DIY: drawstring sacks for toy storage

I ♥ Pinterest.
There are plenty of fantastic tutorials on there that I likely wouldn’t have otherwise stumbled upon.

Last fall I saw this tutorial on Pinterest last fall by Toni Coward (of Make it Perfect) and knew it had to go as a priority on my never ending DIY to-do list.*
*and my to-do list isn’t getting any shorter thanks to Pinterest!

One of the trickiest things to deal with as a parent in a wheelchair is toys all over the floor (since they are out of my reach, making it hard to roll around the house) so these sacks looked perfect for containing “messes” such as blocks, play food, or other little sets of toys.
I already had scraps of clear vinyl left from Sophie’s Poppitoppy Halloween Costume so as soon as Birch Fabric’s Circa 52 came out, I used Toni’s tutorial and cut out a few to make for Sophie! It took me about 3 hours total to make all 4 sacks- from cutting to sewing. :)
Sophie can see what’s inside the sacks by looking in the windows so we can pick what to play with, and then when she’s done I can encourage clean-up before we take out more:


A few alternative ideas to Toni’s Tutorial:
Instead of having the drawstring at the sides, I decided to do them in the front center, as well as to add a “loop-hook” in the back (between the layers) so I can hang them on hooks if we choose!
I experimented with ribbon as draw strings and LOVED how it looked, but decided for now, that drawstring cord would likely be best with cord stops – just so we don’t start dumping ALL the contents all over the house! We can switch it to ribbon later when we are better able to clean up toys. :)

I used Kona Solids for the lining & cord casings, but I think bias tape (ironed flat for casing, and sewn shut for a drawstring) would also work well! I might experiment in the future with alternatives. Because I’m sure we’ll end up needing more bags as we expand our toy interests to Lalaloopsy,  Lego’s or Playmobil!

“Peek-A-Boo” Toy Sack Tutorial