DIY Fleece Liner Types

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Hello! I'm new to this forum, hello to you all! I have a question for those of you that use u-haul padded fleece liners or have made them yourself :)

I am a new owner of two adorable 6-month old girls. I recently upgraded their cage to a 3x5 C&C so they have tons of room to run around!

I purchased some fleece material and padding and am going to be paying a seamstress friend to sew some liners for me. I just want to confirm the best way to go about making them so that they hold up for many years! I have heard that sometimes the U-Haul furniture pad shrinks as it is 100% cotton, while the fleece does not. I've read that making the liners a few inches larger help with preventing everything bunching up over time.

I also read that one lady who makes her own liners sews the fleece together and then leaves a pocket open to place the padding inside so it's easier to replace in the future if needed. Does anyone have any experience with this or think this is a better option than sewing it all together? The fabric was quite expensive so I would like to do whatever I can to prevent shrinkage and ruining the liners down the line.

Really appreciate any input, and apologies if this has been asked before. Thanks!
 

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I don’t have a clue regarding uhaul as we don’t have it here. But you could always just lay the fleece on top of the uhaul without seeing together, it does the same job. And considering how big the liner would be it would probably help to do that.
 

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I just layer fleece blankets over some towels nothing is sewn together. the fleece needs replacing occasionally anyway as it gets a bit thread bare after a while but that might just be because I buy cheap fleece.
 

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Always pre wash your fabrics to make sure they shrink before you have them sewn together.
I always sew my liners a little longer than needed and just have them going up the sides of the cage a little at the ends.
I would avoid the pocket liner as getting the inner layer in and out would be a nightmare, and if you wash then as one the inner layer will bunch.
 

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I made my own. Bought some fleeces from IKEA. Washed them. Cut them to the size of the cage and sewed them together between one of those bed sheets that is made for absorbing wee. I put a towel on the bottom then two fleeces down because my piggies love to burrow and hide under them.
 

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always pre- wash fabric.. some of my liners ( fleece patterned top, incontinence pad layer in the middle then fleece bottom ) have lasted me 5 years and are still going strong... i sew all together as one thing, works for me.
 

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I have taken photos of my newest liners for my Finn and Lara. I have 4 of these new ones, but I do have these in all different sizes. I have my seamstress to sew, but I buy all the materials and cut them to size I want.

MATERIALS: Towels and Fleece. Cut to the size I wish to have.
DIRECTION: Put towel on the bottom then, sew fleece covering the towel on the bottom.
QUALITY: I have some lasting me close to 3 years.

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I only bought one giant towel to make liners and other towels were ones I don't use.
I do buy fleece in the colors and shapes I want.
 

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Has anyone tried to use those mattress protection sheets in IKEA as the absorbent layer in between the fleece? For example: STJÄRNLÖK Mattress protector - IKEA

They are 100% polyester, so I wondered if they might not absorb as well as cotton towels do. The cotton towels I have used for now are quite heavy for the washing machine - hence I am looking for a lighter filling ;)

Please let me know if anyone has tried! ;)
 

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Has anyone tried to use those mattress protection sheets in IKEA as the absorbent layer in between the fleece? For example: STJÄRNLÖK Mattress protector - IKEA

They are 100% polyester, so I wondered if they might not absorb as well as cotton towels do. The cotton towels I have used for now are quite heavy for the washing machine - hence I am looking for a lighter filling ;)

Please let me know if anyone has tried! ;)
I've used mattress protectors, but not those exact ones. Mine work really well, I wash them in washing bags and shake off the hay before they go in. I hope that helps :)
 

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I've used mattress protectors, but not those exact ones. Mine work really well, I wash them in washing bags and shake off the hay before they go in. I hope that helps :)
Great! Do you know if the ones you use are made of polyester? :)
 

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I have used silent night ones which is made from polypropylene... it’s all plastic at the end of the day! They work fine!
 

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I use ones from Asda. 100% cotton on the top, then polyester in the middle and on the bottom. They do a great job and go round my washing machine well. I dont have a waterproof bottom layer as I have a layer of coroplast inside my plastic cage anyway.

I bought a king size and it did a couple of main cage liners and then leftover pieces for pee pads - or you can use the leftovers to Frankenstein another liner together. I didnt bother sewing them to my fleece (I just cut my fleece oversized and fold it around so it fits the cage) so this make it easier on my washing machine.

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