Making a toy box

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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