How to Sew Snuggle Huts for Birds

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Snuggle huts are made from comfortable fabrics such as terrycloth, minky or fleece. They resemble a tent and are stabilized to hold your bird's weight. Birds, particularly parrots, love them. A snuggle hut provides security for your bird by acting as a hideout from the outside world. When a bird enters a snuggle hut, it is typically because it wants some alone time. A snuggle hut can be made at home with minimal supplies.

Things You'll Need

  • Two 1/2-yard pieces of fabric for small to medium-sized birds
  • Two 2-yard pieces of fabric for large birds
  • 1/2 yard canvas
  • Scissors
  • Measuring tape
  • Sewing machine
  • Two 6-inch pieces of 1/2-inch wide ribbon
  • Two stainless steel bird toy clamps
  • Using a measuring tape to guide yourself, cut the two fabric pieces into six equal rectangular pieces. Cut the canvas into three equal rectangular pieces. You should use as much of the fabric as you can so that the end result is large enough for your bird.

  • Sandwich the canvas between two pieces of fabric so that you have three individual three-layer pieces of fabric. The right sides of the fabric pieces should be facing out with the canvas between them. Make sure no canvas peeks through and that all three layers are straight. Pin in place using straight pins

  • Set up your sewing machine for a tacking or basting stitch. Sew around the edges of each three-layer piece starting 1/4 inch away from the raw edge. Pull the pins out of the fabric as you sew. You should still have have three three-layer pieces of fabric.

  • Stack two of the pieces together. Sew the left sides together using a straight stitch, starting 1/4 inch away from the raw edge. Pull up the top fabric layer and then line up the final fabric piece's left side edge with the bottom fabric piece's unattached edge. Sew the sides together using a straight stitch starting 1/4 inch from the raw edge.

  • Pull up the two loose edges of the fabric. Line the edges up so you have a shape that resembles a triangle. Fold each piece of ribbon in half to make a loop. Tuck each folded ribbon between the fabric pieces that form the top of the triangle about 2 inches from each edge. The loops should extend to the outside of the hut because you will attach clamps to the loops to hang inside your bird's cage. Pin the ribbons in place with straight pins, and sew a straight stitch 1/4 inch away from the raw edge all the way across the top of the tent and through the ribbon ends. Pull the straight pins out as you sew. Attach the stainless steel bird toy clamps to each of the loops.

Tips & Warnings

  • Use a fabric that you can wash easily.
  • Use only natural untreated rope.
  • Do not use synthetic rope as the chemicals used in the rope can kill your bird.
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