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#781346 - 05/19/09 05:44 PM Question for those who make cubes
partyofsix
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What do you use to reinforce the bottom and sides?

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#781522 - 05/20/09 05:15 AM Re: Question for those who make cubes [Re: ]
sugarglidersuz Offline
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Julie,
I don't make cubes myself, but I know a few people that do... Most don't use anything at all to reinforce the sides and bottom. Some use needlepoint canvas (although it will break down over time).
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#781530 - 05/20/09 05:57 AM Re: Question for those who make cubes [Re: sugarglidersuz]
Amanda1981
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I used the canvas on my last one, and personally, I think it looks crazy. roflmao I only supported the bottom. I think you have to do the top too!

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#781685 - 05/20/09 02:06 PM Re: Question for those who make cubes [Re: ]
partyofsix
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Thanks for your suggestions guys. I think I have some of that. I used it to make a bridge and it broke down after one washing. lol

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#781730 - 05/20/09 03:49 PM Re: Question for those who make cubes [Re: ]
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I use the really thin plastic cutting boards as support for some of my bedding pieces. It holds up to glider's chewing teeth(if you'd got a digger) as well as the heat of the dryer(since they're made to be dishwasher safe). wink
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#783714 - 05/24/09 10:47 PM Re: Question for those who make cubes [Re: Guerita135]
NavyChiefWife
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There is some stuff at joann fabric you can use. I can't remember what it's called right this second. But you can also use it when making the tunnels to help hold it open like a tube. Maybe I'll rember what it's called soon. My brain isn't working too well tonight.

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#783744 - 05/24/09 11:30 PM Re: Question for those who make cubes [Re: ]
Amanda1981
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Originally Posted By: NavyChiefWife
There is some stuff at joann fabric you can use. I can't remember what it's called right this second. But you can also use it when making the tunnels to help hold it open like a tube. Maybe I'll rember what it's called soon. My brain isn't working too well tonight.
interfacing?

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#783745 - 05/24/09 11:31 PM Re: Question for those who make cubes [Re: ]
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Has anyone tried using the iron-on interface (the super stiff stuff) when they make cubes? In my mind, it would provide the reinforcement like plastic canvas...but wouldn't break like p.c. would when you threw it in the dryer.

I've tossed the idea around in my head about trying it...but never seem to remember to GET ANY when I'm in the fabric stores. Go figure tounge
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#783770 - 05/25/09 12:03 AM Re: Question for those who make cubes [Re: minkasmom]
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I don't think you could use the iron-on fusible interfacing; fleece burns really easily with an iron. (Can you tell voice of experience here? LOL!) Cotton would probably be fine though.

I have used a square of landware cloth in the bottom of some cubes. The only downfall, is that when you wash it the square moves around and you have to work it back into place inthe bottom. My gliders don't seem to prefer one way or another.
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#783771 - 05/25/09 12:04 AM Re: Question for those who make cubes [Re: minkasmom]
BelladonnasMom
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You can't use the iron on interfacing as you have to IRON the project to "set" the interfacing and fleece melts when you try to iron it! LOL I tried that one already. DARNIT!

Plastic canvas crumbles afer a few washes, though it will last longer if you hand wash... I have some items made with the hard plastic cheap cutting board stuff, but I haven't tried to wash any yet. Nicole, have you run yours through the washer and dryer yet???

I was also thinking landware... but can you dry it in the dryer? It can be re-shaped after washing... but I haven't seen what happens to it in the dryer yet. Though I dry all my glider stuff on low anyway.

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#783774 - 05/25/09 12:24 AM Re: Question for those who make cubes [Re: ]
minkasmom Offline
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Okay, I'll trash the idea of using iron-on interfacing...2 noses having to smell melting fleece is enough to convince ME. roflmao I have visions that 2 irons got tossed into the trashcan as well, it was probably easier to do THAT than to try & scrape off the melted yuck that WAS fleece.

I can see that landware cloth would be a HUMONGOUS pain to readjust between 2 layers of fleece.

But the gears have shifted on the idea of using the interfacing on COTTON. Helen, I think you might have given me an idea! idea Thank you!
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#783779 - 05/25/09 12:53 AM Re: Question for those who make cubes [Re: minkasmom]
TheGliderPlayroom Offline
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Actually, the landware isn't hard to move around at all. I cut it a little smaller than the size I knew the finished cube would be, and I trimmed the edges smooth and nipped the tips off the corners. If it's really being a pain to get back in place, I just pull the inner layer outside, and the plastic drops right into the bottom, then stuff the inside back in.
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#783851 - 05/25/09 08:33 AM Re: Question for those who make cubes [Re: TheGliderPlayroom]
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I've made only one cube, and wasn't real thrilled with how it turned out, but could you sew two opposite sides of the landware cloth to the bottom panel, then turn that panel inside out so the two seams are inside? That would anchor it.

None of my fleece goes in the dryer - I just hang it outside or in the basement and it air dries pretty quickly.
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#786188 - 05/29/09 10:08 PM Re: Question for those who make cubes [Re: nancy1202]
SilentAJ
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I haven't made much in the way of glider toys yet, but my mom and I have been making clothes for all sorts of purposes (think from ren faire to doll clothing/accessories) so we've done hit or miss experiments with fabrics and texture before. So, correct me if this isn't glider-friendly, but...anyway.
Could you not use jersey knit for the outside of the cube, and iron the interfacing to that, then sew it to a fleece inner cube?

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#786202 - 05/29/09 10:25 PM Re: Question for those who make cubes [Re: ]
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Where do you find the cheap plastic cutting boards?
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#786224 - 05/29/09 11:07 PM Re: Question for those who make cubes [Re: MelindaKay]
sheila82
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Melinda, the dollar tree has cheap cutting boards. To everyone else.. The cube is normally sewn together, or tied together without reinforcement. Check Suz's site, and it will give you detailed instructions on how to make it. If you want to re-inforce it, the best way is to sew hardware cloth together for the top and sides. The bottom should be left without it, it will be kind of baggy, but they often choose to sleep in the cube and the bottom should be soft. Just sew the hardware cloth together, and then sew the fleece around it. A lot of sewing yes, but it works.. Just be sure to cut the edges off the hardware cloth.

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#786234 - 05/29/09 11:29 PM Re: Question for those who make cubes [Re: ]
Guerita135 Offline
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Walmart has them near the regular cutting boards. I think that they cost $1.97 for a pack of 3, but can't remembre exactly...
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#786250 - 05/30/09 12:26 AM Re: Question for those who make cubes [Re: Guerita135]
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I haven't made cubes, but if I want to reinforce something, I put some petscreen in the middle of the layers. LoL
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#786252 - 05/30/09 12:28 AM Re: Question for those who make cubes [Re: chattrbabe]
Guerita135 Offline
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I've heard that petscreen with degrade after a while. Personally, I've never had problems with it, but that's what I've heard...
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#786267 - 05/30/09 01:58 AM Re: Question for those who make cubes [Re: Guerita135]
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LoL. My fleece stuff never goes in the dryer on hot, so I don't see why it would unless so, but it's a suggestion lol. grin
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#787159 - 06/01/09 12:59 AM Re: Question for those who make cubes [Re: chattrbabe]
sandbat Offline
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What are cubes? Does anyone have pics?

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#787163 - 06/01/09 01:20 AM Re: Question for those who make cubes [Re: sandbat]
Guerita135 Offline
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Here's a cube my hubby made:

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#787164 - 06/01/09 01:27 AM Re: Question for those who make cubes [Re: Guerita135]
sandbat Offline
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Oh, so it's like the no-sew cube only...sewn. XD I get it now.

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#787165 - 06/01/09 01:40 AM Re: Question for those who make cubes [Re: sandbat]
Guerita135 Offline
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Yup, lol.
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