My kids are still at the age where bath time = play time. They love to bring toys in the bath, and we try to make the actual bathing part fun (and easy!) too, with the help of products like up & up’s tear-free kids’ 3-in-1 wash. It’s paraben- and dye-free, smells great and gets them squeaky clean in no time. (And let’s be honest, those cute characters on the bottle don’t hurt.)
You can make bath time a blast, but there’s still cleanup afterwards—I figured a fun and bright DIY bath organizer would encourage the kids to tidy up at the end of bath time, and even make that part a little fun. This organizer is big enough that you can keep toys and toiletries in it—no more piles of body wash, toys and whatever else made it into the tub left at the bottom when you drain the water. Bonus: With the basket being see-through, the kids can easily see where their favorite toys are. Here’s how I made the organizer; see the bottom of the post for some variations you can make.
- Clear vinyl (22.5 inches x 9 inches – I used recycled zip folders)
- Waterproof (fabric) paints or permanent markers, or colored vinyl
- Fabric glue
- Recycled cotton cord or cotton twine (6 2-foot-long pieces)
- 2 feet of bias tape – store bought or homemade
- Decorative applique stencil pdf
- Optional: googly eyes
Instructions for making a DIY bath organizer
Finish the two edges of the clear vinyl rectangle with the bias tape. Alternatively use colored vinyl to finish the edges.
Cut out the design from the clear vinyl and decorate with fabric paint/permanent markers. If you are using colored vinyl you can just cut out your design.
Using fabric glue, attach the appliqués and googly eyes and allow to dry. Sew around the outline of the appliqués.
Place the two short edges next to each other and use a zig zag stitch (line up center of presser foot to the center of the two edges) to sew the edges together. I find it easier to do this with the basket turned wrong side facing out!
Attach eyelets to base (to attach the macramé base) and top (to attach handles) of vinyl.
Macramé base of basket starting from a central larks head knot. Use alternating square knots to macramé in the round. Stop when the circle measures the same diameter as the base of your basket (approximately 8 inches). You may need a few stabilizing hand sewn stitches between rounds or alternatively use the coiled rope method from this DIY rope basket.
Knot the ends of the cord/twine through the eyelets at the base of the basket.
Cut lengths of cord and knot in place at the top of the basket for handles.
Get the kids involved by letting them doodle/color their very own design before cutting it out from either colored vinyl or painting onto clear vinyl. Keep it simple by using plain vinyl, and a patterned bias tape for your bath organizer.