Do You Hem Your Fleece?

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Finally I am switching our piggies over to fleece, after thinking about it for ages! Anyway, I've ordered several metres of fleece fabric (as opposed to blankets), but I'm not quite sure whether I need to bother hemming it, or whether I can just cut it and leave it! I've read that fleece doesn't fray, so presumably you wouldn't need to hem, but what have other folks done? I'm all for avoiding unnecessary work if I can!
 

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no fleece does not fray so you do not need to hem it. I have cut mine successfully with no problems at all. However if you are using towels as a base layer and you cut them you will need to hem them as they fray round the edges.
 

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If you are simply using fleece to go over the top of something else then no you don't need to hem it, but if you don't mind sewing then I find the easiest way of using fleece is to have a top fleece layer, a bottom layer of either fleece or water proof material and a middle layer of 6oz polyester wadding/batting sewn into the middle. :)

It stays in place really well and it's very quick to dry after washing, and you don't have to worry about keeping it in place on top of towels or what ever it is you use underneath :)
 

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If you are simply using fleece to go over the top of something else then no you don't need to hem it, but if you don't mind sewing then I find the easiest way of using fleece is to have a top fleece layer, a bottom layer of either fleece or water proof material and a middle layer of 6oz polyester wadding/batting sewn into the middle. :)

It stays in place really well and it's very quick to dry after washing, and you don't have to worry about keeping it in place on top of towels or what ever it is you use underneath :)
For the time being I think I am just going to be putting fleece over the top of old towels, but that definitely sounds worth thinking about for the future. Thanks!
 

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You could use pinking shears / scissors to cut your towels, that should help with any fraying .
 

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I hem mine but that only because firstly i like it to look pretty and because i add batting it helps to keep it in place. If i was using fleece to just cover I wouldnt hem.
 

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Right, no hemming it is, hurrah! Although I might find myself making cage liners in the future. Actually, the guinea pigs made some rather strong hints to my mum regarding liners, but funnily enough she didn't seem keen.... Think she's had enough with lining curtains for me!

Hope the squeakers are going to like their fleece when it arrives. Reckon they should do, they certainly enjoy their cuddle beds and snuggle sacks!

I've thought long and hard before deciding to change to fleece, but I've had enough of using Fitch now, good bedding that it is. It just seems to end up all over the house, even worse than the hay, and I do find it generates quite a lot of fluffy white dust. Also, when we moved recently, although the house is larger, there isn't anywhere to store multiple enormous bales of bedding. (The previous house had a really big utility room). However, the guineas now have their own bedroom, lucky little things! We've got to redecorate it soon. I've just seen a William Morris pattern wallpaper called Brer Rabbit, and really wished there was one called Brer Guinea Pig !
 

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Photos needed! :D
Haha, yes, I should post some pictures of their bedroom, but not at the moment, as it is all bare, patchy plaster and horrible old blue carpet! They've already got a new window though, that replaced the draughty old single glazed one, and they've got new doors on their cupboard. Don't know how long it'll take us to get round to the decorating, am wondering at the moment whether we need to get the walls and ceiling skimmed over by a plasterer first. The squeakers are enjoying a period of exile in the spare room while all this is going on!
 
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