|Bambino explores the Organizer and Play Center|
a hanging toiletries organizer: I bought mine at Target and chose one with lots of pockets (partly to stash stuff in and partly for Bambino to play with)
|Toiletries organizer as purchased|
4 yards of grosgrain ribbon in various colors
2 yards of trims
1 package of 1" (or wider) elastic
1 package of Goody Ouchless Elastics
A sewing machine and thread or a glue gun
Time Required: one good nap (by the baby, not you, sadly)
This project took me about 90 minutes.
Cost: about $30
Most of what I did, you could do with a glue gun. It wouldn't be as permanent, but it would work. So, those of you who don't sew, don't despair.
|Zipper pulls replaced|
2. Make 2 strips of ribbon with loops. Here's where you can use the Goody elastics, the trims, and some of that fun ribbon. The measurements will depend on the size of the organizer you use, and there are lots of different ways to make them. But those loops are great for hanging toys and other necessities from, and they are also just fun to play with for little hands. I made several versions of these strips...
Once made, I sewed these into the folds of the organizer.
|One ribbon strip example: a piece of large rick-rack with loops of ribbon sewn to it. I just pinned it all together and then sewed straight down the rick-rack to hold it all together.|
|Another ribbon strip: this one had two ribbon loops -- each with one Goody hair band on it. For this one I sewed the loops of ribbon together first. Then I sewed them to the ribbon strip. And I added some ball fringe for fun...|
|Here it is from the front with the ball fringe.|
|Here's a ribbon strip in place. I made this one by folding a long piece of ribbon into waves and stitching at each fold to create a strip of loops. You see how toys and other items can hang easily from them.|
|I hemmed the ribbons and them sewed them to the top of the organizer.|
Cut 2 pieces of ribbon -- 1 yard each in length.
Hem each end of the ribbon to prevent fraying.
Fold each ribbon in half.
Sew one to each of the top corners of the organizer.
When you are on the plane, tie these ribbons to the tray table in front of you or the child -- the organizer will hang easily and can't be pulled off or dropped.
|Here it is held together by the elastic garter.|
Cut a 24" piece of elastic.
Sew the ends together.
5. Load it up! I filled mine with toys and books, snacks, diapers, hand sanitizer, pacifiers, and wipes -- everything that you may need to keep from having to dive back into the diaper bag over and over again.
|Here it is ready to go!|
A few notes:
I needed this to be a fast project, so I cut a few corners, but the end product didn't suffer. I chose one thread color -- in my case turquoise. When the thread was going to be obvious, I used the fancy stitches (that I never use!) on my machine. And the end result is pretty cute.
I hemmed the ribbon anywhere I could to keep it from fraying. That's one place where you could save some time. You could use an anti-fraying product, a glue gun, or even pinking shears instead.
Enjoy! And if you make one, I'd love to see a photo!