Making a toy box

1. WBC are a company who specialise in Gift and Hamper packaging. They have an amazing selection over at wbc.co.uk

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2.They sent me two hampers. The larger of the two I decided to transform into a toy box. I was trying to think of something out of the ordinary because they are often used for food or toiletries.

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3. I had some gorgeous fabric by Zoffany already in my stash. It features vintage style alphabet pictures and is called ‘Battledoor’. I chose trimming that I felt would blend and lift the colours in the fabric.

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4. First step was to cover the leather look straps with grosgrain deep red ribbon, carefully avoiding the Velcro closings. I then topped it with yellow ric rac securing a bell at one end.

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5.As I stuck the ric rac on I left enough room for the bell to hang freely ,so it would tinkle each time the toy box would open. The yellow bells I had were huge ones but you would of course have to make sure the child was a suitable age. An alternative would be a pompom.

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6.I sewed a bag to go into the box and line it. It fitted loosely and I glued it at the top just below the brown edge of the hamper. I put a little pouch of the fabric, featuring Punch ,the jester, to brighten things up and give a clue to what might be inside. Punch also features bells which links to the fastenings on the box.

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Here’s the toy box in all it’s glory! Full of lovely colourful toys. It has huge appeal, even for adults, as it’s practical, fun and tasteful!

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