...would you rather live in this overcrowded, broken blue basket that frustrates Mummy because things fall out and it looks so untidy...
...or in this fancy fabric covered box that fits everything and looks so neat?
(I don't think poor little piglet understood the question!)
Because the kids are quickly accumulating a collection of little toys, the tin and basket they were thrown into were no longer doing the job. And while I love finding hippos under the couch, pigs in the kitchen drawers, people in my handbag and monkies in the ducts, when it's time to pack up, I wanted them to have a place to call their home that also made things look tidy (I live in hope!).
I loved the look and feel of the barns I made the kids for their birthday, so some thinking, planning, drawing, angsting, testing, fiddling and sewing produced these fabric covered boxes.
I used 3mm plywood, covered with a heavy denim and a cotton lining. The border around the top has a layer of pellon so it is soft to touch and will be a little more forgiving than uncovered plywood if accidently fallen on!
When deciding on the size, I made them to fit neatly into the shelves in the kids' room,
(look how neat they look.... sadly, this makes me happy!)
but they are also easy to grab to go out on the verandah for some serious playing!