I am a storage fiend. If I was boss of the world good storage would be required. For everything.
It is one of the things I like most about Japan, they really get the storage thing. I like the aesthetics and economy of organisation, I also like the functionality of knowing where things are (or at least where they will be when I clean up).
Just love it.
When I was a young single lass living in a series of shared houses, storage was a passion fueled in no small part by my penchant for living in too small spaces and frequent relocating. Moving is a whole lot easier when everything you own is already in a box.
I am particularly fond of wooden boxes and at one point I slept on a bed constructed of enormous ply wood boxes of various sizes and styles that I built as a tribute to the ultimate mobile life. Pretty much everything I owned fitted in there somewhere and at night I felt a bit like I was at sea on a boat. The box boat.
Life doesn't present me with quite so many opportunities for either organisation or metaphoric decor make overs these days, though I am looking forward to getting my hands on my crafting space when the house extension gives us some new room to move. A temple to organisation I tell you.
For now I have to make do with making the kind of bits and pieces storage that helps to keep the things together that tend to get lost. I hate how Amy has all these toys that go together but somehow end up as just a big pile of junk. You can never find enough of any one thing to really have a good play with it. Similarly I hate how I have all these things that somehow get into her big pile of junk.
I have this fantasy that if things come in nice neat packages somehow they will find their way back to where they belong.
So today's offering are a play mat cum storage bag for Amy's farmyard animals. (Scroll down for tips on how to make one). I used the lovely farmyard fabric from Amitie, and the remnants from my knitting bag project. I love the way the bias loops and plaited cotton look a bit fence like around the edge.
Also recently finished is a little felt storage box for my much used stamp alphabet and numerals. I live in fear of losing one but now I can breathe a little easier. Made with the scraps from the felt I made for the play mat which turned into a toy box. For those that asked - the stamps came from Lincraft yonks ago, but they are made by one of the big scrapbooking companies so I am sure you could get them from scrapbooking stores.
And absolutely not storage related, but this month's Whiplash theme has got me all enthused over a UFO I started a while back. Remember the crochet flowers? Well now I have a deadline, stay tuned as the UFO becomes a FO.
How to make a playmat carry bag combo
For little people on the move and struggling to keep their toys in order. I made mine with a farmyard theme, taking advantage of an appropriately printed piece of fabric and a motley collection of wooden, knitted and sewn felt farm animals. But using your imagination you could use the same idea of themes such as under the sea theme, a dolls house, a garden, roads and cars... the sky is the limit!
* Two circles of fabric of equal size. I used about 60cm diameter, but any size would work, just make sure you don't use heavy weight fabric if making a small bag
* About 60cm of cotton tape or bias binding sewn closed and cut into 12 equal lengths
* Enough heavy weight cotton string, plaited yarn or knitted i-chord to circle your fabric twice
1. Place the two circles right side together.
2. Position and pin the tape loops sandwiched between the fabric circles. At each twelfth marking around the circle (think clock face) place one piece of the cotton tape folded in half with cut sides facing out and fold facing in.
3. Sew the two circles together around the edge leaving a small opening for turning.
4. Turn the pieces inside out, press flat and top stitch as closely to the edge as possible, being careful to catch both edges in the section left open.
5. Thread two lengths of string through each of the tape loops, knot them closed on opposite sides of the circle to form drawstrings.