was thinking I'd have people cut out the fabric how they want it and mail it to me, I'd sew everything up, and mail it back. I'd probably only ask for a couple dollars per item plus return shipping which shouldn't be too expensive. That way people get exactly what they want, get to pick out and cut their own fabric, but just don't need to do the actual sewing. It sounds like there could be some complications to that though and I'd need to photograph everything before and after to cover my bases. But it might be a nice option for people who WANT to make their own hammocks but don't have a sewing machine since hand-sewing takes forever.
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: K Rat1417 on December 21, 2011, 05:51:07 PM
I love that set Roorat!
I'm going to make some no-sew flat hammocks today (hopefully today). I'll post them!
Does anyone know how to make no-sew hammocks other than regular flats?  :'(

I got pocket ones from my secret santa!
Do you know how they did it?? My fosters LOVE pocket hammocks.
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: HowlsOfAngels on December 21, 2011, 08:16:06 PM
A pocket hammock? You just fold a long standard so that both ends meet in the middle and sew into place, or if you're doing no-sew you'd have to cut strips along the long sides and tie into place.
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: K Rat1417 on December 21, 2011, 08:52:41 PM
Thank you. I know how to make sewn pocket hammocks but no-sew hammocks I wasn't sure about.
If you just tie them wouldn't they not be very sturdy? If I was going to give to people or donate i'd want them to be nice. And awhile from now I may want to sell them (Not now though).
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: K Rat1417 on December 21, 2011, 08:54:12 PM
I love that set Roorat!
I'm going to make some no-sew flat hammocks today (hopefully today). I'll post them!
Does anyone know how to make no-sew hammocks other than regular flats?  :'(

I think if you cut the edges of the fabric into strips you can tie the strips together to make no-sew pocket hammocks and tubes. Maybe even a cube, but I'm not sure how sturdy it would be. Bunk-beds are easy enough, just a square and then a bigger square and paperclip the corners together. My guys seem to prefer bunk-beds and pocket hammys since it's chilly now and those are the coziest. Hopefully someone else with more no-sew experience can help you out.
I'm considering offering a different kind of hammock-making service but it might be too much trouble. I was thinking I'd have people cut out the fabric how they want it and mail it to me, I'd sew everything up, and mail it back. I'd probably only ask for a couple dollars per item plus return shipping which shouldn't be too expensive. That way people get exactly what they want, get to pick out and cut their own fabric, but just don't need to do the actual sewing. It sounds like there could be some complications to that though and I'd need to photograph everything before and after to cover my bases. But it might be a nice option for people who WANT to make their own hammocks but don't have a sewing machine since hand-sewing takes forever.

Thank you, my problem with your ideas is if I give them to people, sell, donate ETC, i'd want them to be very nice, instead of using pins and such. Thanks though! :)
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: HowlsOfAngels on December 21, 2011, 10:02:36 PM
Thank you. I know how to make sewn pocket hammocks but no-sew hammocks I wasn't sure about.
If you just tie them wouldn't they not be very sturdy? If I was going to give to people or donate i'd want them to be nice. And awhile from now I may want to sell them (Not now though).

I guess it all depends, I've never done it before, but I'd probably do a double layer and tie all of the layers together with square knots, then fold them 'till the ends meet in the middle and tie with square knots again, the strips on the longer sides would probably have to be longer because they're tied twice. Here is a popular no-sew site/page: http://www.suzsugargliders.com/nosewaccessories.htm
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: alexyay on December 22, 2011, 01:38:05 AM
I'm going to have to post some sets once I finish them. Chelsea, I really wish I could afford all those nice fleece colours! I have a ridiculous amount of flannelette stuff but they just don't stand out as much without the contrasting fleece. After I looked at the hammocks from the US and my city actually got a decent fabric store I started using flannel - it's amazing. Cotton has cute patterns but it gets too creased, is quite thin and freys a lot easier - the flannel stuff that I've been using is perfect and works as an inner too if I don't have any fleece or are reversing hammocks.
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: RatNook on December 22, 2011, 11:24:40 AM
I just finished a hammock I tested out. It is like a wrapped candy hammock. (Also, I hand sewed it)

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7145/6554581529_159713af9e.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/61233290@N05/6554581529/)
candy hammock (http://www.flickr.com/photos/61233290@N05/6554581529/) by RatNook (http://www.flickr.com/people/61233290@N05/), on Flickr
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: K Rat1417 on December 22, 2011, 01:51:02 PM
That's adorable Ratnook! You could sell those if ratties like them.
I wish I could think of new hammock designs..

So my no-sew hammocks didn't really work out,  I'll just have to wait until I get my machine looked at, then I can start sewing again!
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Suzanne81 on December 23, 2011, 02:30:41 PM
Here are some hammocks I made (lately)
(http://www.mijnalbum.nl/Foto-NGL64PKZ.jpg)
(http://www.mijnalbum.nl/Foto-HK3OX36T.jpg)
(http://www.mijnalbum.nl/Foto-QKMHFK7J.jpg)
(http://www.mijnalbum.nl/Foto-GYE7JLQ8.jpg)
(http://www.mijnalbum.nl/Foto-FRKRHXYT.jpg)
(http://www.mijnalbum.nl/Foto-MG3LNGOX.jpg)
(http://www.mijnalbum.nl/Foto-NO3FRZNX.jpg)
(http://www.mijnalbum.nl/Foto-VX8TZXP7.jpg)
(http://www.mijnalbum.nl/Foto-L8RMXI6D.jpg)
(http://www.mijnalbum.nl/Foto-B7UANLQ8.jpg)
(http://www.mijnalbum.nl/Foto-COG33OUP.jpg)
(http://www.mijnalbum.nl/Foto-8W3QWHA6.jpg)
(http://www.mijnalbum.nl/Foto-T66JVRJG.jpg)
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: RooRat on December 23, 2011, 04:05:44 PM
Those are awesome, Suzanne!
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: K Rat1417 on December 23, 2011, 04:06:11 PM
WOW! You have so many awesome designs! I love the last one, I would buy it if I could. :D
Do you have a hammock shop? Your designs are so awesome i'm sure people would buy your stuff.
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Suzanne81 on December 23, 2011, 04:17:24 PM
No I don't have a shop, I just make them for my own rats.
On this site you can find tutorials, it's in dutch but maybe you can make them by looking at the pictures, the person who owns this sit keeps on making more tutorials, very nice site I think.
http://www.jollyrats.nl/kruisbuis (http://www.jollyrats.nl/kruisbuis)
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Pennytherat on December 23, 2011, 04:53:00 PM
Since I don't have a working sewing machine anymore and I have very little patience for hand-sewing, I have been crocheting wool hammocks and then felting them in the washer/dryer. No holes to catch little toes, and they're a favorite in the cage since they're so warm. Sometimes I'll brush one side with a stiff wire brush to make it fuzzy - it makes it softer and warmer. Perfect winter hammocks  :BlueDumboSmile: They have five of them, and I think I'll start another one today.
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: K Rat1417 on December 23, 2011, 05:03:10 PM
@Penny, I recently got into felting and I was wondering if felted hammocks would be a good idea! I'd love to see some pictures if you have any. As soon as I got some wool yarn i'm going to make some! Lol i'm excited now :D
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: K Rat1417 on December 23, 2011, 05:04:08 PM
No I don't have a shop, I just make them for my own rats.
On this site you can find tutorials, it's in dutch but maybe you can make them by looking at the pictures, the person who owns this sit keeps on making more tutorials, very nice site I think.
http://www.jollyrats.nl/kruisbuis (http://www.jollyrats.nl/kruisbuis)
Thanks Suzanne. Hopefully i'll be able to figure out how to make them.
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Pennytherat on December 23, 2011, 05:17:58 PM
@Penny, I recently got into felting and I was wondering if felted hammocks would be a good idea! I'd love to see some pictures if you have any. As soon as I got some wool yarn i'm going to make some! Lol i'm excited now :D

They make wonderful hammocks! I don't have any pictures unfortunately, I don't know where the damned camera cord is or how to use it. :doh:

I'm fond of Fisherman's Wool. ;) It felts wonderfully, comes in 400+ yard balls, and it's undyed (this is a plus for me as I also dye yarn). I also like Paton's Class Wool and Alpine Wool.

Also, remember that when it felts it becomes smaller and denser! Make 'em really big and fairly thin. Once I made the stupid decision to use three strands of worsted wool and crochet with my largest hook. I swear it was hard as a rock when it was felting. My rats won't even use it since it's so ridiculously thick!

Also, if you are crocheting these, I suggest bordering them and when you reach the corner, chain 10 or so to create loops from which to hang the finished hammocks. They will felt, but won't disappear like your stitches. I hope that made sense.

Have fun!
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: K Rat1417 on December 23, 2011, 05:57:21 PM
Thanks. I think i'll probably knit them. I only recently started learning how to crochet so i'm not very good at it lol!
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Nari Caution on December 23, 2011, 06:25:30 PM
That's an amazing idea. I've crocheted quite a few hammocks with just regular yarn but switched to sewing fleece for the winter. I figured regular yarn wouldn't be warm enough but I never thought to use wool. Could you recommend any felting instruction website? Its sad because my dad owns several sheep but they are the shedding kind and dont get sheered. I'd love to own a good wool sheep or two someday...
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: K Rat1417 on December 23, 2011, 06:35:31 PM
Here's a link about felting http://thecrochetdoctor.blogspot.com/2008/05/felting-crochet-how-to-do-it.html
It's really easy to felt. Basically you knit/crochet something REALLY big and shrink it to the size you want.
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Nari Caution on December 23, 2011, 11:21:30 PM
Thanks~ I'll give this a shot once I find some good wool. I have a front load washer so I hope I can use it.
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Lea on December 24, 2011, 06:59:37 PM
Lots of great hammock designs!   :bow:    Most of which are above my skill level.

I decided to make a pocket hammock today since I was going to clean cages and I'm low on not-yet-chewed-up ones:

(http://i647.photobucket.com/albums/uu200/leadore/rats/pocket_hammock.jpg)
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: K Rat1417 on December 24, 2011, 08:42:02 PM
Oh I like that! It's different then I make my pocket hammocks but It's really nice. :)
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Suzanne81 on December 25, 2011, 01:53:19 AM
Nice fabric!

I was wondering, that little rings (don't know what they are called) stay in the fabric when you put them in the laundry? I have different types of them here but I loose half of them in the laundry  ;D
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Suzanne81 on December 25, 2011, 05:29:05 AM
Christmas set
(http://www.mijnalbum.nl/Foto-EDER8RVN.jpg)
(http://www.mijnalbum.nl/Foto-A388QNDY.jpg)
(http://www.mijnalbum.nl/Foto-CBVNBI8M.jpg)
(http://www.mijnalbum.nl/Foto-PQFCHRSI.jpg)
(http://www.mijnalbum.nl/Foto-4RAMDJCE.jpg)
(http://www.mijnalbum.nl/Foto-H37ZE8RO.jpg)
(http://www.mijnalbum.nl/Foto-LZ483UNP.jpg[img][img]http://www.mijnalbum.nl/Foto-NVZ4EKY8.jpg)
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Lea on December 25, 2011, 11:04:02 AM
Nice fabric!

I was wondering, that little rings (don't know what they are called) stay in the fabric when you put them in the laundry? I have different types of them here but I loose half of them in the laundry  ;D
I call them grommets but not sure if that's the right term. I don't have any trouble with them coming off in the laundry, but they sometimes come out if the cloth gets chewed around them.
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: K Rat1417 on December 25, 2011, 02:27:38 PM
Nice fabric!

I was wondering, that little rings (don't know what they are called) stay in the fabric when you put them in the laundry? I have different types of them here but I loose half of them in the laundry  ;D

I use grommets, some people use eyelets also. I used to use grommets that came out super easily because the setter I had was total junk! It didn't set them tight enough so the fabric would pull through easily. I recently got a new setter that's amazing ! It sets them so tight, It's pretty much impossible for them to fall off. These are the setters if you're interested: http://grommetworld.com/setters.aspx
I got the size #0 since I use size #0 grommets :D
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: K Rat1417 on December 25, 2011, 02:29:13 PM
Christmas set
(http://www.mijnalbum.nl/Foto-EDER8RVN.jpg)
(http://www.mijnalbum.nl/Foto-A388QNDY.jpg)
(http://www.mijnalbum.nl/Foto-CBVNBI8M.jpg)
(http://www.mijnalbum.nl/Foto-PQFCHRSI.jpg)
(http://www.mijnalbum.nl/Foto-4RAMDJCE.jpg)
(http://www.mijnalbum.nl/Foto-H37ZE8RO.jpg)
(http://www.mijnalbum.nl/Foto-LZ483UNP.jpg[img][img]http://www.mijnalbum.nl/Foto-NVZ4EKY8.jpg)

Cute! I got 2 yards of fabric for Christmas ( ;D) so when I have my sewing machine fixed i'll make a big set. I'm going to make a set of liners, and a bunch of hammocks!
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: K Rat1417 on December 25, 2011, 09:08:01 PM
A hammock I made a few days ago that I forgot to post pictures of :)

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7013/6572252689_931bcb0a30.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/ks_pics/6572252689/)
Hammock (http://www.flickr.com/photos/ks_pics/6572252689/) by KD4714 (http://www.flickr.com/people/ks_pics/), on Flickr

Annd this isn't a hammock but I got some fabric for Christmas that I LOVE. Isn't it pretty!

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7173/6572256815_83767675af.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/ks_pics/6572256815/)
Fabric (http://www.flickr.com/photos/ks_pics/6572256815/) by KD4714 (http://www.flickr.com/people/ks_pics/), on Flickr


(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7002/6572254737_e052f33ee9.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/ks_pics/6572254737/)
Fabric (http://www.flickr.com/photos/ks_pics/6572254737/) by KD4714 (http://www.flickr.com/people/ks_pics/), on Flickr(http://)

I am so upset that I can't use the fabric now.... My machine seems to be jammed.. I have to take it to the shop first :(
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: shimonohanzo on December 29, 2011, 12:29:34 PM
Great hammocks everyone! :thumbsup2:

RatNook: Your candy hammock is super cute! :heart:

Suzanne81: Your hammocks are simply beauties! :heart:
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Suzanne81 on December 30, 2011, 01:26:02 PM
Today I made some new hammocks
(http://www.mijnalbum.nl/Foto-BGVWI3UQ.jpg)
(http://www.mijnalbum.nl/Foto-Q6YPMBSZ.jpg)
(http://www.mijnalbum.nl/Foto-I8OKBQ66.jpg)
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Ratilda on December 30, 2011, 01:33:41 PM
Suzanne,  those are just the cutest fabrics.  I had to do a double take o n the first set.   
 :)
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Suzanne81 on December 30, 2011, 01:44:36 PM
I'm in love with this fabrics to  :heart: I had to buy them  ;D
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: della luna on January 01, 2012, 12:03:43 AM
some mouse-sized hammocks :)

(http://i.imgur.com/UrQ2A.jpg) (http://imgur.com/UrQ2A)
(http://i.imgur.com/yIf4G.jpg) (http://imgur.com/yIf4G)
(http://i.imgur.com/GwJ2t.jpg) (http://imgur.com/GwJ2t)
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Ratilda on January 01, 2012, 02:14:21 AM
The mouse ones are tooooo cute.  (the double decker is way cute)     


Do you have any pics with mice lounging on them 
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Miz on January 01, 2012, 04:39:47 AM
Ohh next time I make hammies for my guys I'll definately take pics then! :)

Mine have an abundance atm though .. not sure when I will make more.. lol.
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Suzanne81 on January 01, 2012, 07:16:54 AM
These mouse hammocks are really cute!
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: K Rat1417 on January 01, 2012, 03:37:39 PM
Cute mouse hammies!!.what size do you usally make your flat mouse sized hammocks?
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: RattiesSix on January 01, 2012, 03:40:44 PM
Cute mouse hammies!!.what size do you usally make your flat mouse sized hammocks?

I do mine anywhere from 6x6 to 6x8. But I'm using mine for a single male mouse.
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: K Rat1417 on January 01, 2012, 03:44:05 PM
Thanks. I was wondering because I have some scrap fabric that I need to see if I can make into some mouse hammocks to sell, give away, donate, ETC
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: della luna on January 01, 2012, 05:17:12 PM
thanks guys!  I'm excited to have someone to sew for again :)

Cute mouse hammies!!.what size do you usally make your flat mouse sized hammocks?

I have a single male and I did these ones 8x10.  I could definitely go smaller, though; I'm used to sewing for my previous group of five females.

Do you have any pics with mice lounging on them

Not yet!  I just got him this weekend so he's still a bit shy.
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: HelsBells on January 03, 2012, 02:21:39 PM
Christmas set
(http://www.mijnalbum.nl/Foto-EDER8RVN.jpg)
(http://www.mijnalbum.nl/Foto-A388QNDY.jpg)
(http://www.mijnalbum.nl/Foto-CBVNBI8M.jpg)
(http://www.mijnalbum.nl/Foto-PQFCHRSI.jpg)
(http://www.mijnalbum.nl/Foto-4RAMDJCE.jpg)
(http://www.mijnalbum.nl/Foto-H37ZE8RO.jpg)
(http://www.mijnalbum.nl/Foto-LZ483UNP.jpg[img][img]http://www.mijnalbum.nl/Foto-NVZ4EKY8.jpg)

Do you mind if I ask how you made the four way tunnel hammock? Do you have a tutorial or anything? Those look FUN!
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Nari Caution on January 03, 2012, 02:33:09 PM
if you go back a page, there was a link posted to the instructions for the 4-way tube, but its all in Dutch I believe. The pictures are fairly helpful though.
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: HelsBells on January 03, 2012, 03:05:00 PM
if you go back a page, there was a link posted to the instructions for the 4-way tube, but its all in Dutch I believe. The pictures are fairly helpful though.

oh okay, thanks!
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: *Kat* on January 04, 2012, 01:10:27 AM
Today I made some new hammocks
(http://www.mijnalbum.nl/Foto-BGVWI3UQ.jpg)
(http://www.mijnalbum.nl/Foto-Q6YPMBSZ.jpg)
(http://www.mijnalbum.nl/Foto-I8OKBQ66.jpg)

love these fabrics
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Ratilda on January 05, 2012, 01:49:42 AM
I'd been reading about vintage sewing machines on the internet, and in a crazy snap decision, I decided to hunt myself down a sewing machine.  So, yesterday, I checked craigslist and found a supposed in working condition 1929 Singer 66 for $100 with its sewing cabinet.  I figured the cabinet was likely to be worth $100 even if the machine required repair.  Well, after a fun road trip, I now own a Singer 66 that can sew.  And, here's my proof, my newest hammock.

(http://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-vuKJbzlxYgA/TwVFJBDXqwI/AAAAAAAAAUk/wpwDOQZXqXY/s1024/IMAGE_113FDDAD-C1E8-44D7-AFD0-F505AEB54694.JPG)

And, here's Patches modelling her new hammock.  And, yes that's my "new" sewing machine in the background.

(http://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-RJ-F7Fm7ZW4/TwVFPnIYrzI/AAAAAAAAAVM/TZdJVn6dgOw/s1024/IMAGE_BC252A6C-5754-41D4-9867-F4DBCF968690.JPG)
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: THScam2009 on January 05, 2012, 09:31:15 AM
Okay I'm home and ready to post more pics!

The first pocket I ever made! (A few days ago  ;))

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7166/6500643803_483a10b0b5.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/ks_pics/6500643803/)
057 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/ks_pics/6500643803/) by KD4714 (http://www.flickr.com/people/ks_pics/), on Flickr

And some hammocks for the NTRR (They're too small for Jack and Riley)

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7006/6500641561_c7f317fba4.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/ks_pics/6500641561/)
018 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/ks_pics/6500641561/) by KD4714 (http://www.flickr.com/people/ks_pics/), on Flickr
I have two of these pink and green ones.

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7010/6500637317_1e8680204a.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/ks_pics/6500637317/)
015 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/ks_pics/6500637317/) by KD4714 (http://www.flickr.com/people/ks_pics/), on Flickr

I've started doing a Quilt style on my all fleece hammocks. It looks amazing! I love it


(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7022/6500639381_7d3a7ed31e.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/ks_pics/6500639381/)
017 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/ks_pics/6500639381/) by KD4714 (http://www.flickr.com/people/ks_pics/), on Flickr(http://) This was the first time I tried the "quilt" style so it's a little wonky lol.
This is all i've made recently, but i'll be making more tonight  ;D

Also I forgot to mention if you've made liners recently you can post those too!

This quilting type sewing is AWESOME! I'm honestly thinking about trying it RIGHT NOW! If it holds up, I'd love to start selling that in my shop. They seem like they would hold up really really well against chewing. I mean... they would nearly have to chew each individual square, right? ( I know this is late.)
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: K Rat1417 on January 05, 2012, 01:03:13 PM
@THScam, well i haven't tried those hammocks because i'm giving them to a rescue, but i have cage liners that are quilted and they haven't touched them (with their teeth lol). Though mine aren't chewers anyway really.... BUT i've heard people say it keeps there rats from chewing less, you should give it a try for sure!
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Maltey on January 05, 2012, 03:26:18 PM
It does sort of work. They get through it eventually, but it does take them longer! I quilted a cube once- they still ripped down one of the walls! That's teamwork for you  ;)
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Winterlest on January 05, 2012, 03:56:32 PM
Your hammocks look so awesome and pro :D Mine are awful, made of old clothes. I'm too lazy to go and buy some fabrics :p
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Lea on January 05, 2012, 06:48:07 PM
Hey, I have a Singer 16-66 from a long time back, passed down from my grandma. It's a portable, with original case and instruction book, has had the cord/pedal replaced. It's great! Built to last.

I need to make a couple of cubes for the girls, but I'm terrible at it.  :BlueDumboSmileTongue: Of course the rats don't care if they don't come out right.  Actually I think I might try a triangle/pyramid thing instead of square this time--fewer seams might help!
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: gullideth on January 06, 2012, 03:32:49 PM
I made my first CUBE!!!!!  So freaking excited!!!!!  It came out good...now to make matching hammocks....

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v444/gullideth/Rat%20Photos/P1030628.jpg)
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: rattielover713 on January 06, 2012, 03:43:46 PM
I made my first CUBE!!!!!  So freaking excited!!!!!  It came out good...now to make matching hammocks....

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v444/gullideth/Rat%20Photos/P1030628.jpg)

I absolutely LOVE that fabric!!!!!!! Is it flannel? I might just have to have some of that!
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: gullideth on January 06, 2012, 03:47:44 PM
Its cotton on the outside and fleece on the inside.  I found the material in the remnants bin at Hobby Lobby.
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: K Rat1417 on January 06, 2012, 04:46:49 PM
That's an amazing first cube! I also love that fabric :D
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: gullideth on January 06, 2012, 05:40:14 PM
Thanks!!!  I used to sew professionally for about 5 years....Rat Hammocks and Cubes are a lot different than menswear and coats.  ;)
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Ratilda on January 06, 2012, 05:56:53 PM
beautiful cube.

And, an amazing find in the remnants bin and skill making it so purty.
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: rattielover713 on January 06, 2012, 10:22:02 PM
I was looking in one of my many drawers full of fabric and found a very un-girly green fabric. It wasnt a lot of fabric, so I decided to use it up and use some fleece scraps that matched. These are actually going to be for my neighbor's guinea pig!!! There is a large snuggle sack and a quilted hammock with large hanger loops. I have heard that guinea pigs will use hammocks if they are very low to the ground, but I don't know that for sure. Any guinea pig owners wanna chime in?

(http://i800.photobucket.com/albums/yy282/rattielover713/2012-01-06_21-03-06_146.jpg)
Sorry the picture is so terrible! It is from my cell phone. You can't even tell what color it really is!
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Linaeve on January 08, 2012, 08:20:52 PM
I only hand sew so it takes me forever to make hammocks.  This is what I've made in the past week though.

Two corners, one pocket, and one double decker. I adore this cupcake cotton and I need to buy more of it, I only bought a fat eighth worth since I ordered from someone online and I was doubtful I'd like it too much but I love it.

(http://i.imgur.com/0sFgB.png)
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Ratilda on January 09, 2012, 04:24:33 PM
My first cube.. And, boy are they not easy, but the Dutch site with all of the pictures is awfully helpful (and google translate helped too. LOL)

And, the ratties are just loving the new cube, although it sags quite alot.  What do people find is the most effective way to strengthen the bottom?

(http://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-OAnLZZVMDBg/TwtZ8hxTSLI/AAAAAAAAAV0/-sIujBEaBJo/s1024/IMAGE_09D348DE-0C84-43FE-A54B-C45196EC463B.JPG)
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: RooRat on January 09, 2012, 05:07:28 PM
I just let mine sit lightly on a shelf and that solves the sagging problem.  :yelcutelaugh: I wonder if there's a type of stiff yet flexible plastic you could put between the bottom sheets of fabric that would be rattie safe while still providing some sort of structure?

Oh, and your cube is adorable! Love the fabric!
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Ratilda on January 09, 2012, 06:54:09 PM
Thank you, Roorat.  I've been having a lot of fun with the printed panel fabrics.  I've been stitching along the outlines of the pictures (quilting), but for the cube I just sewed it all together.  Here's a picture of my rats enjoying the cube.

(http://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-nNHd2sGZjRM/Twt73_qVNYI/AAAAAAAAAWA/Ak3fisBSlbA/s1024/IMAGE_99AE3BA6-9657-4143-B6DA-9A29621BA658.JPG)

I was just trying to get a picture of them trying to drag the hazelnut keurig box into the cube, but "Doctor" wanted into the picture too.  He's on top of the cube.  I dont know if you can see how badly it is sagging.  But , the sag is horrendous.  I will definitely have to strengthen the bottom when I make more cubes, but I dont know what's best to use yet.
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: RattiesSix on January 09, 2012, 07:10:44 PM
Some fabrics seems to sag more than others in cubes. I also find that the larger the cube, the more the sag when they're in the cage. I use a layer of double fleece on the bottoms sometimes and that seems to work a bit.
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Ratilda on January 10, 2012, 10:40:29 PM
I keep looking at Linaeve's hammocks, and am just amazed that they are hand sewed.  They look awesome, and I am just amazed at your patience to sew them.
 :)
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: RattiesSix on January 10, 2012, 11:51:15 PM
I know someone asked for one, so I got a picture of my mouse in his hammock that I'll post later. :]
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: LittlePaws on January 11, 2012, 01:13:14 AM
I've been making snuggle sacks lately.

A bunny sized one for the new bunny.
(http://i1209.photobucket.com/albums/cc387/rattiefanatic/002-23-1.jpg)

Then I only have a picture of this one with one of the rescues in it.
(http://i1209.photobucket.com/albums/cc387/rattiefanatic/004-17-1.jpg)
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: rat_cuddler on January 11, 2012, 10:49:05 AM
I know someone asked for one, so I got a picture of my mouse in his hammock that I'll post later. :]

Would you mind telng me the sizes you make your mouse hammocks? I have 3 new litle meeple I would love to sew for but I am affraid of making the hammocks way to big. My rat ones can usually hold a dozen at a time  :doh:
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Linaeve on January 11, 2012, 02:54:22 PM
Thanks Ratilda! I love your use of panels for cubes, do you use different panels all the way around?

LittlePaws, I love that turtle fabric and the rattie is adorable too. :3
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: RattiesSix on January 11, 2012, 05:36:58 PM
I know someone asked for one, so I got a picture of my mouse in his hammock that I'll post later. :]

Would you mind telng me the sizes you make your mouse hammocks? I have 3 new litle meeple I would love to sew for but I am affraid of making the hammocks way to big. My rat ones can usually hold a dozen at a time  :doh:

Try 6"x8" for three. :] I make mine about 6"x6" for my single male. And he looks tiiiny in them.
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Ratilda on January 11, 2012, 08:20:11 PM
Yes, Linaeve, there's a different nursery rhyme on each of the 6 walls.  Top is Hickory Dickory Dock.  Front is Jack Be Nimble.  Left side is What little boys and girls are made of.  Right side is Little Miss Muffit.  Back is Wee Willie Winkie (who the little rats are altering so that he has a hole in an unfortunate place-- sigh... rats)  Bottom is Little girl with a curl.

I really enjoyed picking out the rhymes and placement. 
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: rat_cuddler on January 12, 2012, 01:31:59 AM
Thanks RattiesSix.
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: gullideth on January 12, 2012, 07:58:18 AM
Ive been sewing up a storm....making cat beds for my rescue group and using the scraps for rattie stuff.  My boys are going to be spoiled by the time my sewing is over.  ;D

A couple small cubes...good for one Rattie...somehow both my boys can squeeze in.
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v444/gullideth/Rat%20Photos/P1030629.jpg)

matching hammock to small and large cube
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v444/gullideth/Rat%20Photos/P1030631.jpg)

pocket hammocks
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v444/gullideth/Rat%20Photos/P1030632.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v444/gullideth/Rat%20Photos/P1030633.jpg)

Orange cube...if they can't eat an orange at least they can sleep in something that looks like one!
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v444/gullideth/Rat%20Photos/P1030647.jpg)

Matching corner hammock
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v444/gullideth/Rat%20Photos/P1030649.jpg)

matching hammock with a little mini-hammock underneath...was trying something new.
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v444/gullideth/Rat%20Photos/P1030651.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v444/gullideth/Rat%20Photos/P1030650.jpg)

One of my cat beds....I can't wait to make hammocks out of the scraps left over from these fabrics!

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v444/gullideth/Rat%20Photos/P1030655.jpg)
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: K Rat1417 on January 12, 2012, 01:56:17 PM
I love that orange cube and matching hammocks (I love orange :D).
Awesome cat bed! I want to make my dog a bed sometime but who knows if it's ever going to happen :P.
I recently made some hammocks. For the Northern MI rat rescue. I'll post some pics sometime!
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Scubbs on January 15, 2012, 02:51:41 PM
Some more mouse-y hammocks for my three girls - Kauai, Molly and Binx  :)

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7141/6692228597_e9f9a15b7f_z.jpg)

Itsy honeycomb!
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7024/6692229577_455ba75106.jpg)

And a different kind of pocket corner  :)
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7166/6692230515_2bced96fc3.jpg)
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: gullideth on January 15, 2012, 04:11:53 PM
I love that honeycomb, I'm going to attempt making one soon.  Do rats really enjoy them?
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Maltey on January 15, 2012, 05:48:13 PM
My old girl Meg would sometimes sleep separate from the others just to be in the honeycomb- she loved them!
The other rats went in there too sometimes, but it was definitely her favourite.
It was always a joy to find 3 rats piled up on different levels- I really felt like it was doing its job!
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: rat_cuddler on January 15, 2012, 09:11:30 PM
Some more mouse-y hammocks for my three girls - Kauai, Molly and Binx  :)

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7141/6692228597_e9f9a15b7f_z.jpg)


I need to steal those Tinker Bell hammocks for my 3 girl mice. You are such a great sewer/ decorator.
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Lauren_22 on January 15, 2012, 09:43:23 PM
Here is the last batch of hammocks I made my crew, going to be sewing more tomorrow!

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7173/6705360249_7122275b21_z.jpg)
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Lea on January 15, 2012, 11:49:09 PM
Wow, those are great!  :bow:
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Scubbs on January 16, 2012, 12:38:52 AM
gullideth - Honeycombs are a mainstay in any rat cage I decorate, and now mouse cages!  They fill up space awesomely, and I've yet to meet a critter (be it rats, mice, ferrets, chinchillas...) that didn't love honeycombs  :)

rat_cuddler - Aw, thank you!  I have to admit though, I have waaaaaay too many hammocks for my mice.  I end up sewing them so many hammocks because any time I cut up an order, it generates fabric scraps that I'd feel bad just throwing away.  I probably have enough mouse hammies to fully decorate 20+ cages  :yelcutelaugh:

Lauren_22 - You and I have such a similar taste in fabrics, so I just love seeing all the hammocks you make and your cages all done up! 
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Maltey on January 16, 2012, 06:29:38 PM
I've been busy the last two days and sewed myself into a frenzy.
A little unfortunate, because I stayed up late rushing them- we have a house inspection tomorrow and the rats aren't supposed to be here, but they kind of let us off and I think it's because they look so clean :)

Anyhow, they still had their christmas hammocks up and they were getting a bit tatty, so I rushed these new ones and they didn't come out perfect.:(

Neverless, a big pile of hammocks (Although I've just seen your pile Lauren and now mine looks small!)

(http://i80.photobucket.com/albums/j177/xxmalteserxx/DSCF5010.jpg)
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: K Rat1417 on January 18, 2012, 01:35:32 PM
Cute Maltey!

I LOVE all these beautiful hammocks everyone!


And here is the hammock set I made for the NMRR.

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7019/6709315641_392e7d342c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/ks_pics/6709315641/)
Hammocks!  (http://www.flickr.com/photos/ks_pics/6709315641/) by KD4714 (http://www.flickr.com/people/ks_pics/),(http://)

this set includes:

a cube.
4 small standard hammocks.
2 bunkbeds.
1 no-sew tube.
1 standard flat hammock.
1 braided fleece rope.
3 no-sew standard flat hammocks.
1 snuggle sack thingy.
And a bag of fleece scraps.

I can't post on here very ofen because my internet doesn't like this site :P until I get it fixed I can only go on at the Library. :(
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: gullideth on January 19, 2012, 09:08:27 AM
It seems like my boys can chew up a cube just as fast as I can make one, lol.  I do enjoy sewing them up though, and the boys like running around the rat/sewing room/office while I make them beds.  They are an integral part of the creative process...lol.

Here are some of my newest ones.
Zebra
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v444/gullideth/Rat%20Photos/P1030690.jpg)
Pi-Rats
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v444/gullideth/Rat%20Photos/P1030689.jpg)
Baby Safari (still need to do hammocks)
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v444/gullideth/Rat%20Photos/P1030688.jpg)
Mickey Mouse-the photo does look weird but they look awesome in person
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v444/gullideth/Rat%20Photos/P1030687.jpg)
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: K Rat1417 on January 19, 2012, 06:12:41 PM
@Gullideth, I can only view the Pirate cube. The other pics don't work for me :(

Nevermind! They decided to work for me.
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Linaeve on January 19, 2012, 09:13:41 PM
I love that baby safari fabric!
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Lauren_22 on January 31, 2012, 02:20:46 PM
New hammocks i made for my girls!
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7147/6796869955_365d0a7278_z.jpg)
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: A Lioness on January 31, 2012, 02:48:50 PM
Pi-Rats
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v444/gullideth/Rat%20Photos/P1030689.jpg)

I LOVE THESE.  :D  They are awesome; thank you for sharing!
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Scubbs on January 31, 2012, 03:17:32 PM
New hammocks i made for my girls!
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7147/6796869955_365d0a7278_z.jpg)

Yep, pretty much want all of these!  :D  We seriously have identical taste in fabrics/colors!
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Suzanne81 on January 31, 2012, 03:24:31 PM
@ Lauren I love your new hammocks, pretty fabrics!
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Linaeve on January 31, 2012, 04:48:55 PM
New hammocks i made for my girls!
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7147/6796869955_365d0a7278_z.jpg)

That castle fabric is so lovely. Mind if I ask where you got it?
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Winter_Whisper on February 01, 2012, 11:48:55 PM
This has gotta be my favorite cube that I've made. :)

(http://i728.photobucket.com/albums/ww288/burritotheturtle/Favcube003.jpg)
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Zoe's Zoo on February 02, 2012, 01:28:40 PM
I don't have rats, but while testing out my new sewing machine I did make a snuggle sack for my hamster boy, Snoopy!

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7163/6679393847_94a2c5b25a.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/69321013@N04/6679393847/)
Thanks for the sleeping bag! (http://www.flickr.com/photos/69321013@N04/6679393847/) by Zoe is a fish. (http://www.flickr.com/people/69321013@N04/), on Flickr

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7150/6679391817_159e1afddb.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/69321013@N04/6679391817/)
What's this now? (http://www.flickr.com/photos/69321013@N04/6679391817/) by Zoe is a fish. (http://www.flickr.com/people/69321013@N04/), on Flickr
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: RattusNorvegicus on February 02, 2012, 01:34:46 PM
Everyone's hammocks look great! I am inspired..
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: K Rat1417 on February 02, 2012, 02:46:07 PM
Ooh I love all those hammocks! Such bright and awesome colors/pattterns.

Zoe's zoo, that snuggle sack is so cute! So is your hamster!  :heart:
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Maltey on February 02, 2012, 03:16:52 PM
Ooh I love all those hammocks! Such bright and awesome colors/pattterns.

Zoe's zoo, that snuggle sack is so cute! So is your hamster!  :heart:

Agreed! I don't really like hamsters, but that one looks cute and friendly :D

So it's been -2 here today *brrrrrrr* and the girls' room gets cold easily. I went in there today and they were like little puffballs- they were so cold their fur was spiking up!
I've got one of those heat pad things, but I don't have a case for it so I was going to make one, but then I thought I could make a cuddle cup with the heat pad in the bottom!
So I made a double fleece cuddle cup with 2 layers of batting! My machine did not thank me for this  :P

My first ever one, so it's a bit crummy, but the girls seem to like it because it's warm!

(http://i80.photobucket.com/albums/j177/xxmalteserxx/DSCF5282.jpg)
(http://i80.photobucket.com/albums/j177/xxmalteserxx/DSCF5281.jpg)
(http://i80.photobucket.com/albums/j177/xxmalteserxx/DSCF5284.jpg)
(http://i80.photobucket.com/albums/j177/xxmalteserxx/DSCF5286.jpg)
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: K Rat1417 on February 02, 2012, 03:28:37 PM
Oh that third picture is adorable, Maltey!
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: shimonohanzo on February 02, 2012, 06:01:51 PM
Maltey, I'm in love with that cuddle cup! :heart:
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Maltey on February 02, 2012, 07:16:04 PM
:D thanks! it's super squishy since I didn't want them to burn themselves! I'm actually jealous- I want a human sized bed that stays warm for 12 hours and lots of furry bodies to cuddle up with :D
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Lauren_22 on February 03, 2012, 12:11:47 AM
New hammocks i made for my girls!
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7147/6796869955_365d0a7278_z.jpg)

That castle fabric is so lovely. Mind if I ask where you got it?

I got it from Joann's, it is a snuggle flannel pattern.  :)
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Zoe's Zoo on February 03, 2012, 09:57:32 AM

Agreed! I don't really like hamsters, but that one looks cute and friendly :D


Zoe's zoo, that snuggle sack is so cute! So is your hamster!  :heart:

Thank you both! Snoopy is such a good little ham. He greets you at the cage door, he's super snuggly, and he isn't a chewer :yelcutelaugh: ! I really lucked out on him.
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: K Rat1417 on February 03, 2012, 03:42:41 PM

Agreed! I don't really like hamsters, but that one looks cute and friendly :D


Zoe's zoo, that snuggle sack is so cute! So is your hamster!  :heart:

Thank you both! Snoopy is such a good little ham. He greets you at the cage door, he's super snuggly, and he isn't a chewer :yelcutelaugh: ! I really lucked out on him.

He does look sweet! I've only known bitey hamsters lol. I'm glad yours is very friendly and sweet :)
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Dragonfly on February 04, 2012, 03:23:49 PM
I have finally got the husband guy on board for rats and just started making hammocks for them. I also made a few for the winter swap.. Non of them are good enough to post yet (in my opinion) but I was wondering.. how do you all put grommets on?

I have a pliers  thing.. but I must be grommet challenged because I can't get it to work right..
How do I use it?
How do I put them in?
I've been using ribbon and fleece to make little tabs to hang them by, which works, but the grommets look so much better. As soon as I have decent hammocks, I'll post pictures!
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: K Rat1417 on February 04, 2012, 03:35:53 PM
I use a grommet setter. This one to be exact! http://www.amazon.com/Lord-Hodge-1073A-0-Grommet-Kits/dp/B00004Y68Y/ref=sr_1_8?s=hi&ie=UTF8&qid=1328387709&sr=1-8  It's GREAT! I used to have such a hard time with grommets because they'd pull through and leave a big hole   >:( It was really hard to get them tight (so they'd just fall out). It turned out It was just the setter I was using. It was just a cheap one from walmart. The one I have now is AMAZING. Totally worth the price. I barely have to bang it with a hammer and it still gets SOOO tight. I couldn't get the grommet out if I wanted to lol!
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: K Rat1417 on February 04, 2012, 03:58:04 PM
Here is a no-sew hammock I made today. I may make a set of them (that look like this one) and see if they'll sell here. People aren't as fond of no-sew hammocks as regular one's though, so if it doesn't sell I'll keep it. I thought it was cute and I just wanted to share :)

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7017/6818831525_5d12c43964.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/ks_pics/6818831525/)
No -sew hammock (http://www.flickr.com/photos/ks_pics/6818831525/) by KD4714 (http://www.flickr.com/people/ks_pics/), on Flickr(http://)

(It still needs to be grommeted)
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: A Lioness on February 04, 2012, 08:36:20 PM
I use a grommet setter. This one to be exact! http://www.amazon.com/Lord-Hodge-1073A-0-Grommet-Kits/dp/B00004Y68Y/ref=sr_1_8?s=hi&ie=UTF8&qid=1328387709&sr=1-8  It's GREAT! I used to have such a hard time with grommets because they'd pull through and leave a big hole   >:( It was really hard to get them tight (so they'd just fall out). It turned out It was just the setter I was using. It was just a cheap one from walmart. The one I have now is AMAZING. Totally worth the price. I barely have to bang it with a hammer and it still gets SOOO tight. I couldn't get the grommet out if I wanted to lol!

I've been looking for a good one.  :)
... worth the price?  It says $6!  XD  Awesome.
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Lindsay Hannah on February 05, 2012, 12:30:44 AM
I just finished making a pocket, cube, and bunk bed tonight. I'm not super please with the way the bunk turned out (I underestimated the sizes for each bunk, I need to get used to having big boys). I'll post pics whenever I fix the bunk.

On a side note, I found an expandable ferret tube that holds its shape. Albus has just figured it out and is really enjoying running up and down it. If hung up, I think it could make a great alternative to a tube hammock (it expands to 2.5ft but can get as small as about 6-8in I think). Just throwing that out there, my girls didn't really enjoy how enclosed the tube hammocks were so they never used them.
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Scubbs on February 05, 2012, 12:32:42 AM
Some mouse hammocks I made today  :)  This makes about 60 hammocks/beds my three girls have  :yelcutelaugh:

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7003/6819459885_cf1ecc97b1_z.jpg)
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: RattiesSix on February 05, 2012, 12:45:33 AM
Hey Scubbs, how do your ladies like the pocket hammmocks? Do they prefer the ones with the hole, or the ones with a split?

My boy loves his tubes and triple bunks. He likes cubes, but he seems completely lost when it comes to pockets.  ::)
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Scubbs on February 05, 2012, 05:23:27 AM
Pockets are their favorite, actually!  I think with some mice, you just need to make the pocket more obvious (like maybe pop one side open and put them in it), and after that they "get" it.  My mice are total hammock hoes though, and love pretty much all designs (except standards obviously - those are just used as a stepping stone to a different hammock).  That red pocket is actually quilted cotton (so it has batting) and then I lined it with chenille, so it's ridiculously poofy and soft.  :)
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Ratilda on February 05, 2012, 12:28:18 PM
Are we going to get a pic of a cute mousie poking it's head out of a pocket hammock? 
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Suzanne81 on February 05, 2012, 01:18:49 PM
(http://www.mijnalbum.nl/Foto-PNTERXUJ.jpg)
(http://www.mijnalbum.nl/Foto-EISYCWXT.jpg)
(http://www.mijnalbum.nl/Foto-RAXHU8LN.jpg)
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Maltey on February 05, 2012, 01:52:45 PM
I really love all those colour Suzanne- I loooove the purpley one :)
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Scubbs on February 05, 2012, 02:12:06 PM
Are we going to get a pic of a cute mousie poking it's head out of a pocket hammock? 

Hopefully!  Though it's hard to get good pictures of them in hammocks, thanks to glare from the glass and them usually wanting to burrow inside completely.  Not sure if you saw it, but I did snap this picture a few months ago when it was super sunny out and I didn't need to use flash, plus they were being perfect little models  :D

(http://farm7.staticflickr.com/6213/6247291287_4654433f54_z.jpg)

That's probably their favorite hammock, since it's chenille on the outside and on the inside.  It's so soft you can barely feel it!
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Maltey on February 05, 2012, 02:23:36 PM
Awwwwwwwwwwwwies :D :D

They're sooo cute!

I know what's next on my list....  :P
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Ratilda on February 06, 2012, 12:00:17 AM
Suzanne81  -  i love them especially the cylinder.

Scubbs - ooooo thank you so much.  that photo was a greater thud than i anticipated.  Their wee noses match the chenille.  squeeeeaaaalll.

Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: K Rat1417 on February 09, 2012, 06:37:33 PM
I use a grommet setter. This one to be exact! http://www.amazon.com/Lord-Hodge-1073A-0-Grommet-Kits/dp/B00004Y68Y/ref=sr_1_8?s=hi&ie=UTF8&qid=1328387709&sr=1-8  It's GREAT! I used to have such a hard time with grommets because they'd pull through and leave a big hole   >:( It was really hard to get them tight (so they'd just fall out). It turned out It was just the setter I was using. It was just a cheap one from walmart. The one I have now is AMAZING. Totally worth the price. I barely have to bang it with a hammer and it still gets SOOO tight. I couldn't get the grommet out if I wanted to lol!

I've been looking for a good one.  :)
... worth the price?  It says $6!  XD  Awesome.

Lol I thought it was more expensive.
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: RooRat on February 12, 2012, 10:55:01 AM
I'm watching this thread and biding my time... Until the boys are living together again, any new hammocks I make will get shredded. But oh, when they're in the same cage... *plots* There will be hammocks galore!  :hyper:
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Rattitude_Rescue on February 14, 2012, 01:53:14 AM
I'm about to ask a very silly question, but how do you get such perfect holes in your cubes?

I tried for hours today to get it right.
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: K Rat1417 on February 14, 2012, 04:19:22 PM
Try this tutorial.   http://www.flickr.com/photos/22031339@N06/sets/72157613821975753/detail/ Before I ever made a cube I was dreading the part where you make an opening because I thought it would be impossible. This tutorial makes it very easy! just go very slow during the opening part.
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Rattitude_Rescue on February 14, 2012, 06:36:21 PM
Thank you so much K Rat! I looked through that tutorial and made my first ever cube! I'll post pics when I can.

I'm debating making a better one first. When I experiment, I use old sheets for practice, so they're never pretty lol.
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: K Rat1417 on February 14, 2012, 06:59:11 PM
Oh you're welcome :). I can't wait to see pictures  ;)
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Miz on February 15, 2012, 04:13:46 AM
(http://i259.photobucket.com/albums/hh284/Miseryz/de3028b1.jpg)

Busy Miz has been busy. :P
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Maltey on February 15, 2012, 07:20:51 AM
I love those heart fabrics!
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: K Rat1417 on February 15, 2012, 12:10:46 PM
Wow! They're all so nice. I especially like the paw hammocks, and i love the patchwork stitching on top of your flat hammocks!
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Miz on February 15, 2012, 01:10:45 PM
Thanks guys :)
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Nari Caution on February 24, 2012, 07:11:02 PM
Figured I'd give this thread a much needed bump. All these hammocks I got the material for from the remnants bin at joanns. Whoo for remnants!

This stuff is ridiculously soft, but apparently uninteresting...
(http://i272.photobucket.com/albums/jj199/Nari_Caution/1330033680.jpg)

For the boys:
(http://i272.photobucket.com/albums/jj199/Nari_Caution/1330050896.jpg)

(http://i272.photobucket.com/albums/jj199/Nari_Caution/1330050898.jpg)

(http://i272.photobucket.com/albums/jj199/Nari_Caution/1330050900.jpg)

(http://i272.photobucket.com/albums/jj199/Nari_Caution/1330050904.jpg)

This one I like. I haven't seen any similar hammocks either. I basically made 2 flats and stitched them up at the sides making a pocket with an opening on one end from the top, and the other end opens from the bottom, if that makes sense. I call it the Open Ended Pocket Hammock.
(http://i272.photobucket.com/albums/jj199/Nari_Caution/1330050907.jpg)

And for the girlies which I'll be getting soon~  :hyper:

(http://i272.photobucket.com/albums/jj199/Nari_Caution/1330050956.jpg)

(http://i272.photobucket.com/albums/jj199/Nari_Caution/1330050958.jpg)

This is a tube and a fabric ramp, figured the ramp needed an explanation.
(http://i272.photobucket.com/albums/jj199/Nari_Caution/1330050960.jpg)

And a pocket and a flat
(http://i272.photobucket.com/albums/jj199/Nari_Caution/1330050961.jpg)

:D Just made the 10 picture limit too. Even though my seams are a little wonky, I'm pretty proud of them anyway.
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: RattusNorvegicus on February 25, 2012, 12:55:51 AM
Nvm.
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: RattusNorvegicus on February 25, 2012, 02:28:48 AM
This was supposed to be a triple, but I'm too incapable.

(http://i1178.photobucket.com/albums/x367/Rattusnorvegicus09/DSCN3052.jpg)
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Robert0151 on February 25, 2012, 10:38:46 AM
 :shocked2: I just got some really cool monkey print flannel with some very soft fleece, im making a huge set that I will be selling.I cant wait to show you guys!! :shocked2:
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: K Rat1417 on February 25, 2012, 12:36:31 PM
I can't wait to see it robert! i like seeing big sets.

@rattus, I can't view the hammock since i'm on mobile   but i will look at it later. Lol i'm sure it isn't that bad!
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: A Lioness on February 25, 2012, 03:42:53 PM
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7187/6783217728_84aa0bbafc_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/60260004@N03/6783217728/)
Corner Hammock for Allison (http://www.flickr.com/photos/60260004@N03/6783217728/) by lion & goldfish (http://www.flickr.com/people/60260004@N03/), on Flickr

I finished this one a couple of days ago - I'm sending it off to a friend in Missouri for her girls to enjoy.


(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7182/6929336263_37c8a39c0d_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/60260004@N03/6929336263/)
Soon-to-be Triple Bunk (http://www.flickr.com/photos/60260004@N03/6929336263/) by lion & goldfish (http://www.flickr.com/people/60260004@N03/), on Flickr

Working on this one right now - it's going to be a triple bunk.  I just love this fabric.  :3
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: rattielover713 on February 26, 2012, 06:07:29 PM
So I got a 20% sale, clearance, and regular priced items coupon at Joanns and I went a little fabric crazy. Here are the fabrics I got:
(http://i800.photobucket.com/albums/yy282/rattielover713/2012-02-26_14-01-23_7.jpg)
The two fabrics on the far right are cotton and the rest of them are flannel. I had a ton of fleece in my sewing room, but no fabrics to pair it with, so I stocked up on flannel. The middle fabrics I got a yard of and the left fabrics I got half a yard of. I figured that the fabrics on the left would be good complementary fabrics for more complicated prints.

And here is the first hammock set I made with my fabric haul. That corner hut thing is actually for my other cage, but I used the same pink fabric, so I thought I would include it in the pic. It is my new favorite set! I absolutely love the mermaid/ocean creature girly theme! It is different from all of my other sets I have, so it was fun to sew!
(http://i800.photobucket.com/albums/yy282/rattielover713/2012-02-26_16-34-05_199.jpg)

Here is a close-up of the print:
(http://i800.photobucket.com/albums/yy282/rattielover713/2012-02-26_16-34-11_828.jpg)
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Ratilda on February 26, 2012, 06:49:23 PM
Very springy.  Awesome
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Robert0151 on February 26, 2012, 08:27:50 PM
So I got a 20% sale, clearance, and regular priced items coupon at Joanns and I went a little fabric crazy. Here are the fabrics I got:
(http://i800.photobucket.com/albums/yy282/rattielover713/2012-02-26_14-01-23_7.jpg)
The two fabrics on the far right are cotton and the rest of them are flannel. I had a ton of fleece in my sewing room, but no fabrics to pair it with, so I stocked up on flannel. The middle fabrics I got a yard of and the left fabrics I got half a yard of. I figured that the fabrics on the left would be good complementary fabrics for more complicated prints.

And here is the first hammock set I made with my fabric haul. That corner hut thing is actually for my other cage, but I used the same pink fabric, so I thought I would include it in the pic. It is my new favorite set! I absolutely love the mermaid/ocean creature girly theme! It is different from all of my other sets I have, so it was fun to sew!
(http://i800.photobucket.com/albums/yy282/rattielover713/2012-02-26_16-34-05_199.jpg)

Here is a close-up of the print:
(http://i800.photobucket.com/albums/yy282/rattielover713/2012-02-26_16-34-11_828.jpg)

I like your fabric choice!!!
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Robert0151 on February 26, 2012, 08:29:08 PM
Some mouse hammocks I made today  :)  This makes about 60 hammocks/beds my three girls have  :yelcutelaugh:

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7003/6819459885_cf1ecc97b1_z.jpg)
Just curious....What are your measurements that you used for these beds?
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Scubbs on February 27, 2012, 07:29:58 PM
Most were scraps, so I didn't use any specific measurements.  I know what works for my three girls, and just kind of guesstimate the exact sizing from there.  :)
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Rattitude_Rescue on February 27, 2012, 08:51:41 PM
Here's my latest one:

(http://i100.photobucket.com/albums/m6/Rafayeliel/DSC05238.jpg)
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: K Rat1417 on February 27, 2012, 08:52:54 PM
Here's my latest one:

(http://i100.photobucket.com/albums/m6/Rafayeliel/DSC05238.jpg)

Oooh I really like that! Is it kind of like a triple bunk but you hung it differently?
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Rattitude_Rescue on February 27, 2012, 09:06:32 PM
Yeah, the babies are super burrow-y, so I figured smaller spaces would be more fun for them. The whole shebang is still about 24 inches tall, so it's a good size.
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: K Rat1417 on February 27, 2012, 09:11:03 PM
Awesome! I like it  :cheeky:
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Robert0151 on February 27, 2012, 09:15:29 PM
Most were scraps, so I didn't use any specific measurements.  I know what works for my three girls, and just kind of guesstimate the exact sizing from there.  :)

Gotcha!
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Ratilda on February 28, 2012, 12:30:02 PM
I've been taking a quilting class which has been using up my rat sewing time, but these are 2 hammocks that have been made recently.  I hope you can see the quilting on the brown one as I think it worked out quite nicely.  The grey, yellow, and black was a test square for my quilt.  So, of course, it got made into a hammock.

Oh, and these hammocks are what my family affectionately calls bikini hammocks.  They are a bit small.  They dont quite fit a male rat, but we've seen multiple rats hanging out in them.  And, one of our boys seems to prefer bikini hammocks.

(http://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-XLVDtfUka1Y/T00Hcb-37iI/AAAAAAAAAe8/HKRPsXvB0UQ/s1024/IMAGE_2E997FBF-35BA-4220-8379-E9C6C19ED42A.JPG)
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: K Rat1417 on February 28, 2012, 04:23:14 PM
Ooh Ratilda! I like those, great job  :thumbsup2:. I especially like the yellow and brown one. I really like that fabric and I can see the quilting on it, it looks really perfect actually lol!
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Ratilda on February 28, 2012, 04:43:02 PM
Kaitlyn thank you so much.

I got a surprise to show you all.  We were sorting our rat linen stash.  Sadly, we have only 7 ledges and 4 floors, not including the ones in the cage.  And, some of those are um ... barely functional.

  But.... I found my missing hammock.  It was supposed to have been grommetted, but somehow got into the linen stash.  The hubby is supposed to grommet; he's acting all innocent.

This is a full size hammock.  And, the colors are neat, but this one is older than the hammocks I just posted, so the quilting isnt as good.  LOL.  It's fun to see how much I've improved.

Yip, my rats are benefitting from my learning how to quilt.  They are getting all of my mistakes and test pieces.

(http://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-OyaqM8pVBK4/T01MssRlJBI/AAAAAAAAAfU/z512K6ra6U8/s1024/IMAGE_D2220DC0-F4C0-4706-960C-836C4DD21BE0.JPG)
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: K Rat1417 on February 28, 2012, 04:52:06 PM
I like that one too  ;D
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Maltey on February 28, 2012, 07:00:16 PM
I've got tons of fabric that I love, and I can't possibly make sets out of each one (sometimes, a rat really can have too many hammocks!) so I've been making a mish mash of hammocks in all different fabrics. I've got a ton of Uni work to do, but as my relaxation I've been sewing through one a day. Finally.....

(http://i80.photobucket.com/albums/j177/xxmalteserxx/DSCF5710.jpg)

I really love this pink fiesta fabric (please excuse the creases, the iron is....elsewhere lol)
(http://i80.photobucket.com/albums/j177/xxmalteserxx/DSCF5711.jpg)
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: K Rat1417 on February 28, 2012, 07:32:38 PM
Nice Maltey! I really like those lime green and blue flowered hammocks.
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Maltey on February 28, 2012, 07:33:57 PM
I love that fabric too! Actually I love all the fabrics :P
But that one was on sale to £2 a metre. £2!!! Needless to say I bought tons of it :)
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: K Rat1417 on February 28, 2012, 07:36:07 PM
Wow that's a good price!!
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: LOTR_Ratties on February 28, 2012, 08:11:44 PM
I've got tons of fabric that I love, and I can't possibly make sets out of each one (sometimes, a rat really can have too many hammocks!) so I've been making a mish mash of hammocks in all different fabrics. I've got a ton of Uni work to do, but as my relaxation I've been sewing through one a day. Finally.....

(http://i80.photobucket.com/albums/j177/xxmalteserxx/DSCF5710.jpg)

I love the heart-shaped hammock!! What a cute idea! :heart: :thumbsup2:
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Scubbs on February 29, 2012, 01:45:00 AM
Maltey - all of those hammocks and fabrics are just gorgeous!  It makes me excited to start making my future rats hammocks again  :D
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Scubbs on February 29, 2012, 01:46:06 AM
A few hammies I made my mice from last week's order scraps  :)  I :heart: that mushroom fabric!

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7205/6794157654_e4e779b80a_z.jpg)
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: RattusNorvegicus on February 29, 2012, 02:00:15 AM
I will say it again, this thread is such an inspiration! I really wish iIhad the money to go buy a bunch of fabric! At least four yards.
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: K Rat1417 on February 29, 2012, 01:14:37 PM
I will say it again, this thread is such an inspiration! I really wish iIhad the money to go buy a bunch of fabric! At least four yards.

Haha i'm with you on that! (Inspiration and makes me want to go buy a ton of fabirc!)

@Scubs, Oh I love that mushroom fabric too!!  :heart: Do you know where you got it?
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: LOTR_Ratties on February 29, 2012, 01:48:11 PM
I love the mushroom fabric too Chelsey! I've seen other mushroom fabrics but that one is unique, never seen it before and it's really cool looking!
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Scubbs on February 29, 2012, 03:49:13 PM
I love the mushroom fabric too Chelsey! I've seen other mushroom fabrics but that one is unique, never seen it before and it's really cool looking!

@Scubs, Oh I love that mushroom fabric too!!  :heart: Do you know where you got it?

I got it from a tiny local fabric/quilt shop in my town  :)  I only got a couple fat quarters (18" x 21" pieces), since that's all that was left.  Even at that, the fat quarters of it were $3 each!  :P  I made a honeycomb out of them for an order (see below), then made a couple small things for the meecers with the leftover pieces.  Wish they had a bolt of it so I could've gotten more!

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7053/6794148870_11eec50cff.jpg)
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Ratilda on February 29, 2012, 04:14:10 PM
That honeycomb is absolutely stunning.
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Scubbs on February 29, 2012, 04:41:43 PM
Aw, thank you!  ;D
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: K Rat1417 on February 29, 2012, 09:00:18 PM
That honeycomb is absolutely stunning.

I totally agree!!  :thumbsup2:
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: mcguirks on February 29, 2012, 10:13:47 PM
I know this first one isn't a hammock, but I thought I'd share!  I found a way to make a reversible martin's cage liner; I hate that fabric is wasted on one side because it only sees the wires of the cage, so I figure with some clever safety pins, my boys won't be too inclined to chew and now I have a liner that I can flip for a new cage color scheme! :BlueDumboSmile:

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v147/deadbodylette/Rat/122_0489.jpg)

A few hammocks I recently sewed pretty quickly.  This was my first honeycomb attempt.

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v147/deadbodylette/Rat/122_0492.jpg)
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v147/deadbodylette/Rat/122_0491.jpg)
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Ratilda on March 01, 2012, 08:30:37 AM
That is a very admirable first attempt at a honeycomb. And, it's green fabric is lots of cute.  Initially, I thought it was Easter theme, but the little rabbits are actually dogs.   So is it st patty's or just the love of green?. Lol  I can't believe I was staring at it trying to figure that out.
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: K Rat1417 on March 01, 2012, 11:05:19 AM
I made a friend some no-sew hammocks for her STO


(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7062/6942648159_e6478c3550.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/ks_pics/6942648159/)
H hammock order  (http://www.flickr.com/photos/ks_pics/6942648159/) by KD4714 (http://www.flickr.com/people/ks_pics/), on Flickr(http://)
They came out okay but I can't wait until my sewing machine is fixed so I can get back to sewing!!
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Jourdaine on March 01, 2012, 12:31:49 PM
I love this thread! A lot of inspiration! I've made hammocks in the past but they were mostly quick things that wouldn't last too long with the girls. I just ordered red and ivory fleece (four yards each), eyelets, a grommet tool, and metal shower curtain hooks. I should be getting them next week. :hyper: I'll have to pick a day to make liners and hammocks all night after work. I want to at least get them all done before next Friday, my 21st birthday.
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: LOTR_Ratties on March 01, 2012, 12:54:21 PM
I know this first one isn't a hammock, but I thought I'd share!  I found a way to make a reversible martin's cage liner; I hate that fabric is wasted on one side because it only sees the wires of the cage, so I figure with some clever safety pins, my boys won't be too inclined to chew and now I have a liner that I can flip for a new cage color scheme! :BlueDumboSmile:

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v147/deadbodylette/Rat/122_0489.jpg)

That is awesome mcguirks, I love it!! :heart: :thumbsup2:
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: mcguirks on March 01, 2012, 03:22:56 PM
That is a very admirable first attempt at a honeycomb. And, it's green fabric is lots of cute.  Initially, I thought it was Easter theme, but the little rabbits are actually dogs.   So is it st patty's or just the love of green?. Lol  I can't believe I was staring at it trying to figure that out.

I just had a lot of fabric I bought about 3 years ago when I first got my ferret nation and had girl and boy degus (who chewed up most of the liners in hours!).  It is hard to find "masculine" material so the green seemed to be the most colorful "masculine" fabric I could find at the time and I have two yards of it still!  The blue and pink Martin's liner I made will just have to do in my boys cage because I bought two yards of the pink years ago when I had girlies and I don't plan to just throw it out!   :BlueDumboSmileTongue:

I would loooooooooove to make a St. Pat's themed cage, as I'm mostly Irish...hmmmm....I think you just gave me a goal Ratilda!
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Ratilda on March 01, 2012, 07:27:44 PM
ooo goody.  St. Patty's themed hammocks...

Those will go well with the boy rats.
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Vonda Z on March 02, 2012, 10:41:11 AM
At my son's urging, I am making some new hammocks in a pirate theme in honor of one of our new ratties coming tomorrow (named Pirate). I found some embroidery designs that complemented the fabric and tried them out on the blanket part of these hammocks. Thought they worked perfectly!

(http://www.finchaviary.com/RatPics/TwoTunnelFlats.jpg)

By the way - I call these hammocks tunnel flats, because that was what they were called on the site I learned to make them from. But I always get tunnels confused with tubes. Is there another name for these that isn't so confusing? I am putting together a PDF file with tutorials I have written for all the hammocks I make so that I can have them all in one place and on my tablet when I sew for reference. If there is a better name for these, I would like to use it.

Vonda
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Ryuu on March 02, 2012, 10:45:21 AM
Vonda, those hammocks are amazing! I love the pirate theme. Can't wait for tomorrow! :hyper:
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Ratilda on March 02, 2012, 10:58:02 AM
Wowzers, just wowzers
Pirate is one lucky ratty
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Maltey on March 02, 2012, 01:11:37 PM
Vonda I always love your embroidery!!

This isn't really a hammock, nor is it for rats, but I figure this is the best place to post!

I made a cuddle cup for my brother's rabbit since he didn't have a bed and why buy when you can make?!

(http://i80.photobucket.com/albums/j177/xxmalteserxx/IMG_2282.jpg)
(http://i80.photobucket.com/albums/j177/xxmalteserxx/IMG_2289.jpg)
(http://i80.photobucket.com/albums/j177/xxmalteserxx/IMG_2283.jpg)

I wasn't sure he liked it since he started chewing at the second I gave it to him. but I've been informed that he sleeps in it every night  :thumbsup2:
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: mcguirks on March 02, 2012, 08:47:43 PM
At my son's urging, I am making some new hammocks in a pirate theme in honor of one of our new ratties coming tomorrow (named Pirate). I found some embroidery designs that complemented the fabric and tried them out on the blanket part of these hammocks. Thought they worked perfectly!

(http://www.finchaviary.com/RatPics/TwoTunnelFlats.jpg)

By the way - I call these hammocks tunnel flats, because that was what they were called on the site I learned to make them from. But I always get tunnels confused with tubes. Is there another name for these that isn't so confusing? I am putting together a PDF file with tutorials I have written for all the hammocks I make so that I can have them all in one place and on my tablet when I sew for reference. If there is a better name for these, I would like to use it.

Vonda

So jealous!  If I had a million dollars, the first two things I would buy would be a surger and an embroidery machine...a fancy one with a touch screen  :-P  They are so cute!  Great job!
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Chaosbadgerling on March 03, 2012, 03:33:37 AM
I found some baby face cloths for $3 for a pack of twelve.  As an experiment I used the washers as a base and made a cube. . . . the second time i decided to just use fleece (ignore the fact the fleece is old- I was reusing from old shelf covers from a previous cage.

(http://dl.dropbox.com/u/26031214/cubes%20002.JPG) the washer version- the washers are on the outside and the base has a couple extra layers of fleece.

(http://dl.dropbox.com/u/26031214/cubes%20001.JPG) The all fleece version.  They actually look straighter in reality- they were just sitting all poofy XD

Oh, and because my sewing machine refused to work they are all hand sewn.
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Suzanne81 on March 03, 2012, 09:23:12 AM
Some new hammocks
(http://www.mijnalbum.nl/Foto-S7ZHEAEQ.jpg)
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: K Rat1417 on March 04, 2012, 11:37:51 AM
Vonda I always love your embroidery!!

This isn't really a hammock, nor is it for rats, but I figure this is the best place to post!

I made a cuddle cup for my brother's rabbit since he didn't have a bed and why buy when you can make?!

(http://i80.photobucket.com/albums/j177/xxmalteserxx/IMG_2282.jpg)
(http://i80.photobucket.com/albums/j177/xxmalteserxx/IMG_2289.jpg)
(http://i80.photobucket.com/albums/j177/xxmalteserxx/IMG_2283.jpg)

I wasn't sure he liked it since he started chewing at the second I gave it to him. but I've been informed that he sleeps in it every night  :thumbsup2:

That's adorable! <3
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: K Rat1417 on March 04, 2012, 11:59:43 AM
I've been making some hammocks lately!

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7069/6806509708_0249188f5f.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/ks_pics/6806509708/)
 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/ks_pics/6806509708/) by  (http://www.flickr.com/people/ks_pics/),
This is a set that I made that i'm going to sell on here.

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7181/6952623827_b6b899d09a.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/ks_pics/6952623827/)
  (http://www.flickr.com/photos/ks_pics/6952623827/) by  (http://www.flickr.com/people/ks_pics/), (http://)

I'm also going to sell this one but i'm just really proud of how it turned out! It's made with flannel and the camera does NOT do this fabric justice. Some of it is actually a pale pink plaid and some of it is pale pink with stars all over it and with small letters that say "twinkle Twinkle little star". I'll have to get a better picture of the fabric. This consists of two flats and two tubes.
Oh and I still need to grommet one of the flats but I ran out of grommets  :BangHead:
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: RattusNorvegicus on March 04, 2012, 12:06:28 PM
Chaosbadgerling, those look mighty comfy!


My friend got some Halloween fabric from school and it has just been sitting here because I don't have any fleece. Maybe my mom could buy me some, because I'd really like to make something!
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Vonda Z on March 04, 2012, 02:10:36 PM
Oh and I still need to grommet one of the flats but I ran out of grommets  :BangHead:

That happens to me all the time! Its the grommets or the hooks or the split rings or ribbon or something. So I have to run to JoAnnes or Hancocks just for that and I come home with $80 worth of fabric (cotton prints I just couldn't resist - with fleece to match)! And I start sewing with that and run out of something else, repeat cycle. I need to buy the little stuff in bulk so this doesn't keep happening.
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: K Rat1417 on March 04, 2012, 03:01:55 PM
Lol bondage! I actually need to go to joanns and get some flannel for hammock donations and some sets to sell. I get grommets online so I sadly can't just run out  and buy them. But atleast that way i'm not tempted by joanns addictive fabric.  ;)
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Miz on March 04, 2012, 03:50:27 PM
Here are a few "new style" hammocks I've made the last few days.

The "Hot Pocket" isn't actually a hammock. It is just a pocket for the snugglesafes you can buy. My girls love it. Best for the kinds of cages that oldies are in, or, I can add eyelets to one side if they are to be placed on a level. (They are HEAVY.)
(http://i259.photobucket.com/albums/hh284/Miseryz/b5ac82d3.jpg)

The "Snuggle Stacker" is a double stacker hammock with a velcro pocket inside it where you can place a snugglesafe. My girls love this already.
(http://i259.photobucket.com/albums/hh284/Miseryz/d41aa683.jpg)

and this one, yet to have a name. probably the most simple but versitile hammock I've ever thought up. :P
(http://i259.photobucket.com/albums/hh284/Miseryz/fae120b6.jpg)
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: K Rat1417 on March 04, 2012, 04:43:26 PM
Oh I really like those, Miz! I specially like the last one. It's like a double flat hammock, or just a really big flat hammock, I like how it has multiple ways to use it. Very nice :thumbsup2:
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: K Rat1417 on March 04, 2012, 04:46:37 PM
Lol bondage! I actually need to go to joanns and get some flannel for hammock donations and some sets to sell. I get grommets online so I sadly can't just run out  and buy them. But atleast that way i'm not tempted by joanns addictive fabric.  ;)

 :doh:  :doh: I meant to say Vonda. Apparently auto correct thought that bondage was a good supstitute for Vonda..  ???
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Miz on March 04, 2012, 06:26:40 PM
Oh I really like those, Miz! I specially like the last one. It's like a double flat hammock, or just a really big flat hammock, I like how it has multiple ways to use it. Very nice :thumbsup2:

Thanks!! :)

Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: K Rat1417 on March 04, 2012, 06:39:28 PM
You're welcome!
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Miz on March 05, 2012, 02:16:54 AM

Yet to be eyeletted, but,

(http://i259.photobucket.com/albums/hh284/Miseryz/9b3a5d13.jpg)

(http://i259.photobucket.com/albums/hh284/Miseryz/b8f21d78.jpg)

(http://i259.photobucket.com/albums/hh284/Miseryz/732d4ab2.jpg)

(http://i259.photobucket.com/albums/hh284/Miseryz/51adf4e1.jpg)
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Ratilda on March 05, 2012, 02:29:26 PM
lots and lots of purty hammocks.

And, I was looking at that snuggle safe.  It looks to be a product to just have on hand especially for emergencies.  And, those covers are awesome and definitely needed for rats.
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Miz on March 05, 2012, 05:12:03 PM
Mine get almost every night in winter. Spoilt bRats. Also on way/home to the vets. Pretty much all teh time. I have two. I had 5 when I had 18 lol.
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Miz on March 05, 2012, 05:13:34 PM
Oh, and they do come with covers, but, mine ate that in like a week. So I've been making those "Hot Pockets" for ages, jsut finally got around to actually selling them now. :P
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Kitsch Slapped on March 05, 2012, 06:54:10 PM
I'm pretty new to sewing (made a few purses, pillows, other random things, and blankets 3+ years ago) and I just made my 1st hammock about a week ago. My new rats loved it and so while the 1st hammock is in the wash I decided I needed to hurry up and make some more! It took me about 4+ hours to make all of these (with some sewing machine trouble  ::)). The heart shaped one was a real pain to do  :P

(https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-snc7/64011_378419875515920_100000437334043_1370835_758683401_n.jpg)

(https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/430013_378420752182499_100000437334043_1370837_834160658_n.jpg)

(https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/427559_378421765515731_100000437334043_1370845_1126962495_n.jpg)

(https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-snc7/426138_378422662182308_100000437334043_1370847_972051174_n.jpg)

(https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash2/64793_378423505515557_100000437334043_1370850_1670183716_n.jpg)

(https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-snc6/64909_378424668848774_100000437334043_1370851_1478890617_n.jpg)

(https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-snc7/417365_378425568848684_100000437334043_1370853_1365033123_n.jpg)

(https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-snc7/429211_378427195515188_100000437334043_1370855_73134487_n.jpg)

(https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/429343_378429358848305_100000437334043_1370864_1866250503_n.jpg)

And just a cute random photo from yesterday night's photoshoot of the hammocks  :rattysmiley:
(https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/423662_378433988847842_100000437334043_1370888_625484604_n.jpg)
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Nari Caution on March 05, 2012, 06:58:15 PM
Oh my, those are all adorable! Would you mind if I steal your pocket heart hammock idea? It's too precious to not want to make!
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Maltey on March 05, 2012, 07:00:38 PM
Oooooo  :hyper:

I'm so excited about this one- I had a few hours on the shop floor to myself this morning with absolutely no work so I spent it planning new hammocks.

This evening I made one of them- it took me hours to work it all out! Plus I made the central cube only 6" incase it didn't work out and I didn't want to waste loads of fabric, but once I saw it was working I figured I'd make the tubes regular length. I'll make them a full sized one soon. Anyway, enough rambling, here's the playhouse: (the long one at the back- it's midnight here, I cannot be bothered with taking the others out just to take a photo!)

(http://i80.photobucket.com/albums/j177/xxmalteserxx/DSCF5823.jpg)
(http://i80.photobucket.com/albums/j177/xxmalteserxx/DSCF5820.jpg)
From the back to get a better view
(http://i80.photobucket.com/albums/j177/xxmalteserxx/DSCF5829.jpg)

The girls actually loved it! There was one on top, one in the middle, one on the bottom and one in the tube all at once!
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Kitsch Slapped on March 05, 2012, 08:55:22 PM
Oh my, those are all adorable! Would you mind if I steal your pocket heart hammock idea? It's too precious to not want to make!

Aw thanks!  :rattysmiley:
No I would not mind at all!  :hyper: I'd love to see what you make! It will probably look a whole lot better than mine lol. I had a heck of a time making it  :P lol
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Kitsch Slapped on March 05, 2012, 09:02:48 PM
Oooooo  :hyper:

I'm so excited about this one- I had a few hours on the shop floor to myself this morning with absolutely no work so I spent it planning new hammocks.

This evening I made one of them- it took me hours to work it all out! Plus I made the central cube only 6" incase it didn't work out and I didn't want to waste loads of fabric, but once I saw it was working I figured I'd make the tubes regular length. I'll make them a full sized one soon. Anyway, enough rambling, here's the playhouse: (the long one at the back- it's midnight here, I cannot be bothered with taking the others out just to take a photo!)

(http://i80.photobucket.com/albums/j177/xxmalteserxx/DSCF5823.jpg)
(http://i80.photobucket.com/albums/j177/xxmalteserxx/DSCF5820.jpg)
From the back to get a better view
(http://i80.photobucket.com/albums/j177/xxmalteserxx/DSCF5829.jpg)

The girls actually loved it! There was one on top, one in the middle, one on the bottom and one in the tube all at once!

That watermelon and cupcake fabric is absolutely adorable >.< lol
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: ratlady1990 on March 05, 2012, 09:38:58 PM
Kitsch Slapped I love all those hammocks! Especially the hot pink cuddly looking fabric!
Definitely looks cozy!
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Kitsch Slapped on March 06, 2012, 12:08:09 AM
Kitsch Slapped I love all those hammocks! Especially the hot pink cuddly looking fabric!
Definitely looks cozy!

Thank you! Yes they definitely love the hammocks with the fluffy pink fleece over the plain fleece.  :rattysmiley:
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: K Rat1417 on March 06, 2012, 01:02:22 PM
I'm going fabric shopping at Joanns today so I should have some things to show you tonight  :cheeky:
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Maltey on March 07, 2012, 11:42:53 AM
I keep posting ones that aren't really hammocks!
In keeping with that theme, here's another non-hammock!

I'm getting fed up with having itchy scratches all over my chest and neck, and I'm fed up with people commenting on them too. So I made a scarf for the girls to run around inside. Protects my neck and I can stick my hand in there for cuddles!

(http://i1209.photobucket.com/albums/cc400/RelaxedRat9/1c6d2b6e.jpg)
(http://i1209.photobucket.com/albums/cc400/RelaxedRat9/8d85e59a.jpg)
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: K Rat1417 on March 07, 2012, 12:30:20 PM
Aww that's adorable! (Adorable rattie too  ;D)

I should have some hammock sets to show you tonight. It's taking longer then I thought!
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Ratilda on March 07, 2012, 12:51:36 PM
I made one of those neck hammocks, and it is awesome.  Mine is a tad too tight around the neck.  But, it gets used all of the time as a lap blankie.  We use it all of the time with Walter, one of our more timid rats.  He wants to play with us, but when that big scary hand gets near he scrounches back.  He loves to use the neck hammock as a place to venture forth from.... He also loves to hang out underneath our liners.. sigh
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Maltey on March 07, 2012, 12:55:35 PM
That sounds _exactly_ like my Lola. She sticks hr head out of the cage door, but if you go to pick her up she runs to the back of the cage. And she just loves to roam around under the liner- it's like that episode of Tom and Jerry with Jerry under the carpet!

I'm loving this scarf not just for the rats but it's soooo warm! I'm wearing it now and I don't even have a rat in it!
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: AlwaysAmy on March 07, 2012, 03:56:29 PM
I keep posting ones that aren't really hammocks!
In keeping with that theme, here's another non-hammock!

I'm getting fed up with having itchy scratches all over my chest and neck, and I'm fed up with people commenting on them too. So I made a scarf for the girls to run around inside. Protects my neck and I can stick my hand in there for cuddles!

(http://i1209.photobucket.com/albums/cc400/RelaxedRat9/1c6d2b6e.jpg)
(http://i1209.photobucket.com/albums/cc400/RelaxedRat9/8d85e59a.jpg)

Super cute!  Great idea!  I want one!  Maybe when I am on vacation this next week I will make some of those!  :)
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Ratilda on March 07, 2012, 06:52:19 PM
I got the idea for mine from Ratoobs.  There's an etsy site

http://www.etsy.com/shop/wrapcity?ref=seller_info

I'm presuming that that's the same idea as Maltey's.
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: RooRat on March 07, 2012, 08:29:27 PM
Finally had a chance to bust out the sewing machine that my Gramma gave me :heart: :

(http://a6.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/420337_2881867211183_1395150430_32459390_1889950849_n.jpg)

Made some hammocks:

(http://a1.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/s720x720/417106_2881866971177_1395150430_32459389_1118580823_n.jpg)

And let the boys enjoy:
(http://sphotos.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash4/427612_2881926572667_1395150430_32459403_733734254_n.jpg)
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: K Rat1417 on March 07, 2012, 09:44:22 PM
Okay I have a set to show everyone. I'm actually selling it but I still wanted to show ya!


Here is the Shark hammock set.
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7068/6817121766_cf49c4aba7.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/ks_pics/6817121766/)
 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/ks_pics/6817121766/)   (http://www.flickr.com/people//), (http://)

Joanns was having an amazing flannel sale so I stocked up! I still have multiple sets to make (including one for myself) so I should be posting them on here throughout the week.
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Maltey on March 08, 2012, 03:32:25 AM
I got the idea for mine from Ratoobs.  There's an etsy site

http://www.etsy.com/shop/wrapcity?ref=seller_info

I'm presuming that that's the same idea as Maltey's.

I actually never saw that! Mine is a bit different because the tube Is closed with just an opening whereas those ones are open all the way round- which is quite handy actually.
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Ratilda on March 08, 2012, 08:11:57 AM
Ooo so much to comment.

Maltey, I might make a copy of your version for comfort.  Though will have to consider because could b hard to get someone out

I love old sewing machines, especially when they making purty stuff.  It looked sort of like a singer featherweight. Is it?

And I definitely like the yellow with the sharks. 
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Maltey on March 08, 2012, 08:24:10 AM
Ooo so much to comment.

Maltey, I might make a copy of your version for comfort.  Though will have to consider because could b hard to get someone out

I love old sewing machines, especially when they making purty stuff.  It looked sort of like a singer featherweight. Is it?

And I definitely like the yellow with the sharks. 

Lol yes, if they don't want to come out it's kinda hard. But I only really get them out to go back home so if they won't come out I just put the whole scarf in there and let them come out on their own. Usually when I shake the treat bag it doesn't take them long :yelcutelaugh:
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: RooRat on March 08, 2012, 08:41:37 AM
I love old sewing machines, especially when they making purty stuff.  It looked sort of like a singer featherweight. Is it?

You're right! It's a Singer Featherweight. I'm trying to work out the date it was made, but it's amazing!
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: K Rat1417 on March 08, 2012, 02:36:08 PM


And I definitely like the yellow with the sharks.

Thank you. I thought it looked nice too.
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Maltey on March 08, 2012, 04:50:50 PM
 :o- more hammocks! Or not....

(http://i1209.photobucket.com/albums/cc400/RelaxedRat9/8d2e35ff.jpg)
(http://i1209.photobucket.com/albums/cc400/RelaxedRat9/41136687.jpg)
(http://i1209.photobucket.com/albums/cc400/RelaxedRat9/eaca7ef4.jpg)

I thought I could make a stiff cube and use it on the floor rather than hang it up but somehow I completely forgot the nature of rattums and how they like to climb all over things.  Then the cube goes pssh- flat
I really love the hidey hut though- my girls don't really take to snuggle sacks because they sit on them and then lose the opening  :doh:
This is working great so far because they can't lose the entrance! I mean they have chucked it off the shelf and onto the floor, but I think they still like it.

Same goes for the tube aswell actually- they really like to have big openings and always rip the insides of tubes out and push them out the ends. But they seem to be loving this one, they keep running in and out which is always nice to see :)

Can anyone tell I've had a lot of time off recently?  :yelcutelaugh:

Now KRat, where are those hammocks you've been promising us?! :poke:
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Ratilda on March 08, 2012, 07:04:19 PM
Roorat,
Do you have the year your  machine was made?  Or, are you seeking it's actual date of birth, ie, month, date, year?
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: RooRat on March 08, 2012, 09:15:13 PM
Roorat,
Do you have the year your  machine was made?  Or, are you seeking it's actual date of birth, ie, month, date, year?

I don't have the year, but I'm looking for it. I found a site that listed all the makes and models of the Featherweight machines but mine wasn't listed exactly, at least that I remember. I'll have to look again... I sewed two more hammocks on it today and it performed like a champ, even through four layers of fleece! Speaking of, I'll have to photograph those hammocks tomorrow.
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: K Rat1417 on March 08, 2012, 09:43:07 PM
:o- more hammocks! Or not....

(http://i1209.photobucket.com/albums/cc400/RelaxedRat9/8d2e35ff.jpg)
(http://i1209.photobucket.com/albums/cc400/RelaxedRat9/41136687.jpg)
(http://i1209.photobucket.com/albums/cc400/RelaxedRat9/eaca7ef4.jpg)

I thought I could make a stiff cube and use it on the floor rather than hang it up but somehow I completely forgot the nature of rattums and how they like to climb all over things.  Then the cube goes pssh- flat
I really love the hidey hut though- my girls don't really take to snuggle sacks because they sit on them and then lose the opening  :doh:
This is working great so far because they can't lose the entrance! I mean they have chucked it off the shelf and onto the floor, but I think they still like it.

Same goes for the tube aswell actually- they really like to have big openings and always rip the insides of tubes out and push them out the ends. But they seem to be loving this one, they keep running in and out which is always nice to see :)

Can anyone tell I've had a lot of time off recently?  :yelcutelaugh:

Now KRat, where are those hammocks you've been promising us?! :poke:

I love that cube! Lol I can never get my cubes to stand up even if a rat isn't climbing all over it  :doh:
Well on page 10 I posted the Shark hammock set, which was one of the one's I made with the new fabric at Joanns. I am also about to post another set (I need to download the picture on flickr and such), and tonight i'm going to cut up some more sets (I got so much fabric!).
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Ratilda on March 09, 2012, 09:47:38 AM
Roorat.  Here's singer's page for the year created
http://www.singerco.com/support/machine-serial-numbers
Mine's a 1929.

From what I've heard if you call the company, theymay even be able to tell you the actual birth date.

Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: GhostMouse on March 09, 2012, 10:08:02 AM
I'm not sure why I've never looked at this thread before, but I couldn't have found it at a better time. I've just had some time on my hands to start learning to sew hammocks. I'll get some pictures up soon. They're nothing compared to some of the awesome stuff on here, but I like to think they aren't too bad!
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Maltey on March 09, 2012, 10:32:13 AM
:o- more hammocks! Or not....

(http://i1209.photobucket.com/albums/cc400/RelaxedRat9/8d2e35ff.jpg)
(http://i1209.photobucket.com/albums/cc400/RelaxedRat9/41136687.jpg)
(http://i1209.photobucket.com/albums/cc400/RelaxedRat9/eaca7ef4.jpg)

I thought I could make a stiff cube and use it on the floor rather than hang it up but somehow I completely forgot the nature of rattums and how they like to climb all over things.  Then the cube goes pssh- flat
I really love the hidey hut though- my girls don't really take to snuggle sacks because they sit on them and then lose the opening  :doh:
This is working great so far because they can't lose the entrance! I mean they have chucked it off the shelf and onto the floor, but I think they still like it.

Same goes for the tube aswell actually- they really like to have big openings and always rip the insides of tubes out and push them out the ends. But they seem to be loving this one, they keep running in and out which is always nice to see :)

Can anyone tell I've had a lot of time off recently?  :yelcutelaugh:

Now KRat, where are those hammocks you've been promising us?! :poke:

I love that cube! Lol I can never get my cubes to stand up even if a rat isn't climbing all over it  :doh:
Well on page 10 I posted the Shark hammock set, which was one of the one's I made with the new fabric at Joanns. I am also about to post another set (I need to download the picture on flickr and such), and tonight i'm going to cut up some more sets (I got so much fabric!).

I totally missed that! :doh:

Looks good :thumbsup2:

And GhostMouse I'm sure they're lovely!
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Kitsch Slapped on March 09, 2012, 11:10:48 AM
Okay I have a set to show everyone. I'm actually selling it but I still wanted to show ya!


Here is the Shark hammock set.
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7068/6817121766_cf49c4aba7.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/ks_pics/6817121766/)
 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/ks_pics/6817121766/)   (http://www.flickr.com/people//), (http://)

Joanns was having an amazing flannel sale so I stocked up! I still have multiple sets to make (including one for myself) so I should be posting them on here throughout the week.

 :hyper: That shark fabric is so fun! I like the colors you chose to go with it  :heart:
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Kitsch Slapped on March 09, 2012, 11:12:43 AM
:o- more hammocks! Or not....

(http://i1209.photobucket.com/albums/cc400/RelaxedRat9/8d2e35ff.jpg)
(http://i1209.photobucket.com/albums/cc400/RelaxedRat9/41136687.jpg)
(http://i1209.photobucket.com/albums/cc400/RelaxedRat9/eaca7ef4.jpg)

I thought I could make a stiff cube and use it on the floor rather than hang it up but somehow I completely forgot the nature of rattums and how they like to climb all over things.  Then the cube goes pssh- flat
I really love the hidey hut though- my girls don't really take to snuggle sacks because they sit on them and then lose the opening  :doh:
This is working great so far because they can't lose the entrance! I mean they have chucked it off the shelf and onto the floor, but I think they still like it.

Same goes for the tube aswell actually- they really like to have big openings and always rip the insides of tubes out and push them out the ends. But they seem to be loving this one, they keep running in and out which is always nice to see :)

Can anyone tell I've had a lot of time off recently?  :yelcutelaugh:

Now KRat, where are those hammocks you've been promising us?! :poke:

That cube is awesome! I'd love a human sized one of those  :yelcutelaugh:
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Ratilda on March 09, 2012, 11:21:34 AM
Ghostmouse....

oooo looking forward to seeing your hammocks.  We all start somewhere.  One of these days, I will take a picture of some of my first hammocks, the ones in which, we didnt know how to use the grommeter, and tore the fabric up.  I ended up making little fleece rings to hang the hammocks with.

The thing with hammocks is that the true critics are our rats.  They pretty much love anything that you make.  And, if you dont make it right, they will alter it to fit.  By the way, they dont care if your hammock has straight seams.

Examples of Rat Complaints

1. This cube has too few exits.  Here, I shall put another exit.
2. Mommy, this hammock broke.  (Ribbon ripped out of seam.  Now, I reinforce them).
3. Could we have more bedding?  (Liner torn to shreds as it was stuffed into the hide and adjusted for maximum fluff)
4.  Hmm, no entrance to the amusement park.  I shall make some.  (Liners are great to play inside although they are not made with any entrances.)
5. Could you make the hammock smaller?  We like to overflow them.  (I made some awfully small hammocks, and I didn't think they would really like them.  But, apparently, small is good.)
6.  No, no, no, no, Dont take my hammock away. (Hammock stinks to high heaven and desperately needs to be laundered.  Rats are playing tug of war with us.  Seriously, they have held onto hammocks and it's been really difficult to get them to let go.)
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: K Rat1417 on March 09, 2012, 02:16:58 PM
LOL Ratilda, that's so funny (And so true!).

Okay Maltey, here is the set that I was going to post last night:
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7047/6965850925_70106033b0.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/ks_pics/6965850925/)
 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/ks_pics/6965850925/) by KD4714 (http://www.flickr.com/people/ks_pics/), (http://) It consists of a pocket hammock, a tube, and a flat hammock.
I'm so sorry the picture is so grainy... I have to use a cell phone until I have a working camera. This is going to be part of a hammock donation i'm making for the NTRR. Tonight i'll hopefully have another set to post. I'm getting some new foster rats tomorrow and i'm making them a hammock set today. I have everything cut out I just need to sew it. I'm really hoping my grommets will come in time for tomorrow.  :-\
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: K Rat1417 on March 09, 2012, 02:20:01 PM
Maltey, that's okay that you missed it! I thought that's what happened lol.
Kitsch slapped, Thanks! When I say that shark fabric at Joanns I just had to get it! If someone doesn't buy it I won't mind keeping it for myself  :cheeky:
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: mcguirks on March 09, 2012, 08:38:31 PM
Ghostmouse....

oooo looking forward to seeing your hammocks.  We all start somewhere.  One of these days, I will take a picture of some of my first hammocks, the ones in which, we didnt know how to use the grommeter, and tore the fabric up.  I ended up making little fleece rings to hang the hammocks with.

The thing with hammocks is that the true critics are our rats.  They pretty much love anything that you make.  And, if you dont make it right, they will alter it to fit.  By the way, they dont care if your hammock has straight seams.

Examples of Rat Complaints

1. This cube has too few exits.  Here, I shall put another exit.
2. Mommy, this hammock broke.  (Ribbon ripped out of seam.  Now, I reinforce them).
3. Could we have more bedding?  (Liner torn to shreds as it was stuffed into the hide and adjusted for maximum fluff)
4.  Hmm, no entrance to the amusement park.  I shall make some.  (Liners are great to play inside although they are not made with any entrances.)
5. Could you make the hammock smaller?  We like to overflow them.  (I made some awfully small hammocks, and I didn't think they would really like them.  But, apparently, small is good.)
6.  No, no, no, no, Dont take my hammock away. (Hammock stinks to high heaven and desperately needs to be laundered.  Rats are playing tug of war with us.  Seriously, they have held onto hammocks and it's been really difficult to get them to let go.)

Hahah! I loved the rat complaints; they were great!  I have to agree with #5, I made some 5" x 6" hammocks and thought "these are too small!" but every morning I wake up to one rat neatly laying on top of the other as if they were two hotdogs in a bun! :BlueDumboSmileTongue:  Luckily for me though, my boys aren't really too into chewing up the liners or going under them, even now as I have reduced the number of safety pins holding them to the floor.  Now if I could just get them litter box trained....
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Maltey on March 09, 2012, 08:41:18 PM
Lol, that's the same here!
Remember the playhouse I made small as it was a test? I've seen 5 rats pile into the central cube. It's barely big enough for one! Plus I have to make their double and triple bunks really close together so they're pretty much burrowing or they won't use them. But actually burrows, no way  :doh:
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: GhostMouse on March 09, 2012, 08:43:50 PM
Ghostmouse....

oooo looking forward to seeing your hammocks.  We all start somewhere.  One of these days, I will take a picture of some of my first hammocks, the ones in which, we didnt know how to use the grommeter, and tore the fabric up.  I ended up making little fleece rings to hang the hammocks with.

The thing with hammocks is that the true critics are our rats.  They pretty much love anything that you make.  And, if you dont make it right, they will alter it to fit.  By the way, they dont care if your hammock has straight seams.

Examples of Rat Complaints

1. This cube has too few exits.  Here, I shall put another exit.
2. Mommy, this hammock broke.  (Ribbon ripped out of seam.  Now, I reinforce them).
3. Could we have more bedding?  (Liner torn to shreds as it was stuffed into the hide and adjusted for maximum fluff)
4.  Hmm, no entrance to the amusement park.  I shall make some.  (Liners are great to play inside although they are not made with any entrances.)
5. Could you make the hammock smaller?  We like to overflow them.  (I made some awfully small hammocks, and I didn't think they would really like them.  But, apparently, small is good.)
6.  No, no, no, no, Dont take my hammock away. (Hammock stinks to high heaven and desperately needs to be laundered.  Rats are playing tug of war with us.  Seriously, they have held onto hammocks and it's been really difficult to get them to let go.)

 :yelcutelaugh: That list is perfect. I'll have to try out the too-small hammock!

I'm actually about to tackle the grommet thing myself.  :BlueDumboBigEyes: But first to Google proper techniques!
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: K Rat1417 on March 09, 2012, 10:10:49 PM
I'll have to post the set i'm making for myself tomorrow morning(ish). I have some good news though! My grommets came today!  :heart: i'm so happy lol.
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Maltey on March 09, 2012, 10:17:00 PM
Wooo! :hyper:
I've been reading about the plight of you and your grommets :yelcutelaugh:
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: K Rat1417 on March 09, 2012, 10:22:32 PM
Lol yeah.  ;)
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Miz on March 10, 2012, 02:33:09 AM
(http://i259.photobucket.com/albums/hh284/Miseryz/9432e6fb.jpg)

(http://i259.photobucket.com/albums/hh284/Miseryz/60f78109.jpg)

(http://i259.photobucket.com/albums/hh284/Miseryz/8278a958.jpg)

:D
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Lauren_22 on March 10, 2012, 03:36:25 AM
:o- more hammocks! Or not....

(http://i1209.photobucket.com/albums/cc400/RelaxedRat9/8d2e35ff.jpg)
(http://i1209.photobucket.com/albums/cc400/RelaxedRat9/41136687.jpg)

What did you put in the openings to keep them open all the time? Or are they sewn a special way?
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Ratilda on March 10, 2012, 08:14:39 AM
Miz.   Too cute.  Too cute
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Maltey on March 10, 2012, 08:25:20 AM
Yes, they're sewn a secret, magical way and I shan't tell!

No, but seriously I put Rigilene  in it- dressmaker's boning but not the hard rod type. It doesn't stand up too well against ratties standing on it (hence the failure of the stiff cube) but it holds up well enough for them to find the entrances and it's pretty chew safe too- it's not sharp if it pokes out.
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Kitsch Slapped on March 10, 2012, 08:52:20 AM
(http://i259.photobucket.com/albums/hh284/Miseryz/9432e6fb.jpg)

(http://i259.photobucket.com/albums/hh284/Miseryz/60f78109.jpg)

(http://i259.photobucket.com/albums/hh284/Miseryz/8278a958.jpg)

:D

I loooove that 1st set's fabric. And I love that triangle hammock!   :o
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Suzanne81 on March 10, 2012, 11:02:45 AM
(http://www.mijnalbum.nl/Foto-S7IVH44U.jpg)
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Maltey on March 10, 2012, 11:15:45 AM
I love it!

I love the owls (I've been trying to get hole of that fabric for months now!) and I love the patterned fleece to go with it!
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Suzanne81 on March 10, 2012, 12:18:36 PM
Thanks!

I bought the owl fabric at Jysk.
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Miz on March 11, 2012, 04:15:20 AM
Thanks guys! Much appreciated :)

I love sewing :) I wish it was cheaper to send overseas, as those are for sale but shipping overseas is so costly :(
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Kitsch Slapped on March 11, 2012, 12:32:34 PM
(http://www.mijnalbum.nl/Foto-S7IVH44U.jpg)

 :o I absolutely am in love with those fabrics! And the hammocks and cubes you made with them!  :heart:
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: K Rat1417 on March 11, 2012, 04:35:07 PM
I love that Owl fabric too!

So idk when i'll be posting that set. It's not sewn since I didn't have the time to finish it, also the grommets don't work with my setter even though they're the same size!!  :doh:
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Maltey on March 11, 2012, 04:36:51 PM
O what?!!
Something to console you- I bought a grommets and a grommet setter in a pack and they didn't work with their own setter!
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: K Rat1417 on March 11, 2012, 04:50:36 PM
Well that's crazy! Yes I have the Lord and Hodge grommet setter that is for 1/4 grommets and these are 1/4 grommets but it doesn't work.. Instead it smashes the grommet into multiple pieces...   :doh:
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Scubbs on March 11, 2012, 05:12:37 PM
Well that's crazy! Yes I have the Lord and Hodge grommet setter that is for 1/4 grommets and these are 1/4 grommets but it doesn't work.. Instead it smashes the grommet into multiple pieces...   :doh:

Sounds like they are iron grommets, not brass, which are a lot softer and more flimsy.  I'd recommend finding some brass grommets  :)
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: K Rat1417 on March 11, 2012, 06:48:12 PM
Thanks Scubbs, they were reccomended by someone on here so I assmed they'd be great (she said they were great so I think they just don't work with my setter).
I'm going to go back to ordered from Grommet World, their grommets are great.
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Ratilda on March 11, 2012, 07:10:58 PM
Hammocks look awesome with grommets.

BUT, grommets are EVIL, just plain EVIL.
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: CarrieD on March 11, 2012, 07:21:15 PM
Thanks Scubbs, they were reccomended by someone on here so I assmed they'd be great (she said they were great so I think they just don't work with my setter).
I'm going to go back to ordered from Grommet World, their grommets are great.

Wow, just checked out Grommet World and placed an order - I've been looking all over for a place to get bulk grommets at a decent price. Thanks!
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: K Rat1417 on March 11, 2012, 09:20:26 PM
Your welcome Carrie.
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Scubbs on March 12, 2012, 01:00:26 AM
Since I donated everything I had when my last rats passed away, whenever I go to clean Petri & Pipette's cage, I have to sit down and sew for a bit beforehand  :P  Can't wait to build up my hammie collection again!

Went with a farm-y theme for their next cage setup.  Here's a quick snap of everything I sewed for the setup, which includes a FN shelf liner, cage pad/blanket, pocket, honeycomb, large double decker, and a... triangle hut thing.  :P

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7041/6975094423_c3e6951d6f_z.jpg)
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Winter_Whisper on March 12, 2012, 02:18:05 AM
@Chelsey, I love your triangle hut thing xD

These are some hammocks I made for etsy. :P

(http://i728.photobucket.com/albums/ww288/burritotheturtle/GreenRobots030.jpg)

(http://i728.photobucket.com/albums/ww288/burritotheturtle/GreenRobots028.jpg)

(http://i728.photobucket.com/albums/ww288/burritotheturtle/GreenRobots027.jpg)

(http://i728.photobucket.com/albums/ww288/burritotheturtle/GreenRobots026.jpg)
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: GhostMouse on March 12, 2012, 08:08:01 AM
Okay, finally got pictures! The one on the left still needs grommets, but the one on the right is just a cuddle pocket, not a hanging hammock.

(http://i.imgur.com/5J3Trl.jpg)

My fleece had cows on it, so I hid one in each hammock.

(http://i.imgur.com/rG9jEl.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/15PvTl.jpg)

To prevent them from destroying these immediately, I chose a crazy zig-zag type stitch and "quilted" the fabric. We'll see how well it holds up...

(http://i.imgur.com/zlhDal.jpg)

Edit: Oh! I almost forgot about this one. I didn't actually sew it, but I did make it!

(http://i.imgur.com/vJDRFl.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/q9vpnl.jpg)

Ghost really seems to like it, so I guess it's a success!
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Winter_Whisper on March 12, 2012, 09:14:55 AM
@GhostMouse, my favorite is the last one.  :yelcutelaugh: ;D
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: K Rat1417 on March 12, 2012, 02:26:28 PM
Scubbs, I LOVE you're hammocks!! You're new ratties are so lucky  ;D
Ghost, that last one is hilarious!
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: AlwaysAmy on March 13, 2012, 02:06:54 AM
So I am off for a couple of days this week & I promised myself (& the ratties I would sit down & make some fancy hammocks for them).  I usually crochet them stuff while watching TV with the hubby but those are usually flats & rat poofs & nothing really fancy.  They were running low on cubes & tubes & double deckers.  So here they are, some of the fruits of my labors for the day.  (I am not done yet.  I am going to make a few more cubes & 4 way tube things tomorrow.  Then I should be stocked up.)

BTW, all my fabric (except most of the fleece) is from the thrift stores.  I kinda take what I can get because I know they are just going to chew it up.  My girls are big time chewers.  & I don't usually bother to make real sets, because again, they just chew them up & I would only get to be matching the first time.  So here are my mismatched pieces & fun 2nd fabric creations.   ;D

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7041/6978438657_748b7b7e7c_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/58819537@N02/6978438657/)
My first try at the 4 way tube thing I found posted here.  Came out pretty darn good.  & pretty darn 80s-tastic!
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7188/6832311516_00eb08d776_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/58819537@N02/6832311516/)
A double bunker & a tube, kinda a set because I had enough fabric.

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7062/6978438569_b843cb451d_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/58819537@N02/6978438569/)
Three large tubes.  I was using up my left over fabric scraps & decided that making a patchwork tube thing was a good way to go.  I think they turned out pretty cute.

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7204/6978438505_f53e41b8dc_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/58819537@N02/6978438505/)
I did make a set of liners & a few tubes & hammocks & the like all out of this striped material, skull material & red material.  Mostly because I had enough of it to do so.  But they came out fun.  & I added a little tunnel / fabric cave thing to this set of liners, hoping that it would keep my girls from chewing into the liners to burrow.  I doubt it, but it's worth a try.


So this is part of what I made today.  I made several other double decker things & some other tubes.  I really like the hammock with the tube built into the bottom.  I made a bunch of those in a few different kinds of fabrics.  I have almost got a tub full of stuff again.  I need to hit the stores tomorrow & buy some fleece to make several sets of liners.  I can't believe how fast they go through those.  Felt like it was a pretty productive day though, I hope the rats appreciate it.  :)
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Scubbs on March 13, 2012, 02:08:53 AM
Oh man, that 4-way tube looks awesome!  And so bright/funky  :D  You'll have to post a picture of it up in your cage!  I'm sure the ratties will appreciate all your time and hard work  :)
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: RattusNorvegicus on March 13, 2012, 02:15:10 AM
Those look great GhostMouse. I absolutely adore the hidden cows.
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: AlwaysAmy on March 13, 2012, 02:19:21 AM
Oh man, that 4-way tube looks awesome!  And so bright/funky  :D  You'll have to post a picture of it up in your cage!  I'm sure the ratties will appreciate all your time and hard work  :)

THANK YOU!  I loved that fabric when I found it.  It was either going to be rat toys or jams!  (Remember those goofy shorts from the 80s.  haha)   It took me about an hour or so to make it.  It was far easier then I thought it would be but it did take quite a bit of time & fabric.  Not something I would make for them every day but definitely something that I will make from now on when I have extra time on my hands.

Anyhoo, I have found a few pieces of 80s print fabric that are totally tubular that I am hoping will all become rat stuff this week.  I just hope they don't destroy it the first week it's in the cage.  I probably won't give it to my girls until my guys have had it a few times through.  The girls are terrible about chewing stuff up.   ::)
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Ratilda on March 13, 2012, 01:37:15 PM
Always Amy,

Amazing once again, and they are thrifted which just boggles me because it all looks like you bought the material to match.
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Nari Caution on March 13, 2012, 02:36:02 PM
I made these to donate out of a fleece robe I never wore. Its a very light purple, the camera is just also my phone. Yay for repurposing!
 
(http://i272.photobucket.com/albums/jj199/Nari_Caution/1331663301.jpg)
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: K Rat1417 on March 13, 2012, 02:44:17 PM
Nice Nari Caution! I agree with the repurposing. I made some hammocks out of a fleece snuggie I got at a resale shop once. They were great!
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: AlwaysAmy on March 13, 2012, 02:49:06 PM
I made these to donate out of a fleece robe I never wore. Its a very light purple, the camera is just also my phone. Yay for repurposing!
 
(http://i272.photobucket.com/albums/jj199/Nari_Caution/1331663301.jpg)

These look great!  Way to be clever & reuse what you've already got!   ;D
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Scubbs on March 13, 2012, 03:12:32 PM
Those are great, Nari Caution!  And good for you for donating  :heart:

Repurposing is awesome  :)  I have a queen-size comforter/quilt that I'll be making into hammocks and liners for my rats/mice in the next couple weeks.  I didn't realize when I bought it that a solid yellow comforter is... very boring.  :yelcutelaugh:
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Nari Caution on March 13, 2012, 06:44:27 PM
Ha, that's a little ironic. I stopped using the robe because I got a snuggie. I love it, I got it as a  b-day present actually.
 
And yeah, one of the three girls I'm trying to adopt has a tumor... I'm hoping to give this set of hammocks to the girls' foster so they can be cozy while the poor girl heals. I don't know much but the foster said the rescue is going to try to remove it asap at least. I also have a fleece tube and smaller hammock my guys didn't use along with a 3 piece crochet hammock set which i originally wanted to sell. But id rather donate stuff to a couple local rescues at this point. I'm also getting more fabric after Thursday. I found an awesome craft second hand store with bolts of fabric and oodles of other stuff like wicker baskets for a dollar. And there's a couple other smaller fabric shops around I've been meaning to check out, maybe hit up for donations like remnants or a discount. I love sewing but my guys are set with more hammocks than they could use and I've already made a set for the girls I'll be getting which I'm keeping. i just love sewing but i don't think I'm good enough to sell yet. So i figure this way i can practice and get some good karma as well~
 
Im also going to ask around if it would be helpful for me to make PVC hardwarecloth cages which sit in storage bins after i firm up the blueprints. I got the idea earlier at target when i saw just how cheap a good sized bin costs, like a 3ftL by 1 1/2ftW by 1ftH, I'm guessing, clear bin. i figure cages are something that's always needed. for all they've done and all they are doing, Rattie Ratz especially deserves my gratitude, and another member here tells me they could use all the hammocks they can get in San Francisco.
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Dragonfly on March 13, 2012, 06:52:37 PM
I have made a few new things lately. .though none of them are that great, the ratties love them though.. Question:

A friend of mine has a chinchilla.. do chinchillas like hammocks? and how big should they be? I want to make her and gus a few to see how he likes them.
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: K Rat1417 on March 13, 2012, 09:24:45 PM
Dragonfly, as long as the rat likes it that's what matters!
@nari caution, I love donating to rescues too! Lol I also do it when my own rats have enough stuff but I wanna do something! And i love blessing them. I got a lot better at sewing by making rescues hammocks.
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: abmama on March 13, 2012, 10:18:46 PM
Oh I need a sewing machine so bad! I'm so jealous of all the pretty hammocks, I know the rats dont care if its pretty but I have just cutting old clothes up it looks so ugly!
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: abmama on March 13, 2012, 10:29:23 PM
thats it , next payday I've got a date with a new sewing machine and some new goodwill fabric pieces !
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: mcguirks on March 18, 2012, 06:52:32 PM
Just a few quick things I put together.  Love all the ideas I find in this thread!!
 :heart:

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v147/deadbodylette/Rat/IMG_0005.jpg)
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Dragonfly on March 18, 2012, 07:26:49 PM
Those double decker hammocks, How do you make them.. my attempt today failed miserably..it's useable but it is not pretty..
if you know of a good tutorial and could cue me in on it, that would be great!!
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Maltey on March 18, 2012, 07:51:41 PM
I'm quite and I don't usually explain myself well so this will probably be a mess you won't understand, but for double deckers I cut out the top rectangle whatever size let's say (12"x8") and then another rectangle that's the same length but wider, say 20"x12". The extra length will depend on how low you want the bottom to hang.
Then you place the fabrics right sides together and sew the short edges. Turn it right way round and top stitch the short sides (if you do top stitches)
Do the same for both rectangles.
Then place the rectangles right sides together with the same length sides together. Stitch these on both sides. Then turn it right way in. Top stitch the seams if you top stitch and then grommet!
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Dragonfly on March 19, 2012, 08:42:04 AM
That sorta makes sense (hehe). I'll try again this coming weekend when I have a few hours :)
I can see where I went wrong though, so I least I can learn from that mistake.
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Maltey on March 19, 2012, 09:35:53 AM
Lol I was so tired I didn't even put the word tired in there!
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Suzanne81 on March 19, 2012, 03:35:42 PM
Ferret size hammocks
(http://www.mijnalbum.nl/Foto-6BWZPZVU.jpg)
(http://www.mijnalbum.nl/Foto-SQNCA47L.jpg)
(http://www.mijnalbum.nl/Foto-ARBUAL7R.jpg)
(http://www.mijnalbum.nl/Foto-8FJS7ING.jpg)
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Maltey on March 19, 2012, 03:40:44 PM
Ooo I really love those floral and purple stripy fabrics!
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: K Rat1417 on March 19, 2012, 03:43:06 PM
Ooh love those too!     

I may have some hammocks to post today! It just depends how much time i'll have to sew.
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Nari Caution on March 19, 2012, 04:40:53 PM
Me too, I've got quite a lot of stuff cut out already, I just need to find the time to stitch them all up. >_> If only there were more hours in the day...
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: vintagerat on March 19, 2012, 04:58:51 PM
I made all these Star Domes last week, and I have about 20 more to make this week. They will all be for sale once I am done  ;)....

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7198/6811284816_9fca9a5b6c_c.jpg)


Oh, and this beautiful set...which I can't decide if I want to keep or sell ???...

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7204/6957395613_2af513f194_c.jpg)
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: GhostMouse on March 19, 2012, 05:09:21 PM
What's a star dome? It sounds cool. Those fabrics are  gorgeous, especially on the last one (and especially the flowery one).
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: vintagerat on March 19, 2012, 06:33:16 PM
What's a star dome? It sounds cool. Those fabrics are  gorgeous, especially on the last one (and especially the flowery one).

A Star Dome is a design I came up with and use to sell a few years ago. I stopped making them and selling them a few months before I was rat-less. They are made with a layer of batting on the inside, so they will keep their shape :).
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Nari Caution on March 19, 2012, 06:45:48 PM
Quote

A Star Dome is a design I came up with and use to sell a few years ago. I stopped making them and selling them a few months before I was rat-less. They are made with a layer of batting on the inside, so they will keep their shape :)

Could you post a picture of one in action, or hung up? I'm curious to see how they're used, they look adorable~
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: vintagerat on March 19, 2012, 07:36:27 PM
Quote

A Star Dome is a design I came up with and use to sell a few years ago. I stopped making them and selling them a few months before I was rat-less. They are made with a layer of batting on the inside, so they will keep their shape :)

Could you post a picture of one in action, or hung up? I'm curious to see how they're used, they look adorable~

They don't hang...they are free-standing since the batting helps them hold their shape. They will kinda flatten out, but they pop right back up when a rat enters them and starts "making the bed", lol). My boys (and past rats) don't chew them as much as other beds, for some reason.

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7052/6811282420_057fd6a5e2_c.jpg)


A picture of one in my CN a few years ago...

(http://farm5.staticflickr.com/4010/4295727684_2495796bea_z.jpg)


Pretty soon I will be starting a sellers thread to sell them, and I will post pictures of them in action in there  :).
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: GhostMouse on March 19, 2012, 07:42:40 PM
Those are neat, they remind me of tents. And if rats don't chew them as much, I might be placing an order once you start selling!
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Nari Caution on March 19, 2012, 07:50:19 PM
Ooooh, I see. Those are more adorable than I thought~ Such a good idea, making a squish-proof standing house.


Once I get some free time, all this...
(http://i272.photobucket.com/albums/jj199/Nari_Caution/1331944220.jpg)

is going to become oodles of hammocks. All that came from the remnants bin from my friendly neighborhood joanns and the grand total of the day's rummaging- $30. I love those owls~

This stuff totaled $30 too but I bought it from a smaller local fabric shop and I'm happy to spend a little extra to help out the smaller businesses. (the fleece was just not worth it, hence the trip to Joanns xP)

(http://i272.photobucket.com/albums/jj199/Nari_Caution/1331944222.jpg)

I figure my future girls could use some camo too~ and that mouse fabric is just adorable! and the skulls was a remnant, 50% off and I got 2 yards of it so win.

I've already made 3 hammocks out of the purple tie-dye. I'm hoping to sell a set or two to cover the fabric expenses and donate the rest that I'm not keeping, or donate older but still in-tact stuff to make room. Either way, something's getting donated. I've got too much rat stuff as it is  :P
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Miz on March 20, 2012, 04:06:38 AM
(http://i259.photobucket.com/albums/hh284/Miseryz/a742f50d.jpg)

For my cage. :D

Made something for me for once.. lol.. not that I need it.. haha.
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Ratilda on March 20, 2012, 12:40:34 PM
Omg lovely hammocks

Those star domes are ingenious and designed for the chewers is doubly awesome.

Nari.  I can't wait to see what you do with that "rat" print.

Vintagerat.         That purty gold red black white set is so definitely a keeper

Suzanne81. I loving the floral and the orange stripy. With the floral, imreally liking the green contrast. Beautiful


Miz. This is sad, not referring to your work, but it reminds me that I have never made a complete set.  Because my crew is destructive of liners, I'm always having to sew liner replacements and then I make hammocks from the excess. They barely chew on hammocks.  I still have some of my original hammocks.   I count 9 items there, though that maybe a few liners too. Maybe, I should ask how much is your yardage for that because I always buy 1 or 2 yards and could never get that many hammocks out of it with liners made too
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Miz on March 21, 2012, 04:41:13 AM
Your correct. :P 9 items.
a flat hammock, a double decker, a honeycomb, a flat with a tube and a tube hammock. The other 4 pieces are liners to my cage.

See?
(http://i259.photobucket.com/albums/hh284/Miseryz/796fe3f7.jpg)


Also, if your guys chew liners, swap to litter?
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: K Rat1417 on March 21, 2012, 01:16:52 PM
My last foster boys never chewed liners but now I'm fostering 6 girls so it's a little different lol. I've noticed that they don't chew them as much if I don't secere them onto the cage. If I do they get upset and pull and chew to get them un connected. If I just set them in the pans or whereever they barely chew :D They DO crumple the liner into a ball but I can fix that. I now don't clip my liners onto the cage.
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Nari Caution on March 22, 2012, 03:11:07 PM
Okay, finally got 2 sets done, and I'm hoping to make those cute owl ones tonight~

The purple set- either going up for sale, if anyone wants it for $20 plus shipping, or will be donated. I'm just trying to break even in my donating so I'm hoping to sell one set.
(http://i272.photobucket.com/albums/jj199/Nari_Caution/1332390022.jpg)

The Rattie set~ (sorry, but I'm keeping this one  ;) )
(http://i272.photobucket.com/albums/jj199/Nari_Caution/1332390025.jpg)

More coming soon, definitely this weekend if not tomorrow.   ;D
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: K Rat1417 on March 22, 2012, 09:47:51 PM
Nice Nari!

I've made part of my new hammock set. It will be complete once I finish the cube :)
This has a bunkbed, and 3 standard hammocks (And it will have a cube  :thumbsup2: I'm hoping it doesn't get mauled too quickly..   ::))

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7068/6861222158_e843eb1006.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/ks_pics/6861222158/)
My hammock set.  (http://www.flickr.com/photos/ks_pics/6861222158/) by KD4714 (http://www.flickr.com/people/ks_pics/), on Flickr(http://)
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Winter_Whisper on March 22, 2012, 11:04:57 PM
Your correct. :P 9 items.
a flat hammock, a double decker, a honeycomb, a flat with a tube and a tube hammock. The other 4 pieces are liners to my cage.

See?
(http://i259.photobucket.com/albums/hh284/Miseryz/796fe3f7.jpg)


Also, if your guys chew liners, swap to litter?

Your cage looks amazing :)
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Kitsch Slapped on March 22, 2012, 11:56:40 PM
I agree with Winter_Whisper. Your cage does look amazing  ;D  :heart:
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Miz on March 24, 2012, 04:19:41 AM
Hehe thanks guys. I do take a lot of pride in it. :3
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Nari Caution on March 24, 2012, 12:22:30 PM
I finally finished the owl set, 2 flats, 2 pockets, and a bunkbed and a U hammock (I guess technically a flat)
 
(http://i272.photobucket.com/albums/jj199/Nari_Caution/1332565866.jpg)
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: 0VT9 on March 25, 2012, 10:31:50 PM
I'm just here to toot my own horn.  Made my first ever hammock!  It's nothing compared to those gorgeous creations that make up this thread, but I'm proud of it  :wink5:

Don't mind the mismatching thread, or the lines that aren't exactly straight....or the fabric being exactly straight!  I had so much fun making it!  Although my boys haven't tried it yet.  Hermie got into it, but I don't think he quite trust the hangy thing in the sky!

(http://i1211.photobucket.com/albums/cc430/slm887/DSCN0610.jpg)

Lone hammy in the freshly cleaned cage
(http://i1211.photobucket.com/albums/cc430/slm887/DSCN0613.jpg)

And a photoBOMB by yours truely, Hermie :)
(http://i1211.photobucket.com/albums/cc430/slm887/DSCN0615.jpg)
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: *Kat* on March 28, 2012, 02:06:09 PM
(http://a1.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/485221_281455768598573_189882527755898_651015_1901837072_n.jpg)

(http://sphotos.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn1/553580_281455868598563_189882527755898_651017_398346046_n.jpg)
(http://sphotos.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash4/383449_281455941931889_189882527755898_651018_1661266024_n.jpg)

(http://sphotos.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn1/538045_281455985265218_189882527755898_651019_1063997634_n.jpg)

(http://a5.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-prn1/542548_281456025265214_189882527755898_651020_843485017_n.jpg)

Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: K Rat1417 on March 29, 2012, 03:55:04 PM
Those are cool "Kat"!

I've been sewing lately  :cheeky:

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7107/6881484756_1605a00191.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/ks_pics/6881484756/)
 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/ks_pics/6881484756/) by  (http://www.flickr.com/people//), (http://)

I'll be selling this set at Ratfest (In TX)

I made another set too that i'll be posting soon. I also will be making another one today.
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Ryuu on March 29, 2012, 03:57:13 PM
Here's a video with some hammocks and liners I made: [link] (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XCdpF8GcuIE&feature=g-upl&context=G288b969AUAAAAAAABAA)
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: sampson2010 on March 29, 2012, 04:02:12 PM
Wow, everyone makes such nice hammocks!  I need to learn how to sew or I am going to go broke buying hammocks and liners!  Making them looks fun :)
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: K Rat1417 on March 29, 2012, 04:05:12 PM
@sampson, yes buying hammocks can get expensive. Though sometimes there are really good deals on here.  Making them is fun (to me anyway)! I find it relaxing. LOl and I cut fabric out while I watch TV  :cheeky:
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: sampson2010 on March 29, 2012, 04:12:48 PM
@sampson, yes buying hammocks can get expensive. Though sometimes there are really good deals on here.  Making them is fun (to me anyway)! I find it relaxing. LOl and I cut fabric out while I watch TV  :cheeky:

Well I need to learn how to sew first, lol  The last time I used a sewing machine was 20 years ago in school!
May go shopping for a sewing machine this weekend ;D
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: K Rat1417 on March 29, 2012, 04:27:31 PM
Lol yep learning to sew is probably a good idea  :cheeky:.
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Nari Caution on March 29, 2012, 04:57:06 PM
Learning how to sew is quite easy. You just gotta learn how to properly thread the machine. Learning how to sew WELL, that's another story...  :P But that's why I love making hammocks and stuff. Rats don't care if your seams are crooked. They just appreciate the effort~
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: K Rat1417 on March 29, 2012, 05:00:24 PM
Learning how to sew is quite easy. You just gotta learn how to properly thread the machine. Learning how to sew WELL, that's another story...  :P But that's why I love making hammocks and stuff. Rats don't care if your seams are crooked. They just appreciate the effort~

Exactly! Lol they end up chewing them to shreds anyway  ::)
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: sampson2010 on March 29, 2012, 05:05:36 PM
Learning how to sew is quite easy. You just gotta learn how to properly thread the machine. Learning how to sew WELL, that's another story...  :P But that's why I love making hammocks and stuff. Rats don't care if your seams are crooked. They just appreciate the effort~

Exactly! Lol they end up chewing them to shreds anyway  ::)

I know!  That is what prompted my search for a sewing machine.  The brand new yogi bear set I just got from someone on the forum is already being chewed!  There is a big hole in the cube already and they have had it less than a week, little brats! lol
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Nari Caution on March 29, 2012, 06:15:36 PM
I think any enclosed hammock, be it pocket or cube, will eventually have a rat-made back door. While it's destructive, it's pretty adorable seeing little noses poke out of holes that weren't there the day before~ They don't realize how much effort we put into these comfy chew toys, but at least they're enjoying themselves. They seem to like re-decorating everything so I've just been making all my cubes with back doors or half a back and put it against the cage or lead it into a hidey. 
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: K Rat1417 on March 29, 2012, 06:31:37 PM
I've also been making my cubes with back doors and it seems to be helping a bit.
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Maltey on March 30, 2012, 01:41:09 PM
My rats seem to chew little air holes, just big enough for nosies, but on cubes they always get in between the linings. I started making them with little pockets inside so they didn't feel compelled to get in between the linings and they used that for a bit, but then chewed a back door  :doh:

Maybe a combination of the two is in order?!
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: K Rat1417 on March 30, 2012, 03:35:09 PM
Lol Maltey you're not alone. My last fosters didn't chew AT ALL but my current 6 girls (also fosters) chew the cube and get in between the liners too :(

I've been sewing! (Ratfest is tomorrow so i'm trying to hurry and get everything finished! I'll be fine though. I'm already almost done with my LAST set (finally  :bow:). I just need to finish the cube that goes with it)

Okay this is the set I finished last night (It has a cube, flat hammock, and a pocket hammock): 


(http://farm7.staticflickr.com/6098/6884070206_3e20f95611.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos//6884070206/)
 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/ks_pics/6884070206/)   (http://www.flickr.com/people//)(http://)

Yeah I know it's blurry :( It sucks not having a camera
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Candi on March 31, 2012, 12:57:22 PM
You've all made some lovely hammocks! :) Sadly I'm currently ratless :( but hoping to get some more soon :) I've been making some hammocks the last couple of days, no where near as good as the ones you all make though :P

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v403/hutch1081/9c169427.jpg)
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Ratilda on March 31, 2012, 01:03:22 PM
Here's my newest creations.

(http://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-uJlazVW_0j8/T3ZW8omBd6I/AAAAAAAAAg8/fjXRuaOt2bs/s1024/IMAGE_4404DEBF-3E76-4767-B629-68B99EADCE07.JPG)

The pink-orange-red is apparently particularly yummy to chew and will have a brief life span.  The black-grey-white is not as chewable.  These are liners for my DCN.

(http://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-kuRHxMAehvg/T3ZW-otAlLI/AAAAAAAAAhE/CAYewZUNc0w/s1024/IMAGE_96A66C77-284B-4FB9-8BC5-FC92045E3533.JPG)

These are the black-grey-white hammocks.  I also made a pink-orange-red double hammock, but its picture is on my iphone and I still need to transfer it over to my ipad.
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: missamy on April 09, 2012, 03:54:12 PM
I love seeing what everyone makes!  I've decided to attempt to make a few things and see how it goes. I have a brand new sewing that I've never used, I may as well put it to use for my ratties :)
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Ratilda on April 09, 2012, 05:06:54 PM
Missamy, 

I'm eager to see what you make.

The awesome thing about sewing for ratties is that they appreciate and love anything that you make.  Sewing rat things is really an easy way to learn how to sew.
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Scubbs on April 10, 2012, 05:35:22 PM
I picked up two cute Easter placemats at Walmart a couple weeks ago, thinking I'd put them in the girls' cage underneath their food bowl.  Well, after washing them the sides were curling in for some reason, so just using them as resting pads/liners wouldn't work.  So I sewed them together and made an egg pocket!  :P

I was actually going to turn it inside out and sew it again, but I like the pink edging on the pocket  :)

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7204/6919592854_6a287c9e94_z.jpg)
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: abmama on April 10, 2012, 05:42:38 PM
omg that egg pocket is sooo cute!
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: K Rat1417 on April 10, 2012, 05:42:39 PM
I picked up two cute Easter placemats at Walmart a couple weeks ago, thinking I'd put them in the girls' cage underneath their food bowl.  Well, after washing them the sides were curling in for some reason, so just using them as resting pads/liners wouldn't work.  So I sewed them together and made an egg pocket!  :P

I was actually going to turn it inside out and sew it again, but I like the pink edging on the pocket  :)

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7204/6919592854_6a287c9e94_z.jpg)

That is awesome...  :shocked2:


I made the girls a new cube yesterday since the one I made a week or so ago is falling apart (*Ahem* is being eaten)  ::)

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7139/6919665590_a1d4bec1e8.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/ks_pics/6919665590/)
  (http://www.flickr.com/photos/ks_pics/6919665590/) by  (http://www.flickr.com/people/ks_pics/)(http://)
This cube is purple, green and blue in the back.

@scubbs, this is actually made with the last of the fleece I got from you!
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Scubbs on April 10, 2012, 05:50:11 PM
abmama - Isn't it adorable?  :D  I hope my girls like it as much as I do!

K Rat1417 - That cube is super cute!  And I'm glad all the fleece I sent you has been put to good use  :)  It would probably all still be sitting in my fleece scrap drawers had I not sent it  :yelcutelaugh:
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Ratilda on April 10, 2012, 06:08:07 PM
what an awesome save of the placemats.  I would love to see a pic of the ratties enjoying their Easter Egg.
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: K Rat1417 on April 10, 2012, 06:08:14 PM
Oh I can assure you it has been put to good use! The hammocks I made are lasting a LONG time since I made everything for my last foster boys who didn't chew. The hammocks are only now started to get chewed because i'm fostering some baby girls. But the chewing isn't much (Unless it's a cube  :worry:).
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Snippet on April 11, 2012, 06:36:56 PM
I've made a cube and a heat pad hammock.  I'll get a photo of the cube in use, but here is one of the heat pad hammock not in use.
(http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn168/Cara4Keane/hammock%20tutorial/DSCF0020.jpg)
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Snippet on April 11, 2012, 08:24:32 PM
Cube hammock.  The corner hasn't been chewed off, I made it like that as my girls like to make their own exit holes in the corners.
(http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn168/Cara4Keane/My%20Rats/April%202012/DSCF0005.jpg)
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Kitsch Slapped on April 12, 2012, 01:04:14 AM
Snippet, I like the idea of leaving holes already in the corners! My girls are corner chewers too lol. I wish I would have seen your post before I already sewed up my cube. I'll have to try your trick to leave the corners open next time. I just added an extra hole in hopes that would quench their thirst for more exits.  :yelcutelaugh:

Here's my 1st ever cube I've sewn. It turned out a lot better than I thought it would.  :hyper:
(https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/528817_403087176382523_100000437334043_1442146_1028443620_n.jpg)

And after I got back from hanging the cube up in the girl's cage, I come back to find *THIS* thing laying on my fabric.  :yelcutelaugh: I just had to take a picture. He's so cute.

(https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/538365_403086936382547_100000437334043_1442142_753633398_n.jpg)

Cupcake says: "Th- Th- Th- That's all, folks!"  :D
(https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/540527_403087046382536_100000437334043_1442143_1238704705_n.jpg)

Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Maltey on April 12, 2012, 01:27:18 AM
:yelcutelaugh:

duh duhduhduh duuh duuuh duuuuuuuh

cookies for anyone who works that out. I realise how difficult it is to convey a tune in words!
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Maltey on April 12, 2012, 06:08:24 AM
I always seem to be disobeying the rules of this thread.....
it quite clearly states in the title what hammocks have you made -lately-
Well I found some old photos on an old memory card today (some of my heart rat Meggy :heart: ) and I found photos of my first cube! paha!
Actually, the first one turned out a lot better than the second one- always does. First is good, second is awful, third is ok, fourth is as good as the first :/

Anyway first ever cube!!
(http://i1209.photobucket.com/albums/cc400/RelaxedRat9/2fdff1fb.jpg)
Aww Meggy
(http://i1209.photobucket.com/albums/cc400/RelaxedRat9/17e2d618.jpg)

And the second one......
(http://i1209.photobucket.com/albums/cc400/RelaxedRat9/d6c3098a.jpg)

But now we're back on par! I know I shouldn't post orders on here, but I love this flat cube so much. I'm so jealous of her because I really really want it!
(http://i1209.photobucket.com/albums/cc400/RelaxedRat9/c19af8e4.jpg)

And just to try and redeem myself a little (although strictly not a hammock) I made this fringe rope for my girls. I actually played with it for at least half an hour before they were allowed a go :p
(http://i1209.photobucket.com/albums/cc400/RelaxedRat9/8f5571b2.jpg)
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Ratilda on April 12, 2012, 11:01:03 AM
Maltey,  that is awesome because the photos, I believe show your progress in sewing.  And, a lot of readers of this thread complain often that their work is not good enough for the thread. And , here it is ...the more you sew the better it gets.

The that's all folks.  Awesome photo

Cubes aren't easy to sew.  Allof the new cubes.  Wow
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: K Rat1417 on April 12, 2012, 07:53:37 PM
Nice fringe rope maltey! How do you make them? I think I know how to but i'm not sure.
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Snippet on April 12, 2012, 07:56:50 PM
Snippet, I like the idea of leaving holes already in the corners! My girls are corner chewers too lol. I wish I would have seen your post before I already sewed up my cube. I'll have to try your trick to leave the corners open next time. I just added an extra hole in hopes that would quench their thirst for more exits.  :yelcutelaugh:

It seems to be working fairly well so far :)  Normally hammocks get eaten within 2 days, but this one hasn't been munched on so far :)
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Kitsch Slapped on April 12, 2012, 08:39:25 PM
Love all those cubes Maltey! Really love the fabric on your 2nd one and your 3rd one.

Snippet, thats good to hear. My girls have already eaten up the inside liner in places. They haven't made a complete hole in the cube yet but they are well on their way  :P lol
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Maltey on April 13, 2012, 09:39:49 AM
Nice fringe rope maltey! How do you make them? I think I know how to but i'm not sure.

Erm, I'm really not the best at describing stuff but I'll try my best.

I usually cut out 3/4 rectangles of fleece and then layer them how you want. I used to cut out quite thin (3-4") strips, but they didn't flap about much and I couldn't work out why, but it's because you need long fringes, so now I cut them about 6-7" wide. Then you need to sew them together down the middle- you can either do two rows using a twin needle or I set mine on a really wide zig-zag stitch. Then trim the top and bottom so they're level with each other, and then you just need to cut your fringes. You can use scissors or a rotary cutter and ruler. You want to cut your fringes really close to the stitching- the longer your fringe is the more it'll open up and look all fluffy :D

ETA: Then you bang your grommets in. Or if you're using ribbon loops you want to fit them in when you sew the strips together
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: K Rat1417 on April 13, 2012, 01:25:12 PM
Thanks Maltey!
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Ratilda on April 13, 2012, 10:43:01 PM
These are special hammocks made of placemats which I obtained from the free table at my local dump.  So, for the price of the time and the thread and some grommets, I now have a couple of lovely hammocks.

I have to thank the hubby for two things.  1. For grommetting, he does a great job.   2.  He helped me to position the two hammocks so that when sewed together they made the hammock I imagined. 

(http://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-YlJ6VidqfTo/T4jiehOKRrI/AAAAAAAAAh4/ftn9rpgfxww/s1024/IMAGE_3A78DEDC-CFD4-4A22-A610-DB3C51B95B07.JPG)
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: K Rat1417 on April 13, 2012, 10:44:54 PM
Nice hammies! Are the placemats made of cotton? They look like nice cool, spring/summertime hammocks.
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: K Rat1417 on April 13, 2012, 10:48:04 PM
I'm just here to toot my own horn.  Made my first ever hammock!  It's nothing compared to those gorgeous creations that make up this thread, but I'm proud of it  :wink5:

Don't mind the mismatching thread, or the lines that aren't exactly straight....or the fabric being exactly straight!  I had so much fun making it!  Although my boys haven't tried it yet.  Hermie got into it, but I don't think he quite trust the hangy thing in the sky!

(http://i1211.photobucket.com/albums/cc430/slm887/DSCN0610.jpg)

Lone hammy in the freshly cleaned cage
(http://i1211.photobucket.com/albums/cc430/slm887/DSCN0613.jpg)

And a photoBOMB by yours truely, Hermie :)
(http://i1211.photobucket.com/albums/cc430/slm887/DSCN0615.jpg)
I just realized I never commented on your hammocks. I really like the fabric, it's too cute! That's also a great first time hammie! Don't worry about lines being completely straight, ETC. You'll get better with each hammock you make. Sometimes rat don't trust hammocks at first, but sometimes help if you start hanging them lower to the ground or even touching the ground, that way they can get used to them.  ;)

I've been making some new hammocks lately. They aren't mine though, they're premade hammocks i'm selling. But I thought they were cute so I wanted to share.
Adorable summertime tubes
(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5039/6926145688_17f65b70fc.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/ks_pics/6926145688/)
Summertime tube (http://www.flickr.com/photos/ks_pics/6926145688/) by KD4714 (http://www.flickr.com/people/ks_pics/), on Flickr

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7059/7072222991_6004a200a9.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/ks_pics/7072222991/)
Summertime tube (http://www.flickr.com/photos/ks_pics/7072222991/) by KD4714 (http://www.flickr.com/people/ks_pics/), on Flickr

Triple bunkbed
(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5315/6919924432_460d52737e.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/ks_pics/6919924432/)
Premaid triple bunkbed (http://www.flickr.com/photos/ks_pics/6919924432/) by KD4714 (http://www.flickr.com/people/ks_pics/), on Flickr

A fleecy flat hammock with cute dinos

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7067/6919853686_e8747ec4a0.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/ks_pics/6919853686/)
Premade dino flat hammock (All fleece) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/ks_pics/6919853686/) by KD4714 (http://www.flickr.com/people/ks_pics/), on Flickr

And a wall pouch hammock (My first one, it turned out great!)
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7135/7065740375_2e0e13f851.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/ks_pics/7065740375/)
Wall pouch hammocks (http://www.flickr.com/photos/ks_pics/7065740375/) by KD4714 (http://www.flickr.com/people/ks_pics/), on Flickr

And a bunkbed (I may have posted this one already..)
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7254/6900509756_8374987eaf.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/ks_pics/6900509756/)
Premaid Sleepy Monkey Bunkbed  (made with cozy flannel) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/ks_pics/6900509756/) by KD4714 (http://www.flickr.com/people/ks_pics/), on Flickr(http://)

That's all  :party:
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Ratilda on April 13, 2012, 11:35:58 PM
Krat,   Thank you, and I love that triple bunk that you just made.

As for my placemat hammies, they appear to be made of thick cotton jean like material.  My singer 66 just plowed through the sewing, but afterwards, I looked at what I'd done and I was quite grateful that I didnt attempt it with my fancy sewing machine.

Oh, and yeah, when I found the placemats at the dump, I was thinking Easter/spring time colors.  I'd hoped to have had them done for Easter, but it wasnt meant to be.
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Suzanne81 on April 14, 2012, 11:26:31 AM
New set, very different of what I usually make with a lot of black
4 large bunkbeds
(http://www.mijnalbum.nl/Foto-VDEMMRPY.jpg)
4 tubes
(http://www.mijnalbum.nl/Foto-T3HOMVCL.jpg)
4 single hammocks
(http://www.mijnalbum.nl/Foto-IRNLC4XE.jpg)
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: K Rat1417 on April 14, 2012, 01:08:42 PM
Thanks Ratilda, I love the triple too. I'm surprised it hasn't sold yet.


Suzanne, Those bunkbeds are huge!  :o  :o Are they for some ferrets or something lol?
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Maltey on April 14, 2012, 01:36:49 PM
They are huge!
I always love your fabric choices Suzanne- again, they're gorgeous!
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Suzanne81 on April 14, 2012, 01:40:11 PM
No they are for my 15 boys, when they will all be living together next month. At least I hope they are going to live together  :BlueDumboSmile:

Thanks Maltey!
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Maltey on April 15, 2012, 04:42:40 PM
My mum/sister (mum says she bought it for my sister, but she was on holiday when my mum bought it and I know it was for her!) just got a guinea pig so I made it a cuddle cup (with really low sides cos it's a tiny weeny baby!) and a hidey hut- which he loves! The cuddle cup is for out time, and the hut is going to be his normal bed because he loves burrowing in the bottom of it.

I made them so he could use them when he's full-sized but he's about the size of my hand now so he looks swamped in these massive beds!

(http://i1209.photobucket.com/albums/cc400/RelaxedRat9/ccf42c93.jpg)
(http://i1209.photobucket.com/albums/cc400/RelaxedRat9/ac083557.jpg)
(http://i1209.photobucket.com/albums/cc400/RelaxedRat9/bd5de45f.jpg)

And a bonus shot of Ralph :)
(http://i1209.photobucket.com/albums/cc400/RelaxedRat9/66fb9bd3.jpg)
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: K Rat1417 on April 15, 2012, 04:49:56 PM
 Awww cute maltey! I  :heart: piggies!
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: abmama on April 15, 2012, 05:43:45 PM
So cute and great beds too :) I need a sewing machine ... so jealous. lol
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: K Rat1417 on April 15, 2012, 06:07:38 PM
Aww do you have to sew by hand Abmama?  :confused:
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Maltey on April 15, 2012, 06:15:36 PM
:O
I could not cope with that!
Even when I have to slip stitch the hammocks I throw a strop about it!
It's strange because before I had a sewing machine I'd sew by hand all the time, but now I've got some I couldn't go back to sewing by hand!
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: abmama on April 15, 2012, 06:29:59 PM
Aww do you have to sew by hand Abmama?  :confused:
I don't sew at all anymore lol I tried to make a cube by hand and OMG if I didn't have arthritis before that I certainly did after hahaha, I've been TRYING to get a sewing machine but something more important always comes up so I never have the money, drives me nuts!
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: K Rat1417 on April 15, 2012, 06:33:18 PM
Oh I know what you mean Maltey, I can't stand hand sewing of any kind! I used to sew my hammocks closed by hand but I couldn't stand it so now I sew them shut with my machine. :) lol I'd rather buy other people's hammocks (Which I LOVE to do but I can't afford it very often) then sew mine by hand, but I know that isn't always an option since it's more expensive.

@abmama, oh so do you buy your hammies? Arthritis  :confused: so sorry. Gosh, sewing a cube by hand!!  :o I can imagine that would have been horrible.  Sewing machines are expensive, it took me a while to finally get another one after my last one broke. I hated being without one lol!
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: abmama on April 15, 2012, 06:36:09 PM
Oh I know what you mean Maltey, I can't stand hand sewing of any kind! I used to sew my hammocks closed by hand but I couldn't stand it so now I sew them shut with my machine. :) lol I'd rather buy other people's hammocks (Which I LOVE to do but I can't afford it very often) then sew mine by hand, but I know that isn't always an option since it's more expensive.

@abmama, oh so do you buy your hammies? Arthritis  :confused: so sorry. Gosh, sewing a cube by hand!!  :o I can imagine that would have been horrible.  Sewing machines are expensive, it took me a while to finally get another one after my last one broke. I hated being without one lol!
I usually just cut up scarves/ blankets from the dollar tree to use as hammocks . I actually did buy my first hammock set this week , which thinking about it now I should have just put that money away and saved for a machine of my own haha
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: K Rat1417 on April 15, 2012, 06:54:00 PM
The scarves and blankets thing is a great idea! You could even grommet them (they're not too expensive). Haha well hammock sets are tempting! Lol I wish I could buy other people's hammocks more often. Lol when more people start buying my hammocks maybe i'll be able to buy other peoples  ;D (every once in a while, I have other things I need to spend my money on that is way mor important)
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: MiserySmith on April 15, 2012, 07:00:36 PM
Am I the only one around here that sews everything by hand? I don't have a machine, and don't even have the space for a small one if I did get one! I've begun a really poorly cut cube(they just chew it anyway and I'm pretty rushy because I LOATHE sewing) that I've worked on like once, since cutting it.. It's so annoying to do. But I manage for the rattums.
Hopefully I get it done sometime this month at least. Haha
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: K Rat1417 on April 15, 2012, 07:02:39 PM
Well I know there are others somewhere that sew by hand. Goodness you must have a lot of patience to sew everything by hand  :o
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: MiserySmith on April 15, 2012, 07:13:46 PM
I sew everything on my bed right in front of the rat cages. It's pretty good motivation :yelcutelaugh:
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: abmama on April 15, 2012, 07:19:44 PM
I sew everything on my bed right in front of the rat cages. It's pretty good motivation :yelcutelaugh:
Good lord , my husband and I have five kids, it would take me a year to sew anything (useable) by hand lol. I sewed the cube in one weekend BUT my kids were at their grandparents house and the cube turned out crappy with pieces of the fabric being open in places cuz I missed one of the layers lol. I tried to undo and redo those areas but it got frustrating and I quit lol
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Ratilda on April 15, 2012, 08:32:18 PM
Those are absolutely beautiful, Maltey, even the piggy.  I'm extremely partial to rats.  But that piggy looks so cute with his new furniture.
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: MiserySmith on April 16, 2012, 07:27:22 AM
I sew everything on my bed right in front of the rat cages. It's pretty good motivation :yelcutelaugh:
Good lord , my husband and I have five kids, it would take me a year to sew anything (useable) by hand lol. I sewed the cube in one weekend BUT my kids were at their grandparents house and the cube turned out crappy with pieces of the fabric being open in places cuz I missed one of the layers lol. I tried to undo and redo those areas but it got frustrating and I quit lol

Yeah, I almost never redo them after I've finished. They either look good or just flat out bad, but the rats don't care.
I'm not employed, and only have my 5 fur/furless 'kids' so I have lots of time to spoil them.
I've started to not hate sewing quite as much as I did, I think it's because I'm finally getting better at it speed wise. :D
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: missamy on April 23, 2012, 02:38:08 AM
I learned how to use my sewing machine and made my first hammock tonight!  I was just ridiculously pleased with myself. I didn't think I'd have the patience to do it.  :BlueDumboSmile:
It's not totally even and my loops are wonky, but I learned how to do things better for the next one.

(http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m312/miss_amy018/joebob/hammock.jpg)
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: K Rat1417 on April 23, 2012, 03:01:10 AM
That's a great first hammock! I can't even tell that it's not perfectly straight. My loops are wonky all the time unless they're on cubes. Lol that is why I use grommets on my hammocks.
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Maltey on April 23, 2012, 06:57:21 AM
That's great!
I can't tell it's wonky at all. And I live the fabric choice!
As for the loops, they can be a pita. A good tip is to pin them at the angle you want them to stay, like pin them flat to the fabric and then once you've seen them they should all be the same direction. It still looks great though :thumbsup2:
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Ratilda on April 23, 2012, 09:42:40 AM
Purty
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: AlwaysAmy on April 23, 2012, 10:28:03 AM
I learned how to use my sewing machine and made my first hammock tonight!  I was just ridiculously pleased with myself. I didn't think I'd have the patience to do it.  :BlueDumboSmile:
It's not totally even and my loops are wonky, but I learned how to do things better for the next one.

(http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m312/miss_amy018/joebob/hammock.jpg)


That fabric is totally adorable!  Amazing first try!  :)  I foresee your rats being ultra spoiled with your new sewing!
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: 0VT9 on April 23, 2012, 01:04:55 PM
@K Rat
Haha, oh that's okay!  I can't seem to get to boys out of the hammocks I've made recently!  They love them  :BlueDumboSmile:  I've made another set in the monkey print and recently a set with giraffe print!  I seem to be going with a jungle theme and didn't even realize it!  I'll post some pictures when I get a chance!! 

ps:  I'd "quote", but I seem to really butcher those!  Alas, online forums and I don't always see eye to eye!
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: missamy on April 23, 2012, 05:15:30 PM
Thanks guys! 

Today I made a cube!!!  :party:  It actually turned out pretty well! It took forever because I kept having problems with my machine and couldn't figure out how to fix it, but I finally got it all worked out and the cube is complete!

(http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m312/miss_amy018/joebob/cube.jpg)
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Ratilda on April 23, 2012, 05:45:28 PM
That's a fine looking cube, and you got the ribbons in, too.  woot.  They are a pain in my experience.

 As for your sewing machine, imho they are like computers, in that they do exactly what you tell them to do.   When my machine misbehaves it's probably because I am trying to sew with the presser foot up.  duh.
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Maltey on April 23, 2012, 05:52:39 PM
That's a fine looking cube, and you got the ribbons in, too.  woot.  They are a pain in my experience.

 As for your sewing machine, imho they are like computers, in that they do exactly what you tell them to do.   When my machine misbehaves it's probably because I am trying to sew with the presser foot up.  duh.

Haha, you know my nan gave me her sewing machine since she got arthritis and couldn't use it, but she didn't tell me how to use it.
I had the manual so I learnt how to thread it all but could not get it to work. I figured I was just not good at machine sewing and went back to hand sewing. About 3 months later I went OMG the presser foot was up!
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Ratilda on April 23, 2012, 07:01:00 PM
I wonder if they make sewing machines that will, when the presser foot is up and you hit the "go" button, "beep... beeep... beep" like a truck backing up.  That seems so simple.

Is there any sewing application that you would sew with the presser foot up?  I know that there are some situations where you would sew with the presser foot disengaged but that's different.

Maltey, by the way, that was hilarious, sad, but hilarious.
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Maltey on April 23, 2012, 07:19:45 PM
Yeah, like the saws and things that won't operate unless the safety guard is on. I mean it's slightly less dangerous but still a useful tool!
I can't think of anything, and a quick google search returned nothing. I guess they could put a manual override one it if people did need to use it. If you were having to override it you'd remember it was up so it'd still work!

What I also meant to say was I found that fabric Suzanne! You're in Holland? Is that right? Well I thought perhaps since it was European I'd have a chance, so I looked in the black section (I don't usually spend too much time down that end) and it was there! The black and big coloured flowers. It's even nicer in person! I can't wait for the fleece to arrive so I can sew some big ol hammocks for my new arrivals :)
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: The Jenn on April 24, 2012, 02:27:00 PM
I whipped up three flats today during my lunch break at work. They're part of the giveaway set for Uno, with the other two still at home and waiting. She liked brown, blue, green, and pink... sooooo. Yes! Quite bright in person. Normally I use zig-zags around the outside, but the machine I keep in my office at work only sews a flat stitch.

I've been sewing a ton of hammocks and there are a lot I've given away recently without photographing, which is quite silly on my part. I should see about getting some pics of the remaining ones before they're gone. Or chewed.

(http://jennalyn.net/images/pics/hammocks/flats-uno.JPG)
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Scubbs on April 24, 2012, 03:52:48 PM
I just love that print, Jenn, especially paired with pink!
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Scubbs on April 24, 2012, 03:54:08 PM
I made my girls some caverns last night  :)  They better love them, because they are great for using up fabric/fleece scraps and I like making them!  :P

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7110/6964413824_864503c1c7_z.jpg)

Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: The Jenn on April 24, 2012, 03:56:36 PM
Aaaaaaah, that rainbow! <3<3<3 I'm such a sucker for colors. Those are really lovely.

How on earth do you construct those? I'm looking and trying to puzzle it out in my head, but I can't figure out what connects to what. I've got a bin of scraps that need using and you have me thinking about it...
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: K Rat1417 on April 24, 2012, 05:51:45 PM
Those caverns are so neat! If you get a picture of one hanging i'd love to see it.
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Scubbs on April 24, 2012, 07:09:32 PM
It's an original design by Violet976/The Rat Stash  :)  I don't offer them, I just made some for my girlies!  If you'd like one, check them out here (http://theratstash.com/ourshop/prod_1366387-Cozy-Cavern.html)!
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Post by: K Rat1417 on April 24, 2012, 07:12:21 PM
Oh those are cool! Thanks.
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Post by: MiserySmith on April 25, 2012, 10:41:16 AM
I've finally finished my reallllly badly done cube. All hand sewn, it's been like 2 months since I started.
Accidentally made it huuuuge, this thing is like a foot long. For one rat! :yelcutelaugh:
Also, I try to save fabric and don't double it up so it's a floppy cube.

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7068/6966690936_63084256ab.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/75333623@N02/6966690936/)
IMG_1199 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/75333623@N02/6966690936/)

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7206/7112767901_02895f4eab.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/75333623@N02/7112767901/)
cube (http://www.flickr.com/photos/75333623@N02/7112767901/)
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Post by: Scubbs on April 25, 2012, 02:03:52 PM
I've finally finished my reallllly badly done cube. All hand sewn, it's been like 2 months since I started.
Accidentally made it huuuuge, this thing is like a foot long. For one rat! :yelcutelaugh:
Also, I try to save fabric and don't double it up so it's a floppy cube.

I'm sure the rattie will love it, even if it's a bit floppy!  Just chock it full of fleece scraps to bulk it up  :P  Also, I think everyone's first cube is giant, or at least it happens a lot.  My first cube was seriously like, 14" x 14".  :yelcutelaugh:
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Post by: Ratilda on April 25, 2012, 02:55:33 PM
Scubbs,  that is so very true.

My first cube, despite being double layered and sewn on a machine was too big and too floppy.  My rats loved it dearly
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Post by: MiserySmith on April 25, 2012, 03:01:09 PM
I stuck a piece of cardboard on the very bottom just for the bit of extra support, and he will have drug all his bedding bits in it by this evening
So big it's a bed, a hidey house, food storage and a bathroom all in one! :P
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Post by: vintagerat on April 26, 2012, 10:10:20 PM
I made my boys a cute new hammock set & shelf liners for their R680  :).

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7245/7117392673_51ecde7f6d_c.jpg)
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Post by: missamy on April 26, 2012, 10:12:03 PM
I made my boys a cute new hammock set & shelf liners for their R680  :).

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7245/7117392673_51ecde7f6d_c.jpg)

I just saw that monster fabric today! I LOVE it! I'll definitely be going back to get some soon.
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Post by: Scubbs on April 27, 2012, 12:12:42 AM
Love the striped liners, Amy  :D  Also, alien + space fabrics = awesome!
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Post by: Scubbs on April 27, 2012, 12:17:31 AM
I've been feeling like my girls need more of a variety of hammocks (plus, I get bored super easily with hammocks I own and usually just give them away after a few uses), so I sewed them up a big coordinating set today  :)  All batik fabrics, and a ridiculous amount of color - wee!  A total of 8 new hammocks, a shelf liner, and a cage pad.

Everything all together:
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7116/7117640403_398eea5533_z.jpg)

Close-ups of some of my faves:
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7258/7117641223_91799d67c2.jpg)

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7236/6971564792_e777b386b8.jpg)

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7107/6971565328_afc19ddc1c.jpg)

And the fun wavy stitch that I find myself using all the time now  :P
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7257/7117643261_3c09b00984.jpg)
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Post by: K Rat1417 on April 27, 2012, 12:21:18 AM
Those are so awesome    :shocked2: i love all the batiks. Is it just me or does that triple bunkbed look huge (the cube also)? They look ferret sized. Your ratties are SO spoiled lol.
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Post by: Scubbs on April 27, 2012, 12:25:05 AM
Haha, the honeycomb is normal size, and the cube is 9"  :P  But they do look giant in the picture!  I definitely went a little overboard (I think I had a subconscious goal to use ALL the batik fabrics I had), since all of the new hammocks won't even fit into the cage all at once  :yelcutelaugh:
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Post by: K Rat1417 on April 27, 2012, 12:31:53 AM
Ha yeah, maybe just a bit overboard   ::) I only ever put a few hammocks in the cage at once anyway since they usually pick 2 or so and only ever sleep in those until the next cage cleaning. They're silly ratties.
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Post by: Scubbs on April 27, 2012, 12:37:15 AM
I should do the same, but I seriously can't do bare looking cages  :P  I have no idea why, but I just always feel like they should be completely full!  It's about 50% for me, and 50% for the rats/mice  :yelcutelaugh: 
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Post by: K Rat1417 on April 27, 2012, 12:41:32 AM
I don't like bare cages either, it bugs me lol. BUT I cannot seem to fill my cage like other people can, I just don't know how you do it! I think i'm still getting the hang of the huge CN.
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Post by: Scubbs on April 27, 2012, 12:45:32 AM
That is definitely a challenge, when you upgrade to a larger cage.  I was just looking at old rat/cage pictures of mine yesterday, and it was almost painful  :P  It was back before I learned how to sew, and hammocks weren't really a big deal on the forum/anywhere at the time; it was just... lots of towels and igloos  :P
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Post by: K Rat1417 on April 27, 2012, 12:49:42 AM
Haha I can't imagine your cages with just towels and igloos! Mine is like that now (well there's two actually) since they're not in the "hammock mood" currently   ::). It's really weird, when I clean the cage they go in and choose if they're going to sleep in hammocks (their chosen few if they choose them) or baskets, igloos, floors, etc. Whatever they choose they stick to that choice like glue until the next cage cleaning (when they choose again)  ??? They're "special" ratties.
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Post by: Scubbs on April 27, 2012, 01:01:16 AM
Mine will do kind of the same - they may "nap" in a different hammock here and there, but they'll only have one that they always sleep in (and that Petri drags every piece of tissue paper, loose cardboard, and crinkly paper piece into).  I can always tell when they're waking up, since I just hear a bunch of rustling from all the stuff she shoves in the hammock/cube!
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Post by: Suzanne81 on April 28, 2012, 04:34:32 PM
New sets
(http://www.mijnalbum.nl/Foto-HLTBN7A7.jpg)
(http://www.mijnalbum.nl/Foto-U4O6GEHM.jpg)
(http://www.mijnalbum.nl/Foto-DOY4MLP3.jpg)
(http://www.mijnalbum.nl/Foto-VX6VWLSM.jpg)

(http://www.mijnalbum.nl/Foto-8434OPX7.jpg)
(http://www.mijnalbum.nl/Foto-6CXGEQ3C.jpg)
(http://www.mijnalbum.nl/Foto-F6GHE3VL.jpg)
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Post by: missamy on April 28, 2012, 09:44:25 PM
Today I made a cube, 2 corner hammocks, a long flat hammock, and my first pocket hammock! All but one of my ribbons turned out perfect.  I'm gonna give myself a cookie!  :cookie: 

(http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m312/miss_amy018/joebob/011.jpg)
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Post by: Saphire on April 29, 2012, 03:01:13 AM
Oooh..Suzanne...I love those!! Nice job!
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Post by: mcguirks on April 29, 2012, 03:16:51 PM
New sets
(http://www.mijnalbum.nl/Foto-HLTBN7A7.jpg)
(http://www.mijnalbum.nl/Foto-U4O6GEHM.jpg)
(http://www.mijnalbum.nl/Foto-DOY4MLP3.jpg)
(http://www.mijnalbum.nl/Foto-VX6VWLSM.jpg)

(http://www.mijnalbum.nl/Foto-8434OPX7.jpg)
(http://www.mijnalbum.nl/Foto-6CXGEQ3C.jpg)
(http://www.mijnalbum.nl/Foto-F6GHE3VL.jpg)

I absolutely love all of the colors.  I need to find some motivation to make my boys a few new sets...   :-\
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Post by: Suzanne81 on April 29, 2012, 06:55:21 PM
Thanks! I'm getting a new bigger cage so I need to sew a lot of new hammocks, I can't wait until the cage is here  :hyper:
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Post by: Kitsch Slapped on April 29, 2012, 09:23:02 PM
I just looooove all of the fabrics everyone chooses for their hammocks!I get so jealous of all the awesome prints you all manage to find  :bow: lol

Here are some new ones I made today.
(https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-prn1/533061_418386368185937_100000437334043_1482151_1874549255_n.jpg)

This complicated thing right here took me 2 hours to sew (maybe more!) It's a 2 floor cylinder hammock thingy. There is a floor in the center of it with a hole for them to go up and down through to get from floor to floor. I will NEVER make one of these again  :yelcutelaugh: Or at least for a looong time.
(https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-snc7/148901_418386238185950_100000437334043_1482150_1417486123_n.jpg)

And gigantic hammock for them. All the hammocks I made before seem a little too small now. I have a problem with making my cubes too big and my hammocks too small lol. So I tried making them a big one this time and I love how it turned out. :)
(https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/539984_418386134852627_100000437334043_1482149_1503639588_n.jpg)
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Post by: abmama on April 29, 2012, 10:11:25 PM
OMG I love that cylinder one! I was actually thinking up ideas a few weeks ago for different hammocks and thought of something like that only bigger (my cages are very tall) I can imagine how much hard work it would be to actually make it tho!
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Post by: Kitsch Slapped on April 29, 2012, 10:29:39 PM
OMG I love that cylinder one! I was actually thinking up ideas a few weeks ago for different hammocks and thought of something like that only bigger (my cages are very tall) I can imagine how much hard work it would be to actually make it tho!

I think that would be amazing if you had the patience to make a larger one! I got fed up half way through mine and my sewing started getting sloppy. If you decide to make one post lots of pictures!   :poke:  :rattysmiley:
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Post by: Kyleybear123 on April 29, 2012, 10:43:39 PM
So, I have been working on a set for a custom martins cage for my two ferrets that I am wanting to buy, but I still can't get a hold of them :doh: Anyway, I decided to start sewing it despite that fact, because I know that even if I have to drive 14 hours to talk to them in person, I WILL get my cage ;)

So here it is (the shelve liners are in the upper left corner, and the pad underneath them is to go under their food/water crocks, and everything else is hammocks of course):
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7249/7126796985_601bb6a08b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/kayleyscozyhammocks/7126796985/)

And I plan on making the pan and full floor shelf liners out of this fabric:
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7076/6980711508_3a51163acf.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/kayleyscozyhammocks/6980711508/)
 

I don't know if you can tell, but its a pink theme :cheeky:
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Post by: Kyleybear123 on April 29, 2012, 11:18:31 PM
So, I have been working on a set for a custom martins cage for my two ferrets that I am wanting to buy, but I still can't get a hold of them :doh: Anyway, I decided to start sewing it despite that fact, because I know that even if I have to drive 14 hours to talk to them in person, I WILL get my cage ;)

So here it is (the shelve liners are in the upper left corner, and the pad underneath them is to go under their food/water crocks, and everything else is hammocks of course):
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7249/7126796985_601bb6a08b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/kayleyscozyhammocks/7126796985/)

And I plan on making the pan and full floor shelf liners out of this fabric:
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7076/6980711508_3a51163acf.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/kayleyscozyhammocks/6980711508/)
 

I don't know if you can tell, but its a pink theme :cheeky:

I just wanted to clarify that I am wanting to buy the cage, not ferrets. I already have my fuzzies (:
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Post by: missamy on April 30, 2012, 12:42:30 AM
So, I have been working on a set for a custom martins cage for my two ferrets that I am wanting to buy, but I still can't get a hold of them :doh: Anyway, I decided to start sewing it despite that fact, because I know that even if I have to drive 14 hours to talk to them in person, I WILL get my cage ;)

So here it is (the shelve liners are in the upper left corner, and the pad underneath them is to go under their food/water crocks, and everything else is hammocks of course):
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7249/7126796985_601bb6a08b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/kayleyscozyhammocks/7126796985/)

And I plan on making the pan and full floor shelf liners out of this fabric:
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7076/6980711508_3a51163acf.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/kayleyscozyhammocks/6980711508/)
 

I don't know if you can tell, but its a pink theme :cheeky:

Love it!!! Pink is my favorite  :heart:   
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Post by: Kyleybear123 on April 30, 2012, 01:05:18 AM
Missamy: Thankyou :)
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Post by: K Rat1417 on April 30, 2012, 11:00:15 AM
That cylinder thing is so neat! I am actually working on making a double cube (i'm just planning everything out so far). It will be pretty much exactly like that except in a cube shape.
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Post by: Kitsch Slapped on April 30, 2012, 12:59:09 PM
Kyleybear123, I'm a pink lover and I am so jealous of those fabrics! They all look great together  :rattysmiley:

Here is a liner and a cuddle sack I made to go in the cat carrier. Cookie has a vet appointment today and I want to make her as comfortable as possible. I was hoping to get more made up for the carrier, but time has escaped me. I love these black and white polka dot and stripe fabrics paired up with the pink. I'm going to have to go get some more because I used up the last of it this morning.

(https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-prn1/524161_418814814809759_100000437334043_1483591_1972934563_n.jpg)
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Kitsch Slapped on April 30, 2012, 01:01:12 PM
That cylinder thing is so neat! I am actually working on making a double cube (i'm just planning everything out so far). It will be pretty much exactly like that except in a cube shape.

 :o I'd love to see it when you're finished! I was thinking about making mine a cube lol
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Post by: missamy on April 30, 2012, 01:04:31 PM
Kyleybear123, I'm a pink lover and I am so jealous of those fabrics! They all look great together  :rattysmiley:

Here is a liner and a cuddle sack I made to go in the cat carrier. Cookie has a vet appointment today and I want to make her as comfortable as possible. I was hoping to get more made up for the carrier, but time has escaped me. I love these black and white polka dot and stripe fabrics paired up with the pink. I'm going to have to go get some more because I used up the last of it this morning.

(https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-prn1/524161_418814814809759_100000437334043_1483591_1972934563_n.jpg)

Ahh, now I think I'm going to have to make liners for my cat carriers!  Love it!
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Post by: mcguirks on April 30, 2012, 05:30:24 PM
Kyleybear123, I'm a pink lover and I am so jealous of those fabrics! They all look great together  :rattysmiley:

Here is a liner and a cuddle sack I made to go in the cat carrier. Cookie has a vet appointment today and I want to make her as comfortable as possible. I was hoping to get more made up for the carrier, but time has escaped me. I love these black and white polka dot and stripe fabrics paired up with the pink. I'm going to have to go get some more because I used up the last of it this morning.

(https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-prn1/524161_418814814809759_100000437334043_1483591_1972934563_n.jpg)

I LOOOOVE this!  I think my dog and my cat would both appreciate it more than my boys though....may have to see if I can find some of this in my fabric store and try a cat and dog bed out of it...any idea what it's called?
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Post by: Risika57 on April 30, 2012, 05:32:39 PM
These were an order.
(https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/533926_10150854760001081_637631080_12046211_1986973329_n.jpg)

These were made for my personal cage
(https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/380643_10150849991356081_637631080_12033787_962632943_n.jpg)
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Post by: Kitsch Slapped on April 30, 2012, 06:09:28 PM
Kyleybear123, I'm a pink lover and I am so jealous of those fabrics! They all look great together  :rattysmiley:

Here is a liner and a cuddle sack I made to go in the cat carrier. Cookie has a vet appointment today and I want to make her as comfortable as possible. I was hoping to get more made up for the carrier, but time has escaped me. I love these black and white polka dot and stripe fabrics paired up with the pink. I'm going to have to go get some more because I used up the last of it this morning.

(https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-prn1/524161_418814814809759_100000437334043_1483591_1972934563_n.jpg)

I LOOOOVE this!  I think my dog and my cat would both appreciate it more than my boys though....may have to see if I can find some of this in my fabric store and try a cat and dog bed out of it...any idea what it's called?

Thank you so much! The fluffy pink fabric is called "minky fleece" or sometimes called "minky cuddle fleece". I plan to make some for my cats and dog too :D
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Post by: Kitsch Slapped on April 30, 2012, 06:14:23 PM
These were an order.
(https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/533926_10150854760001081_637631080_12046211_1986973329_n.jpg)

These were made for my personal cage
(https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/380643_10150849991356081_637631080_12033787_962632943_n.jpg)

Those all look so nice! I love that night cloud fabric  :heart:  :heart:  :heart:
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Post by: K Rat1417 on April 30, 2012, 08:57:32 PM
Kyleybear123, I'm a pink lover and I am so jealous of those fabrics! They all look great together  :rattysmiley:

Here is a liner and a cuddle sack I made to go in the cat carrier. Cookie has a vet appointment today and I want to make her as comfortable as possible. I was hoping to get more made up for the carrier, but time has escaped me. I love these black and white polka dot and stripe fabrics paired up with the pink. I'm going to have to go get some more because I used up the last of it this morning.

(https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-prn1/524161_418814814809759_100000437334043_1483591_1972934563_n.jpg)

I LOOOOVE this!  I think my dog and my cat would both appreciate it more than my boys though....may have to see if I can find some of this in my fabric store and try a cat and dog bed out of it...any idea what it's called?

Thank you so much! The fluffy pink fabric is called "minky fleece" or sometimes called "minky cuddle fleece". I plan to make some for my cats and dog too :D

That fuzzy fleece looks like it would be a bit of a challenge to sew with. Was it?
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Post by: Kitsch Slapped on April 30, 2012, 09:04:26 PM
It was not too bad. It was a  tad bit stretchy and the fuzz often made me wonder if I was off the edge of the fabric lol I couldn't tell sometimes  :P . But otherwise it was okay.  :)
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Post by: GhostMouse on April 30, 2012, 09:26:00 PM
Risika, I love the cloud and the dragonfly fabrics!
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Post by: rattielover713 on May 01, 2012, 09:41:03 PM
(http://i800.photobucket.com/albums/yy282/rattielover713/5112049.jpg)

I whipped up this new set on Sunday! This set includes two standards, one pocket, one peek-a-boo, one tunnel, one half pocket, and one gigantic double decker. It is a printed flannel, a white cotton, and yellow or purple fleece. I am really happy with how they came out! I absolutely love the unique blend of colors and how it looks with the dark purple! Plus, I got that flannel for $1.50 on sale, so what is not to love! I tried a couple of new designs (at least new for my current batch of youngsters) so we will have to see which ones they like! The white fabric is really wrinkled, but I am thinking it will be fine after a round of washing.
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Post by: Maltey on May 02, 2012, 03:30:38 AM
Great job! I like how the colours go together. And also, congrats on having the patience to sew all those little tabs! I get so fed up if I have to do it for one hammock, and all of your hammocks have matching loops!
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Post by: rattielover713 on May 02, 2012, 09:31:53 AM
Great job! I like how the colours go together. And also, congrats on having the patience to sew all those little tabs! I get so fed up if I have to do it for one hammock, and all of your hammocks have matching loops!

Thanks so much! Those tabs are actually just strips of fabric. If you place them between the two layers of fabric with the loop on the inside, when you flip your hammock inside out they look like that! They do not take any extra time to do! Since I don't sew the edges some loops, depending on the fabric, fray a little, bit the rats don't care!
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Post by: Maltey on May 02, 2012, 09:43:00 AM
O, they looked like you'd edged them all and everything (which is why I hate doing them- they're too darn fiddly!) They didn't look like rough edges at all- fab!
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Post by: Kitsch Slapped on May 02, 2012, 11:10:10 AM
rattielover713, I love how they all match and the fabric is so cute!  :hyper:
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Suzanne81 on May 05, 2012, 08:33:07 AM
New hammocks
(http://www.mijnalbum.nl/Foto-7ULIOZGM.jpg)
(http://www.mijnalbum.nl/Foto-NS38B6HO.jpg)
(http://www.mijnalbum.nl/Foto-3IUXTVXW.jpg)
(http://www.mijnalbum.nl/Foto-KTKZDCYK.jpg)
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Post by: Ratilda on May 05, 2012, 08:43:41 AM
Purty
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Post by: missamy on May 05, 2012, 01:33:00 PM
New hammocks
(http://www.mijnalbum.nl/Foto-7ULIOZGM.jpg)
(http://www.mijnalbum.nl/Foto-NS38B6HO.jpg)
(http://www.mijnalbum.nl/Foto-3IUXTVXW.jpg)
(http://www.mijnalbum.nl/Foto-KTKZDCYK.jpg)

Love these!!!
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Post by: mcguirks on May 05, 2012, 03:11:34 PM
New hammocks
(http://www.mijnalbum.nl/Foto-7ULIOZGM.jpg)
(http://www.mijnalbum.nl/Foto-NS38B6HO.jpg)
(http://www.mijnalbum.nl/Foto-3IUXTVXW.jpg)
(http://www.mijnalbum.nl/Foto-KTKZDCYK.jpg)

Adorable!  I have been toying with the idea of making an envelope-type hammock that you have sewn there in the first picture.  You will have to let me know how the ratties like it!
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Post by: Suzanne81 on May 05, 2012, 03:31:54 PM
They like it! When you put it in the cage it kind of falls open and forms a little hole for them to sleep in. I will take a picture when its in the cage.
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: K Rat1417 on May 05, 2012, 04:49:08 PM
that envelope is very cool. I love all your different hammocks, suzanne!
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: The Jenn on May 05, 2012, 11:31:53 PM
I just realized I never posted these in this particular thread! I honestly love them to pieces and would happily keep the set if they weren't already boxed up for their new home in Australia. As soon as Rimon picked my favorite colors (purple & teal), I knew I'd have a hard time giving up whatever I made for her.

(https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-snc7/s720x720/389573_209577605825962_192349114215478_330462_1196230734_n.jpg)
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Suzanne81 on May 06, 2012, 08:59:04 AM
That is an adorable fabric  :heart:
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: RatNook on May 06, 2012, 01:13:28 PM
I just realized I never posted these in this particular thread! I honestly love them to pieces and would happily keep the set if they weren't already boxed up for their new home in Australia. As soon as Rimon picked my favorite colors (purple & teal), I knew I'd have a hard time giving up whatever I made for her.

(https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-snc7/s720x720/389573_209577605825962_192349114215478_330462_1196230734_n.jpg)
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Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Scubbs on May 06, 2012, 02:46:42 PM
Made my girls a new hammie set  :)

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7127/6994760986_0c6043ff76_z.jpg)

Close-up of the fabrics:

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7236/6994761786_2b875f1145_z.jpg)
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: mcguirks on May 14, 2012, 10:05:29 PM
My first CUBE!  It's approx. 9x9, which made it easier to sew, but boy is it HUGE!  I guess my 3 squishes can all fit in there together, though  :BlueDumboSmile:  I didn't have the foresight to buy coordinating ribbon, so I had to use some ribbon from St. Patrick's Day  :BlueDumboSmileTongue:

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v147/deadbodylette/Rat/124_0578.jpg)
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v147/deadbodylette/Rat/124_0579.jpg)
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v147/deadbodylette/Rat/124_0580.jpg)
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: MiserySmith on May 15, 2012, 09:49:06 AM
I just love that fabric! So cuteee
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: mcguirks on May 15, 2012, 05:19:18 PM
I just love that fabric! So cuteee

Thanks! I was trying to find "boy" fabrics...they aren't as bright and cute as all the pink stuff, but I thought the dinosaurs were adorable!
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: K Rat1417 on May 15, 2012, 05:30:49 PM
Aww that is cute fabric! I think it's a very nice manly fabric  :thumbsup2:
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Ratilda on May 15, 2012, 05:33:55 PM
Lol.  Oh this made me laugh.  Because I always struggle to find manly fabrics, but amazingly my hubby doesn't struggle at all. I just let him pick and voila,  the rats end up not living inside A world of pink
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Nari Caution on May 16, 2012, 02:09:27 PM
Made these a couple nights ago... Kind of hard to tell but there's a cube, 2 bunk-beds, 1 ramp, 2 pocket hammys, 1 flat one with a blankey pocket, and one regular flat. All the fabric I got from remnants sections so while skulls and dogs might not really be related, yay for thrifty shopping! I think they match up well enough anyway.   

(http://i272.photobucket.com/albums/jj199/Nari_Caution/1337045732.jpg)

and the cube, just cuz i'm particularly proud of this one~

(http://i272.photobucket.com/albums/jj199/Nari_Caution/1337045736.jpg)

I'm hitting up joann's tonight so I'll definitely have more to post tomorrow or friday. I already have some stuff cut out I need to sew up anyway.
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: GhostMouse on May 16, 2012, 08:54:36 PM
Nari, I think those work well enough. The colors match and the crossbones tie in with the doggy bones!
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Nari Caution on May 16, 2012, 09:57:17 PM
Ha! I didn't even make that connection.
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: K Rat1417 on May 16, 2012, 09:59:00 PM
I'll be "hopefully" making some liners in the next few days. They'll probably just be plain ones but I'll post them anyway.
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: lotus on May 18, 2012, 03:55:45 PM
Today was my first attempt at making hammocks, tubes, and shelf liners.  :-\ My sewing machine needs to be fixed, so all I had was a serger and some grommets, but my new Ruud arrives next week, so I wanted to make up some new stuff for its arrival! I folded over the shelf liners so that you can see both sides. Wish they were sewn better and double re-enforced using a machine... but being a newbie with limited resources, I am pretty proud.

(http://i66.photobucket.com/albums/h256/lily777_photos/SAM_1250.jpg)
(http://i66.photobucket.com/albums/h256/lily777_photos/SAM_1245.jpg)
(http://i66.photobucket.com/albums/h256/lily777_photos/SAM_1244.jpg)
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: K Rat1417 on May 18, 2012, 08:51:51 PM
Those are great first time hammocks, lotus  :o!
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: lotus on May 18, 2012, 09:02:55 PM
Those are great first time hammocks, lotus  :o!
Thanks! I am glued to my serger today. I just made some additionally hammocks in a Chinese lantern print and some more shelf liners. Does any one have the dimensions for the levels in the Ruud? I assume they are 30x18 but where do I cut for the ramp access? Does anyone have a link? I would love to have them done before the Ruud actually gets here.
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: K Rat1417 on May 18, 2012, 09:52:58 PM
Hmm I'm not sure about the ruud dimensions (oh and if you don't mind I would LOVE to know your opinion of the Ruud. Feel free to PM me your opinion of it once you have it if you don't mind  :BlueDumboSmile:) but you could go on the martins cages picture thread and ask about it there (I know many people on there have it)  :)
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: mcguirks on May 18, 2012, 11:13:00 PM
Today was my first attempt at making hammocks, tubes, and shelf liners.  :-\ My sewing machine needs to be fixed, so all I had was a serger and some grommets, but my new Ruud arrives next week, so I wanted to make up some new stuff for its arrival! I folded over the shelf liners so that you can see both sides. Wish they were sewn better and double re-enforced using a machine... but being a newbie with limited resources, I am pretty proud.

(http://i66.photobucket.com/albums/h256/lily777_photos/SAM_1250.jpg)
(http://i66.photobucket.com/albums/h256/lily777_photos/SAM_1245.jpg)
(http://i66.photobucket.com/albums/h256/lily777_photos/SAM_1244.jpg)

Those are amazingly done with just a serger!  I was thinking about getting a serger, may I ask how much yours was?
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: lotus on May 18, 2012, 11:33:36 PM
My hubby bought it for me a year back off of Amazon (just checked and it is still sold there). It is the Brother 1034D 3/4 Lay-In Thread Serger and he paid $198. I really love it... easy to thread and runs sooo smooth. I would definitely recommend it!
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Ratilda on May 19, 2012, 11:01:49 PM
A couple new hammocks.   I had intended to make a bottom pan liner for my critter nation, but those tend to get chewed, and after all the effort, I couldn't stomach that.  So, i made a super hammock instead which essentially is a liner hung near the roof of the cage.

(http://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-AdrP8O02lv8/T7hb4BRCdyI/AAAAAAAAAnU/WZQyaUieq4Y/s1024/IMAGE_7B46C68E-5D0D-42B4-93B8-1E49418D8772.JPG)

In case, my previous sentence didn't make sense.  Here's the hammocks in action.

(http://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-Km7iHKkZ4ME/T7hchRimwuI/AAAAAAAAAns/YqHx0E4DsZ4/s1024/IMAGE_CA55284B-9A80-4BED-96C9-07EAF65013C6.JPG)

(http://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-7SNbLTx0FLQ/T7hciyqX6bI/AAAAAAAAAn0/uV2CV1LJ41Q/s1024/IMAGE_AFD89DD5-D853-407D-926E-441AB2D6ED23.JPG)



Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Maltey on May 20, 2012, 06:27:57 AM
Ratilda that liner/hammock is awesome!
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Ratilda on May 20, 2012, 08:07:37 AM
Thank you Maltey. 

I am quite proud of it as it's my first drafted pieced project.  I dont count regular hammocks.
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: mcguirks on May 20, 2012, 05:55:55 PM
My hubby bought it for me a year back off of Amazon (just checked and it is still sold there). It is the Brother 1034D 3/4 Lay-In Thread Serger and he paid $198. I really love it... easy to thread and runs sooo smooth. I would definitely recommend it!

Thanks!  I have a brother sewing machine I really like.
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: kayke on May 20, 2012, 06:03:20 PM
Where do you guys find those metal clips? (Kinda light-bulb shaped) - I have no idea what they're called! I saw some online at the rat shop but they were $1 a piece! Are they available anywhere else for cheaper?

Also, does anyone have a link to patterns/tutorials on the more complicated hammies (like the honeycomb?)

Thanks!!
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Ratilda on May 20, 2012, 06:18:30 PM
The metal clips.... giggles are old fashion metal shower curtain rings.  Last I looked you can get them from Walmart.  But, I got some cheap from Ebay, and they are also available from Amazon. 

As for patterns, I love jollyrats.nl which is in Dutch because they are in Netherlands.  There are other patterns out there, but I dont know their addresses.  Someone else will need to chime in.
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: digitalangel on May 20, 2012, 08:37:51 PM
I have a couple of tutorials posted here : https://picasaweb.google.com/109261335383242826516

I second the jollyrats site
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Maltey on May 20, 2012, 08:40:46 PM
Rattributes.com is another.
Also, if you do a member search for lauren22 or lauren_22 (I can't remember which so maybe just search for lauren!!) she's got a link in her sig to some tutorials she's been uploading.
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Nari Caution on May 22, 2012, 02:40:12 PM
Went to a Craft thrift store and aside from getting spools of thread for .25c, I found oodles of little fabric remnants. This pink/green, I found already shaped in kind of this triangle so I figured, eh, good enough. The tabs are a little off, but oh well. x3

(http://i272.photobucket.com/albums/jj199/Nari_Caution/1337653570.jpg)

I decided to hang it up kind of like an envelope hammock and so far, Bordeaux approves~

(http://i272.photobucket.com/albums/jj199/Nari_Caution/1337653572.jpg)


I've gotten more stuff made, but I'm waiting to finish the set before posting... Just gotta wait for the long weekend~
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Lauren_22 on May 28, 2012, 06:01:00 AM
Rattributes.com is another.
Also, if you do a member search for lauren22 or lauren_22 (I can't remember which so maybe just search for lauren!!) she's got a link in her sig to some tutorials she's been uploading.

That's me!  :wave2:  Here (http://www.flickr.com/photos/22031339@N06/collections/72157628743890159/) is a direct link to the tutorials I have done thus far. I try to remember when I make hammocks to take pictures, but I generally forget :P
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: K Rat1417 on May 28, 2012, 11:31:52 AM
Oh my goodness!  Those are your tutorials, Lauren!?  Lol I absolutely adore the cube tutorial (I made my first cube using it), I had no idea it was you lol :bow:
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Risika57 on May 28, 2012, 05:22:04 PM
Alrighty! So I've come up with my one design which are called RTR Domes. They are free standing dome's with two entrances, a tab in the back corner to attach it to the side of the cage if wanted, and also grommets for those who do decide to hang them. Comes in three different sizes: 10 inch, 12 inch, 14 inch. (Still working on the kinks of them, may attempt putting batting inside to make it a bit stiffer, we shall see.

(https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-prn1/s720x720/564948_212109685575804_1473789255_n.jpg)

and then this is the order I just finished for Kristi23.
(https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-snc7/s720x720/484161_211457485641024_423493654_n.jpg)
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Nari Caution on May 28, 2012, 05:40:09 PM
Made the girls a new set. Normally I dont care for pink, but. It seems to suit them well~
 
(http://i272.photobucket.com/albums/jj199/Nari_Caution/1338240227.jpg)
 
(http://i272.photobucket.com/albums/jj199/Nari_Caution/1338240228.jpg)
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: digitalangel on May 29, 2012, 02:46:54 AM
Made a 4 way cross tube (https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-3jEelQEvijg/T8RwVHm2FqI/AAAAAAAADDw/MoE04nqJ4v0/s576/P1030073-001.JPG)
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: neelia on May 30, 2012, 10:43:06 PM
Eee that last picture  :heart:
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Daydreaming07 on June 01, 2012, 04:35:43 AM
So.... I hand sew my hammocks and they are by no means perfect but these are the best I've made yet so I had to share them.

(http://i727.photobucket.com/albums/ww272/dreaming_of_horses_2007/hammocks.jpg)

This is a set that I'm sewing for a girl I'm getting two baby ratties from. (had an oops litter) She mentioned she didn't have any hammocks for her rats because she is really tight on money right now and I just thought it was sad. I'm going to add atleast one flat and a pair of corner hammocks but hand sewing takes too long and I couldn't wait to show these off.
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: CarrieD on June 01, 2012, 06:05:39 AM
Those are very nice, great job! Love the colors. You have a very lucky friend, hand sewing is a lot of work!
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Ratilda on June 01, 2012, 06:57:53 AM
I agree with carried.  And, they are beautiful.
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Vonda Z on June 01, 2012, 08:57:06 AM
That is fantastic! I would never be able to hand sew anything that looked that good. When I hand sew, I am constantly unthreading my needle by mistake and it takes me forever to rethread it. I guess my hand-eye coordination is not so good and I am always misplacing those needle threaders! Thankfully, my machine threads itself for me - the greatest invention ever. You have a lot more patience than I do.
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: *Kat* on June 01, 2012, 09:26:12 AM
(http://sphotos.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-snc7/403489_322235727853910_1029036738_n.jpg)

(http://sphotos.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-snc7/578315_322235764520573_1847224243_n.jpg)
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Ratilda on June 01, 2012, 10:54:08 AM
Kat......Oh my goodness...  most AWESOME boy hammocks.  they are SUPERB.
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: *Kat* on June 01, 2012, 10:55:03 AM
Kat......Oh my goodness...  most AWESOME boy hammocks.  they are SUPERB.

Thanks.
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Daydreaming07 on June 01, 2012, 11:27:00 AM
Thanks CarrieD, Ratilda, and Vonda Z. It is a LOT of work but its also relaxing.

and Vonda Z I double thread everything and knot it together at the end to keep that from happening and use a needle that has a really big eyelet hole so I can thread them pretty easy. :yelcutelaugh: And as  you can see I try to use as many invisible seems as possible so I can hide my mistakes.

*edit* Oh and I do eventually plan on getting a sewing machine but I also have to find someone to teach me to use it.
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Nari Caution on June 01, 2012, 05:18:48 PM
You can find sewing machines for pretty cheap at thrift stores and whatnot. They'll most-likely be missing the foot pedal and will probably be in need of some repair, even if it's just a tune-up and oiling, which you can get done at most vacuum repair shops. They have similar motors and such. As far as learning how to operate it, really, all you need to learn is how to thread it properly. The person repairing the sewing machine should be able to show you how if you don't have the manual or you can't find a manual online. 95% of the problems that happen while using a sewing machine are fixed by re-threading it. x3 I hope you can find a machine soon. Just making those by hand, I can't wait to see what you can do with a sewing machine!

I learned how to sew by taking a class at a local fabric store. They also had a class you could sign up for to just go and work on sewing stuff but have an expert available for assistance and such. Maybe look into finding a 1 or 2 session class, just to get the basics? The one I took was pretty fun~ We made a skirt with a drawstring in 3 one-hour classes and that taught me about everything I needed to know.
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Ratilda on June 01, 2012, 06:40:41 PM
Nari's comments are great.

I was just going to provide an example of a used machine. 

(http://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-IAerpAA9d98/TwVFOjO2GxI/AAAAAAAAAVE/39_6-uwqIes/s1024/IMAGE_8DAF4A62-E28E-44E0-B2CA-0E5B25D92CFC.JPG)

That's Patches modelling my first hammock made with my Singer 66 in the background.  I got the 1930 Singer 66 off Craigslist for $99.  I have 2 sewing machines:  My modern Janome which I rarely use (essentially only for zigzag and fancy stitches) and The Singer 66, my workhorse, which sews all of my hammocks.   

Used sewing machines are everywhere because women used to sew all of their clothing.  Best is probably to buy from a sewing machine store which are often also vacuum repair stores, but you will pay more, but they will be overhauled and be in awesome sewing shape.  And, those stores usually offer lessons and support for any machine bought from them. 

Interestingly, in the past month, I've run into two Singer 66s at garage sales.  One was more expensive than mine, but it was also, prettier, ie more polished and its decals (the fancy gold decoration) were in better shape.  The other was offered at $25 and they wouldnt lower the price (sigh) It's surface was in worse shape than mine, and they didnt know if it worked, and it wasnt in a cabinet.  It looked like it would be in working condition but I didnt put in the effort to find out as I thought the price was too high.   My point is that the prices really range.  You can buy a new cheap machine for around $100 but there is a significant quality loss, but it will get you sewing.  You can buy a better used machine for the same price or even lower, but the used machines can go for a lot more than that too.

Nari had mentioned threading as a problem for new sewists and I agree.  I actually used a youtube video to learn how to thread my machine. 


Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Nari Caution on June 01, 2012, 07:11:48 PM
:3 I just had to kind of wing it learning how to use my machine. It's a pretty old, metal, green Brother machine but Brother doesn't seem to recognize the model number and it says Bradford on the front, but Brother on the back... It took me 20 minutes just to figure out how to change stitch patterns...  :doh: But now that I've figured it out, the machine runs like a dream. I just wish I could find a manual so I could oil it myself. I haven't done so since it got fixed about a year ago so it's due for a little TLC. But after using a modern machine (fully electronic which I used at the sewing class) versus my old, heavy, metal chuggernaut, I'd choose the chuggernaut hands down every time. I'm able to go through 6 layers of fleece without it complaining too much at least. The biggest problem I have is the presser foot doesn't go up high enough, but the needle goes right through. I adore my machine, and even better, it was my aunts late mothers. My aunt gave it to me on permanent loan after she got me the sewing classes and she even got it tuned up and a new foot pedal. It's basically mine to keep as long as I want it, but she just has power of attorney over it.  :P It even makes little fish and butterfly patterns~ I just wish I could at least find out how old it is...
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Risika57 on June 02, 2012, 01:22:45 AM
(https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/526241_215536621899777_201312059988900_343332_635646970_n.jpg)
Cage/Shelf Liners, RTR Dome, small flat, medium flat, triple bunk, bunk, double decker
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Ratilda on June 02, 2012, 10:09:29 AM
lol ALIENS
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Post by: mcguirks on June 02, 2012, 03:03:21 PM
Made the girls a new set. Normally I dont care for pink, but. It seems to suit them well~
 
(http://i272.photobucket.com/albums/jj199/Nari_Caution/1338240227.jpg)
 
(http://i272.photobucket.com/albums/jj199/Nari_Caution/1338240228.jpg)

That is an awesomely large set!  I wish I had more of an attention span...my ratties might get more than a hammock or two a month   :BlueDumboSmileTongue:  They look wonderful!
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: RastaRattata on June 02, 2012, 05:19:24 PM
No pictures at the moment, but I just finished making my first hammock. It's fleece/fleece and super soft, but not only that: it's also a beanbag! I filled it with uncooked rice so when it's hot/cold I can freeze/microwave it for a bit to coll off/heat up my ratties!
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Ratilda on June 02, 2012, 05:46:59 PM
woot woot .  looking forward to pictures
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: cwchappell on June 03, 2012, 01:13:26 AM
Mine are more for function than looks. I buy placemats from the thrift store .40  each and sew  fabric loops on  all the sides..I use the colorful baby rings ( also purchased at the thrift store) to hang the placemat/ hammocks.
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: RastaRattata on June 03, 2012, 02:51:28 AM
I have it in the cage now, but getting a good picture is difficult with the bars in the way.  :(

Anyways, here's the beanbag hammock. Ain't it crappy? xD First time ever making one though!
(http://oi49.tinypic.com/23leb9u.jpg)
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Ratilda on June 03, 2012, 08:49:30 AM
It looks lovely and you braved the evils of the grommet on your first hammock.  Woot
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: RastaRattata on June 03, 2012, 08:52:30 AM
Yeah, I've had to work with grommets before. For Prom last month I took the zipper out of my dress and made it a corset back, simply because it looked nicer and I got to have flowy ribbons, heh. So my Aunt and I worked together and she showed me how to put grommets in. Very annoying task.  :-\
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Ratilda on June 03, 2012, 11:23:19 AM
Yeah, but grommets look sooo snazzy.  And, just imagine how painful it would have been to sew circular buttonholes for your corset back, even with a sewing machine that would have been torturous.  I, imagine, your dress was fabulous and very special with the ribbons.
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Daydreaming07 on June 03, 2012, 11:54:08 PM
I may be mistaken but you might want to be cautious of microwaving it being it has metal grommets.  ;) lol
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: RastaRattata on June 04, 2012, 12:02:10 AM
Well I'm not gonna reach in and just grab ahold of the grommets xD Plus it's only enough to warm up the rice, not cook it or anything, lol.
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: RattiesSix on June 04, 2012, 12:08:50 AM
Well I'm not gonna reach in and just grab ahold of the grommets xD Plus it's only enough to warm up the rice, not cook it or anything, lol.

I believe she means the fact that you're not supposed to microwave anything metal or metal alloy, lol.
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Daydreaming07 on June 04, 2012, 01:02:35 AM
RattiesSix is correct lol You might get a rather interesting light show in the microwave.  :yelcutelaugh:
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: RastaRattata on June 04, 2012, 02:00:31 AM
I can use the oven too .o.
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Ratilda on June 04, 2012, 07:54:19 AM
I thought the light show was only with really old microwaves. I thought you could use a little bit of metal as long as it doesn't touch walls
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: RastaRattata on June 04, 2012, 11:21:47 AM
I thought the light show was only with really old microwaves. I thought you could use a little bit of metal as long as it doesn't touch walls

See, that's what I thought too. I put metal stuff in the microwave sometimes and never have any sparkly light shows
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Daydreaming07 on June 04, 2012, 04:44:57 PM
I'm not certain on if new microwaves still do this but just to be sure I would try a grommet on a saucer or bowl while watching the effects first before the ones that are more of a fire risk cause their attached to fabric. I know my microwave still gives a show if I forget and leave a fork on a plate :doh: lol
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: RattiesSix on June 04, 2012, 09:34:40 PM
The microwave I have here and the one at my past apartment used to go bonkers when I even put plates with metal plated designs on them. And the one we have here is pretty new.
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Daydreaming07 on June 04, 2012, 09:52:00 PM
I just wanted to add it is a lovely hammock and I'm not trying to be a downer. I just would hate for you to throw it in the microwave and it be ruined. Or to throw it in the microwave without thinking walk off and have it catch on fire.

I love the idea though! It would be great for people with hairless ratties to make the bottom of a snuggle sack into a bean bag so they will have a pre warmed spot in winter to cuddle up.
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: RastaRattata on June 04, 2012, 10:25:59 PM
I wS thinking of making a cuddle cup with the same beanbag idea in mind for my friend when she gets hairless rats. (She prefers them.) But yeah I'll just use the oven for safety. A few minutes on a very very low temp should do it.
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: MiserySmith on June 05, 2012, 10:28:41 AM
I made one of those bean bag things for my old nakie girls in the past and they loved it.. for an hour until it was shredded and there was rice ALLLLL over the floor. I used a piece of jean leg and everything hoping it would be stronger. silly rats.
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: ibinitch on June 05, 2012, 08:16:08 PM
So many awesome hammocks, it makes me want to sew a set for my girls. I need to get a belt for my machine and purchase some patriotic cotton fabric so they can be decked out for the fourth of July.
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Tekozi on June 08, 2012, 02:22:30 AM
Here is my very first home made hammock! I am pretty happy how it came out.

Its a Honeycomb Hammock.

(http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc11/zchu/Rat%20Stuff/IMG_1932.jpg)

(http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc11/zchu/Rat%20Stuff/IMG_1934.jpg)

All hand sewn, since i don't have a sewing machine yet.
 Ehh my hands are so sore! But so worth it :heart:

This video is how I made it
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QMawgyKR1d4


I'm just not sure how I am gonna hang it though.
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Ratilda on June 08, 2012, 08:38:26 AM
Impressive job

Ideas for hanging-  grommet it, but I'm guessing you want to do it for cheap.  My second idea would be to sew directly the hangers to it.  Ie. using heavy thread or doubling or tripling it, sew a metal shower curtain ring to each corner. Or metal key rings, or other item to attach to cage wall

You can find metal shower rings for cheap at Walmart, amazon, or eBay. 

Let us know what you do and how it works.
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: MiserySmith on June 08, 2012, 10:09:08 AM
you could always use scraps and sew little loops on the corners for hanging too. Or ribbon or whatever.
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Nari Caution on June 08, 2012, 11:37:04 AM
My first few hammock sets didn't have loops or anything so I just poked paper clips in the corners. It was kind of tough stabbing the fleece, but once they were through, it worked really well. I still end up stabbing things when loops get chewed/ripped off. I need a grommet tool...
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Tekozi on June 08, 2012, 02:32:13 PM
Are grommet tools expensive or something? Cause I like that idea.

I think I'll stop by hobby lobby later and see what i can find. I'll let yall know how it turns out.
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: The Jenn on June 08, 2012, 02:44:25 PM
I would recommend the kind that you hammer in over the pliers. I've heard they're very unreliable and some hammocks I've received that were punched with them have fallen out either quickly or over time, whereas grommets beaten in with a mallet or punched with a press are firm years later.
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: SouthPaw on June 08, 2012, 03:14:34 PM
The kind that you hammer in with the anvil work nicely, and it's not expensive either. You can get the setting tool + 12  grommets for like $4 or $5 which I don't think is bad at all - the grommets look nice and hold up very well.
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: K Rat1417 on June 08, 2012, 03:18:20 PM
I also recommend grommet setters that you use a hammer with. 
A member on here recommended the Lord and Hodge Grommet Setter http://www.amazon.com/Lord-Hodge-1073A-0-Grommet-Kits/dp/B00004Y68Y/ref=sr_1_fkmr1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1339182938&sr=8-2-fkmr1 I LOVE it.  It's amazing, it makes it so easy to grommet stuff  :heart: 

You just need to make sure you get the right size grommet setter for whatever size grommets you use. 
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Ratilda on June 08, 2012, 04:42:14 PM
We use the grommet pliers.  (have tried the hammer, but don't like the idea of the hammer bashing things.)  In either case you must make sure that the grommets are already positioned through the fabric.  Neither the hammer, nor the pliers will push the grommet through the fabric.  (Please correct me if I am wrong)  My hubby does my grommet setting, so that may make the difference for why he likes the pliers.  Could the pliers require more strength?   Note, my hubby is a bit of a klutz.  It's actually scary when he is trying to cut something in the kitchen with a knife.  (He has a special glove to wear to prevent skin cutting.)  We have never had an issue with grommets coming loose.
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Risika57 on June 09, 2012, 08:04:02 AM
If the pliers are used correctly, then their is no issue. Its what I use. I use them to punch a hole, but then I make the hole a tad bigger using scissors (not cutting, but just sliding the scissors through the hole and twisting) then I take the bottom piece (longer) and stick it through, apply top piece, then line the pliers up, and squeeze.
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: RastaRattata on June 09, 2012, 12:17:24 PM
The pack of grommets I just bought has only top pieces in it. They're all the short, stout ones, and there's no longer thin ones with it. I'm very confused, but such is life and I made them work by going ahead and using them, and then using pliers to pry the metal from the middle (it hammered in weird due to being the same size) and curling it around the top edge. Gave it some extra hold. Then I hammered it down flat to make sure there were no sharp edges.

Still confused about it being only top pieces, but whatever.
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: The Jenn on June 11, 2012, 02:01:24 PM
I've been waiting to post these. :) I made them for the summer secret pal swap and they were received today! So... the cat's out of the bag. (And into the box. Heehee.)

The stitching isn't perfect, but it gave me a chance to test out some features of my new machine in the process. This is an 11-piece set with five flats, three double deckers, two pockets, and an open wall tunnel.

(http://i215.photobucket.com/albums/cc232/roczath/IMG_04991.jpg)
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Post by: K Rat1417 on June 11, 2012, 02:21:04 PM
Love em, Jenn!  I adore that bee fabric  :heart: I actually have some in my closet  :yelcutelaugh:
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: The Jenn on June 11, 2012, 02:25:10 PM
Love em, Jenn!  I adore that bee fabric  :heart: I actually have some in my closet  :yelcutelaugh:

It's just too cute! And it fit into the animals, flowers, /and/ brights themes I was going for. ;D
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Scubbs on June 19, 2012, 08:37:58 PM
The Jenn - what sewing machine did you get?  :)


Recycled the shelf liner (bottom part in the picture) my girls chewed a hole giant in, into a rather interesting bunk bed-type hammock.  Totally thrown together, but I think they'll love it!

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7245/7404811880_fa4a2144e1_o.jpg)
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: RattusNorvegicus on June 19, 2012, 10:22:11 PM
Here is my very first home made hammock! I am pretty happy how it came out.

Its a Honeycomb Hammock.

(http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc11/zchu/Rat%20Stuff/IMG_1932.jpg)

(http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc11/zchu/Rat%20Stuff/IMG_1934.jpg)

All hand sewn, since i don't have a sewing machine yet.
 Ehh my hands are so sore! But so worth it :heart:

This video is how I made it
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QMawgyKR1d4


I'm just not sure how I am gonna hang it though.

Great job! It looks so comfortable!
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Kyleybear123 on June 20, 2012, 01:42:20 AM
The Jenn - what sewing machine did you get?  :)


Recycled the shelf liner (bottom part in the picture) my girls chewed a hole giant in, into a rather interesting bunk bed-type hammock.  Totally thrown together, but I think they'll love it!

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7245/7404811880_fa4a2144e1_o.jpg)

So cute and creative! Recycling at it's best :BlueDumboSmile:
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: The Jenn on June 20, 2012, 10:46:20 AM
The Jenn - what sewing machine did you get?  :)

I actually totally splurged and got myself a machine more tailored to my quilting hobby that is going to last me the majority of my life. She's a Janome MC6600P and I love her soooo muuuuch. *__* I'll be able to learn free-motion quilting on her, in addition to better stitch-in-the-ditch because of her larger throat space, and she also has a variety of pretty stitches to make finishing hammocks a little more fun when I don't feel like zig-zag.

Got her for about half MCRP from a sewing machine dealer who'd had someone trade her in for the next best model. The machines are super popular with quilters and sell very quickly used and in such good condition, so catching that deal was really an amazing stroke of luck.

Also? That is the cutest instance of upcycling that I have ever seen!
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: RooRat on June 20, 2012, 08:23:54 PM
Finally got to sew again. I managed two bunk beds, a tube-thingy, a little hanging pocket (Pete loves these), a long bunk bed (I guess?), and a flat. I know, I'm genius with names  :yelcutelaugh: Almost didn't manage anything, though - apparently sewing machines, like everything else, are made for right handed people. I was putting the thread through the needle from the left, not the right, and it kept popping out.  :doh:

Hammocks:
(http://sphotos.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn1/527590_3409008069375_1465361804_n.jpg)
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Scubbs on June 20, 2012, 08:31:43 PM
The Jenn - what sewing machine did you get?  :)

I actually totally splurged and got myself a machine more tailored to my quilting hobby that is going to last me the majority of my life. She's a Janome MC6600P and I love her soooo muuuuch. *__* I'll be able to learn free-motion quilting on her, in addition to better stitch-in-the-ditch because of her larger throat space, and she also has a variety of pretty stitches to make finishing hammocks a little more fun when I don't feel like zig-zag.

Got her for about half MCRP from a sewing machine dealer who'd had someone trade her in for the next best model. The machines are super popular with quilters and sell very quickly used and in such good condition, so catching that deal was really an amazing stroke of luck.

Also? That is the cutest instance of upcycling that I have ever seen!

Ooo, a Janome!  That's awesome!  I know quilter's absolutely love them, and they're well made  :D  I have quite a few older, all-metal workhorses, but I really do want a new machine.  I returned the Singer 160 since I had some issues with it, but since then I've really been missing the fancy stitches, computerized options, and the other awesome features of a newer machine.  Definitely think another newbie is in my future  :P
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: mcguirks on June 21, 2012, 10:01:21 AM
I've been waiting to post these. :) I made them for the summer secret pal swap and they were received today! So... the cat's out of the bag. (And into the box. Heehee.)

The stitching isn't perfect, but it gave me a chance to test out some features of my new machine in the process. This is an 11-piece set with five flats, three double deckers, two pockets, and an open wall tunnel.

(http://i215.photobucket.com/albums/cc232/roczath/IMG_04991.jpg)

 :heart: the fancy stitching!
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: mcguirks on June 21, 2012, 10:03:14 AM
The Jenn - what sewing machine did you get?  :)


Recycled the shelf liner (bottom part in the picture) my girls chewed a hole giant in, into a rather interesting bunk bed-type hammock.  Totally thrown together, but I think they'll love it!

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7245/7404811880_fa4a2144e1_o.jpg)

 :heart: this idea!  My ratty boys just tore a hole in my favorite cage liner...this may be it's future if they add a few more/make the original hole any bigger! :BlueDumboSmileTongue:
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: K Rat1417 on June 26, 2012, 09:55:40 PM
Giving this thread a good "bump"!  It's too good to die  :yelcutelaugh:


Made some liners for my new martins cage (I may need to spray it with rustoleum & let it cure first though.. but the shelf liners work on my current feisty ferret cage so I can at least use those for now)

(http://i1241.photobucket.com/albums/gg515/KD1417/McKenzie%20and%20Rita/POSTONGM.jpg)

(http://i1241.photobucket.com/albums/gg515/KD1417/McKenzie%20and%20Rita/POSTONGMTOO.jpg)
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: missamy on June 29, 2012, 05:47:45 PM
I bought some 4th of July fabric last week so I can do a holiday cage theme in my new DFN, but so far haven't gotten around to actually doing it yet! Sunday is cage cleaning day, so I'll have to get it done tonight and tomorrow. Will post pictures when I'm done!
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Kitsch Slapped on July 01, 2012, 11:29:04 PM
Been a long while since I have posted anything here! I've been so incredibly busy.

My mom was chatting with her friend when she found out her friend has rats and ferrets. So my mom tells her friend that I have rats as well and had ferrets at one point in time, and tells her how I make hammocks for my ratties. My mom offered her a hammock so I quickly made one up today for her friend. I LOVE this hammock!!! I'm going to have to make some for my ratties asap!

I've never made a Honeycomb Hammock before. This is my first try and I love it! Whoever came up with the idea of the Honeycomb Hammock I applaud them! It's gorgeous! And it looks like the ratties will love it too!

I added some "trim" to it to pretty it up. I'm pretty excited with how it turned out.

(http://i1177.photobucket.com/albums/x346/KitschSlapped/HoneyCombHammock1.png)

(http://i1177.photobucket.com/albums/x346/KitschSlapped/HoneyCombHammock2.png)

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Post by: Suzanne81 on July 02, 2012, 01:10:51 PM
(http://www.mijnalbum.nl/Foto-X8K4TZ4Q.jpg)
(http://www.mijnalbum.nl/Foto-FA7AH6UW.jpg)
(http://www.mijnalbum.nl/Foto-J44EHFER.jpg)
(http://www.mijnalbum.nl/Foto-RHGJHKXV.jpg)
(http://www.mijnalbum.nl/Foto-OKJS46PR.jpg)
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Kitsch Slapped on July 02, 2012, 10:33:32 PM
LOVE that cat fabric. It reminds me of these paintings... I can't think of the artist's name at the moment, but she's really famous for paintings of colorful cats!

Made my rat girls a couple of the Honeycomb Hammocks. Since I made one for my mom's friend I had to make my own the next day :)

This one I experimented and put lace trim. I kind of like it, but I don't think I'll use so much next time.
(http://i1177.photobucket.com/albums/x346/KitschSlapped/IMG_37861.png)

And this one is "third times the charm" I guess lol. It is my best one yet.
(http://i1177.photobucket.com/albums/x346/KitschSlapped/IMG_3786.png)
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: rattielover713 on July 03, 2012, 09:44:23 PM
Here is my latest hammock set! I wanted a thinner set for the summer heat, but summer sets I have made in the past turned out too thin and never held their shape. For this set, I tried using thin fleece and seersucker. The fleece helps the hammocks keep their shape while the seersucker stays cool. It worked out pretty well, and I think I will have to make another set like that for the summer months! I normally make my hammock sets out of fleece and flannel, which works great here on the IL/WI border where snow and cold reign supreme, so it has taken me a long time to make a set that is anything other than warmer fabrics. This set also includes two new hammocks that I have never made before and one design that I haven't made for my current mischief, so I will be watching to see if my ratties like those designs! I think my girlies will be very happy when I put in this new set this week!

(http://i800.photobucket.com/albums/yy282/rattielover713/7312001.jpg)
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Post by: mcguirks on July 04, 2012, 03:25:34 PM
LOVE that cat fabric. It reminds me of these paintings... I can't think of the artist's name at the moment, but she's really famous for paintings of colorful cats!

Made my rat girls a couple of the Honeycomb Hammocks. Since I made one for my mom's friend I had to make my own the next day :)

This one I experimented and put lace trim. I kind of like it, but I don't think I'll use so much next time.
(http://i1177.photobucket.com/albums/x346/KitschSlapped/IMG_37861.png)

And this one is "third times the charm" I guess lol. It is my best one yet.
(http://i1177.photobucket.com/albums/x346/KitschSlapped/IMG_3786.png)

These are both gorgeous!  I love the design and thought put into them.  My boys would shred them in moments, so I'll stick to the plainer versions!   :BlueDumboSmileTongue:
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: mcguirks on July 04, 2012, 03:28:56 PM
Just a few of the recent hammocks I've sewn:

Honeycomb
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v147/deadbodylette/Rat/124_0613.jpg)

Two Flats:
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v147/deadbodylette/Rat/124_0614.jpg)

I was hoping to sell these on a website I had been working on, but I feel like the market is so saturated currently and I don't know that anyone would buy them.  We need a "market research" thread some place   :cheeky:  Anyway, the bees are my absolute fave!
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Maltey on July 08, 2012, 05:46:07 PM
I have new hammies :D

Well actually, I've made quite a few since my last post but forgot to take photos until they were already peed on and chewed :yelcutelaugh:

Unfortunately we've got another phone pic, but anyhow:

(http://i1209.photobucket.com/albums/cc400/RelaxedRat9/9c1787be.jpg)

We have in there a playhouse at the back, a flat, a mat (discourages them from lifting up the liner  ;) ) a nesty-type flat and what I can only describe as a 'pee pad' (where the girls go to er, do their business. Apparently the litter box isn't good enough but the pee pad is!)

And whilst this might not be strictly related I just wanted to make a hanging suggestion for a flat.
I hung mine up in the corner of the cage, so 3 of the corners of the hammock fit into the corner of the cage and the then fourth corner gets hung up on the ceiling.
I never could've predicted how much my girls took to this. You have to make the flat pretty big since you lose a lot of space, but they all piled in:

(http://i1209.photobucket.com/albums/cc400/RelaxedRat9/0525dab3.jpg)
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: cagedbirdsinging on July 09, 2012, 11:46:26 AM
My latest hammock?

A washcloth held up with paperclips!
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Ratilda on July 09, 2012, 03:25:45 PM
awesome creativity.  Can we see a picture?
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: RooRat on July 09, 2012, 04:43:22 PM
My latest hammock?

A washcloth held up with paperclips!

I bet they love it! I give my guys hammocks that I spend lots of time on, but they always prefer curling up in a cardboard box. Ratties  ::)
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: K Rat1417 on July 09, 2012, 07:18:39 PM
RooRat,  haha I know what you mean!  I just cleaned the rats cage last night, put in lots of nice hammocks & where do I find McKenzie sleeping this morning?  In a tissue box ::) Lol they go through stages.. sometimes they're in a box mood, sometimes they're in a hammock mood  :yelcutelaugh:
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: cagedbirdsinging on July 09, 2012, 11:38:12 PM
Here is said hammock! I do know how to sew, but I just kinda threw this together.

(http://i224.photobucket.com/albums/dd120/kcartwright856/P1060428e.jpg)
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: K Rat1417 on July 10, 2012, 12:53:34 AM
nice!  It looks like a perfectly awesome & comfy hammock  :thumbsup2:
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: RooRat on July 10, 2012, 04:30:39 PM
I've got a quick question... Does anyone mass-order grommets (and if so, where!)? I've been getting them at Wal-Mart but it's getting expensive, and I figure if I want to open that hammock shop I've been planning, I should have a more cost-effective way to get these things. Suggestions?
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: RattiesSix on July 10, 2012, 05:25:18 PM
I order from here. http://www.etsy.com/listing/44857052/100-size-0-gold-grommets-with-washers
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: K Rat1417 on July 10, 2012, 10:39:02 PM
I usually order from grommetworld.com  I usually buy 1-2 grosses at a time  :thumbsup2:
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: RooRat on July 11, 2012, 06:02:24 PM
Thanks! I'll check out grommetworld soon - I'll have to, as I'm all out of grommets and sewed quite a bit today  :hyper:

Speaking of, I may have gotten carried away. I went straight from class to Joann's, bought a bunch of fabric, then came home and made these:
(http://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-snc6/252723_3492881046147_302760594_n.jpg)

Dino flannel! I could not resist. The dino hammocks are going to Renly and the Hawaiian flowers are for Pete. Not too bad for one afternoon  :yelcutelaugh:

Oh, and that tiny dino rectangle was just scrap fabric.. I figure it can be a nice chewtoy for Renly at the bottom of his favorite plastic basket. Hah!
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Maltey on July 11, 2012, 06:11:54 PM
I love the hawaiian fabric! So bright and summery :heart:
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: RastaRattata on July 12, 2012, 12:33:27 PM
I'm seeing all sorts of awesome hammocks with amazing sewing done to them on here  :-\ What sewing machines do some of you use? I have a Brother sewing machine, it's the Porject Runway special edition one, and no matter what setting I put it on (even the settings that they recommended to me when I called and explained what i was using) the thread breaks every time. If I get it to work for any amount of time, the second it breaks, it doesn't work on that same setting again. So what does everyone else use?
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Maltey on July 12, 2012, 12:36:46 PM
That's unlikely to be the machine's fault, it'll be the tension.
Does it have a tension dial on there?
You'll need to experiment with it on a scrap piece until the stitches lock properly and the thread doesn't snap :)
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: RastaRattata on July 12, 2012, 01:02:54 PM
Yeah, I've tried all the tension settings. I think there's something in the machine that was put together improperly cause it's breaking after catching on a piece inside the machine. I keep having to take a pair of tweezers in there and pull out big clumps of shredded, broken thread from this one spot in there. I'd return it, but I've had it since Christmas, so I assume I can't now xD Might give it to goodwill and go buy one like my Aunt has. Hers is a Singer and she taught me how to use it, never had a problem with the thread breaking when I sew with hers.
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Ratilda on July 12, 2012, 01:10:38 PM
My primary workhorse for hammocks is my 1920s Singer 66 (by the way, the machine is so old that it lacks reverse.)  But, I have a back-up modern machine which can do all the stuff the 66 can't, and that's a Janome DC3050.  She's a bit more prissy, and when it comes to hammocks the old 66 is just so much better...  But, my prissy machine can do zigzag and of course reverse.  So, I use the prissy machine when I cant use the 66.  She's prissy cause I can never remember how to do anything on her without looking at my manual.  She's more likely to get grumpy than the 66.  And, she's complicated and my singer 66 is simple, basic, and strong.

The Brother Project Runway Edition... isnt that one of the base entry models you can get at Walmart?  My understanding is that those tend to be poorly made and can be frustrating to new sewers.

I learned how to sew on a cheap Walmart machine. My singer 66 actually cost less and came with a sewing table.  Both of my current machines work better with less grief than my first machine. 

Sewing is so much fun.  It is so sad that entry sewing machines are so frustrating.


Why is the Singer 66 better than a modern machine for hammocks in my opinion?
-It's straight stitch only machine which is all you need to make a hammock, but because the machine only does straight stitch it does it better.  For example, my faceplate has a wee hole just for the needle.  There's no way to accidentally get fabric suck down inside the machine.  The fabric doesn't wriggle out of position because it has no holes to slide into.
- It is heavy.  I think it's around 50 pounds.  It is NOT in any sense of the word portable.  So, the machine is solid.  The only thing moving on the table is my fabric.  So, it's easier to keep things in the right place.
-Power  I don't quite know why, but the old Singers have a reputation for being able to sew anything.  Indeed, my little Singer doesn't even think twice when I have it sew through several layers.  Without hesitation, it just sews on through.  My Janome, on the other hand, during my last project I had a few layers for it to sew through at one point, and you could hear it and feel it slow down and trudge up the hill.  It did it.  I was proud of it, but my Singer wouldn't have even noticed the layers of fabric.

For a beginner sewer, I would recommend seeking a basic sewing machine.  A basic sewing machien will be able to sew pretty much everything.  Walmart, etc. are not good stores for machines.  Look into sewing machine stores, quilting stores, etc.  A good machine will cost more, unless you seek out a used machine.  With used machines, the prices vary.  It's my understanding that your best bet in used machines is a reconditioned machine that's old enough that it's body is made of metal. 

One last comment.  You shouldnt be having the problem that you are having with your machine, even if it's cheap.  Is there anyone near you that sews that can help you out in person or could you video tape threading your machine?  My guess is that you are threading the machine improperly.  If not, I would recommend returning the machine and starting fresh. 
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: RastaRattata on July 12, 2012, 01:20:37 PM
My Aunt sews like a pro, so I could call her over and get her to help me out on her next day off. In the meantime, I'm going to look around and see if anyone has a solution online to the thread catching on that bar inside the machine. Pretty sure it shouldn't be catching on that...
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: *Kat* on July 12, 2012, 01:29:17 PM
Did your brother have a 1 year warranty?  Do you still have the box and everything to return it/exchange it?   I used the walmart Brother Project Runway for years before I upgraded and had no issues with it, just wanted more options, so it could be your machine has a fluke in it.   Is your bobbin casing seated right?   if it is off even slightly it is finicky.   

My current sewing machine is the brother nx600.   
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Maltey on July 12, 2012, 02:30:30 PM
Aaah I see, most times it's the tension (takes me a while to get it sorted each time I sew something new)
Hope you're able to return it :)
I am also pro-vintage. They're just do sturdy and well-made. If it's still going after 50/60 years it'll go forever!
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Suzanne81 on July 13, 2012, 11:39:22 AM
My new hammock set.
(http://www.mijnalbum.nl/Foto-GQAFQHIA.jpg)
(http://www.mijnalbum.nl/Foto-4RWA46MM.jpg)
(http://www.mijnalbum.nl/Foto-FHAAWOWT.jpg)
(http://www.mijnalbum.nl/Foto-AUUORBUN.jpg)
(http://www.mijnalbum.nl/Foto-8C87TFBS.jpg)
(http://www.mijnalbum.nl/Foto-DLWZKD64.jpg)
(http://www.mijnalbum.nl/Foto-B7FNQEFJ.jpg)
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Ratilda on July 13, 2012, 12:02:48 PM
RastaRattata, please let us know how the sewing machine fix goes

And, Suzanne 81 --- BEAUTIFUL.
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: RastaRattata on July 14, 2012, 05:34:49 PM
Suzanne, that is a lot of hammocks!!! All of them look amazing!
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Egween on July 16, 2012, 07:14:17 AM
To those of you who make snuggle sacks and/or pockets: how do you keep them open? I'm worried a snuggle sack would just get trampled and never "properly" used.
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: harpbeat339 on July 16, 2012, 11:49:08 AM
To those of you who make snuggle sacks and/or pockets: how do you keep them open? I'm worried a snuggle sack would just get trampled and never "properly" used.
I haven't made a lot, but boning, which you can buy by the yard at most craft stores, will hold open a snuggle sack when sewed into the hem at the top, like this (not my pic): http://www.laurelszoo.com/hedgiebags/largebags/Silly%20Bugs%20Stripes%20Snuggle%20Sack%20by%20Laurels%20Zoo%20laurelszoo.jpg
Most people just sew it into the top so that it sits flat, but with tubes that sit on the ground and other things like that, you may want to use boning for the whole opening.
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Violet976 on July 16, 2012, 10:41:15 PM
You can also by polyethylene tubing & sew that in to shape the snuggle sacks open.
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: lety123 on July 17, 2012, 01:41:50 AM
Theyre all awesome hammocks! :)
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Siwain on July 21, 2012, 09:29:59 PM
I started making hammocks just a few months ago and it's actually a great way to learn how to use a sewing machine. Nothing goes to waste, which I love!

These are the last ones I made. I'd just finished washing my FN and I hung them up and took pics just to show a friend.

(http://i137.photobucket.com/albums/q209/Siwain/DSC07253.jpg)

(http://i137.photobucket.com/albums/q209/Siwain/DSC07251.jpg)

(http://i137.photobucket.com/albums/q209/Siwain/DSC07250.jpg)
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: digitalangel on July 21, 2012, 09:48:59 PM
Yeah, I've tried all the tension settings. I think there's something in the machine that was put together improperly cause it's breaking after catching on a piece inside the machine. I keep having to take a pair of tweezers in there and pull out big clumps of shredded, broken thread from this one spot in there. I'd return it, but I've had it since Christmas, so I assume I can't now xD Might give it to goodwill and go buy one like my Aunt has. Hers is a Singer and she taught me how to use it, never had a problem with the thread breaking when I sew with hers.

Do you hold the ends of your thread when you start your stitch?
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Violet976 on July 21, 2012, 10:09:10 PM
I've also had a similar sounding issue when I either had a piece of thread hidden deep in the shuttle area (had to fully dismantle the shuttle area), or more recently, when I had a teeny, tiny piece a lint that was blocking the thread path down below in the shuttle area. The second one had me guessing for quite awhile, since I couldn't see anything obvious, but sure enough, it was the tiniest piece of lint in the way.
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: digitalangel on July 21, 2012, 10:27:20 PM
What Violet said too. I would take all the thread out of the machine then use the vacuum to suck out the bobbin area, they shop told me to never blow because that can push lint further in, you can take a piece of floss and thread it through the tension disc and pull it back and forth a few times to see if anything is lodged in there, you can also do the tension test where you thread the machine and put the foot down then pull on your thread, then slowly turn the tension dial you should be able to feel the difference in your tension as you move the dial. It is only around $70 for a shop to full service on a machine much cheaper then buying a new one if you can not figure it out. Also never thread your machine with the foot down because that prevents the thread from being seated in the tension properly, and make sure to oil the oil spots when needed :) I am sure someone else will chime in with even more ideas.
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Scubbs on August 29, 2012, 03:11:24 PM
Time to hopefully revive this thread!  :P

Here are some hammocks I've made my girls recently  :)

Bunk bed, honeycomb, and lotus bunk
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8458/7888821964_404753fa62_z.jpg)

Wall pouch
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8438/7827701868_cb2bc906e7.jpg)

FN shelf liner and cage pad
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8432/7812246574_15992bd2a2_z.jpg)
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Ratilda on August 29, 2012, 03:47:16 PM
Thanks Scubbs and those hammocks are awesome.


This Thread Can Not Die   ;D
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: K Rat1417 on August 29, 2012, 05:45:55 PM
lovely hammocks as always, scubbs!

1+ Ratilda, this thread definitely can't die.  I'm sad to say I forgot about it :( that cannot be allowed anymore :P


Anyway I'm ratless at the moment so here are some recent order pictures


A rectangle  & a tortilla wrap hammock
(http://i1241.photobucket.com/albums/gg515/KD1417/Order%20pictures/Jennifersorder.jpg)


A rectangle & two large flats
(http://i1241.photobucket.com/albums/gg515/KD1417/Order%20pictures/Amyshammockorderincludes1rectangle2regflats.jpg)


Large pocket hammock
(http://i1241.photobucket.com/albums/gg515/KD1417/Order%20pictures/Peggyspocket.jpg)

Triple bunkbed
(http://i1241.photobucket.com/albums/gg515/KD1417/Order%20pictures/Peggystriplebunk.jpg)

close up of two large flats
(http://i1241.photobucket.com/albums/gg515/KD1417/Order%20pictures/Amysflats.jpg)





Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: The Jenn on August 30, 2012, 02:36:13 PM
Minus grommets, I just finished a crazy-busy 8-piece "back to school" set for the upcoming September Rat Chick promo! Here's the "sneak peek" for GM. ;) Check out the rescue site and/or Facebook in Sept!

(http://i215.photobucket.com/albums/cc232/roczath/2012-09-hammocks1.jpg)
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Nari Caution on September 02, 2012, 12:04:52 AM
Finished these today with 2. More. Sets in. Progress...
 
(http://i272.photobucket.com/albums/jj199/Nari_Caution/1346558067.jpg)
(http://i272.photobucket.com/albums/jj199/Nari_Caution/1346558071.jpg)
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: K Rat1417 on September 02, 2012, 01:20:55 AM
Jenn, those like so nice!  The colors are so BRIGHT & fun!  :shocked2:


Nari caution,  those are so awesome & fun looking!  You've been busy :P
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Pied on September 02, 2012, 11:44:41 AM
Nari Caution: Omg yes! i've been meaning to make a star wars cage set, just haven't had the time.
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Nari Caution on September 02, 2012, 12:59:36 PM
 ;D  this is my second Star Wars set actually, and the other two im working on are. Star wars as well. I go fabric shopping by my self and boyfriend requested more star wars. It also helped their licensed graphic fabrics were 40% off and their flannel was only $3. A yard. So far, all the hammocks have. Been fleece/something. But I figured. Since its summer, ill make some cooler. I'm just a little sad,  they look so cool, but I know after a couple washes, ill have to patch some up... T-T maybe ill throw in a few old hammocks as decoys... Anywho, more pictures later today for. Sure. I am motivated and ready to sew!
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: amanda2826 on September 02, 2012, 01:40:29 PM
Just started making hammocks for the first time yesterday. The top two I did yesterday and the bottom one I did just today. It's a two entrance one like on the top, but I found out a much easier way to make it. Let the seams show, haha. Luckily, opossums won't mess with the seams. Making it this way took a little longer, to make sure everything was properly lined up, but it looks and works much better for me. I also added extra support inside the front and back bottom to help keep it's original shape so it doesn't lose any width when there is a bit of weight in it like the first two entrance cube I did. Just sewed a long wooden skewer inside with a zig-zag pattern to hold it in place. Works out really well.  :hyper:

(http://img99.imageshack.us/img99/9161/img6513e.jpg) (http://img716.imageshack.us/img716/6372/img6566rx.jpg)
(http://img580.imageshack.us/img580/1604/img6583g.jpg)(http://desmond.imageshack.us/Himg411/scaled.php?server=411&filename=img6586i.jpg&res=landing)
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: K Rat1417 on September 02, 2012, 02:05:37 PM
Amanda those are great first time hammocks! :eek:

& such adorable opossums too :heart: they look so adorable & comfy snuggled into their hammocks :D

I have friends that has a STO (short tailed opossum) & a couple times they've ordered some mini STO sized hammocks for him :D they were really fun to make & he loves them!
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: K Rat1417 on September 02, 2012, 02:10:37 PM
I also love that last owl fabric :heart: :heart:


I'm going to be selling my hammocks at RatFest in TX along with making a raffle hammock set for it so I may give you guys a sneak peak :cheeky:
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Robinkwr on September 02, 2012, 06:36:53 PM
Here is one I made recently. New design for the shop. It's pretty squished in this picture & no grommets in the 4 corners yet. I haven't gotten one of it hanging yet, so i'll try to do that soon. 

It hangs down and opens very big, lots of ratties. It has it's entrance on the top and since it was bigger I thought once they get in they can't really get out so I added the exit hole on the upper side of the bottom.

(http://a3.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/241597_361618217251695_1980080699_o.jpg)
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: *Kat* on September 02, 2012, 10:48:37 PM
(http://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-snc7/s720x720/419316_359738517436964_1760392604_n.jpg)
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: amanda2826 on September 02, 2012, 11:16:50 PM
(http://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-snc7/s720x720/419316_359738517436964_1760392604_n.jpg)

That is super cute!  :thumbsup2:
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: *Kat* on September 02, 2012, 11:18:08 PM
(http://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-snc7/s720x720/419316_359738517436964_1760392604_n.jpg)

That is super cute!  :thumbsup2:

And would fit baby possums :-p
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: K Rat1417 on September 03, 2012, 12:16:01 AM
That's very impressive *kat*  :shocked2:
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: *Kat* on September 03, 2012, 12:21:17 AM
That's very impressive *kat*  :shocked2:

Thank you.
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: amanda2826 on September 03, 2012, 12:28:20 AM
And would fit baby possums :-p

Haha, yeah it would! May have to get something similar one of these days. What other animals have you made?
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: *Kat* on September 03, 2012, 12:36:03 AM
And would fit baby possums :-p

Haha, yeah it would! May have to get something similar one of these days. What other animals have you made?

So far that and the platypus I've designed.   
(http://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-snc7/s720x720/391327_201997849877699_1783059143_n.jpg)
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Canadian Comforts on September 03, 2012, 12:54:25 AM
That is really cool (Love the turtle one!).
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: *Kat* on September 03, 2012, 12:58:05 AM
That is really cool (Love the turtle one!).

Thanks.
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Graphite on September 03, 2012, 02:56:02 AM
made these while I've been home sick the past couple days. I dont know if I wanna let the rats or the ferrets have them though!

(http://i1140.photobucket.com/albums/n565/Graphite91/Hammocks.jpg)
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: *Kat* on September 04, 2012, 01:08:15 AM
Finished his 3 friends.
(http://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/552152_360121764065306_693739011_n.jpg)
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Robinkwr on September 04, 2012, 02:31:55 AM
Kat, are they laying pads or do they hang, or?
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: *Kat* on September 04, 2012, 02:33:43 AM
Kat, are they laying pads or do they hang, or?

They're hammocks to hang, I haven't put the grommets on them yet.

Here is a picture of a previous one hanging.
(http://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/s720x720/547723_322235377853945_1778621524_n.jpg)
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: The Jenn on September 04, 2012, 02:13:49 PM
That turtle is the cutest thing ever!!!

Here's another GM sneak-peek of the second school-themed set for RCRR. It's only a four-piece set, but it took the same amount of fabric as the last one. A large cube, pocket, flat, and tunnel.

(http://i215.photobucket.com/albums/cc232/roczath/2012-09-hammocks2.jpg)
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: The Jenn on September 11, 2012, 01:20:25 PM
Aaaand the third school-themed set for the Rat Chick September promo. This one's personally my favorite since I'm a color fiend. The blue fleece does a lot to calm the crazy colors while keeping everything really bright. It's going to hang really well.

(http://i215.photobucket.com/albums/cc232/roczath/2012-09-hammocks3.jpg)
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: RattiesSix on September 11, 2012, 03:27:28 PM
Oh wow, that crayon fabric is adorable!
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Risika57 on September 16, 2012, 05:47:24 PM
My latest hammock set for my cage.
Cage Liners
Triple Bunk
8 1/2 Flat
Small Corner
Double Decker
Bunk
(https://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn1/s720x720/533768_260141360772636_522093910_n.jpg)

Close up of the fabric used:
(https://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/s720x720/579573_259655314154574_869182305_n.jpg)
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Scubbs on September 17, 2012, 09:18:24 PM
New hammies for my critters  :)

Honeycomb and lotus bunk for my mouse (not as uneven as it looks, I just didn't situate it at all before unfolding/putting it on the floor)  :P
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8032/7998111833_89f73ef89e_z.jpg)

Medium pocket, lotus bunk, and cage pad for my ratties, Petri & Pipette!
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8297/7998116188_baa96551ab_z.jpg)

And a new blanket for myself!
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8322/7998117074_e7c81de07b_z.jpg)

Fancy stitching and variegated thread  :heart:
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8171/7998117776_8025af2843.jpg)

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8174/7998113753_b7f6e3045c.jpg)
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: *Kat* on September 18, 2012, 01:36:05 AM
2 convertibles
(http://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn1/s720x720/536237_365071393570343_1236216828_n.jpg)
(http://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn1/60281_365071413570341_809318649_n.jpg)
2 flats
(http://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash4/297779_365071443570338_374621963_n.jpg)
(http://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn1/485708_365071463570336_883783415_n.jpg)
another convertible
(http://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/s720x720/564332_365075290236620_86813058_n.jpg)
and 2 skewed 2 levels
(http://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/548666_365075313569951_1491498331_n.jpg)
(http://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-snc6/218051_365075340236615_1559117459_n.jpg)
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: K Rat1417 on September 18, 2012, 01:21:14 PM
Such cute candy fabric, Scubbs!  I saw some just like that at my JoAnn the other day. 

How big is the blanket for yourself? It looks small for a blanket :D (it's probably just the image though)
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Scubbs on September 20, 2012, 11:01:29 PM
Haha, it was probably exactly the same as what you saw at JoAnn Fabrics, since that's where I got it  ;)  It was one of their blanket kits.  It's definitely not big by any means - I believe it's 48" x 60", the smaller "no-sew" blanket kit.  I just really liked the candy print  :P
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: K Rat1417 on September 22, 2012, 11:21:04 PM
haha too bad about it being on the small side, but hey it is an adorable print :D
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: alexyay on September 23, 2012, 03:03:06 AM
A cage set that I recently sold (I almost kept it though, it's super warm and fuzzy!)

(http://i584.photobucket.com/albums/ss286/_AalexandraA_/DSC_9848_zpse0708602.jpg)

and another one which I'm selling - I use this fabric often in my cage though, I got it at $1 a meter :hyper:

(http://i584.photobucket.com/albums/ss286/_AalexandraA_/DSC_9861_zps67c0fcd9.jpg)

New-ish space-invaders set up top

(http://sphotos-a.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/556256_3807080308779_1330550351_n.jpg)

And a newish fishy set :3 Which has now fallen apart. Eek.

(http://sphotos-h.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/285705_3747791666600_55045325_n.jpg)
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: K Rat1417 on October 07, 2012, 12:19:29 PM
Nice alexyay,  I like those colors  :thumbsup2:

I recently made lots of hammocks to sell at Ratfest in Austin Tx but I forgot to take pictures :( :( :(
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: ibinitch on December 28, 2012, 09:11:35 PM
This thread has been dead for awhile but I received a Brother cs6000i for Christmas and I've made a few things for a Valentine's day themed cage for the girls. I am very new to sewing so there not the greatest by any means but I love them  ;D

Medium/large standard hammock
(http://i.imgur.com/6y1zl.jpg)

Shelf liner and small flat hammock
(http://i.imgur.com/JJABR.jpg)

Anyone know the best place to purchase grommets? I'm completely out and I hate ribbon loops.
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Violet976 on December 29, 2012, 12:06:41 AM
I adore GrommetWorld. The s&h seems pricy at first, but when you figure out the price per grommet they have one of the best prices I've found. I usually buy at least 6 packs gross (gross = 166 sets of grommets), but I finally caved & bought 15 packs. I think I'm paying about 4 cents per grommet now.  :yelcutelaugh:
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Scubbs on December 31, 2012, 11:12:08 PM
Here are some hammies and a FN shelf liner I made for my girlies a few weeks ago  :)

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8211/8255975588_47aab43c3d_z.jpg)

And apparently the shelf liner was just too tempting, since normally they don't touch them, and this one lasted all of a few days before it had to be patched up  :P

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8344/8282284905_f06ea4edb6.jpg)
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: ibinitch on January 01, 2013, 05:00:48 AM
Violet976: Thank you for the recommendation. I'll bookmark the website to browse through tomorrow ;)

Scubbs: I love the lotus fabric and the glitter dots!
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Anjel on January 01, 2013, 08:54:39 AM
Just finished up this set and I am about 15 sets+40 singles behind on my work.  :yelcutelaugh:

(http://i45.tinypic.com/287npk3.jpg)
I still havent figured out how to take flattering photos of the sets. They take so much room and I have no idea how to get more detailed whole-set shots!
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: mcguirks on January 01, 2013, 02:28:40 PM
Just finished up this set and I am about 15 sets+40 singles behind on my work.  :yelcutelaugh:

(http://i45.tinypic.com/287npk3.jpg)
I still havent figured out how to take flattering photos of the sets. They take so much room and I have no idea how to get more detailed whole-set shots!

Love that lion fabric   :heart:
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: craftyerin on January 02, 2013, 12:01:12 PM
I made a few yesterday! all for us, not that we need them. I just thought the fabrics were cute. :BlueDumboSmile:

bunk bed, pocket, and cube from animal flannel with brown fleece
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8075/8338819658_5a9970d627.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/68352016@N02/8338819658/)

pass-through, double decker, bunk bed, and pocket from "lab rat" flannel and orange fleece
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8503/8338820430_f61741d1fc.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/68352016@N02/8338820430/)

I don't bother with grommets on stuff I sew for mine. So those are as finished as they're going to get. :BlueDumboSmileTongue:

Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: RAT-BIRD on January 02, 2013, 06:08:19 PM
Wow. I'm amazed (and jealous) of all of your hammock work! I just made an AWFUL hammock:

http://i46.tinypic.com/10441mo.jpg
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: mcguirks on January 03, 2013, 10:09:49 AM
I made a few yesterday! all for us, not that we need them. I just thought the fabrics were cute. :BlueDumboSmile:

bunk bed, pocket, and cube from animal flannel with brown fleece
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8075/8338819658_5a9970d627.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/68352016@N02/8338819658/)

pass-through, double decker, bunk bed, and pocket from "lab rat" flannel and orange fleece
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8503/8338820430_f61741d1fc.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/68352016@N02/8338820430/)

I don't bother with grommets on stuff I sew for mine. So those are as finished as they're going to get. :BlueDumboSmileTongue:

So jealous of all the recent safari type fabrics!  I love giraffes!  So cute and great job!   :icon_rr:
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: mcguirks on January 03, 2013, 10:14:40 AM
The start of two summer type hammocks, a martin's cage liner, and a camo set I made for my boys.
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v147/deadbodylette/IMAG0084_zpsa455059c.jpg)

A custom order I made for a coworker that just adopted two sugar gliders....sad I wasn't able to do any cool topstitching  :-(
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v147/deadbodylette/IMAG0098_zps299c8b60.jpg)

Waiting for an order of grommets to show up so I can finally finish them all!  :BlueDumboSmileTongue:
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: msommers on January 03, 2013, 09:29:49 PM
I made a few yesterday! all for us, not that we need them. I just thought the fabrics were cute. :BlueDumboSmile:

bunk bed, pocket, and cube from animal flannel with brown fleece
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8075/8338819658_5a9970d627.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/68352016@N02/8338819658/)

pass-through, double decker, bunk bed, and pocket from "lab rat" flannel and orange fleece
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8503/8338820430_f61741d1fc.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/68352016@N02/8338820430/)

I don't bother with grommets on stuff I sew for mine. So those are as finished as they're going to get. :BlueDumboSmileTongue:

How do you hang them without grommets? I think I have finally figured out how to make a bunk, but the grommets that I have don't look like they would work with 4 layers of fleece in the corners. I decided that strips of fleece--like ribbons might work if sewn in. I don't know......
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Anjel on January 04, 2013, 12:08:45 AM
I made a few yesterday! all for us, not that we need them. I just thought the fabrics were cute. :BlueDumboSmile:

bunk bed, pocket, and cube from animal flannel with brown fleece
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8075/8338819658_5a9970d627.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/68352016@N02/8338819658/)

pass-through, double decker, bunk bed, and pocket from "lab rat" flannel and orange fleece
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8503/8338820430_f61741d1fc.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/68352016@N02/8338820430/)

I don't bother with grommets on stuff I sew for mine. So those are as finished as they're going to get. :BlueDumboSmileTongue:

How do you hang them without grommets? I think I have finally figured out how to make a bunk, but the grommets that I have don't look like they would work with 4 layers of fleece in the corners. I decided that strips of fleece--like ribbons might work if sewn in. I don't know......

She may just use safety pins or even just poke holes in the corners. some people sew button holes in as well.
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Anjel on January 05, 2013, 11:15:16 PM
Half my current batch. Still three more sets to finish before I move onto my next batch needing to be sewn.  All of these went up to my etsy shop with the exception of the leftmost cube and matching flat. Those were donated to a rat rescue raffle.  :thumbsup2:

(http://i50.tinypic.com/rubhia.jpg)
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: craftyerin on January 07, 2013, 09:32:19 PM

How do you hang them without grommets? I think I have finally figured out how to make a bunk, but the grommets that I have don't look like they would work with 4 layers of fleece in the corners. I decided that strips of fleece--like ribbons might work if sewn in. I don't know......


I just use my seam ripper to make a tiny slit near each corner and put the hook through.  I've never had problems with the small slit tearing farther, and my rattums seem to leave the corners alone more if I put nothing (no grommet, no ribbon loops) than if I do finish them nicely.  They like to chew around grommets.  I've made a few hammocks for others, and I do put grommets on those (or ribbons on cubes).  But it's not worth it in my own cage.
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: RooRat on January 07, 2013, 09:54:28 PM
Half my current batch. Still three more sets to finish before I move onto my next batch needing to be sewn.  All of these went up to my etsy shop with the exception of the leftmost cube and matching flat. Those were donated to a rat rescue raffle.  :thumbsup2:

(http://i50.tinypic.com/rubhia.jpg)

Is that the adorable pink octopus flannel I saw at Joann's yesterday?  :hyper: I had to resist the urge to spend more than I had planned. It's so adorable!
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: ibinitch on January 07, 2013, 09:57:51 PM
Half my current batch. Still three more sets to finish before I move onto my next batch needing to be sewn.  All of these went up to my etsy shop with the exception of the leftmost cube and matching flat. Those were donated to a rat rescue raffle.  :thumbsup2:

(http://i50.tinypic.com/rubhia.jpg)

Oh I love that under the sea fabric!
----------------------------------
I made a large hammock and two x-small hammocks a few days ago and today I made my first bunk bed. It was supposed to be a honeycomb but I didn't have enough fabric.

Stripes and Skelanimals
(http://i.imgur.com/7RhxA.jpg)

Spongebob bunk bed
(http://i.imgur.com/p8mH1.jpg)
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Anjel on January 07, 2013, 09:58:12 PM
Half my current batch. Still three more sets to finish before I move onto my next batch needing to be sewn.  All of these went up to my etsy shop with the exception of the leftmost cube and matching flat. Those were donated to a rat rescue raffle.  :thumbsup2:

(http://i50.tinypic.com/rubhia.jpg)

Is that the adorable pink octopus flannel I saw at Joann's yesterday?  :hyper: I had to resist the urge to spend more than I had planned. It's so adorable!

Haha yup! It is pretty cute. I only bought a half-yard of it though, since I like to kind of mix up patterns more than just make a lot of one pattern. I wanted to get more recently but it was all sold out.
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: RooRat on January 10, 2013, 04:01:10 PM
This is why I should never be left alone with fabric and a sewing machine, especially if I'm upset about something.

(https://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-snc6/184481_4205185493313_1644637191_n.jpg)

In that pile are 13 hammocks:
2 honeycombs (my second and third ever! the "second" is horrendous, but the "third" is actually rather good, if I do say so myself)
2 bunks
2 "tube with a view" hammocks
2 flats
1 hanging wall-pocket thing
1 butterfly pocket (I'm calling it a "butterfly" cause it looks like it has wings :hyper:)
1 flat with a tube-like-thing attached underneath
1 flat with strip attached on top (I've seen these on here..still not sure what they're called?)
1 double decker

I still have more fabric but I decided that since I'm out of grommets, I should probably stop for now  :yelcutelaugh:
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: mcguirks on January 10, 2013, 08:29:10 PM
This is why I should never be left alone with fabric and a sewing machine, especially if I'm upset about something.

(https://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-snc6/184481_4205185493313_1644637191_n.jpg)

In that pile are 13 hammocks:
2 honeycombs (my second and third ever! the "second" is horrendous, but the "third" is actually rather good, if I do say so myself)
2 bunks
2 "tube with a view" hammocks
2 flats
1 hanging wall-pocket thing
1 butterfly pocket (I'm calling it a "butterfly" cause it looks like it has wings :hyper:)
1 flat with a tube-like-thing attached underneath
1 flat with strip attached on top (I've seen these on here..still not sure what they're called?)
1 double decker

I still have more fabric but I decided that since I'm out of grommets, I should probably stop for now  :yelcutelaugh:

I love your color choices...I don't have the gift of putting colors together too well so I am always jealous of those who can!    :bow:
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: specialk on January 13, 2013, 09:20:32 PM
i just wanted to say that you guys are a talented bunch.  i have never sewn a stitch in my life so this is all beyond me but these pictures are just gorgeous!
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: RooRat on January 13, 2013, 09:30:22 PM
This is why I should never be left alone with fabric and a sewing machine, especially if I'm upset about something.

(https://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-snc6/184481_4205185493313_1644637191_n.jpg)

In that pile are 13 hammocks:
2 honeycombs (my second and third ever! the "second" is horrendous, but the "third" is actually rather good, if I do say so myself)
2 bunks
2 "tube with a view" hammocks
2 flats
1 hanging wall-pocket thing
1 butterfly pocket (I'm calling it a "butterfly" cause it looks like it has wings :hyper:)
1 flat with a tube-like-thing attached underneath
1 flat with strip attached on top (I've seen these on here..still not sure what they're called?)
1 double decker

I still have more fabric but I decided that since I'm out of grommets, I should probably stop for now  :yelcutelaugh:

I love your color choices...I don't have the gift of putting colors together too well so I am always jealous of those who can!    :bow:

I was just saying the other day how I'm in awe of people who have an eye for colors  :yelcutelaugh: Maybe I have slightly more of that eye than I originally thought? :eek:  :hyper:
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: *Kat* on January 13, 2013, 09:33:17 PM
2 huge hammocks for rabbits!

(https://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn1/16108_397867353624080_1522471319_n.jpg)

(https://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn1/61821_397867376957411_1226523394_n.jpg)
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: RooRat on January 13, 2013, 09:37:37 PM
2 huge hammocks for rabbits!

(https://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn1/16108_397867353624080_1522471319_n.jpg)

(https://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn1/61821_397867376957411_1226523394_n.jpg)

Pretty! How big do you make them for rabbits? My local shelter has some pet education bunnies (and ferrets and chinchillas and mice) who would probably really love some hammocks...
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: *Kat* on January 13, 2013, 09:49:24 PM
2 huge hammocks for rabbits!

(https://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn1/16108_397867353624080_1522471319_n.jpg)

(https://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn1/61821_397867376957411_1226523394_n.jpg)

Pretty! How big do you make them for rabbits? My local shelter has some pet education bunnies (and ferrets and chinchillas and mice) who would probably really love some hammocks...

these 2 were 16.5x23  and 16x22 

Here shows with a 18" doll in box in one of them.

(https://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/18685_397867383624077_1119497604_n.jpg)
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: ibinitch on January 26, 2013, 12:10:32 AM
Made my first cage liner set. I'm hoping they won't chew them as much since they'll be able to get underneath. Sewing the topstitch with elastic was a pain in the tuchus.

(http://i.imgur.com/kf6a4w8.jpg)
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Anjel on January 26, 2013, 01:09:21 AM
Made my first cage liner set. I'm hoping they won't chew them as much since they'll be able to get underneath. Sewing the topstitch with elastic was a pain in the tuchus.

(http://i.imgur.com/kf6a4w8.jpg)

I like to sew my elastic into the topstitch. I find it helps the elastic keep a firmer hold and makes it harder for the rats to chew it.
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: modracula on January 26, 2013, 03:19:28 PM
I just made these today!

Big hammock, small hammock, two big cubes, and a snuggle bed!

(http://i1103.photobucket.com/albums/g467/modracula/E3BE4AC7-5011-4F19-9B86-3357D02BE478-9064-0000054EB72C2285.jpg)
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: ibinitch on January 27, 2013, 01:14:11 AM
modracula: That fabric is so pretty! I wish I were brave enough to attempt cubes :P
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: modracula on January 27, 2013, 01:25:22 PM
By the end of the night I had made these too!

(http://i1103.photobucket.com/albums/g467/modracula/B8153871-59E9-440E-A626-156ADD4DDC67-11305-0000069A7095EB5A.jpg)

(http://i1103.photobucket.com/albums/g467/modracula/3FC1703F-B978-410B-8F7A-8D750BD61080-11305-0000069A6DFC4F48.jpg)

resulting in this!!

(http://i1103.photobucket.com/albums/g467/modracula/E39C3466-4320-4AF0-BF35-3B2177725989-11305-0000069A6AF8E8DE.jpg)

Four cubes, Four sleeper cups, 3 flat hammocks, and 2 tunnel hammocks. PHEW.

I am stash busting again today, because I have so much stuff in my house not being used AS USUAL.
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: modracula on January 27, 2013, 01:27:41 PM
modracula: That fabric is so pretty! I wish I were brave enough to attempt cubes :P

I learned to make cubes like YEARS ago from a fabulous tutorial online somewhere and I just tried to find it and couldnt find the one that i used but there seem to be many like it! I say go for it, its not nearly as hard once you get in the swing of things! My cubes got progressively better as the night went on!
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Maltey on January 27, 2013, 02:19:13 PM
modracula: That fabric is so pretty! I wish I were brave enough to attempt cubes :P

I used to always be worried about things like that. I'd buy all this lovely fabric but it'd sit there because I was worried I'd mess up, or it would've looked better as something else. Then someone said "it's only fabric"
Sounds silly but it IS only fabric. If you mess it up then a) the rats won't care b) if it's that bad it can always be turned into something else c) it's not like it's a vintage heirloom, it's just fabric!
Now I try to live by that. Maybe a little too strictly because fabric doesn't last long in my house now... :P
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Anjel on January 28, 2013, 05:15:33 AM
I, uh, had the day off.

(http://i48.tinypic.com/30hpu9g.jpg)

I never want to sew another hammock in my life.   :P
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: RooRat on January 28, 2013, 01:41:54 PM
I, uh, had the day off.

(http://i48.tinypic.com/30hpu9g.jpg)

I never want to sew another hammock in my life.   :P

Goodness! Impressive  :P I'd love to have that much fabric/time to sew  :eek:
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: RastaRattata on January 30, 2013, 12:53:08 PM
I, uh, had the day off.

(http://i48.tinypic.com/30hpu9g.jpg)

I never want to sew another hammock in my life.   :P

Photos like this make me wish my sewing machine wasn't a piece of crap  :'(
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: mcguirks on January 30, 2013, 02:09:06 PM
I, uh, had the day off.

(http://i48.tinypic.com/30hpu9g.jpg)

I never want to sew another hammock in my life.   :P

I always dream of doing this on my day off, but my pseudoADHD prevents it   :BlueDumboSmileTongue:
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Anjel on January 30, 2013, 05:39:13 PM
I, uh, had the day off.

(http://i48.tinypic.com/30hpu9g.jpg)

I never want to sew another hammock in my life.   :P

I always dream of doing this on my day off, but my pseudoADHD prevents it   :BlueDumboSmileTongue:

If I can do it with 20 years worth of  ADD&ADHD you can do it..trust me.  :thumbsup2:
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Maltey on January 30, 2013, 06:21:50 PM
Are they waffle hammocks there? They look super good with the rainbow look!
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Anjel on January 30, 2013, 07:19:05 PM
Are they waffle hammocks there? They look super good with the rainbow look!

Yup! I hadn't made many of them recently but decided to go ahead and make one. I forgot how fun they are to design and hopefully I'll be making more of them soon!
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: *Kat* on January 31, 2013, 03:23:10 AM
Are they waffle hammocks there? They look super good with the rainbow look!

Yup! I hadn't made many of them recently but decided to go ahead and make one. I forgot how fun they are to design and hopefully I'll be making more of them soon!

How many is that?   I just got 24 done on the inside stitching and my thread broke and I don't want to mess with it right now.
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Anjel on January 31, 2013, 04:29:49 AM
Are they waffle hammocks there? They look super good with the rainbow look!

Yup! I hadn't made many of them recently but decided to go ahead and make one. I forgot how fun they are to design and hopefully I'll be making more of them soon!

How many is that?   I just got 24 done on the inside stitching and my thread broke and I don't want to mess with it right now.

How many in total? Hmm..I'm not really sure! I didn't end up counting them all. Or did you mean how many waffle hammocks? I only made ones, the pale rainbow one. the other rainbow thing is a fringe rope.
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: *Kat* on January 31, 2013, 09:40:14 AM
How many in total, lol I just quoted the last one  and skipped posting the photo.
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: *Kat* on February 03, 2013, 05:05:59 AM
(https://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash4/321451_421722654571883_1640280456_n.jpg)
(https://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash4/304746_421724181238397_1826368253_n.jpg)
(https://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/543918_421725444571604_998004140_n.jpg)
(https://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn1/602692_421725404571608_911994388_n.jpg)

Latest order!   and she's local so we're meeting for lunch today!
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: mowgley_the_rat on February 03, 2013, 11:29:38 PM
I, uh, had the day off.

(http://i48.tinypic.com/30hpu9g.jpg)

I never want to sew another hammock in my life.   :P

OMG. That is amazing.  And what is a waffle hammock?  Do you have a close up picture? I am super intrigued. :)
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Anjel on February 04, 2013, 04:03:28 AM
I, uh, had the day off.

(http://i48.tinypic.com/30hpu9g.jpg)

I never want to sew another hammock in my life.   :P

OMG. That is amazing.  And what is a waffle hammock?  Do you have a close up picture? I am super intrigued. :)

It's a flat hammock that has been fringed on the top, the pale rainbow one in that photo is a fringe hammock and I have another one currently in my Etsy that has a photo, not sure I have any close ups but there may be one in my sale thread of that pale rainbow one before it sold.  I designed them a couple months ago if I remember right, I think September?
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: RattusNorvegicus on February 04, 2013, 06:00:51 AM
(https://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash4/304746_421724181238397_1826368253_n.jpg)

Oh my gosh that IS SO CUTE. You come up with such interesting creations Kat.
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: *Kat* on February 04, 2013, 05:42:35 PM
(https://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash4/304746_421724181238397_1826368253_n.jpg)

Oh my gosh that IS SO CUTE. You come up with such interesting creations Kat.

Thanks.
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: *Kat* on February 08, 2013, 04:49:44 AM
(https://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash4/483561_423994194344729_427219331_n.jpg)
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: katillac on February 09, 2013, 11:14:15 PM
Seriously these are ADORABLE! I kind of want them all! :hyper: Where can I find patterns to make my own? And what type of materials do you use? ???
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Vonda Z on February 10, 2013, 07:22:42 PM
Where can I find patterns to make my own? And what type of materials do you use? ???

I have used all kinds of sites to find tutorials for hammocks, including Guinnea Pig sites and Ferret sites and one site that was in a different language so I had to use a translater to figure it out, so it is hard to answer that question briefly. I used to use the site rattributes.com alot, but my anti-malware software would go nuts and then the images were taken down and then the whole site disappeared. I am not sure if it ever resurfaced anywhere.

However, I have been gradually putting together a PDF with tutorials for all the common rat hammocks that I make. It currently contains tutorials for the following types of hammocks:

Basic Flat (includes a tutorial on installing eyelets/grommets with an eyelet pliers)
Corner Flat
No-Sew Flat
Pocket Flat
Tunnel Pocket
Peek-a-boo Pocket
Bunk Bed
Honeycomb
Double Decker
Tube
Standard Cross Tube
Reversible Cross Tube
Triangle Pyramid
Cube
Rectangular Prism
Snuggle Sack (I need to tweak the dimensions on this one and the picture dimensions do not match the text - it is still a work in progress)
Cuddle Cup

It is still a work in progress. There are still a few things that I would like to add (bonding pouch, for example), and I need to take a good editorial read-through one of these days.

If you are interested in checking it out, you can view/download it from here: http://www.finchaviary.com/Rat/Rat%20Tutorials/RatTutorials.htm .

There are two versions available - one is small file size with low resolution for slower Internet connections or viewing on the Internet. The other is a larger file size for download/printing with high res images.

And by the way, I usually use cotton/fleece or flannel fleece, but occasionally use fleece/fleece (although this combination has no absorbant layer).
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: abmama on February 11, 2013, 12:09:28 AM
thanks for the Tut ^^^ I made a(un measured & sloppy) cube to match the flat I made for my new girls. I'll have to get some cute boys fabric and make my boys a hammock set too. I usually only do flats but wanted to do something special, I think I'll make the triangle one too, but not tonight lol
Mama Drusilla and peach in the flat
(http://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-snc7/405765_553926657958570_1226899200_n.jpg)

Mama Drusilla in the cube
(http://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash4/s480x480/485278_554616344556268_863171120_n.jpg)
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: abmama on February 11, 2013, 04:24:43 PM
added this one to the boys cage today (http://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/555868_554944071190162_1583744691_n.jpg)
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: EvilBear on February 12, 2013, 10:15:50 AM
I bought this fleece to make some geeky hammocks :) Also a ton of St Patrick day clover designs on sale.

(http://evilbear.org/Ratties/Star.JPG)
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: katermuffins on February 13, 2013, 01:13:29 AM
I just made three new cage liner sets and totally forgot to take pictures before I set them up  :doh:

I'm giving away my rats babies and decided to make some hammocks to go to the new owners, as most of them are first time owners with no supplies, sort of like how they send home the baby blankets at the hospitals  :BlueDumboSmile:

(before gromets):
(http://i.imgur.com/gQfvUyC.jpg)
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: *Kat* on February 13, 2013, 09:23:39 PM
(https://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn1/531755_426371964106952_1815234225_n.jpg)

(https://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/32627_426371994106949_1432219954_n.jpg)
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(https://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/563092_426372040773611_177289377_n.jpg)

(https://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-snc7/582681_426372030773612_392309446_n.jpg)

(https://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/35449_426371974106951_762190710_n.jpg)
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: TrendyK9 on February 14, 2013, 08:29:59 PM
I don't make a ton of hammocks (just getting started lol) but i did make this one the other day:

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8524/8474062727_5c39b04661.jpg)

Part of this "set":

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8383/8475182260_6986c101b8.jpg)

$10 on the kitty fabric (it was all in a pack at walmart) and i still have some left. Going to make some more flat hammocks and maybe a tube or two if i can. Not perfect but good enough for the girls! Hopefully i won't wake up to find the hammock torn down like i did the last one that was in there!
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: *Kat* on February 21, 2013, 05:29:46 PM
(https://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn1/64503_429311183813030_938096474_n.jpg)

(https://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash4/426126_429311413813007_1291939342_n.jpg)
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: *Kat* on February 22, 2013, 04:00:44 AM
(https://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-snc6/179622_429647803779368_52192575_n.jpg)

(https://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn1/13885_429647793779369_316127280_n.jpg)

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(https://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash4/307356_429647827112699_1044391670_n.jpg)

(https://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/5706_429647847112697_1592703847_n.jpg)

(https://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn1/537064_429647857112696_839367823_n.jpg)
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: *Kat* on February 22, 2013, 04:15:55 AM
oops
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: britanyd on February 28, 2013, 02:28:58 AM
I don't make a ton of hammocks (just getting started lol) but i did make this one the other day:

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8524/8474062727_5c39b04661.jpg)






They seem to be enjoying their hammock.
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: RastaRattata on March 04, 2013, 03:24:20 PM
I don't make a ton of hammocks (just getting started lol) but i did make this one the other day:

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8524/8474062727_5c39b04661.jpg)


I just do not understand how people get great pictures like this. The second I come within ten feet of my girls cage they jump up and start scaling the walls.  :doh:


For someone just getting started these are amazing looking hammocks!
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: TrendyK9 on March 05, 2013, 04:16:39 PM
I don't make a ton of hammocks (just getting started lol) but i did make this one the other day:

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8524/8474062727_5c39b04661.jpg)


I just do not understand how people get great pictures like this. The second I come within ten feet of my girls cage they jump up and start scaling the walls.  :doh:


For someone just getting started these are amazing looking hammocks!

Thanks! I make dog collars, so i'm good with a machine in general and that helped a lot. I wasn't going in blind! The grommets aren't positioned right in all of the hammocks but the rats don't care (so neither do i.) I just couldn't pass up this fabric - the black and orange hammock in the set photo is currently in my new girl Zoe's QT cage but she hasn't quite mastered getting in/out of it so i hardly ever catch her napping in it!

And my better pictures are few and far between. For every "Good" photo i end up with, i have about 15-20 that are blurry or where the rats aren't cooperating. My girls are relatively laid back, though. And they aren't very social with me, so they don't go crazy when i enter the room. Unless, of course, i have food. Then all bets are off.  :yelcutelaugh: Doesn't hurt that i have some photography background (took a few classes in college).

Oh, here is one (another lucky shot) from when i first got them a year ago (it has a hammock in it, so it counts for this thread right?)  :yelcutelaugh:
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7242/7173148932_a97627b9d6.jpg)
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: ibinitch on March 05, 2013, 04:38:23 PM
A pocket hammock I made for my ferret. I sewed the ends together before I remember I hadn't flipped the fabric but it still turned out good and Penny loves it.
(http://i.imgur.com/H8wiQpG.jpg)

A sleep sack
(http://i.imgur.com/TVXIPxZ.jpg)
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: britanyd on March 06, 2013, 02:19:38 AM

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7242/7173148932_a97627b9d6.jpg)

They both look like they are smiling in this picture. What cute little happy rats.
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: denial on March 06, 2013, 05:20:48 PM
Where can I find patterns to make my own? And what type of materials do you use? ???

I have used all kinds of sites to find tutorials for hammocks, including Guinnea Pig sites and Ferret sites and one site that was in a different language so I had to use a translater to figure it out, so it is hard to answer that question briefly. I used to use the site rattributes.com alot, but my anti-malware software would go nuts and then the images were taken down and then the whole site disappeared. I am not sure if it ever resurfaced anywhere.

However, I have been gradually putting together a PDF with tutorials for all the common rat hammocks that I make. It currently contains tutorials for the following types of hammocks:

Basic Flat (includes a tutorial on installing eyelets/grommets with an eyelet pliers)
Corner Flat
No-Sew Flat
Pocket Flat
Tunnel Pocket
Peek-a-boo Pocket
Bunk Bed
Honeycomb
Double Decker
Tube
Standard Cross Tube
Reversible Cross Tube
Triangle Pyramid
Cube
Rectangular Prism
Snuggle Sack (I need to tweak the dimensions on this one and the picture dimensions do not match the text - it is still a work in progress)
Cuddle Cup

It is still a work in progress. There are still a few things that I would like to add (bonding pouch, for example), and I need to take a good editorial read-through one of these days.

If you are interested in checking it out, you can view/download it from here: http://www.finchaviary.com/Rat/Rat%20Tutorials/RatTutorials.htm .

There are two versions available - one is small file size with low resolution for slower Internet connections or viewing on the Internet. The other is a larger file size for download/printing with high res images.

And by the way, I usually use cotton/fleece or flannel fleece, but occasionally use fleece/fleece (although this combination has no absorbant layer).

Oh my gosh. THANK YOU SO MUCH. I just started trying to sew my own hammocks and stuff and they work but they sure ain't pretty or complex. Your resource is going to help SO MUCH. The last cube I tried was such an epic failure... but with directions I'm sure my next one is gonna be perfect. I'm gushing now... but THANK YOU!
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Robinkwr on March 13, 2013, 01:04:25 AM
 :wave2:

I made this cute set I had to share!

(http://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/574813_442357332511116_567791828_n.jpg)

It is my "Rescued Recycled Pets" set ;D

Pocket, Corner Bunk, Dome Lounge

It is currently for sale too! Here. (http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=442357332511116&set=a.240868922659959.59493.124201064326746&type=1&theater)
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: britanyd on March 13, 2013, 02:31:28 AM
Cute I love the fabric.
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Whiskers57 on March 19, 2013, 05:19:27 PM
Wow all of these are awesome! I'm getting my sewing machine tomorrow and getting my new ratties on Sunday! I'm going to start sewing hammocks for the girls as soon as I get my machine! I love this thread!
Also, *Kat* where did you get the marvel fabric??? I ADORE it!  :hyper:
Vonda Z, I love your tutorials, I actually found them before I found this thread, and I think they are amazing! Just wanted to let you know!  :bow:
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: *Kat* on March 19, 2013, 05:32:31 PM
Wow all of these are awesome! I'm getting my sewing machine tomorrow and getting my new ratties on Sunday! I'm going to start sewing hammocks for the girls as soon as I get my machine! I love this thread!
Also, *Kat* where did you get the marvel fabric??? I ADORE it!  :hyper:


joanns
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: EvilBear on March 20, 2013, 10:49:51 AM
I get all my material from Joannes too. I made this one last night, my first without help :) I also made all my own pads. I prefer making hammocks. I also realized after buying prints of fleece that plain works fine for my pocket hammocks as you don't get to see the insides, only the cotton print on the outside. I now use my fancy fleece patterns for my pads and plain fleece for pocket hammocks. They all prefer pocket hammocks so I don't make the flat ones, although it might change come summer...

(http://www.evilbear.org/Ratties/hammock.JPG)
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: britanyd on March 20, 2013, 12:11:50 PM
It turned out nice. I love the fabric. Good job on your first solo hammock. I keep trying convince my boyfriend to let me teach him to sew. It is nice to see a guy who is able to sew.
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: TrendyK9 on March 20, 2013, 08:24:12 PM
Well, what i feared has finally happened.....

I went in a few minutes ago to check on everyone before bed time and found the girls' cute kitty hammock hanging from one of it's corners. It isn't even salvageable. They chewed big arcs around the grommets. Why can't they just chew little holes so i can re-use the hammocks? Why do they target the corners so i can't even fix the darn things?

Oh well. It's now laying in the bottom pan for them to shred and use as nesting material. It lasted what, a little over a month? Wonder how long the next one will last......

Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: britanyd on March 21, 2013, 02:28:36 AM
Didn't you know that hammock was supposed to go on the cage floor. My guys do he ame thing to flats every so often not to any other hammocks just flats.
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Distant Vampire on March 28, 2013, 12:15:53 AM
Do you guys find that the grommets or the fabric 'tabs' for hanging work better? When I was sewing my own with my boys waaay back when, I always had trouble getting the grommets to work at all....I was thinking of diving back in, but was going to do fabric tabs instead.
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Scubbs on March 29, 2013, 09:46:47 AM
What kind of grommet setter did you use?  The hand pliers are garbage.  Get a hammer/die set!  You can find them on eBay.  The most used size is #0 or 1/4".  :)
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: katermuffins on March 29, 2013, 02:16:22 PM
As long as we're talking about grommets, does anyone else have an impossible time getting them set? I've gone through two different sorts of the hammer and die setters and by the time I finish half a hammock, my hand and wrist are so sore I'm out of it for days!
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Vonda Z on March 29, 2013, 05:51:20 PM
I haven't had a problem using the grommet pliers - on rare occasion there is one that comes loose probably because I made the hole a little too big. However, I was thinking of getting the standard grommet tool (http://grommetworld.com/standardgrommettoolcuttersandsetters.aspx) from Grommetworld so that I can buy their grommets in bulk. Does anyone know if these work well? Do they come with instructions? I assume I need to get the #0 setter and #0 cutter as well.
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: K Rat1417 on March 30, 2013, 12:31:20 PM
Goodness, I haven't been on Goosemoose in a long time! Hi everyone :P


Vonda,  I don't know anything about that grommetworld setter, but I use this setter: http://www.amazon.com/Lord-Hodge-1073A-0-Grommet-Kits/dp/B00004Y68Y/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1364660946&sr=8-2-fkmr0&keywords=Lord+%26+Hodge+grommet+setter 
& I buy grommet world size #0 grommets in bulk & the setter works great with them, & it's cheaper than the grommet world one.
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Eternal Dream on March 30, 2013, 06:43:56 PM
Can we actually talk about grommets for a little bit? Because I only stick to ribbons because I swear mine always turn out cruddy. And like, the little thing to cut the fabric never works, then the grommets smush or come loose.
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Maltey on March 30, 2013, 10:03:32 PM
I've given up with the fabric cutting thing and use embroidery scissors instead. I poke one of the blades through then once it's made a whole put both blades in to widen it a little. If it needs to be even wider I either use a pencil or cut a tiny hole.
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Miz on March 31, 2013, 07:07:19 AM
Same, I just stab it with scissors when I eyelet normally. :)
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: K Rat1417 on March 31, 2013, 05:00:04 PM
Yeah I too hate the fabric cutter thing.  They've never worked for me.  I just make a tiny slit with scissors & put the grommet in it.  You do have to be careful to not make the hole too big, it takes practice but once you got it it's easy :)
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: RooRat on April 08, 2013, 11:12:17 PM
Does anyone have experience with Singer Featherweights? Mine stopped working the other day. I thought it just needed oil, so I bought some and oiled it. But it's still not working. It looks like the top thread (really don't know what that's called..haha) gets caught around the bobbin and just...locks. Gets all tangled and I have to cut everything out. I tried looking online but got nowhere. I'm hoping to find someone to service it for me (cleaned a bunch of dust and old oil out, but that still didn't help), but thought I'd check here (hey, I can hope for an easy solution, right?  :yelcutelaugh:).
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: RastaRattata on April 09, 2013, 11:26:35 PM
Does anyone have experience with Singer Featherweights? Mine stopped working the other day. I thought it just needed oil, so I bought some and oiled it. But it's still not working. It looks like the top thread (really don't know what that's called..haha) gets caught around the bobbin and just...locks. Gets all tangled and I have to cut everything out. I tried looking online but got nowhere. I'm hoping to find someone to service it for me (cleaned a bunch of dust and old oil out, but that still didn't help), but thought I'd check here (hey, I can hope for an easy solution, right?  :yelcutelaugh:).

I am having this exact same problem with my Brother "Project Runway Special edition" piece of junk.  >:( It either does exactly as you described or it gets hooked on something on the inside and snaps the thread like a twig.
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: *Kat* on April 10, 2013, 12:48:57 AM
Sewing machines are suppose to go in once a year to be serviced.   Maybe they are due?
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Maltey on April 10, 2013, 06:53:36 PM
I agree- a service will probably sort it out. The timing of a sewing machine is so delicate that it could be the tiniest little thing throwing it off and fleece produces a LOT of lint which doesn't help.
 I usually take everything apart as far as I know how, give it a really good clean, oil, rethread and if it still doesn't work then service.
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: katermuffins on April 12, 2013, 01:59:54 AM
I made a wonderful and semi-related discovery today while passing time at a local Wal*Mart. They had fleece there for $2.79 a yard (compared to Jo-Ann's $9.00)!! It's slightly thinner than normal blizzard, but still plenty thick enough for hammocks and liners. Such a deal  :yelcutelaugh:
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: RooRat on April 12, 2013, 05:34:29 PM
Sewing machines are suppose to go in once a year to be serviced.   Maybe they are due?

I'm sure it's most definitely due  :yelcutelaugh: It was a gift from my Gramma - it was her machine for years. My dad remembers it from when he was a kid in the 50s. As far as I know, it's never actually been serviced - just cleaned and oiled by Gramma.

After a quick Google search, I have absolutely no idea where to take it for servicing. I found ONE place that mentioned servicing sewing machines, but Singer WAS NOT on their list of brands that they service.  :-\ I think I may ask the nice ladies at Joanns if they have any suggestions. If not, I'm stuck  :(

I've been trying to use Mom's Brother and I just...It's so different from my little old Singer  :yelcutelaugh:
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: *Kat* on April 12, 2013, 06:27:52 PM
looking up sewing and vacuum repair places.   Going to singer's website there might be a place to look up authorized repair place also.  All Brands is one place that does all types of machines.
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Graphite on April 14, 2013, 10:15:02 PM
Wooo made these for my boys. Just a bunch of flats. I think I'll make some cushy liners for my elderly boys' big marchioro cage. Does anyone else make padded cage liners? what do you use?

(http://i1140.photobucket.com/albums/n565/Graphite91/20130409_221613_zps0e48c7fd.jpg)
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: *Kat* on April 14, 2013, 10:23:35 PM
(https://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/540720_450734908337324_764261777_n.jpg)

(https://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/528399_450734918337323_429401670_n.jpg)

(https://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/529434_450734931670655_12334307_n.jpg)

(https://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/529343_450734951670653_2113958566_n.jpg)

(https://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn1/59697_450734991670649_1990275075_n.jpg)

(https://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn1/66813_450735038337311_1601859454_n.jpg)

(https://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/551529_450735058337309_1292367487_n.jpg)

(https://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/539831_450735075003974_927280370_n.jpg)

(https://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/554709_450735005003981_265930752_n.jpg)

Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: MizBiscuit on April 14, 2013, 10:51:05 PM
How on earth do you all get so much done?!? I tried at a cube this weekend and it took 10 hours and an embarrassingly large number of ripped stitches ( ::) ). I do hope i get faster as i go. In the end though I think it turned out ok. Huge but ok. I put a normal sized candy cane on top for size reference.  :yelcutelaugh:  yeah, I have a bit of a, what's it called, spatial relationship?, problem.

(http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm93/corkspa/da1ecd85-c80c-4561-9cb6-fbc1ea65df1f.jpg) (http://s294.photobucket.com/user/corkspa/media/da1ecd85-c80c-4561-9cb6-fbc1ea65df1f.jpg.html)


I also tried my hand at some liners. I used a few old flannel sheets and just kind of eyeballed the cutting. Not perfect and the one is a fair bit short but I manly wanted to see if they would destroy them or not so they didn't have to be perfect. If they leave them alone then I'll make a pattern and iron the fabric before cutting and whatnot.  :BlueDumboSmile:

(http://i294.photobucket.com/albums/mm93/corkspa/97372a41-92f1-4f53-bf44-3706693d1600.jpg) (http://s294.photobucket.com/user/corkspa/media/97372a41-92f1-4f53-bf44-3706693d1600.jpg.html)
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: smallpawsinthegarden on April 20, 2013, 06:18:29 AM
Everyone on here is so creative!
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: PhoebeRat on April 24, 2013, 01:02:40 PM
My three girls really love honeycomb / bunk bed style hammocks and I made them one around 7/8 months ago. It's barely been chewed and I feel it's time for a new one. I made them a bunk bed style one, but it's quite large as I'm getting my Critter Nation soon and it needs to take up more space ;) I also made an 18" long hammock, but about 12" I think... I didn't measure because I lost my ruler  :doh:
I like to use cotton, but I get fleece cheap from work so I can just use fleece. It works out nice and cheap, I get about 2 yards of fabric for £0.99p, or $1.51

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8397/8677645225_57ea8959b0.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/90969113@N07/8677645225/)
 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/90969113@N07/8677645225/)

I then tried to make a tent hammock but it turned out much too small for the rats, so I gave it to our dwarf hamster Rhino
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8530/8678753080_8d4f2135f4.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/90969113@N07/8678753080/)
 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/90969113@N07/8678753080/)
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8115/8678756512_e35ec1e566.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/90969113@N07/8678756512/)
 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/90969113@N07/8678756512/)

I was going to make more but my thread snapped, then my needle snapped and as soon as I got my sewing machine working nicely again, I'd done about 4 inches of stitching and the thread on the bobbin ran out. So I had a strop and gave up :D
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: tysetsu on April 26, 2013, 01:30:18 PM
Made an big pile of hammocks for rodentfest!

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8118/8682665783_8f840e5daa_o.jpg)
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8540/8682666199_2eca5fbdda_o.jpg)
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Suzanne81 on April 30, 2013, 03:19:02 AM
 :shocked2: I  :heart: all these colours and fabrics!

My latest set.
(http://www.mijnalbum.nl/Foto-KYNENSUS.jpg)
(http://www.mijnalbum.nl/Foto-NSTD3PWT.jpg)
(http://www.mijnalbum.nl/Foto-6BAKX4CE.jpg)
(http://www.mijnalbum.nl/Foto-FSF84LPQ.jpg)
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Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: RooRat on May 13, 2013, 10:35:49 AM
My sewing machine is all fixed  :hyper: Found a guy who comes to the local fabric shop twice a month to look at machines and brought it in last week - apparently something under my bobbin casing thing was loose? Or something. I don't know - point is, $75 later and it's fixed! I can't wait to sew summery hammocks for Pete (photos will follow, as soon as I clean up the sewing table enough to be able to sew on it again :yelcutelaugh:).  :D
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Maltey on May 14, 2013, 05:41:34 PM
Suzanne I'm coming to your fabric shop- you always have such nice fabrics!!
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: E-marie on May 14, 2013, 09:15:50 PM
This might seem like a dumb question, but how do you make hammock?
I've obviously never made any, but you guys make me curious! I'd love to zest up my new (huge) cage!
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: *Kat* on May 14, 2013, 10:02:11 PM
This might seem like a dumb question, but how do you make hammock?
I've obviously never made any, but you guys make me curious! I'd love to zest up my new (huge) cage!

A page or 2 back someone posted a link with instructions of making numerous types.
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Vonda Z on May 15, 2013, 01:16:25 AM
This might seem like a dumb question, but how do you make hammock?
I've obviously never made any, but you guys make me curious! I'd love to zest up my new (huge) cage!

Here are the tutorials for the ones that I make: http://www.ratropolis.com/Rat%20Tutorials/RatTutorials.htm. This was previously posted as a link to my old finch site (and they are still there), but my husband recently decided to register a domain name for the rats, so I copied the tutorials to the new site.
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: E-marie on May 15, 2013, 06:05:49 PM
Thanks guys!
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Suzanne81 on May 17, 2013, 05:28:39 AM
Suzanne I'm coming to your fabric shop- you always have such nice fabrics!!

Thanks!

New hammocks.
(http://www.mijnalbum.nl/Foto-RCRVQ4Y8.jpg)
(http://www.mijnalbum.nl/Foto-6OGNJHQW.jpg)
(http://www.mijnalbum.nl/Foto-MPZUVBDH.jpg)
(http://www.mijnalbum.nl/Foto-4E6AC8RI.jpg)
(http://www.mijnalbum.nl/Foto-MMXIGSSV.jpg)

(http://www.mijnalbum.nl/Foto-3JN4GPRS.jpg)
(http://www.mijnalbum.nl/Foto-S8MJW674.jpg)
(http://www.mijnalbum.nl/Foto-QUFK7YQY.jpg)
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: RooRat on May 17, 2013, 09:55:13 PM
Pete now has his beachy vacation hammocks  :D

(https://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-frc3/954795_4875866259913_1135745864_n.jpg)

One bunk, two flats, a corner triangle thing (I never know what to call these..), and a pocket thing for the floor that I'm sure will be positively shredded.

It's pirate fabric  :hyper:

(https://fbcdn-sphotos-b-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-snc6/181451_4875866379916_1581483812_n.jpg)
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Suzanne81 on May 18, 2013, 03:52:40 AM
Nice fabric!
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Vonda Z on May 18, 2013, 10:10:17 AM
It's pirate fabric  :hyper:

I have this fabric too! Of course, it is kind of a prerequisite when you have a rat named Pirate. Love your hammocks!
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: RooRat on May 18, 2013, 03:30:44 PM
It's pirate fabric  :hyper:

I have this fabric too! Of course, it is kind of a prerequisite when you have a rat named Pirate. Love your hammocks!

Thanks! And a rattie named Pirate...definitely requires pirate fabric  :yelcutelaugh:
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Scubbs on May 19, 2013, 09:49:54 PM
Some new stuff for cage cleaning day tomorrow!  For the mice, a base pan liner and pouch pocket; for the rats, a shelf liner and corner bunk bed  :D 

I honestly didn't intend for everything to be pink!  I randomly cut/sewed them at different times of the day.  I like pink - who knew?  ;)

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8556/8756196192_32e95516f3_z.jpg)
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: RooRat on May 19, 2013, 10:18:08 PM
Pretty!

That corner bunk is a brilliant idea - I just know Pete would love something like that (he has a thing for corners). I must experiment copy!  :P
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Distant Vampire on May 21, 2013, 04:07:01 AM
Does anyone have a guide for liners? I've got a CN, and would love to try making some liners for my girls :)
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: *Kat* on May 24, 2013, 04:12:35 AM
(https://fbcdn-sphotos-f-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-prn2/984172_465510690193079_1752009945_n.jpg)
(https://fbcdn-sphotos-d-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/482644_465510710193077_524740288_n.jpg)
(https://fbcdn-sphotos-a-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/401142_465510740193074_1094624868_n.jpg)

(https://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-frc3/970217_465510723526409_812524089_n.jpg)
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(https://fbcdn-sphotos-e-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/945011_465512033526278_1240073488_n.jpg)

(https://fbcdn-sphotos-c-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-prn2/969344_465512046859610_726062221_n.jpg)
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: PrissyKrissy on May 24, 2013, 08:58:30 AM
Kat: Super cute! i wish i wasn't so broke! as soon as i have some extra money I will be buying some hammocks from you!
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: *Kat* on May 24, 2013, 01:11:06 PM
Kat: Super cute! i wish i wasn't so broke! as soon as i have some extra money I will be buying some hammocks from you!

Thanks and YAY!
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: RatNook on May 24, 2013, 05:59:39 PM

(https://fbcdn-sphotos-e-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/945011_465512033526278_1240073488_n.jpg)


:yelcutelaugh: I like this fabric
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Bippy798 on June 14, 2013, 12:31:25 PM
Oooohh! So many hammocks!
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: E-marie on June 15, 2013, 04:59:21 PM
Yay! My grandma is giving me some sewing lessons so I can finally make hammocks!  :hyper:
I love your guys' hammocks, so creative!
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Bippy798 on June 15, 2013, 08:25:45 PM
My newest hammock. The girls love it!

(http://i83.photobucket.com/albums/j320/bippy798/IMAG0545-Copy_zps44d82035.jpg) (http://s83.photobucket.com/user/bippy798/media/IMAG0545-Copy_zps44d82035.jpg.html)
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: *Kat* on June 18, 2013, 02:05:14 AM
(https://fbcdn-sphotos-b-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-prn1/1013909_475924689151679_586183804_n.jpg)
(https://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/935929_475924699151678_1424399047_n.jpg)

(https://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn2/8687_475923532485128_60534742_n.jpg)
(https://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn1/1012099_475923519151796_1805707907_n.jpg)
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(https://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash4/999543_475923589151789_1328797603_n.jpg)
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: *Kat* on June 18, 2013, 02:09:04 AM
(https://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash4/1005700_475924122485069_915940574_n.jpg)
(https://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn1/1017166_475924132485068_101379647_n.jpg)
(https://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash4/1005118_475924139151734_587060090_n.jpg)
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(https://fbcdn-sphotos-h-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-prn1/1013825_475924372485044_1063670943_n.jpg)
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: PrissyKrissy on June 18, 2013, 09:12:14 AM
Kat: OHHHHH I LOVE YOUR HAMMOCKS AS USUAL....question, the first two are so adorable, but do u find that ur rats chew it more than the solid fleece ones?
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: *Kat* on June 18, 2013, 10:43:37 AM
Kat: OHHHHH I LOVE YOUR HAMMOCKS AS USUAL....question, the first two are so adorable, but do u find that ur rats chew it more than the solid fleece ones?

I've been pleasantly surprised that they are not too cruel to the crochet ones!  And I am in LOVE with that yarn!
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: *Kat* on June 21, 2013, 01:00:13 AM
(https://fbcdn-sphotos-b-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/941702_477268922350589_1436758905_n.jpg)
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(https://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash4/999263_477269005683914_1078876435_n.jpg)
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: *Kat* on June 21, 2013, 02:15:30 AM
(https://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash4/1005572_477295812347900_2004419924_n.jpg)
(https://fbcdn-sphotos-f-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/944142_477295819014566_1760692302_n.jpg)
(https://fbcdn-sphotos-d-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/1000906_477295829014565_1352672487_n.jpg)
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Suzanne81 on July 01, 2013, 04:33:06 PM
(http://www.mijnalbum.nl/Foto550-N6V6W6LE.jpg)
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: *Kat* on July 06, 2013, 01:06:27 AM
(https://fbcdn-sphotos-c-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/q71/s720x720/942364_483753758368772_1370243082_n.jpg)

(https://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash4/1052559_483757618368386_415215092_o.jpg)
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: *Kat* on July 09, 2013, 12:06:44 PM
Kat: OHHHHH I LOVE YOUR HAMMOCKS AS USUAL....question, the first two are so adorable, but do u find that ur rats chew it more than the solid fleece ones?

I've been pleasantly surprised that they are not too cruel to the crochet ones!  And I am in LOVE with that yarn!

Ok, so I gave one of them to my destructive girls - nothing survives these girls!!!!  They have had it for a week and there is NO damage to it!!!!!
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: ibinitch on July 10, 2013, 12:45:24 PM
The 2 sets of Martins shelf liners I made for my swap partner

(http://i.imgur.com/CzRjVaY.jpg)
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: RooRat on July 10, 2013, 01:32:09 PM
The 2 sets of Martins shelf liners I made for my swap partner

(http://i.imgur.com/CzRjVaY.jpg)

Which I LOVE! Pete likes them too :D
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: K Rat1417 on July 14, 2013, 05:30:53 PM
Ahhh those hammocks look so plushy & soft  :shocked2:
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: *Kat* on July 17, 2013, 12:26:24 AM
(https://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn1/1015841_488216794589135_716761739_o.jpg)
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Kitsch Slapped on July 17, 2013, 01:35:00 PM
(https://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash4/1005572_477295812347900_2004419924_n.jpg)
(https://fbcdn-sphotos-f-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/944142_477295819014566_1760692302_n.jpg)
(https://fbcdn-sphotos-d-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/1000906_477295829014565_1352672487_n.jpg)

Whoa, that looks so cool! You are a sewing genius lol  :bow:
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: *Kat* on July 17, 2013, 01:38:14 PM
(https://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash4/1005572_477295812347900_2004419924_n.jpg)
(https://fbcdn-sphotos-f-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/944142_477295819014566_1760692302_n.jpg)
(https://fbcdn-sphotos-d-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/1000906_477295829014565_1352672487_n.jpg)

Whoa, that looks so cool! You are a sewing genius lol  :bow:

LOL thanks.
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Ratilda on August 06, 2013, 10:37:50 AM
Giggles, I've got a new technique for hammock making.  (http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-1sBN-AIHjDQ/UgBOMtJv7II/AAAAAAAABaA/t-JwNOzNKXE/s1600/IMG_3382.JPG+(2).JPG)

Here's Daryl being a good product tester.  I'm not totally convinced it's going to work.   Mostly because there's actually a brocade fabric in its crazy quiltiness.  The cotton and fleece portion of the hammock should have the same durability as my other quilted and pieced hammocks, but I want to make sure that my rats don't suddenly take an inkling to removing the brocade fabric.

Anyways, this technique I'm using is making a really pretty hammock if I may say so myself. (http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-1ZzQ4yFq-qI/UgA9oPrE7LI/AAAAAAAABZI/E7bhjqr2ebk/s1600/IMG_3376.JPG+(2).JPG)

I actually put photos of this hammock's construction up at my blog if you want to take a look.  http://rittlesandbittles.blogspot.com/2013/08/the-test-hammock-fancy-fabric-crazy.html
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Suzanne81 on August 20, 2013, 02:39:17 AM
(http://www.mijnalbum.nl/Foto550-TK8HNHJ3.jpg)

(http://www.mijnalbum.nl/Foto550-FUK8AHFL.jpg)

(http://www.mijnalbum.nl/Foto550-XSMTS4ZJ.jpg)

(http://www.mijnalbum.nl/Foto550-4DAZUKC4.jpg)

(http://www.mijnalbum.nl/Foto550-PAQHQK6B.jpg)

(http://www.mijnalbum.nl/Foto550-DE8USSDF.jpg)

All together
(http://www.mijnalbum.nl/Foto550-677JCVNM.jpg)
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Suzanne81 on August 20, 2013, 07:27:59 AM
(http://www.mijnalbum.nl/Foto550-TGIQ8QCB.jpg)
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Bippy798 on September 03, 2013, 04:52:45 PM
Since starting my Etsy Store recently I have been sewing like a mad woman. I recently had to leave my job due to nursing school and am trying to supplement our income, even if only a tiny bit. Plus I enjoy sewing ratty goodness :)

Some of my newest hammocks.
(http://i83.photobucket.com/albums/j320/bippy798/Cassies%20Hammies/DSCN0039_zpsb093e53c.jpg) (http://s83.photobucket.com/user/bippy798/media/Cassies%20Hammies/DSCN0039_zpsb093e53c.jpg.html)
(http://i83.photobucket.com/albums/j320/bippy798/Cassies%20Hammies/DSCN0036_zps63eb8927.jpg) (http://s83.photobucket.com/user/bippy798/media/Cassies%20Hammies/DSCN0036_zps63eb8927.jpg.html)
(http://i83.photobucket.com/albums/j320/bippy798/Cassies%20Hammies/DSCN0026_zps0277306c.jpg) (http://s83.photobucket.com/user/bippy798/media/Cassies%20Hammies/DSCN0026_zps0277306c.jpg.html)
(http://i83.photobucket.com/albums/j320/bippy798/Cassies%20Hammies/DSCN0079_zpsc828dd54.jpg) (http://s83.photobucket.com/user/bippy798/media/Cassies%20Hammies/DSCN0079_zpsc828dd54.jpg.html)
(http://i83.photobucket.com/albums/j320/bippy798/Cassies%20Hammies/DSCN0104_zps05eb756d.jpg) (http://s83.photobucket.com/user/bippy798/media/Cassies%20Hammies/DSCN0104_zps05eb756d.jpg.html)
(http://i83.photobucket.com/albums/j320/bippy798/Cassies%20Hammies/DSCN0110_zpsde6bbe82.jpg) (http://s83.photobucket.com/user/bippy798/media/Cassies%20Hammies/DSCN0110_zpsde6bbe82.jpg.html)
(http://i83.photobucket.com/albums/j320/bippy798/Cassies%20Hammies/DSCN0115_zps5c2e5e75.jpg) (http://s83.photobucket.com/user/bippy798/media/Cassies%20Hammies/DSCN0115_zps5c2e5e75.jpg.html)
(http://i83.photobucket.com/albums/j320/bippy798/Cassies%20Hammies/DSCN0120_zps63a7ecbc.jpg) (http://s83.photobucket.com/user/bippy798/media/Cassies%20Hammies/DSCN0120_zps63a7ecbc.jpg.html)
(http://i83.photobucket.com/albums/j320/bippy798/Cassies%20Hammies/DSCN0125_zpsbebcea67.jpg) (http://s83.photobucket.com/user/bippy798/media/Cassies%20Hammies/DSCN0125_zpsbebcea67.jpg.html)
(http://i83.photobucket.com/albums/j320/bippy798/Cassies%20Hammies/DSCN0134_zps0e9f9909.jpg) (http://s83.photobucket.com/user/bippy798/media/Cassies%20Hammies/DSCN0134_zps0e9f9909.jpg.html)
(http://i83.photobucket.com/albums/j320/bippy798/Cassies%20Hammies/DSCN0141_zps394c383d.jpg) (http://s83.photobucket.com/user/bippy798/media/Cassies%20Hammies/DSCN0141_zps394c383d.jpg.html)
(http://i83.photobucket.com/albums/j320/bippy798/Cassies%20Hammies/DSCN0147_zps7a3e8f48.jpg) (http://s83.photobucket.com/user/bippy798/media/Cassies%20Hammies/DSCN0147_zps7a3e8f48.jpg.html)
(http://i83.photobucket.com/albums/j320/bippy798/Cassies%20Hammies/DSCN0149_zpsb7a06458.jpg) (http://s83.photobucket.com/user/bippy798/media/Cassies%20Hammies/DSCN0149_zpsb7a06458.jpg.html)
(http://i83.photobucket.com/albums/j320/bippy798/Cassies%20Hammies/DSCN0155_zps449500dc.jpg) (http://s83.photobucket.com/user/bippy798/media/Cassies%20Hammies/DSCN0155_zps449500dc.jpg.html)
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: *Kat* on September 04, 2013, 12:50:44 AM
(https://sphotos-b-lga.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn2/1174688_509292349148246_189159557_n.jpg)

(https://sphotos-a-lga.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn1/1235000_509292372481577_1576881272_n.jpg)

(https://sphotos-b-lga.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn1/64185_509292355814912_670937979_n.jpg)
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Bippy798 on September 05, 2013, 02:39:28 AM
That is the cutest thing ever!  :BlueDumboSmile:
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: *Kat* on September 05, 2013, 02:45:07 AM
That is the cutest thing ever!  :BlueDumboSmile:

Thanks.
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Vonda Z on September 10, 2013, 04:07:13 PM
I'm working on new Halloween stuff for this year since the old stuff is pretty much shredded.

Here is the Haunted House cube-style hammock I designed:

(http://www.finchaviary.com/RatPics/HauntedHouse.jpg)

And here is the pumpkin - I have been ironing out the design details for this one and I finally got it right today:

(http://www.finchaviary.com/RatPics/Pumpkin.jpg)

My hammock tutorials were updated a few weeks ago with instructions for the house. I am working on the tutorial for the pumpkin - it should be ready and updated in a few days: http://www.ratropolis.com/Rat%20Tutorials/RatTutorials.htm
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Maltey on September 10, 2013, 06:04:14 PM
Vonda your seasonal hammocks never fail to impress me and this year is no exception- that pumpkin is amazing!
I still think about your gingerbread house, like, all the time!
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: MiserySmith on September 10, 2013, 08:56:33 PM
I'm working on new Halloween stuff for this year since the old stuff is pretty much shredded.

Here is the Haunted House cube-style hammock I designed:

(http://www.finchaviary.com/RatPics/HauntedHouse.jpg)

And here is the pumpkin - I have been ironing out the design details for this one and I finally got it right today:

(http://www.finchaviary.com/RatPics/Pumpkin.jpg)

My hammock tutorials were updated a few weeks ago with instructions for the house. I am working on the tutorial for the pumpkin - it should be ready and updated in a few days: http://www.ratropolis.com/Rat%20Tutorials/RatTutorials.htm

Those are amazing! :shocked2:
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Aulyvia on September 13, 2013, 06:19:33 PM
I just have to say WOW!!!  I'm going to try to no-sew.  I tried my mothers sewing machine and broke it :p  I have no idea how.  I decided to stay away from sewing and try the easier method!!  I seen some no sew cubes too and I was wondering how I  could make a few other tipes.  But my guys love the cubes so I'm Lucky!! 
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Skittellow on September 14, 2013, 02:45:02 PM
Hi, I'm new here and just started making hammocks (thanks to Vonda Z and her awesome tutorials!) :).
Just thought I'd share a few (read: all) of my hammocks  :hyper:
You guys are my inspiration!

A pocket flat:
(http://i.imgur.com/XyndJrm.jpg)
A couple of basic flats:
(http://i.imgur.com/pZqQ9da.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/TP3aG4w.jpg)
A very long double decker:
(http://i.imgur.com/BQ9R17L.jpg)
A rather long tube:
(http://i.imgur.com/eZBxOQS.jpg)
A corner flat:
(http://i.imgur.com/Zda3cLF.jpg)
A bunk bed:
(http://i.imgur.com/cpR8VJs.jpg)
A peek-a-boo pocket:
(http://i.imgur.com/Z5AFGIw.jpg)
A cube:
(http://i.imgur.com/YTej38x.jpg)
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Aulyvia on September 14, 2013, 07:58:05 PM
I love your hammocs...I definately have go buy some new material and make some hammocks :)
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Skittellow on September 15, 2013, 06:49:50 AM
I love your hammocs...I definately have go buy some new material and make some hammocks :)

Aww, thank you :)
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: shimonohanzo on September 16, 2013, 06:22:40 PM
I'm working on new Halloween stuff for this year since the old stuff is pretty much shredded.

Here is the Haunted House cube-style hammock I designed:

(http://www.finchaviary.com/RatPics/HauntedHouse.jpg)

And here is the pumpkin - I have been ironing out the design details for this one and I finally got it right today:

(http://www.finchaviary.com/RatPics/Pumpkin.jpg)

My hammock tutorials were updated a few weeks ago with instructions for the house. I am working on the tutorial for the pumpkin - it should be ready and updated in a few days: http://www.ratropolis.com/Rat%20Tutorials/RatTutorials.htm

Amazing  :heart:
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: shimonohanzo on September 16, 2013, 06:57:31 PM

(http://i66.photobucket.com/albums/h256/lily777_photos/SAM_1245.jpg)

Super cute lotus  :heart:
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: *Kat* on September 17, 2013, 01:24:17 AM
(https://fbcdn-sphotos-b-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-prn2/1266837_515443601866454_163408599_o.jpg)

(https://fbcdn-sphotos-d-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-prn2/1262767_515444405199707_1075734153_o.jpg)

(https://fbcdn-sphotos-h-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/1267723_515443785199769_288597120_o.jpg)

Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Kitsch Slapped on October 11, 2013, 11:46:11 AM
I made 2 of these big honeycomb style hammocks, 2 flat hammocks, and that tube. The rats LOVE the tube! They are all either sleeping in it, on top of it, or underneath it. I'll have to make more.

(https://scontent-a-dfw.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn1/556660_667619396595965_1820252438_n.jpg)

(https://fbcdn-sphotos-e-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/523988_667619373262634_709615625_n.jpg)

(https://scontent-a-dfw.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/1390554_667619363262635_1619618728_n.jpg)
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: packratties on October 11, 2013, 03:58:37 PM
I love the fuzzy lining you used - what is it? It looks silky!
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Kitsch Slapped on October 11, 2013, 06:27:54 PM
Thanks! They are minky fleece! At JoAnns it's called soft & fluffy (or soft and comfy?) It's what I always make my hammocks with  ;D
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: K Rat1417 on October 14, 2013, 11:41:49 AM
Hi guys!! I haven't been on here for months and this thread is bursting  :yelcutelaugh: I love all the hammocks  :heart:
My hammock shop has been on a stand still for awhile, but I believe I'm starting up again :) I'm happy.
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: packratties on October 19, 2013, 08:21:15 PM
Finally cracked my Igloo design - much cuter and cozier than those plastic ones.

(http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2809/10371040405_a7ef61fa28.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/63145782@N02/10371040405/)
P1000420 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/63145782@N02/10371040405/) by The Pack Rat (http://www.flickr.com/people/63145782@N02/), on Flickr
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Vonda Z on October 19, 2013, 09:17:28 PM
Finally cracked my Igloo design - much cuter and cozier than those plastic ones.

(http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2809/10371040405_a7ef61fa28.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/63145782@N02/10371040405/)
P1000420 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/63145782@N02/10371040405/) by The Pack Rat (http://www.flickr.com/people/63145782@N02/), on Flickr

That is so cute! I love it!
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: K Rat1417 on October 30, 2013, 09:05:08 PM
I love that igloo!! I've thought about making something like that but I don't have enough patience for something w/ that many steps (or looks like it has lots of steps).
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: packratties on October 30, 2013, 10:31:54 PM
I love that igloo!! I've thought about making something like that but I don't have enough patience for something w/ that many steps (or looks like it has lots of steps).

It's... fairly involved. :P  I could have made it easier on myself and just done a circle or door shape opening in one of the panels and done without the little entryway tunnel thing - but then it wouldn't have been a proper igloo! It's a lot of sewing... the first time I made one took me about... 5 hours? Though that was still the trial and error phase...
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Vonda Z on November 02, 2013, 11:41:42 AM
Never managed to do fall themed hammocks before, so here they are - including leaf bag snuggle sack complete with fleece leaves and a maple leaf shaped hammock. Acorn openings on the cube and maple leaf opening on the peek-a-boo hammock. I still need to add the grommets on most pieces.

(http://www.finchaviary.com/RatPics/Fall/Fall-Hammocks_0243.jpg)
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: SarahBat on November 06, 2013, 04:25:13 PM

(http://www.finchaviary.com/RatPics/Fall/Fall-Hammocks_0243.jpg)

Gorgeous!
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Kitsch Slapped on November 08, 2013, 11:46:53 PM
I made liners for my quad CN and a couple honeycombs, and a couple huts. I plan to make more to fill the cage, but my back is killing me! Hunching over cutting fabric and sewing it does wonders for my back. ::)
(https://fbcdn-sphotos-f-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/886145_431001913666277_1288255195_o.jpg)
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: RooRat on December 04, 2013, 02:08:57 PM
My poor old Singer Featherweight is starting to act up. It handles most things okay, but it's started skipping stitches here and there. There isn't a good repair person in town and, really, I just think the amount of sewing I want to do is becoming too much for it. It's gotten to the point where I want to sew, go into the room, see my poor old sewing machine sitting there, and go "Okay, not today. Rest another day. Maybe tomorrow."  :yelcutelaugh: My Gramma (the previous owner) cleaned it but never had it serviced. I've been stealing Mom's Brother when I need to sew something my machine can't handle..haha Anyway, I'm shopping around for an affordable new machine. It doesn't have to be heavy duty, but something that can go through a couple layers of fleece is preferable as most of what I sew is hammocks. The reviews on Amazon are just confusing. Some praise the machines while others say it's an awful machine and not to listen to the positive reviews. Just confusing! So I've come here for some first-hand experience. What kind of machine do you sew with, how does it sew, and does it handle a couple layers of fleece without problems?

Thanks :)
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Ratilda on December 04, 2013, 02:30:09 PM
I use an old Singer 66 refurbished.  The thing is that a working old machine is pretty great for hammock sewing because they won't have issues with fabric thickness.

My back up machine is a modern Janome DC3050 which I bought at a sewing machine shop which means that they help me with any servicing issues or sewing issues.  Indeed, they've helped me many a time with my Singer.

I can only say good things about my Janome.  But, my Singer can sew hammocks like a breeze.

P.S.  I'm not a sewing repair expert, but I've been mucking around refurbing my other Singer 15-91.  There's not much that can go wrong with these machines.  Does your machine need oil?  Also, you may want to just clean out the area down where the bobbin is and the feed dogs.  There's probably a lot of lint.  By the way, I was chipping 75 year old congealed concreted lint out of my feed dogs.  Use a wooden toothpick so you don't scratch your finish.  (I was using an old sewing needle, not a good idea.)  I've taken apart the bobbin assembly on my 15-91 that's an endeavor, but as long as you have good visuaspatial skills, it's very achievable. 

By the way, since you're already thinking of buying a new machine, mucking around with the old one is low risk.  Also, there are quite a bit of tutorials on the internet to help you through the process.
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: RooRat on December 04, 2013, 03:58:17 PM
I keep it oiled, but a good cleaning probably isn't out of the question - I'll give that a try! Talked to the lady at Joann's about a Singer they have on sale ($99) and I'm pondering that.
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: packratties on December 04, 2013, 04:09:50 PM
I used to sew on a 20 year old Singer before it finally gave up the ghost. I loved that thing - it was a workhorse that powered through anything. Now I sew on a Brother CS5055PRW and I love it! Anything Brother is the best in my opinion. Just be sure to keep it oiled every few months if you use it a lot and clean out the lint! This goes for any machine though. Fleece is famously linty and clogs up the machine easily. If you're looking for a new machine - I'd go Brother. They are top rated, consumer report recommended and not too expensive for a decent one. On the one I have you can even raise up the foot about an inch which is really handy for sewing though 5 layers of fleece. You can get one used on Amazon for under $100. Brother should start paying me I've recommended them to so many people lately!  ;)
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: RooRat on December 04, 2013, 05:05:26 PM
Thanks! My mom had a Brother and loves it - I learned to sew on it, so that says something for it's longevity! She won't let me get the cheapo $99 Singer and promised to take me sewing machine shopping soon so she can supervise what I get.  :yelcutelaugh:

I cleaned and oiled my singer, the same way I've always oiled it, but now it's refusing to sew at all. The threads get tangled and them the top thread either falls out or snaps off. So I guess the new machine thing will happen sooner rather than later. I love my old Singer. I've even taken to club it Baby (like Dean and his Impala on supernatural)   :BlueDumboBigEyes:
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Ratilda on December 04, 2013, 05:11:22 PM
Don't throw the featherweight away.  Even not working, it's worth money.  Working it's worth a few hundred dollars. 

And, I really, really want a featherweight.  I'm still peeved at myself for walking away from a featherweight that I could have got for $100.


Here's an example of a recent Ebay sale.   http://www.ebay.com/itm/SINGER-FEATHER-WEIGHT-SEWING-MACHINE-CENTENNIAL-MODEL-1851-1951-/141128495969?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item20dbe9f361

When sold by someone who can really demonstrate that the machine is refurbed and is in working condition.  They go for over $400 and even higher for rarer versions.

But, typically are going for 2-300 dollars in "working condition".    (which sometimes only means that wheels move and when you plug it in the needle goes up and down)  I don't trust "working condition" in an Ebay sale without other proof.  In other words, your machine is "working condition"
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Vonda Z on December 04, 2013, 07:15:56 PM
I also sew on a Brother machine and really like it. I have the Brother HC1850. I have had no problems with it so far and can sew through 4 layers of fleece no problem. Not sure how much more than that, though - I haven't really tried. I have also used the Brother SE400 sewing and embroidery machine. I like that one even better - it has a better needle threader and it also has an auto thread cutter which I miss. I used to use it all the time for sewing, but found I didn't do much embroidery because I didn't feel like switching it back and forth all the time. So then I got the HC1850 for sewing and just use the SE400 for embroidery.
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Anjel on December 04, 2013, 07:23:14 PM
I am so excited!  :hyper: My grandmother was a seamstress by trade for over (40?) years. She's passing her old professional machine onto me since I'm the only one of ALL her children and grandchildren that knows how to sew. I cannot for the life of me remember the name of the machine(It is a singer though) but it's the industrial type that is like a serger/overlock machine. She got it from her factory when it closed down. I can't wait to start using it.  :cheeky: Now that I have rats again I'm going to rebuild my collection of hammocks back up!
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: *Kat* on December 04, 2013, 08:06:33 PM
For those looking for places to get machines repaired, look up a sewing and vac repair place near you.
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: BlueSkyGirl12 on December 04, 2013, 10:05:21 PM
everyones hammocks are so nice. mine are always horrible, and I don't sew. sigh, I'm just going to have to buy some  :)
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: RooRat on December 05, 2013, 10:13:30 AM
Don't throw the featherweight away.  Even not working, it's worth money.  Working it's worth a few hundred dollars. 

And, I really, really want a featherweight.  I'm still peeved at myself for walking away from a featherweight that I could have got for $100.


Here's an example of a recent Ebay sale.   http://www.ebay.com/itm/SINGER-FEATHER-WEIGHT-SEWING-MACHINE-CENTENNIAL-MODEL-1851-1951-/141128495969?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item20dbe9f361

When sold by someone who can really demonstrate that the machine is refurbed and is in working condition.  They go for over $400 and even higher for rarer versions.

But, typically are going for 2-300 dollars in "working condition".    (which sometimes only means that wheels move and when you plug it in the needle goes up and down)  I don't trust "working condition" in an Ebay sale without other proof.  In other words, your machine is "working condition"

Oh I'm definitely keeping my beloved Singer and I'll try to get it repaired, but I feel like I need something newer to handle the majority of my sewing. I have so much fabric but if I sew too much I can smell how hot the Singer gets and it clunks in a very unhealthy way, even after being oiled. :-\

Right now I'm looking at this Singer (http://www.amazon.com/SINGER-4411-Machine-Stainless-Bedplate/dp/B003VWXZKG/ref=sr_1_2?s=arts-crafts&srs=2600618011&ie=UTF8&qid=1386256174&sr=1-2&keywords=singer+sewing+machine) and I'm searching for any Brothers within my price range (preferably under $200, so that pretty much leaves this one (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005GXPOAM/ref=s9_dcbhrz_bw_g201_i3_bs)). My search for Brother dealers actually popped up a couple sewing and vac places that I hadn't found before, so I'm checking them for repair folks for my Singer, too. :D

I am so excited!  :hyper: My grandmother was a seamstress by trade for over (40?) years. She's passing her old professional machine onto me since I'm the only one of ALL her children and grandchildren that knows how to sew. I cannot for the life of me remember the name of the machine(It is a singer though) but it's the industrial type that is like a serger/overlock machine. She got it from her factory when it closed down. I can't wait to start using it.  :cheeky: Now that I have rats again I'm going to rebuild my collection of hammocks back up!

That's so exciting!
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: mcguirks on December 05, 2013, 11:09:50 PM
Since starting my Etsy Store recently I have been sewing like a mad woman. I recently had to leave my job due to nursing school and am trying to supplement our income, even if only a tiny bit. Plus I enjoy sewing ratty goodness :)

Some of my newest hammocks.
(http://i83.photobucket.com/albums/j320/bippy798/Cassies%20Hammies/DSCN0039_zpsb093e53c.jpg) (http://s83.photobucket.com/user/bippy798/media/Cassies%20Hammies/DSCN0039_zpsb093e53c.jpg.html)
(http://i83.photobucket.com/albums/j320/bippy798/Cassies%20Hammies/DSCN0036_zps63eb8927.jpg) (http://s83.photobucket.com/user/bippy798/media/Cassies%20Hammies/DSCN0036_zps63eb8927.jpg.html)
(http://i83.photobucket.com/albums/j320/bippy798/Cassies%20Hammies/DSCN0026_zps0277306c.jpg) (http://s83.photobucket.com/user/bippy798/media/Cassies%20Hammies/DSCN0026_zps0277306c.jpg.html)
(http://i83.photobucket.com/albums/j320/bippy798/Cassies%20Hammies/DSCN0079_zpsc828dd54.jpg) (http://s83.photobucket.com/user/bippy798/media/Cassies%20Hammies/DSCN0079_zpsc828dd54.jpg.html)
(http://i83.photobucket.com/albums/j320/bippy798/Cassies%20Hammies/DSCN0104_zps05eb756d.jpg) (http://s83.photobucket.com/user/bippy798/media/Cassies%20Hammies/DSCN0104_zps05eb756d.jpg.html)
(http://i83.photobucket.com/albums/j320/bippy798/Cassies%20Hammies/DSCN0110_zpsde6bbe82.jpg) (http://s83.photobucket.com/user/bippy798/media/Cassies%20Hammies/DSCN0110_zpsde6bbe82.jpg.html)
(http://i83.photobucket.com/albums/j320/bippy798/Cassies%20Hammies/DSCN0115_zps5c2e5e75.jpg) (http://s83.photobucket.com/user/bippy798/media/Cassies%20Hammies/DSCN0115_zps5c2e5e75.jpg.html)
(http://i83.photobucket.com/albums/j320/bippy798/Cassies%20Hammies/DSCN0120_zps63a7ecbc.jpg) (http://s83.photobucket.com/user/bippy798/media/Cassies%20Hammies/DSCN0120_zps63a7ecbc.jpg.html)
(http://i83.photobucket.com/albums/j320/bippy798/Cassies%20Hammies/DSCN0125_zpsbebcea67.jpg) (http://s83.photobucket.com/user/bippy798/media/Cassies%20Hammies/DSCN0125_zpsbebcea67.jpg.html)
(http://i83.photobucket.com/albums/j320/bippy798/Cassies%20Hammies/DSCN0134_zps0e9f9909.jpg) (http://s83.photobucket.com/user/bippy798/media/Cassies%20Hammies/DSCN0134_zps0e9f9909.jpg.html)
(http://i83.photobucket.com/albums/j320/bippy798/Cassies%20Hammies/DSCN0141_zps394c383d.jpg) (http://s83.photobucket.com/user/bippy798/media/Cassies%20Hammies/DSCN0141_zps394c383d.jpg.html)
(http://i83.photobucket.com/albums/j320/bippy798/Cassies%20Hammies/DSCN0147_zps7a3e8f48.jpg) (http://s83.photobucket.com/user/bippy798/media/Cassies%20Hammies/DSCN0147_zps7a3e8f48.jpg.html)
(http://i83.photobucket.com/albums/j320/bippy798/Cassies%20Hammies/DSCN0149_zpsb7a06458.jpg) (http://s83.photobucket.com/user/bippy798/media/Cassies%20Hammies/DSCN0149_zpsb7a06458.jpg.html)
(http://i83.photobucket.com/albums/j320/bippy798/Cassies%20Hammies/DSCN0155_zps449500dc.jpg) (http://s83.photobucket.com/user/bippy798/media/Cassies%20Hammies/DSCN0155_zps449500dc.jpg.html)

Love these.  I like the simplicity; sometimes there are just too many colors and combos for me!  They also look like they are well crafted as well.  I've been debating on supplementing my income the same way....if I ever get time  :-P
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: RooRat on December 06, 2013, 09:39:36 PM
Alright, Singer is in the shop, Mom's Brother is on my sewing table, and my new Brother is in the mail headed my way and all is right with my sewing world :yelcutelaugh:

And! I'm sewing hammocks. My very first custom order. Whee! :D
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Anjel on December 07, 2013, 01:19:30 AM
My friskars cutting mat arrived! The one that came with my rotary kit had warped. They had me send in a photo, no receipt needed, and sent me another one! About to go open it.  :love5: I also went to jo-anns and got a bunch of remnants. Gonna make some stuff for my furbabies.
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: packratties on December 07, 2013, 03:32:37 PM
Speaking of cutting mats - Joanns was having a sale for 50% off sewing notions, etc - I just got a 24" x 36" fiskars rotary cutting matt for $25!! It's huge and I love it.

I'm also jealous of all of you that have remnants sections - my Joann's just has a little shelf and there is never anything good on it :(
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: RatNook on December 08, 2013, 04:08:13 PM
I made liners for my quad CN and a couple honeycombs, and a couple huts. I plan to make more to fill the cage, but my back is killing me! Hunching over cutting fabric and sewing it does wonders for my back. ::)
(https://fbcdn-sphotos-f-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/886145_431001913666277_1288255195_o.jpg)
What is the white fluffy fabric? It looks sooo soft.
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Kitsch Slapped on December 08, 2013, 08:15:30 PM
Oh it is!! Its called "soft and comfy" or "soft and fluffy". I like to use that or "ultra cuddle" for all my hammocks :)
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Corgi on December 09, 2013, 11:53:21 AM
I love this thread so much, you guys are so creative!! That leaf shaped hammock is amazing!!

I have an old sewing machine, and I was wondering if you guys have any good resources where I could learn to use it and get started on making basic hammocks for my crew. I've been buying all of their hammocks, but now I am going back to school and only working part-time, so it's getting a little expensive :)
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: RooRat on December 09, 2013, 12:21:35 PM
What kind of sewing machine is it? Try Googling manuals for your machine and see what turns up. They'll have basic usage directions. Once you read that, just grab some fabric (get fabric you DON'T like to practice with at first - I always got fabric I liked and then I'd stare at it and not sew because I was afraid I'd mess up the really pretty stuff :yelcutelaugh:) and give it a try! Best advice - keep your fingers away from the needle when the machine is plugged in and powered up :P
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Ratilda on December 09, 2013, 03:01:02 PM
I hope this link works for you.  I obtained it from an email from Joann's.  Essentially, I'm on the email list of Joann's fabric store and they're providing a few free Craftsy classes.  (Joann is facilitating advertising for Craftsy.)

http://www.craftsy.com/class/sew-ready-machine-basics/315?ext=JoAnn_Free_General_12-7-13_class1&utm_source=JoAnn-JoAnn&utm_medium=eBlast&utm_campaign=External

Anyways, the class is on sewing machine basics.  And, from what I've seen of it,... Wow.  Awesome class.



P.S.  If you have a really old machine, i.e. Vintage sewing machine from the 1950s or earlier (aka straight stitch only machines), just let us know.  There are some idiosyncrasies for the really old machines that I would want to provide you extra information.

Also, just get started sewing.  If you have any issues, just let us know, and I'm sure one of us can help you out.
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: justjameo on January 04, 2014, 10:48:32 PM
I WANT TO CRY WHEN I SEE ALL OF THESE THEYRE SO GOOD! i wish i could sew that well haha. looks like im sticking to buying hammocks ): lol
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: molomatic on January 05, 2014, 12:07:47 AM
Wow, all of these hammocks are amazing!  I just sewed my first one yesterday.  Cute pink heart fleece with bright pink backing.  I'm taking an intro sewing class at Joann's next weekend.  Then I'll have to look through this thread again and get busy!

Thanks for all of the great ideas.
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: PikachuPatronus on January 05, 2014, 02:26:36 PM
I got bored this afternoon and knocked together this jellyfish hide-y hammock thing. I actually really like it! XD

(http://i40.tinypic.com/zx60ea.jpg)

(http://i43.tinypic.com/2i28r9t.jpg)


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Post by: BlueSkyGirl12 on January 05, 2014, 02:36:54 PM
FYI, that is awesome  :)
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Kitsch Slapped on January 05, 2014, 02:45:29 PM
That looks really cool! :thumbsup2:
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: PikachuPatronus on January 05, 2014, 02:45:38 PM
Thanks! XD I have a palm-tree style play tower in mind for my next project. XD
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Vonda Z on January 05, 2014, 05:09:06 PM
That is really cute! How did you get the light blue tendrils to curl like that? are they cut in a spiral or something?
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: PikachuPatronus on January 06, 2014, 04:11:35 AM
yeah! you cut out a circle and then cut into it spiraling into the middle! :) the bigger the circle or the thinner you make the cuts together the longer it will be.
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: lovelyg4m3r on January 07, 2014, 11:29:55 AM
Sorry for the crappy cell phone picture, But here's what I'VE made:

I had some scraps left over from making a pillow and tube for ceopet's gift in the giftswap this year, and i've been so excited to get my new babies I just couldn't wait for my order of fabric to come in, so I made these up with what very little I had left. Theres a double decker, a littleish snuggle pouch thing, and a pillow. Idk what ill use the little pillow for. Maybe Ill just put it inside one of their houses and hope they use it,. if not they can chew it open and use the fleece scraps its stuffed with for nesting material. Either way It was fun and I wont be mad if they do :P

(https://scontent-a-ams.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/1546457_1391258507795411_1626179765_n.jpg)
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: molomatic on January 26, 2014, 05:56:16 PM
I cheated!  I picked up some fleece pajama pants at the thrift store and sewed them into hammocks.  Just cut them into 12+" lengths and sewed the ends closed.  The finished size is 10"x12."  Super quick and easy.

Hopefully you can see my picture below.  It's my first time uploading from Flickr.  :)

<iframe src="https://www.flickr.com/photos/46830614@N08/12142188205/player/0af8077e95" height="600" width="800"  frameborder="0" allowfullscreen webkitallowfullscreen mozallowfullscreen oallowfullscreen msallowfullscreen></iframe>
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Post by: lovelyg4m3r on January 26, 2014, 06:36:08 PM
I cheated!  I picked up some fleece pajama pants at the thrift store and sewed them into hammocks.  Just cut them into 12+" lengths and sewed the ends closed.  The finished size is 10"x12."  Super quick and easy.

Hopefully you can see my picture below.  It's my first time uploading from Flickr.  :)

<iframe src="https://www.flickr.com/photos/46830614@N08/12142188205/player/0af8077e95" height="600" width="800"  frameborder="0" allowfullscreen webkitallowfullscreen mozallowfullscreen oallowfullscreen msallowfullscreen></iframe>
LOL Smart! Actually, if you go to your picture on flickr, use the little "more ways to share" button on the bottom right of your picture, its an arrow and a square. Then you need to use BBCode. There is an option for it under the big box with all the writing. Theres an option for embedded, HTML, and BBCode
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Post by: molomatic on January 26, 2014, 07:02:28 PM
Thanks lovelyg4m3r!  Now I'm trying the BBCode:

(http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2839/12142188205_0af8077e95_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/46830614@N08/12142188205/)
Ratties (http://www.flickr.com/photos/46830614@N08/12142188205/) by Molomatic (http://www.flickr.com/people/46830614@N08/), on Flickr

Hopefully that did the trick.  Crossing fingers...
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: lovelyg4m3r on January 26, 2014, 07:22:43 PM
Looks good Molo!
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Post by: melcab on January 26, 2014, 11:57:31 PM
PikachuPatronus, I NEED a tutorial for that jellyfish!!! My daughter's room will (eventually) have an ocean theme! All the bedding we have is some shade of blue for that reason. She would LOVE this! Might even be able to convince her to make it herself on her own sewing machine that she has only used once. (she's 10)
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: PikachuPatronus on January 27, 2014, 05:23:29 AM
PikachuPatronus, I NEED a tutorial for that jellyfish!!! My daughter's room will (eventually) have an ocean theme! All the bedding we have is some shade of blue for that reason. She would LOVE this! Might even be able to convince her to make it herself on her own sewing machine that she has only used once. (she's 10)
I don't have a pattern unfortunately cause i'm a bad seamstress and tend to make stuff up as i go but i'll be happy to write up a guide of what i did if you like!
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Post by: melcab on January 27, 2014, 10:03:46 AM
That would be awesome! I'm not a great seamstress either, but I could probably handle that jellyfish if I had instructions.  :)
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: PikachuPatronus on January 27, 2014, 01:26:41 PM
sure! i'l start writing down how i did it. and try to figure out how to word it. XD
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: lovelyg4m3r on January 29, 2014, 01:22:11 PM
I made a whole set of stuff for my boys today:
(http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2817/12208689435_08b14e9126.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/71331324@N08/12208689435/)
Top to bottom, left to right:
1 Liner, 1 tube, 1 ball house(?) (like Vonda's pumpkin but, its just a ball :P) 1 bunk bed, 1 ramp cover, 2 shelf liners, 1 cube, 1 double decker.

The cube is what I call the BRat cave! why you ask? Well, this is why! (sorry the picture is blurry!)
(http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5503/12209084294_97e2554730.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/71331324@N08/12209084294/)

The cube was smooshed a bit weird for this picture, but its a modified batman symbol :P i was watching batman the day I made it  :yelcutelaugh: and of course, it cant very well be just the Bat cave with rats in it, and it cant be the Rat cave with batman, so its the BRat cave
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: rat_cuddler on February 02, 2014, 09:43:18 AM
Here are my two most recent sets. they each have a couple of cage pads and 5-8 different styles of hammocks.
(http://i35.photobucket.com/albums/d160/jennifer_mccombs1/Mobile%20Uploads/CAM00480_zps0be9f000.jpg) (http://s35.photobucket.com/user/jennifer_mccombs1/media/Mobile%20Uploads/CAM00480_zps0be9f000.jpg.html)

(http://i35.photobucket.com/albums/d160/jennifer_mccombs1/Mobile%20Uploads/CAM00478_zps21d660ae.jpg) (http://s35.photobucket.com/user/jennifer_mccombs1/media/Mobile%20Uploads/CAM00478_zps21d660ae.jpg.html)
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: melcab on February 02, 2014, 10:40:03 AM
Love the blue and brown. Are your rats chewers? Do you just keep making more over and over? Ours have chewed holes in all the towels on the bottom, but not the upper levels at least.
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: rat_cuddler on February 02, 2014, 11:04:43 AM
My two boys are nibblers. They chew a little bit around the edges and maybe a dime size hole in one level, but over all they are good. I have a huge stash of fabric that I sew into hammocks when the mood strikes. Right now my two boys have over 300 hammocks, ropes, and cage pads. I get rid of them as they get destroyed but that takes a while and I even have some hammocks left from my last two girls.
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: melcab on February 02, 2014, 04:14:50 PM
wow 300 hammocks?! I've sewn two cage sets for my ferrets (who don't chew) and I have one cut out still waiting to be sewn, but no motivation lol.
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: PikachuPatronus on February 03, 2014, 11:12:48 AM
melcab - i'm really sorry, i'm trying to write down how i made this jellyfish and i can't get it out onto the keys or in coherent steps because some of it was a complete accident! O.o for the circles that make it up i used a sandwich plate. the larger ones were the edge of the plate and for the smaller top part i traced around the small base part on the bottom side of the plate (gonna call it the stand).

the way i made the dome was to use the circumference of the plate and the distance between the edge and the stand to make little blunt-top triangles and sewed them all together in a big strip. Then you pin them to the base circle right side to right side. between the two layers you add the tendrils of the jelly fish like you would when attaching hammock loops. to make them spiral, i cut out circles, cut into them spiraling into the middle.

 the swinging hammock layer was made before the rest of it (typical sewing the circles right side to right side with the ribbons inside the seam, leave a gap and turn right way out) and added to the big ol' jelly fish sandwich as well. then, keeping all the tendril ends (the other ends not the top of the sprial that goes in the seam) etc tucked inside, sew around the edge, leave a gap (preferably where the opening will be as there will be no tendrils here to sew in) and turn through. the last step was to attach the smaller circle top the same way - turn to top inside out and sew the the hammock loops inside and then turn it all the right way out again. i have no idea how i managed to get the opening the right size because i had actually measured it smaller and it was a happy accident when it turned out right.....

i recommend making the dome triangles a bit longer though i think as the hidey hole is a bit short and i would also make the loops attaching the swinging part shorter as they cant climb from that hammock up to the hidey hole.

I hope this makes some kind of sense. if i haven't explained something well please feel free to ask me about what i mean. XD
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: melcab on February 03, 2014, 07:40:41 PM
Lol thanks for the effort anyways. I'm on my phone right now. Maybe if I'm looking at the photo at the same time as reading the directions it will help.
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: PikachuPatronus on February 08, 2014, 05:46:09 AM
this was my most recent project. It's a palm tree......or something!

(http://i57.tinypic.com/ve6csl.jpg)

So the trunk was inspired by those barrel shaped cat trees that are hella expensive so i made my own. it was horrible and awkward to sew and looks really ugly from the back so i'd like to make another one oneday i think. I put waterproof fabric between the layers of fleece but the rats don't really like that. the sleep on the levels with no waterproof layer. haha. inside it are levels that connect all the way to the top.
The leaves are made out of a super soft and cuddly green blanket.

the tree is to go with my Dinosaur fleece. ^_^
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: lovelyg4m3r on February 08, 2014, 07:26:34 AM
LOVE the tree!
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Post by: melcab on February 08, 2014, 05:13:51 PM
Me too!
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Post by: molomatic on February 09, 2014, 11:33:53 PM
PikachuPatronus, your tree is fabulous. So clever!
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: PikachuPatronus on February 10, 2014, 03:06:54 PM
thanks everyone. this was much more simple to make than the jellyfish so if anyone wants a type-up tutorial i'd be happy to make one.

Next up will be a spaceship to go with my new Buzz Lightyear layout! :D
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Denisek on February 11, 2014, 02:37:17 PM
What size is that heart?

I've got tons of fabric that I love, and I can't possibly make sets out of each one (sometimes, a rat really can have too many hammocks!) so I've been making a mish mash of hammocks in all different fabrics. I've got a ton of Uni work to do, but as my relaxation I've been sewing through one a day. Finally.....

(http://i80.photobucket.com/albums/j177/xxmalteserxx/DSCF5710.jpg)

I really love this pink fiesta fabric (please excuse the creases, the iron is....elsewhere lol)
(http://i80.photobucket.com/albums/j177/xxmalteserxx/DSCF5711.jpg)
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Post by: Denisek on February 11, 2014, 03:15:57 PM
can you send me a tutorial?

thanks everyone. this was much more simple to make than the jellyfish so if anyone wants a type-up tutorial i'd be happy to make one.

Next up will be a spaceship to go with my new Buzz Lightyear layout! :D
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: melcab on February 12, 2014, 10:39:23 AM
Love the heart shaped hammock!
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: PikachuPatronus on February 18, 2014, 03:01:20 PM
Ok here is my tree trunk tutorial. hopefully it's a bit more clear that the jellyfish! haha!

Quote
You will need:
1 plate - sandwich plates are the better size
fleece
ribbon or grosgrain
tape measure
scissors
tailors chalk or pen/pencil
sewing machine

Method:
Measure the circumference of the plate.
on your fleece, cut out 8 circles the same size as the plate with 1cm seam allowance. these will be the internal levels.
then measure a length the same as the circumference of the plate. then measure up as far as you need. (mine needed to be 52 cm high so i divided this by 3 and made 3 strips 18cm high.) add 1cm seam allowance all the way around these pieces and cut 2 layers of fleece for each strip. these will become the outside of the trunk that you see.

Decide where you want your holes! you will want a hole in each strip and in 3 sets of the 4 pairs of circles. (its super cute seeing ratty faces peeping out at each level! :D)

ok, to make the holes nice and neat at the edges if you care about that sort of thing, place the fleece right side to right side, mark the hole and sew it. then cut out inside the sewn circle, snip into the fabric around the edge (make sure not to snip your stitching!) then turn one side through the hole and pin the fleece flat again on the other side, then sew around the edge of the hole to keep it in place!

For each layer of tree trunk, sew the strips right side to right side along the short edge and turn inside out. sew in the circles. its ok to be a bit messy as they won't be seen. do it one layer at a time and build it up as it's easier than sewing in each circle every time.
it's easier to sew each trunk section with the seam allowance on the outside and it also looks like the ridges in the bark! make sure the circle with no hole is on the bottom.

make sure the holes in the circular levels have holes in different places so ratties dont have too far to fall if they slip inside!

When it comes to the top circle to be sewn in, pin your ribbon or whatever into the seam so that you have a way to hang it.

I also added loops to the back seam of the trunk so the rats couldn't push it around too much but it's up to you!

The leaves are just leaf shapes of green fleece hung up next to the top of the trunk so they have a leafy canopy to snooze in!
I hope these instructions were helpful and decipherable! please message me if you don't get something. :)
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Post by: Denisek on February 18, 2014, 04:56:29 PM
thank you!
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Post by: PikachuPatronus on February 23, 2014, 11:53:04 AM
This is what i made today!

(http://i62.tinypic.com/2rdzwd4.jpg)

Cupcake cosy hut!

(http://i60.tinypic.com/123w6za.jpg)

filled with comfy fleece scraps.

i have cupcake patterned fleece and a layout and it's clean out day and i needed some more items for it. :D
thinking of making these and selling them maybe? could also be adapted into mushrooms too!
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Denisek on February 23, 2014, 12:39:07 PM
If you have any patterns you ae willing to share, you can send them to me. I made the tree.
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: melcab on February 23, 2014, 12:41:43 PM
You are so talented!
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: PikachuPatronus on February 23, 2014, 01:00:31 PM
If you have any patterns you ae willing to share, you can send them to me. I made the tree.

i don't know if im going to sell these yet.

did the tree work out ok? were the instructions understandable? :)
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: PikachuPatronus on February 23, 2014, 01:02:01 PM
You are so talented!
thank you! :)
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Denisek on February 23, 2014, 01:10:04 PM
It worked for me :) Thank you!
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Post by: PikachuPatronus on February 23, 2014, 03:34:25 PM
OK omg i'm super excited about this one. i got all sewing happy after the cupcake and made a space rocket! it's to go with my Buzz Lightyear layout and aaah its so cute i squee'd

(http://i62.tinypic.com/1pjghv.jpg)

(http://i59.tinypic.com/1i25u0.jpg)

I even gave it "fire"!  :BlueDumboSmile:

(http://i61.tinypic.com/24zj4gp.jpg)
these are the rest of a buzz hammocks. :D

Bonus snoozing pic in a hammock. *thud warning. :3*
(http://i60.tinypic.com/73cy03.jpg)
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Post by: Denisek on February 23, 2014, 06:42:05 PM
How cute!
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Post by: Kitsch Slapped on February 23, 2014, 06:57:02 PM
Oh my goodness! That cupcake!!! So cute. When I first got my rats named "Cookie" and "Cupcake" I tried my hand at making a cupcake. It did not turn out nearly as nice as yours did though. In fact it looked more like a mushroom than a cupcake  :yelcutelaugh:

Heres a pic
(https://scontent-a-iad.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/t1/227411_614907735200465_2058862363_n.jpg)
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Post by: PikachuPatronus on February 24, 2014, 12:44:21 PM
awh! its super cute! and goes wonderfully with the rest of the set up! :D
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Vonda Z on March 21, 2014, 08:34:13 AM
This is just a prototype/proof of concept I am experimenting with - a self-supporting cube:

(http://www.finchaviary.com/RatPics/SelfSupportingCube.jpg)
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: foxontherox on March 21, 2014, 02:47:18 PM
Ooooo, I like the self-supporting cube!  I have started trying to hang my hammocks and cubes REALLY low to the ground, so old lady Newt can get into them, but this would make it much easier.  :)
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Kitsch Slapped on November 27, 2014, 10:53:36 PM
I made these for CTRR's winter raffle 2014  :)

(https://scontent-a-dfw.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xap1/v/t1.0-9/10690082_909045149120054_6936746127670447909_n.jpg?oh=6c26ebf9fac798d55c4964a91f3a17a4&oe=551B18CB)
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Anjel on December 02, 2014, 07:07:44 AM
I have been so busy with the holidays and making hammocks for my shop I haven't made much for my own rats. I recently repaired their hammocks though. They're very good about chewing so I've had the same ones for over a year. I'm making them all new, matching hammocks soon and am going to pass on the used ones to someone else who needs them..starting with more diamonds. :) These are my rats FAVORITE hammocks and they take less fabric than cubes but have a larger footprint. This one has an 11" footprint but takes only as much fabric as a 6" cube. :D It has 4 big boys in it!
(http://imgur.com/FBgYjPw.png)
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: TheDml on February 11, 2015, 01:07:04 AM
Bump!!! I need more pictures people! I got a new Brother and need something finished to ogle at!
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: TheDml on February 11, 2015, 05:49:44 PM
I also have a question, do you usually wash your cloth of choice (cotton) before cutting it for the hammocks? I was thinking that if you wash it after completing a hammock it might shrink or warp?
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Vonda Z on February 11, 2015, 06:10:22 PM
I always wash before I cut. Cotton and flannel will shrink a lot more than the fleece, so you could have some weird shrinkage effects if you do not. Also, I always wash rat things in hot water. Cotton and flannel often have instructions to wash in cold. I want to make sure the colors won't run in hot before I actually sew anything. It usually is not an issue with the cottons, but the red and bright pink fleece fabrics do sometimes run in that first wash. If the first wash includes anything white, you might end up with the white fabrics turning pink.

Also, fleece starts to wick after about 3 washes, so you want to wash before using it. I don't worry about wicking as much with hammocks, but with liners, it is more important.
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Denisek on February 11, 2015, 06:41:38 PM
How do you wash the flannel that the ends dont fray before you cut your hammocks? I used to wash my flannel before I would cut out my hammocks, but, I lost too much material that way.
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Vonda Z on February 11, 2015, 06:56:04 PM
Honestly, I just cut the frayed edges off. I usually buy extra fabric so it won't matter. But I have read on sewing/quilting boards that if you cut the raw edge with pinking shears or if you cut a small piece off each corner diagonally (1/4" to 1/2"), that the fraying will be minimized. I haven't tried it, though. I really should. I just never think about it until I see the fraying when it comes out of the washer.
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: TheDml on March 01, 2015, 03:08:52 AM
My first attempt on matching cube and simple hammock (thank you Vonda!). I totally derped up the ribbon even though I pined them! :doh:
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Post by: TheDml on March 01, 2015, 03:31:33 AM
(http://fc02.deviantart.net/fs71/i/2015/060/9/2/2015_02_28_23_57_43_by_sussi-d8jyh01.jpg)
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Post by: YinandYang on March 02, 2015, 05:21:51 PM
I am jealous.

~~Avery
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: mightywhiskers on March 19, 2015, 01:07:24 AM
I just taught myself how to make hammocks last week and spent more than I should have at the store, but they were just so cute I couldn't help it!   :BlueDumboSmile:

(http://i.imgur.com/CqgFK5F.jpg)(http://i.imgur.com/bmMvwl7.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/mWjD9NC.jpg)(http://i.imgur.com/pYYBd2J.jpg)
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: TheDml on April 04, 2015, 10:20:16 PM
I loooove the mustache fabric mightywhisker! I have some cotton fabric with mustaches I will use in the future!

For now, here is all the hammocks I have done so far:

(http://img01.deviantart.net/af9b/i/2015/094/8/c/hammocks_by_sussi-d8ofzhs.jpg)

I'm really happy how the tube came out! (thank you AstridBeatrix for your bag of fabric you gave me!)
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: RooRat on April 06, 2015, 10:50:53 AM
Nice! I'm planning to whip up a few hammocks today - if I get around to it (without getting distracted by the boys and their cuteness) I'll post pictures :)
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: RooRat on April 07, 2015, 04:15:33 PM
The boys have kind of figured out hammocks - they're sleeping under the corner hammock and have a fleece stash in the bunk bed (that I catch them actually sleeping in on occasion), so I figured I'd go ahead and make them a snazzy set:

(https://scontent-iad.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xat1/v/t1.0-9/1463091_10203911527013962_8335692721861832245_n.jpg?oh=681ac884af3492aa9d63888ae0d79833&oe=55B26119)

This was the only Doctor Who fabric they had left in the store :shocked2: And it was in the remnant bin, so I got 50% off. I'm going back for more once it's in stock.
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Post by: Vonda Z on April 07, 2015, 04:30:51 PM
(https://scontent-iad.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xat1/v/t1.0-9/1463091_10203911527013962_8335692721861832245_n.jpg?oh=681ac884af3492aa9d63888ae0d79833&oe=55B26119)
This was the only Doctor Who fabric they had left in the store :shocked2: And it was in the remnant bin, so I got 50% off. I'm going back for more once it's in stock.

Oh my gosh! What store did you find that in? I have been looking for Doctor Who fabric forever and the only thing I ever find is the expensive stuff at Spoonflower that isn't licensed. I see now that JoAnn's has Doctor Who fleece, but I can't find any cotton prints like this (at least not online). I must have some!
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: RooRat on April 07, 2015, 05:35:47 PM
This is flannel - the woman said they also had cotton but were all out (of everything!). Maybe check online and see if they have cotton? I was so excited to find it in the remnants. AND there was the perfect shade of TARDIS blue fleece right next to it!
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Vonda Z on April 08, 2015, 10:12:56 AM
I checked online and couldn't find the flannel (or cotton). Apparently the flannel is out of stock online and doesn't come up on a search from JoAnn's website (but does come up on an Internet search). Hopefully, they will get more in. Sounds like it must have been very popular. I did buy 4 yards of the Dr Who Tardis Fleece though. So glad Doctor Who is finally licensing fabrics.
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: TheDml on April 10, 2015, 09:59:43 PM
ATTENTION!   :wink5:

Joann's will have their Blizzard and Anti-Pill on sale from April 12th at 60% off!

It was on a flyer they put in your bag when you shop with them.
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: RooRat on April 10, 2015, 11:35:05 PM
 :hyper:

I'm running low on some fleece colors, so I'll be stocking up. Whee!
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: TheDml on May 14, 2015, 02:26:04 AM
Got this Adventure Time cotton fabric and so far have only made a pocket hammock!!! It will go so well with me fleece rainbow hoard I have built up from the remnants bin!!

Bottom:
(https://36.media.tumblr.com/817ba9575e01c75ef527ccceb4155023/tumblr_nobtldKxZl1us6so8o1_1280.jpg)

Top:
(https://40.media.tumblr.com/992c9cf6f94246c3d2e76a39031d69f6/tumblr_nobtldKxZl1us6so8o2_1280.jpg)
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Post by: AstridBeatrix on May 18, 2015, 03:42:48 PM
Awesome! I wish I could make things like this!!
I must try harder..
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Kitsch Slapped on August 08, 2015, 06:36:45 PM
Well, these arent really hammocks, but they are bedding type stuff for the rats so I thought I would include them anyway ;D

Since the rats have been having to go to the vet all at once for a multitude of problems lately, I thought it would be best to make some carrier pads that I can change out and wash and have some more on hand. I already had one carrier pad, but the girls have been going in multiple times in a week and Muffin was staying the weekend to have a couple tumors removed so the obnly carrier pad was occupied. I also made a blanket to go with one of them and need to finish making the other pads each a matching blanket.

(https://scontent-dfw1-1.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xtf1/t31.0-8/11794488_1047463421944892_1208946034092740529_o.jpg)
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Post by: mightywhiskers on September 07, 2015, 02:49:32 AM
I got back in the sewing mood a couple days ago and made a whole new set for my babies! It was really cool to make my first honeycomb and use grommets for the first time and they absolutely love it!!!

(http://i.imgur.com/ZURLCNv.jpg)

Roelan peaking his adorable head out to say hi!
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Briar on September 13, 2015, 12:47:35 AM
Well, I went ahead and finally unpacked my sewing machine (after, what? 6 months?), and got around to sewing a bunk-bed and two corner hammocks before it grew too late.

(https://40.media.tumblr.com/065cb90547622f1498e52bd121589382/tumblr_nulmbwYiqh1tjdyj0o1_1280.jpg)

(https://41.media.tumblr.com/bc462d7787fb28680ff276dfabc07e45/tumblr_nulmbwYiqh1tjdyj0o3_1280.jpg)

(https://40.media.tumblr.com/7054825fc7c8047007205993883c8a42/tumblr_nulmbwYiqh1tjdyj0o2_1280.jpg)

I'm going to try to sew some more in the morning. Maybe a new cube or a tunnel or something.
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Michael C on November 23, 2015, 12:17:31 AM
Do rat huts count as hammocks if fabric was involved in their creation? If so, perhaps I'm not abusing the subject of this thread...

Born of my frustration over the lack of color choices of the U.S. "Space Pod" (vs. the EU Sputnik), I decided to make my own.

(http://36.media.tumblr.com/9054cdb972875cda080fc92edac5cd4f/tumblr_ny3bbcyl4t1umqjoxo1_540.jpg)

It's papier mache with a top layer of clothe mache. So far, two of my boys, Josh Miller and Oliver Reynolds, seem to enjoy sleeping in it / chewing on it.

Here's Josh Miller poking his curly whiskers out of one of the entrances;

(http://41.media.tumblr.com/3affc84e363b31a236af876cbfdeb6e3/tumblr_ny3cn8zpzW1umqjoxo1_540.jpg)

...and here he is napping;

(http://40.media.tumblr.com/8209951c14cc50954fe8d4ff8cda1cb6/tumblr_ny3cn8zpzW1umqjoxo3_540.jpg)
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Vic_x0x0 on November 23, 2015, 10:15:32 AM
Wow, that's pretty neat! Not sure if I've seen anything like that before!

Hopefully they don't pee in it or chew it up to fast  ::)
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Michael C on November 23, 2015, 09:18:19 PM
Yup, it's not really washable.

I've already started making another one.
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Vic_x0x0 on November 24, 2015, 11:18:08 AM
Just a few of the hammies I made in preparation for getting my CN, and a little face inside   :rattysmiley:

(https://scontent-yyz1-1.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xft1/v/t1.0-9/12246958_886194438097183_8156794055574882212_n.jpg?oh=2f6bd2f463f3140d6af5422ad86bf5b4&oe=56ADDC77)

(https://scontent-yyz1-1.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xpa1/v/t1.0-9/11223313_886194444763849_2613117684218425497_n.jpg?oh=f14447f505be2b1075ba7de024e2eac3&oe=56EC4C4B)

I also ended up making a tube and cube from the same cheetah print and pink fleece combo.. so girly and so cute!

I think Mickey fabric and red fleece will be next  :cheeky:

ETA: What are your rats favourite hammocks? My girls have been sleeping in the red bin I hung up at the top of their cage with fleece scraps in it all week :doh:
They like to play in the tube, and in their old cage they slept in only the cube, but they haven't touched the new one I made them  :confused: maybe it's because I put in a back door cus they chewed their own in the last one? Hmm
I found one of the girls in the bunkbed ONCE, and she was just checking it out..
Not any interest in the flat either.. like oi! I'm not sure what to make them so they actually get used/ slept in!!
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Michael C on November 24, 2015, 11:45:54 AM
What are your rats favourite hammocks? My girls have been sleeping in the red bin I hung up at the top of their cage with fleece scraps in it all week :doh:
They like to play in the tube, and in their old cage they slept in only the cube, but they haven't touched the new one I made them  :confused: maybe it's because I put in a back door cus they chewed their own in the last one? Hmm
I found one of the girls in the bunkbed ONCE, and she was just checking it out..
Not any interest in the flat either.. like oi! I'm not sure what to make them so they actually get used/ slept in!!

Elliot Rosenberg loves his pocket hammocks.
Title: Re: What hammocks have you made lately?
Post by: Kitsch Slapped on November 24, 2015, 12:55:07 PM
Very cute hammocks! I love the fabrics!
My rats LOVE cubes. But they tend to tear them up quickly. I'm not sure why they tear up something they seem to love so much, but rats will be rats.