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Baby toy basket: Ikea Fyllen laundry basket turned toy basket

Check how I turned this laundry basket into the perfect Circus theme baby toy basket by adding an appliqué of a circus seal. This will be the perfect basket to store little peanut's stuffed animals.

baby toy basket tutorial

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 of $7.00 (we got it for $5.00 because it was in the sale rack), but there was something missing!!

tutorial for baby toy basket

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 an old gray 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 a perfect balance.

baby toy basket tutorial

The process

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.

placing the applique in the basket
sewing the applique

I used embroidery floss for all the rest of the colors and since the basket collapses it was easy enough to sew even in the bottom part. I did spend pretty much a whole day making it because I'm not very fast when it comes to hand sewing, my Mom said that it took forever, but I think it was worth it =]

adding an applique to basket

I made it with a smiling face and even tho my plan was to make a little pink tong, once I got to this I liked it enough to quit =]

I was planning on making a toy container with a circus animal even before I thought about the Ikea laundry basket alternative, so overall I'm pretty happy with the way it turned out.

details of applique
circus seal toy storage

Here you go, a toy container for only $5.00 and lots of hand-sewing =]

Ken thinks that we are going to be carrying this with our baby's toys up and down the stairs a lot, because the rooms are on the lower floor and our living room upstairs, so the fact that has long handles and Velcro on the top makes it that much easy!

baby toy storage
baby toy basket

To help you make one for yourself, I put together a template that you can download and print, to access the file, just push on the button below.

Please remember that in order to see that file you will need to have Abobe Reader installed on your PC or MAC. Without the program, you will not be able to download or preview the file. If you have trouble please visit this link, because each browser works differently.

I hope you all have a lovely day!

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Sunday 21st of October 2012

I love this! eres tan creativa! me encantaria tratar algo parecido pero lamentablemente no tengo un Ikea cerca, intentare buscar un canasto parecido, gracias por compartir


Monday 15th of October 2012

U are very creative ur blog


Wednesday 10th of October 2012

you're awesome! how cute! :) so adorable! if i ever have a kid, i'm so going to do the same :) applique-ing store bought stuff is so clever! :)


Wednesday 10th of October 2012

This is Fantastic! You are so creative! When I have a little one, I was thinking of the circus theme before you debuted your amazing elephant lamp (great minds think alike). =D Anyway, I have been religiously looking at all of your nursery related projects to help give me ideas for down the road. I would love for you to put a pattern of the seal up! Such a cute project!


Friday 7th of December 2012

Hi Nichole, the template is up now =] hope you enjoy it!


Wednesday 10th of October 2012

I love this idea! How creative!