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Turn a child's drawing into a stuffed toyI love seeing what comes out of my children’s drawings. It’s so interesting, because it’s like you get to peek into the workings of their minds. I wrote a post about storing children’s artwork, and I found another cool thing that I had to share with you:  turning a drawing into a stuffed toy!  It started with this adorable drawing by Miss 8 titled as Dancing Afro Pig at a Disco. Ah, she makes me laugh: that girl.

Kid drawing - Afro Pig

I met Meredith from The Derby Monster on Twitter and she loved Disco Afro Pig as much as I did and offered to make it into a toy…and here it is! Don’t you just love that smiley face feature on the tummy? My daughter couldn’t believe it! It was such a fun surprise. The likeness is brilliant and it’s such a special, special way to feature and enjoy a gorgeous piece of artwork. Best find this year!

You can check out other drawing to toy conversations and how to order one yourself here: Bring A Drawing To Life (available internationally).

a children's drawing into a toy

About Meredith

I had been making quilts for several years under the name Naptime Memories (sounds so peaceful!). A few people asked me to make t-shirt quilts for them, and I got into the idea of recycling old clothes of sentimental value into new things. Then a couple of years ago I saw a book about how to make dolls out of old sweaters, and I discovered I loved making dolls. So I put everything together and started making custom monster dolls out of customers’ college sweatshirts, kids’ outgrown dresses, and roller derby teammates’ old jerseys, and The Derby Monster was born. 

I make sample dolls out of cast-off clothes I find in my travels, but I most love taking an item that is meaningful to a person and transforming it into something new: a rowing coach had me turn two of her old team sweatshirts into rowing-themed monsters; my friend’s old sofa cushions turned into a pair of dolls with Mr. Potato Head-like features her kids could rearrange with velcro; three siblings drew pictures of their fantasy monsters and I rendered them out of their own outgrown shirts.

The Derby Monster

The Derby Monster’s online store: http://derbymonster.storenvy.com/
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On Twitter @TheDerbyMonster 

a children's drawing into a toy

Disclosure: Meredith made a complimentary item for me to feature on my website. As always, all views are my own. Find more details about my disclosure policy here.

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Cubby Under the Stairs

April 15, 2014

Under stairs cubby house - convert the space into a cosy area for kids to play

I love hearing about how families create dedicated areas for play. Jess sent me this picture of a cubby she created under the stairs for her two daughters, aged 3 and 2 years old.  If you have an under stairs storage area, Jess shares tips on how she converted this area into a special space for her kids to play.

Cubby Under the Stairs

Step 1: Clean Out

Find a new home for all the hings we stored under there: living in a townhouse the under stairs area was sacred space but with a new storage area in our garage, we were able to make room.

Step 2: Remove Door/Add Curtain

Remove door and hang little hooks and a wired a wired line for the curtains.  Thanks to Spotlight and my mother-in-law for sewing curtain hems! (Originally I just tied ribbons on the curtains to pull them to sides but ended up sewing them on as my girls loved the privacy of having the curtains shut and loosing the ribbons!).

Step 3: Decorate

I put disney princess posters on the walls (but wallpaper is a great idea). After the initial surprise reveal for my daughter’s birthday, I had her help decorate inside with fairy lights that we put up inside using command hooks.

Step 4: Add toys

The girls helped decide what things should go in there and they frequently change it around or take extra things in. Mostly inside, there’s a little oven/stove, tea party set and baby cot or dolls house.

Step 5: Winter

In Winter I put down foam squares as we have floor boards and it was a bit cold.  Large floor cushions would work well too!

It is the girls little haven and in return I get some time for motherly duties while they happily play.

Under stairs cubby


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