Stuffed toys are natural playthings for children of all ages; babies enjoy studying stuffed animals' smiling faces, toddlers can't accidentally injure themselves with plush blocks and older children find comfort in their old stuffed toys. Because stuffed toys are so versatile, families tend to accumulate many over the years. By the time your little one is heading for school, her play area has probably accumulated enough to populate an entire stuffed animal zoo. To keep the herd from taking over the playroom completely, create a functional and attractive toy hammock to corral the stuffed animal population.
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Things you need
- Measuring tape
- Double sided, stretchy fabric
- Fabric scissors
- Drill with bit
- Three drywall screw hooks
- Fabric glue
Find an empty corner in your child's play area, or rearrange the room somewhat to open up a corner for a DIY toy hammock. Measure 1 metre (40 inches) to 125 cm (50 inches) from the ground in that corner. At this height, your child can easily retrieve and return his toys. Make a mark here on the corner. Extend your measuring tape to 1.2 metres (4 feet) of length. Hold the 1.2 metres (4 feet) of length in front of your marked corner so that each end of the length touches both walls and the corner mark is exactly in the centre. Make marks where each end of the measuring tape touches the walls.
Cut your fabric to 135 cm (4.5 feet) by 60 cm (2 feet). Fit your fabric against the corner you marked with the fabric's longer edge facing you. Fold over the excess side pieces to make a loose triangle shape that fits the corner exactly, and then trim away that extra fabric.
Drill starter holes in the marks you made. Use a drill bit that's just slightly smaller than your hook's screw ends. Screw the hooks into the holes you drilled.
Cut a small hole in each corner of your triangular piece of fabric. Surround each hole with a circle of fabric glue to reinforce it. Allow the glue to dry completely, and then loop each hole through its corresponding hook on the wall.
Heap all your child's stuffed animals into your DIY stuffed toy hammock.
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