fabric toy bucket

Hi friends,

Sorry I have been so absent lately! My move has gone remarkably smoothly so far, and my little babe travels like a dream. Thanks so much for all your well wishes! Southern California is a very lovely place, and while I am missing New York City something dreadful, I am sure I will grow to love it here too.

All of my crafty belongings are in a truck somewhere in the country, so I am on a brief crafting-hiatus. In the meantime, I am baking and reading excellent books (maybe I should share some recipes and recommendations?). In anticipation of this, I saved up a few projects from recent months to share now (yep, I've been holding out on you).

First up, a new version of the fabric bucket:

I jumbo-sized the fabric bucket tutorial from RicRac (this thing has endless variations). The bottom is 12 inches in diameter and the side piece is 18 inches tall, 42 inches wide.

I recycled some of my husbands old jeans for the fabric and added pockets on the outside for extra storage. The inside is lined with soft flannel.

I love it because it holds all of Oscar's toys, and Oscar loves it because he can dump it, sit on it, roll on it ... and I don't pull him away like with the old wicker toy basket.

Exciting stuff to come soon!

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31 comments:

MaryAnne said...

this is very cute!

Lighting said...

That is such a great idea. Very ingenious.

Brittany Ann said...

Glad that the move is going so well. And I love the new layout. I'll have to try the toy basket, it's darling and my kids would have a harder time ruining it than the plastic ones. Thanks for the idea!

Rebekah said...

I love Oscar's little orange nose. ;) He's grown so much! Love the bucket, too.

Kristin said...

So cute!

The Mecham Family said...

Oh my Oscar is quite the little heartbreaker! THe toy bucket is great! I've been saving lots of old jeans, now I have something useful to use them for!

Nicole said...

Glad to hear you've made it safely. The West Coast is quite wonderful!

emedoodle said...

That's adorable! Oh, and my daughter has that ribbiting frog that's in the picture. She loves it, but it's rather embarrasing when it's in the diaper bag and starts ribbiting in stores and whatnot. :)

Kristen said...

so you're here in the southland now? and the weather is being all gray and depressing right now! cute basket -

Shonee and Aaron said...

well welcome, I am also a fellow southern california transplant. The weather is great. You will like it here. Check out M and L fabric.

My Precious Peanut Designs said...

What a cool idea!

the monkey's mama said...

I can honestly say that i have never seen a cuter boy. And your ideas, as always, are so brilliant! thanks for sharing them!

Liz said...

Glad the move went well. This is a bit of a random comment, but I was having a crafting weekend last week with a friend who also follows your blog (& loved Bee-Boppin') and we were both sad for Meg that you were leaving NYC! So whilst we're wishing you luck with all things Californian, we're thinking of Meg miles away from her BFF!
Could Oscar be any cuter? x

Jodie said...

Jill, That is an awesome use of the bucket idea - I love it. I haven't ever made one that big-fantastic idea to have the outside pockets as well - he looks pretty pleased with it!

Laura said...

I love finding another use for old jeans. I will have to try this when i have my own kiddos. Or use the bucket for something else.

bopeep said...

What a cute little guy.
I love the bucket too.
Prayers, Bo

Reluctant Housewife said...

Oh my! Look at the beautiful eyes on that baby. What a doll.

Completely distracted by all the cute.

Rose said...

That is very cute, and how cute is Oscar getting?! Look at those eyes, how precious :)

Missy G said...

Great idea! I love the outside pockets...and I'm all for some book recommendations. At our last book club, no one had any ideas for the summer months, so it's on a short hiatus. Good luck with the move!

Suzy D. said...

good to see you back. glad your trip went well.
good idea on the bucket. I love to recycle things

Anonymous said...

Cute bucket, even cuter baby!
Oscar has been eating lots of carrots or sweet potatoes, hasn't he?

katie said...

Welcome to SoCal! I was born and raised here and love it. The traffic and smog will grow on you, I promise. :)

blairie said...

I wound up here after googling "diy babylegs" and I am so glad I did. I love all of the beautiful, crafty things you've made. I am so ready to drag my sewing machine out of the closet and set it up! This project is a great use for all those jeans my husband bought but didn't fit and never returned and have sat around gathering dust or being used as cat beds!

Welcome to Southern California! The weather isn't usually this.. odd.

Jenny Davis said...

This is a good one, thanks! I think my little guy will like it as well :) By the way (and I'm sure you here this all the time), your Oscar has got to be one of THE cutest/most striking babies I've ever seen!! I'm sure he's a hit when you two are out and about!! Thanks again for the great craft idea!!

Life with Kaishon said...

Oh my gosh! I love this Jill! And how stinking cute is the baby? SO adorable!

paperseed said...

What a wonderful way to recycle an old pair of jeans. Awesome!

Tammy said...

this is definately worth making! Anything to organize!

Anonymous said...

He is so adorable!

Iveta Ramallo said...

Wow.. this is fantastic use of the fabric bucket idea I love it. I’ve been wanting to make a fabric toy bucket and this one is adorable! This is a perfect use for a fabric bucket. Adorable baby and the fabric bucket is to cute. I especially like the felt toys. That is an awesome idea. Very cute - bucket and baby. Thanks for the great pictures.

petrenkov said...

Rather cool place you've got here. Thank you for it. I like such themes and everything connected to them. I would like to read a bit more soon.

Truly yours
Darek Wish

inday_adin said...

Hey there! Thanks for sharing your idea. I just made one today for my little boy's toys and I love it! :) http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=156217&id=654140698&saved#!/photo.php?pid=3531640&id=654140698