Try these super storage solutions

By Drum Digital
02 July 2014

Curb the chaos of your child’s growing pile of toys with these two fantastic DIY storage ideas.

Drawstring toy bag

This bag is ideal for holding toys with teeny parts. It opens flat on the floor, and you simply pull the drawstring to close it.

You’ll need:

  • Pencil
  • String
  • Nail
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Sewing machine
  • Pins
  • Safety pin
  • Material:

    • About 3 m Petersham ribbon (5 cm width), depending on bag size (R14/m) R42
    • 1 m fabric of your choice (choose strong fabric) R25
    • 1 cord lock toggle R0,50
    • 3 m paracord (R3/m) R9
    • Total cost R76,50 (All Fabric City)

Do this:

1. Use the string, pencil and nail to make a compass. Draw a circle on the fabric.

2. Cut out the circle. Mark it 1 cm all the way round from the edge, on both sides.

3. Hem one end of the ribbon. Fold it over the edge of the fabric to align with the marks (step 2).

4. Sew the ribbon in place. Then trim it and sew another hem on the other side of it.

5. Use a safety pin to thread the paracord through the casing.

6. Thread the ends of the cord through the toggle. Knot the ends of the cord.

Net hold all

You can fix this holdall to the side of a wardrobe or at the end of a wooden frame bed. It’s great for a quick tidy up, and kids can see where the stuff is.

You’ll need:

  • Scissors
  • Screwdriver
  • Lighter
  • Materials

    • Piece of cricket netting R15, Alnet
    • 2 m elastic cord (R2,5/m) R5, Fabric City
    • 4 x screws (4 x 25 mm for R5)
    • Total cost R25

Do this:

1. Cut the net into a 45 cm x 45 cm square.

2. Weave the elastic cord through the outer edge of the net.

3. Make a knot with the two ends of the cord once you’ve woven it through.

4. Trim the outer knots and singe the ends using a lighter.

5. Draw a square (45 x 45 cm) and fit a screw in each corner. Stretch the net over the screws.

- Shelly Bergh

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