|Front of finished hay rack (with a few strands of hay)|
Start with the following pieces of fleece:
- one 5 x 11" strip
- four 1.5 x 10" strips
Stitch each of the thin strips to the large strip, close to the edge of the thin strip (see bottom photo). Start at the top of the hay rack (the edge where all of the pieces line up evenly), stitch down the side of the thin strip, then turn and stitch along the bottom to the opposite edge, and then back up to the top. Repeat for the remaining three strips. The stitching will look like a big "U" on each of the thin strips. This is the back of the hay rack.
Fold the strip ends that were left hanging over the wrong side of the large piece of fleece. Match the edges to the top of the hay rack. Pin in place. Stitch along the top edge, across all four strips, about 1/4" from the top edge.
|Hay rack back (to show all of the stitching)|
I've really liked this hay rack. It has passed the guinea pigs' inspection as well. Threading the hay through it takes a bit of practice, but once I got the hang of it, it's easy to fill. Pinniped and Cannoli seem to pull the hay out easy enough, yet I haven't had them dump all of the contents of the rack, like they have with other hay racks.