I love my grandchildren and they love toys. Lots of toys with increasingly smaller pieces which are not fun for me to step on nor babies to put in their mouths. I also love a clean condo, particularly in the office where we store the toys the 4 days a week our sweethearts are not here. I discovered I could organize all the toys with DIY bags. Let me show you my latest one and then a view of the organized toys, deal?
You may recognize this picture as I had it in my post about my goals for 2016. I had two pieces of Barbie fabric and right after we opened the box, I was motivated to organize the Barbies. Highly motivated.
.5 yards of fabric A
2 yards of fabric B
.5 yard of Warm and Natural batting
thread to match
Fold Fabric A right sides together and press.
Put your zipper foot on machine.
Check that direction will work out and stitch along fold side.
Cut Fabric A second piece as wide as the first piece.
Sew the zipper into the folded edge of second piece.
Place front of bag on top of 2 pieces of Fabric B and the batting
Make sure the bottom pieces are both going the same way for directional fabrics.
Clip extra fabric and batting
The Barbies are very excited.
Look, they barely take up half the bag!
When I first starting storing toys for Zara I used a basket and plastic bins. The plastic boxes are harder for her to carry and open. Plus, they aren't very malleable in the toy basket.
When I can, I make bags using fabrics which give a hint as to what is inside. Zara came back and knew immediately what was in the bag.And her mother, my daughter, loved the fabric and begged for an apron. One project off my 2016 list and another on it.
Zara has two tea sets in the bags with tea cups or pots on them. Her Mr. Potato Head and accouterments are in another bag and she just recognizes it.
My daughter probably has 10 toy bags at her house. Zara can carry one to another location, play and then pack it all up. Perfect organization that everyone likes.
Maybe I need bags for everything in my life?
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Liked the bag but need another look at the steps? I actually have not just one but two posts when I made bags. Check them both out, the second one is a 17 picture photo gallery, you will see every single step.