DIY Reversable Cat Hammocks

We want the best for our wards but we can’t spend a fortune enriching their lives. Fostering cats will make a person get creative. One such area we can improve our crafty skills on is making our own cat hammocks for our cages. This project is quick and easy and will add more vertical room to any cage. If you have a sewing machine, great! Even if you have no idea how to sew – like me – it is one of those upfront costs I would recommend investing in if you don’t have one, not just for the cats, but just in general.


Materials

  • Appropriately colored thread
  • Regular & Fabric Scissors
  • Sharpie or fabric marker
  • Large piece of cardboard – at least 24″ x 24″ (for template)
  • Yard stick
  • Box tape
  • At least 1 total yard of fabric – can do .5 yards for 2 different types – you will have leftovers
  • At least 20 inches of 1″ elastic – your choice of color
  • 3x 1″ Swivel Snaps
    • Make sure these are good quality. I recommend Country Brook (no I don’t get a kickback)

Making the Template

diy-hammock-template-dimensionsThis will make cutting quick and easy – especially if you’re going to make more than one. Measure out from a corner for best results. Use the yard stick to draw the diagonal angle. Cut out the template. You should now have a nice perfect triangle.

Measure down two inches on the 45 degree angle sides and cut. For the 90 degree side, measure 1″ and then cut.

Use the box tape to cover the edges of your new template.

Prepping the Hammock

Use the pattern you just made and mark out the pattern on your fabric. It doesn’t matter what side because it will all be inside. I used a permanent marker. Cut out each side.

IMPORTANT: Place your fabric outsides facing inwards so that they are facing each other. We will be turning them inside out so if you have a specific side that you want facing outwards, make sure it’s facing inside for now. If you don’t know what side that is, or can’t tell, just pick the side you prefer and face it inwards. Optionally use pins to keep them together and matching up. I found the fuzzy material held together pretty well without them.

It’s a good idea to prep the elastic before we start sewing. Measure three 6″ strips. The elastic could have an “outside” side depending on the type you purchase. If it does, just make sure this is facing outwards when we sew into the fabric.

Sewing!

diy-hammock-elasticIt’s a good idea to start from a corner so we start by sewing in a strip first. Place the hook inside the elastic strip, then place the strip in between the two pieces of fabric, in the middle of the small edge in the corner. Leave about 1″ poking out of the fabric.

Continue around the hammock placing the next two elastic strips & hooks.

IMPORTANT: Leave about 4″ of space before you complete sewing all around. Start turning the piece inside out. Now it’s looking like a hammock!

Fold the edges of the hole we left then sew this area closed. Try to get the line as close to the edge as possible for a nice finish.

Edging

diy-hammock-edgingIt’s looking good, but we need to make the finishing touches. We are going to sew a line all the way around, about 1″ inside. When you near the corners, give a little more room so that you don’t sew over the extra elastic.

Once complete, go over each elastic strip and reinforce it with some stitches. I did a square with a line though it.

 

 

 

Finishing Thoughts

diy-hammock-kittyYou can modify this to fit almost any situation. Replace the elastic with Velcro strips or just a loop of material.

Make different patterns. I made a rectangle that fits across small cages as well.

I am not a professional seamstress by any stretch of the imagination so if you see something I’m doing wrong, please let me know gently. I’m learning.