DIY cage hammock

The hammock has seen better days and needs to be replaced, but I figure It is easier to make a pattern for many replacements. I could have made a straight sided hammock but I think that shape works best for full sized cats. Kittens and ferrets like to hang their heads and legs over the edge and tease each other.

All the materials are recycled. The nylon webbing was a dress belt and the snaps were from a purse. I also used polyester fleece blankets that were on sale for $1.50 at the thrift store.
Another method would be to use grommets and shower curtain hooks – but I would have had to buy the grommets, next time I will use the webbing loops AND shower curtain hooks – and make a straight sided one for grown cats.

Rough instructions:

  • Trace or draw a pattern for half the hammock. Mine was freehand so it’s a little oddly shaped, but they kittens don’t care.
  • Fold the fabric in half and cut out the pattern. If you are using the same material for both sides, cut out both at once.
  • Sew around the edges.
  • At the corners, insert webbing loops with the swivel snap attached. Sew over the webbing 2 or 3 times.
  • Leave a 3″ gap
  • Turn the hammock inside out.
  • Sew up the gap.
hammock_original

hammock_cutout3

hammock_cutout2

hammock_seam
hammock attach tabs/hooks
hammock attach tabs
hammock finished   inside out
hammock turn

hammock turn and sew up gap
hammock finished product

hammock_happy customer

rectangular single cat sized

hammock catsize
hammock tabs only corners

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