Wednesday, February 11, 2009

balls in a box

Last Saturday I was lucky enough to spend the day with my friend Rachel. (Thanks again Rach!!) I had made this gift for her son Reggie a while back but haven't been able to share it until now.

First off, I used Amanda Jean's tutorial for the storage cube. I've been wanting to try this for ages - oh my gosh, so easy! No idea why I waited so long. The box for Reggie was pretty big - 9 1/2" square so I ended up using plastic canvas on the inside for stability instead of cardboard as she suggests. (None of my cereal boxes were big enough!) Seriously, I'll be making many more of these. Cute organizing containers are so expensive these days, this is a great way to save some cash!
The balls are made from this pattern with a little variation. I skipped the circles on the ends and used the same fabric for all the pieces. These are a little trickier than the box, but still pretty simple. I stuffed them with poly-fill and some rice so they are the perfect throwing weight!

Reggie turned one a couple months ago. Sadly, my handmade boy gift ideas seem to run out at about that age. That is of course until he's ready for a skull scarf! :)

P.S. My e-mail is broken and it's driving me crazy!


rachel said...

I had a great time on Saturday too! Reggie just loves the gift!!! He throws the balls everywhere and when I sing the pick-up song he puts them away. Plus, they are soft enough that I know he won't break anything when he whips them around!!!

Hello, I'm Sally. said...

Those are great! I have those boxes bookmarked. I love the idea of using plastic canvas, I have worried about using cardboard. What if it gets wet? Great gift.

Katherine said...

Awesome gift, Roxanne! I bet this was a hit with Reggie. You chose some great fabrics for the balls. Love them!

CherryTreeLane said...

I love this idea. My daughter is 11 months old and would dig this!

Kristin said...

I think this is such a fun idea. :) Well done!


amandajean said...

i LOVE your box. aren't they fun? i have many more planned. someday! I love the balls, too. do you think that would be a good pattern to make some little peas? i finally bought the book. now i want to make the characters. :)