Fleece forests have become quite popular over the past few months. Reminiscent of the drying strips seen at drive through car washes, the hanging panels of fringe provide cavies a place to run through, sleep under, and hide behind.
After seeing several pictures of inquisitive pigs exploring their thicket of fabric, we decided to try a hand at making one ourselves.
The first attempt (seen in the picture above) turned out rather uneven, but the pigs loved it regardless. Belka and Truffle ran zoomies through the fleece while Abby-Roo quickly determined that the privacy made for an ideal toilet area. Once things had settled down, Poof, Peaches, and Revy decided that the fleece provided a convenient screen to nap under.
- Ruler or tape measure
- C&C grid
- Scissors or rotary cutter (similar to this one)
- Purchase a cut of fleece (if buying at Joann's, can ask for cuts of 3/8 yard length, which will make two panels).
- Cut the panels into approximately 13 1/2" W x 29 1/2" L.
- Starting from one end, cut strips into about 1 1/2" W x 13"L. These are the measurements for our grids, which were purchased from Bed Bath & Beyond. Or simply use your C&C grid as a guide. Make sure to cut the length shorter than the grid so the fabric won't trail on the floor - this prevents it from becoming soiled quickly.
- Repeat for the opposite side. The finished product will look like the picture below. Thread the strips through the grids and you're done! For a denser forest, make several panels to hang from the same grid. The fleece can be hung from a corner grid or a stand alone C&C cube made from several grids connected together.
Simple and inexpensive (total cost of 2 fleece panels: $1.87 on sale), the brief amount of time spent making these was well worth it.
Will you be giving these a try? If so, let us know what your pigs think!