How to Make Hanging Toy Storage

Written by anne baley
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Anyone with small children knows that stuffed animals seem to multiply by the day. Keeping your kids' rooms clean and picked up is a chore, and getting them to help sometimes even more so. A soft and colourful stuffed animal hammock may be the way to get kids to keep stuffed animals off the floor and put away where they belong. Knowledge of basic crochet stitches--chaining and double crochet--is necessary, but with those beginner's skills you can make this hammock in an afternoon.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Worsted weight yarn
  • Size 1 crochet hook, or hook that is comfortable
  • Scissors
  • Suction cup hooks

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Measure the space where your hammock is going to hang. It can be in a corner of the room, in a window space, or in the roof of a lower bunk bed. Decide on the size of the area that you want to fill with the hammock, and add 6 inches in each direction. This will be the finished size of your hammock.

  2. 2

    Make a loop in the yarn and begin to chain. Chain until you have reached the measurement previously decided for the width measurement of your hammock. At the end of the chain, turn, skip two chains and double crochet in the next chain. Chain one, then double crochet in the next chain. Continue on in this manner until you reach the end of the chain.

  3. 3

    Chain two, then double crochet in the top of the first chain from the previous row. Chain one, then double crochet in the top of the double crochet from the row below. Chain one, double crochet in the top of the next double crochet in the previous row. Continue on in this manner until you reach the end of the row. Chain two, turn, and repeat all the previous directions until the piece measures the length you have decided upon for your finished hammock.

  4. 4

    Fasten the end and tie off at the end of the last row. Weave the loose end in. Tie a loop in a separate piece of yarn and chain until you reach 12 inches in length. Fasten off and cut this yarn. Repeat this three more times. Use the loose yarn ends of these four chains to tie them to the four corners of the hammock. Tie the two chains at one end together to make a loop for hanging, repeat at the other end of the hammock. Attach suction cup hooks to the walls where you want the hammock to hang. Hang the hammock and fill with stuffed animals.

Tips and warnings

  • Crochet a smaller version of this hammock in cotton string, to make a good draining hanger for tub toys.
  • This hammock is not strong enough for children to sit or play in. Hang the hammock high enough so small children will not climb into it.

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