Even though we already have a toy storage bench for the nursery, Ken thought that it would be good to have storage for toys that were bigger than the little cubes we have in our bench (I will show that later) So on our last trip to Ikea we picked up a fyllen laundry basket in red. I liked how simple it was and also the price $7.00 (we got it for $5.00 because it was on sale), but there was something missing!!
I fixed the “something missing” with a very simple felt appliqué in the shape of a circus seal =] Since I only used materials I had around the house, my assorted embroidery colors did not include gray but I found and old grey yarn that matched almost perfectly with my gray felt.
You can see the before and after with the basket containing stuffed animals, I didn’t like how busy it looked without anything on the front, but I didn’t want to cover the whole thing either. SO I think the appliqué made the perfect balance.
To make the appliqué I first drafted the seal on my computer, decided on the size and printed a pattern. cut all the pieces I was going to need in different colors (even tho I only used 2 colors of felt), then I pin them to the basket.