How To Make A Ferret Hammock: A Step By Step Guide For Newbies
Hammock, a highly comfortable furniture that has kept humans, and now, animals happy and on cloud 9. But there is, of course, the obvious question that might be crossing your mind right now.
Where do I get a hammock for my tiny, fluffy ferret?
Although there are currently hammocks in the market (click here to see top ferret hammocks), it's fairly hard to find the right one, and even then, the cost is a major setback. So, why not make one yourself for your ferret?
In today's article, we'll explain how to make the perfect hammock for your fluffy little friend, all by yourself!
So, if you're a caring ferret owner who wants to keep his or her animal buddy comfortable, keep reading.
What is A Hammock?
Most of us know what a hammock is. Or even if you don’t, you may have seen one at some point in your life without knowing what it’s called. Whatever the case, you all know a hammock pretty much serves the purpose of a bed.
So, a hammock is basically a couch or a bed that is about six feet wide and attached with some sort of clews or cords on both ends. As you can assume, the dictionary definition applies to us humans.
But in general, a hammock is pretty much a swinging bed.
Now for humans, this is made around six to seven feet. But for your ferret, you can pick any size you think is best.
Why Get Your Ferret A Hammock?
Well, think about it: who wouldn't love a swinging bed? The answer is nobody. So why not give your ferret a chance to feel the same way?
While cats and dogs get a bigger perimeter to play in, animals like ferrets do not. In their little cages, all they do is walk around, maybe jump around a little, and usually spend most days not even sleeping that comfortably.
So why not get your little bud a nice hammock to lie down in?
The new experience will be great for them! A not only that, imagine your little ferret friend swinging on a mini hammock. It's enough to make anyone's day 100 times better!
Which One to Pick: DIY vs. Ready-made Hammocks
There is always a debate about whether you should make yourself a certain commodity or just save time and buy it from the market. With a ferret hammock, it is no different.
Now, there are fairly cheap hammocks in the market starting at even 10 dollars. But ferret owners have raised questions on the material and sizes of these products.
On the other hand, the ones made with good material and a strong build are way too expensive for a ferret-sized hammock. Although there is uniqueness in design and variety that DIYers can hardly bring to the table, the price doesn't make buying these hammocks a smart decision.
While some would rather buy a cheap or overly expensive hammock for their pet, others choose to go through the hassle of making their pet friends a nice swinging couch to save that money.
If you're looking to not spend those extra 10 bucks on a hammock you can make at home, follow the next section word to word.
How to Make A Hammock For Ferret
See Also: How to Build a Ferret Cage at Home (DIY)
If you have any idea about a human hammock, you know it isn’t a high-maintenance bed that has to be made by an expert manufacturer. So, I’m guessing you can imagine how easy it is going to be to build your tiny ferret buddy a swinging bed.
So, without any further delay, let’s get on with the process of building a hammock. Now, there are several types of hammock you can make for your ferret. Don’t worry; we’re going to talk about each of them. Let’s start with pouch hammock.
Pouch Hammock For Ferret
A pouch hammock is a pretty comfortable option for your little buddy. They can tug themselves in and take a nap without getting cold. But while making this style of the hammock, make sure not to use a heavy fabric.
There is a chance it might get a little hot as your ferret will be napping inside a pocket-like hammock.
The materials you'll need for this hammock are as follows:
- Two pieces of lightweight fabric (same size)
- Four bits of long fabric, ribbons or bias tape
- Four clips
- Sewing machine/thread and needle
- Chalk or pencil
So, ideally, the fabric is kept at a size of 12 inches by 24 inches. However, the finished result is somewhere around 9 inches by 10 inches. This is why, rather than following any blog to decide a size for your hammock, base it on who you're making it for.
Take an estimated size judging your ferret. Then, cut the fabric keeping the ratio of the fabric and end result close to our mentioned measurements. This is a great way to get the right size. Unlike the fabric, you can cut the hanging loop fabric any size you want.
How to Make Pouch Hammock Step by Step Guidelines
After getting the size right, follow the given steps to make a pouch hammock!
Take the main fabric on top of others. Before you start to sew them, make sure they are placed on top of each other.
Now sew the fabrics together with half an inch for seam except for an inch on the right mid portion of the fabric. This small hole will help us later.
Cut a little extra fabric from the corners to make it easier to turn it inside out.
Divide the fabric into half and then divide those halves in your mind.
You can also use chalk and scale to mark them.
Place the hanging loops along with the clips in that spot or a little closer to the center of the fabric. The clips should be on the inside and the loops outside.
Fold the fabric over the hanging loops on one side.
Fold the other side of the fabric over the hanging loop and a little over the first fold.
Sew the horizontal top sides of the hammock along with the loops.
Finally, grab the opening and turn the right side out to get the final result.
Thus, you'll get yourself a simple yet comfortable pouch hammock. Trust me; your ferret will absolutely love it!
Cube Hammock For Ferret
A cube hammock is basically a patterned cube hammock. It is a little hard to make and needs more fabric. Not only that, this isn't something you can make with regular sewing skills.
On top of that, the time to make this hammock is long enough with a sewing machine. So, imagine how long it might take if you use a needle and a thread. But despite its restrictions, the cube hammock is big and cozy. It is perfect for big ferrets and even little ones as they get more room to nap.
To make this hanging cube, you need the following things:
- Six flannel fabric pieces of size 11 inches by 11 inches
- Six fleece pieces of the same size
- Four ribbons for hanging loop
- Four clips
- A circular object for tracing a hole
- Chalk or pencil
How to Make Cube Hammock Step-by-Step Guideline
Making a cube hammock is a lengthy process. So, try to keep up and not give up mid-way.
Cut out six flannel fabric of the same size in square shapes.
Also, cut out six fleece fabric the same size as the finals and in square shapes.
You also need to cut out four ribbons for making the hanging loops.
Pin the flannel and fleece fabric together with the inner one on top.
Then sew one side except for the right side for when we turn it inside out.
Using something circular, trace a circle in the middle of the stitched fabric.
Sew on the traced circle and then cut the circle making sure not to cut the seam.
Now pin a flannel and fleece fabric like before and sew all sides other than the right side. This time do not cut a hole.
Repeat step 4, 5, and 6 again for the 3rd side.
Repeat step 7 for the 4th side.
Take one side with a hole and another without.
Take the side with the hole on top of the side without in a way so that the flannel of both sides are on top of each other.
Now, pin and then stitch the right sides and cut the additional seam.
Take another side with a hole and pin it to the first side with a hole. Then stitch them together. Do the same with the last side,i.e., stitch one side of it with the adjacent fabric and cut the excess seam.
Now, take one of the two sides left and pin it on the top.
While pinning the top side, make sure to add the ribbons on all four ends in a way that the larger part in inside with a little portion sticking out.
Stitch the top on all sides along with the ribbons and turn the whole hammock inside out.
Finally, stitch the bottom side,and you have your cube hammock!
To be honest, the cube pattern is a little hard to make, and not to mention, very time-consuming. However, it does give your ferret a cozy indoor bedroom sort of place to nap in. The cube hammock is a rather fancy option, but if you want to enhance the looks of your ferret's cage, this is a great pattern to try out!
Triple Square Hammock
If you're someone with more than one ferret, you must try the triple square hammock. The name might make you flinch a little since it sounds complicated. But trust me, this is the easiest of all the complex DIY hammocks out there!
The triple square pretty much uses three square-shaped flat hammocks and makes it into one. Confused? Well, think about your regular bunk beds, but for ferrets!
This hammock basically gives you three compartments. Although you can make one with three compartments of the same sizes, it does not do well in a cage. So, the trick is to use different shaped ones.
You'll be needing all the basic materials required for a hammock. They are given below:
- Three pieces of lightweight fabric
- Three pieces of fleece fabric
- Four ribbons
- Scale or measuring tape
- Chalk or pencil
Note that, this hammock needs to be made to the thin fabric as heavy material might make it congested. So, you can also skip using a lightweight fabric and just use fleece fabric.
How to Make Triple Square Hammock Step by Step Guideline
You can make triple square hammocks in a few easy steps!
Measure the amount of space you have in your ferret's cage.
Cut out three cotton squares of different sizes - one small, one medium, and one big based on the available space.
Cut out three fleece fabric of the same size.
Pin the fleece on a cotton piece for each square.
Now stitch all the sides and keep a large hole using which you will turn the fabric inside out.
Stitch the holes and give a top stitch.
Take one corner of each square and cut the sharp corner. Then cut a hole in each square to put the ribbon through it.
Repeat step 6 holding the other corners together.
After tying a knot with the ribbon, you have your triple square hammock!
This type of hammock becomes a little congested for a small cage. So, in case you have more than one ferret, buy a spacious cage and set the hammock in one corner. Enjoy watching your babies get on the bunks of the triple square!
A double pattern hammock is also fairly hard to make. But unlike the cube pattern, this does not take as much material or time. Although the steps are a little hard to catch at first, the end result makes it worth the time spent on it.
The things you will need to make this hammock are below:
- Two cotton fabric pieces
- Three fleece fabric pieces
- Four ribbons
- Chalk or pencil
How to Make Double Hammock Step by Step Guideline
The steps to make a double hammock will confuse you a bit. But go through each step patiently,and you'll definitely get there!
Cut two pieces of cotton fabric of size 16 inches by 16 inches.
Cut two pieces of fleece fabric of the same size (16 inches×16 inches).
Put one cotton piece on the fleece. Now keeping the fleece fabric above, stitch all the sides. Keep a large enough hole so that you can flip it inside out later.
Repeat step 3.
Now you basically have two flat hammocks. Put one on top of the other but do not align the edges. Rotate the top hammock in a way that the edges are in the middle of the bottom piece's sides.
Now, bunch up the top hammock so that only a little of the corners stick out of the bottom piece.
Put a fleece over both the hammocks. Align it with the bottom hammock.
Now, pin all sides of the fleece and the bottom hammock.
Cut out four ribbons of about 4 inches.
After folding them, put them in the corner of the fleece piece. Make sure they face inward so when you turn it inside out, the loop is outside.
Stitch all the sides and keep a large side open.
Now cut the seam. While cutting the seam, also cut the corners of the top flat hammock that was sticking out.
Turn it inside out and give a top stitch. Voila! You have a doublepattern hammock.
The double pattern hammock has a large pouch-like layer that you get because of the middle hammock added. Fairly large and spacious, this is a great hammock for a ferret with a big cage.
No Sew Hammock
This is the easiest DIY hammock on today's list. Why? Because you don't need to sew anything to anything in order to get the final result. Although some might consider this sloppy work, a no-sew hammock a great alternative.
This is especially handy for when you do not have a needle and thread, a sewing machine or any time to spend on making your little buddy a hanging bed.
If you're getting feedback about being a lazy ferret owner who doesn't care for their pet, just brush it off! Because a no-sew hammock still serves its purpose. And so today, we will teach you how to make one.
You will not need too many materials for this one. But here's a proper list:
- One piece of fabric
- Measuring tape or scale
- Chalk or pencil
See? You only need a few materials to make this hammock. I can bet it will take you less than 15 minutes to make the entire thing!
How to make No Sew Hammock Step by Step Guideline
Although the steps are not too complicated, try to keep up,and you'll be done in no time.
Measure the cage you keep your ferret in. Also, take into account any additional material kept in the cage.
Decide a suitable length and breadth for the hammock.
Cut the fabric in the decided measurement in a nice rectangle.
Now cut corners toward the inside of the fabric. Cut it to a depth
that is enough so that the two parts can be tied in a knot.
Now, tie the four ends of the cut-up corners in a knot inside the cage. There you have your hammock!
There is another advantage of this hammock. Unlike the other ones, you can fit this in any corner of your cage depending on the amount of space you have. If you seem to have a space too small for a rectangular hammock but too big for a triangular one, there is a way to use that space.
Simply cut one end of the rectangular fabric in an angle based on the space left. Then cut corners into two parts and tie them. Likewise, for a small corner, but the fabric in a triangular shape and tie the three ends with the cage.
If you're eager to make a hammock for your ferret without spending any sort of money, the no-sew method is definitely the way to go!
What Fabric Should You Use for the Hammock?
There are many materials you can use for making a hammock. Many use old blankets or pillowcases for hammocks. But when it comes to making one for a ferret, owners apparently have certain preferences.
For example, fabric like flannel, fleece, etc. are very well known for cozy weather like winter. In contrast, owners find it best to use cotton and material such as denim for when the weather is less cold.
Overall, you should always keep in mind that ferrets will scratch the fabric. Not only that, but they might also harm the ribbon or hanging loop you use for the hammock. So, although there are certain obvious preferences when it comes to fabric, you should try to find a durable material to make your hammock with.
If you’ve come this far into this article, you must care about your pet ferret. And so, we hope reading this article at least gave you an idea of how to start making a hammock for your ferret.
Now that you know the techniques of making a cool and convenient hammock for your little buddy, what are you waiting for?
Go make that hammock!