Harvey joined our family after I found him fighting for his life in a lake. I have grown quite attached to this little guy and love having a bird as a pet. He sings us beautiful songs throughout the day and the kids and cats love to watch him. What I do not love about having a bird is the mess he creates around his cage from all the seed flinging that goes on in there. That is no longer a problem thanks to the seed catcher I made for his cage, goodbye messy seeds!
This project cost me $0 since I already had everything on hand, yippee! If you have a messy bird and want to make one too, all you need is fabric, matching thread and elastic. I used about 2 yards of fabric but the amount you use depends on the size of your bird cage.
The first thing I did was measure around the cage with my tape measure. It was about 70 inches around. Because I wanted it to fit snug and not slide down, I then cut my elastic about 3 inches shorter then the distance around the cage. I used 2 pieces of elastic to hold it in place, one on top and one on the bottom, so I cut 2 pieces of the elastic about 67 inches long.
I used some bright farm fabric given to me from my grandma and cut one long piece. I wanted it to easily slip over the top of the cage and cover the bottom half, so I measured it to be about 6 inches longer then the distance around the cage. I then measured the distance from the bottom of the cage to the middle, then added 4 inches for seam allowance because I would be adding elastic. So I was left with a piece of material that was 76 inches long and 16 inches high.
I then folded the fabric over on top and bottom (the long ends) forming a fold that was about a fourth inch wider than the width of the elastic I used and sewed a straight stitch along the bottom of the fold. This will be the casing for your elastic.
Then I slid my elastic through the casing, bunching it along the way and secured it at each end with a pin.