DIY Peek-a-boo Toy Storage Bags

Toy Storage Solution-  It is official! My. kids. have. toys. And as my daughter gets older her toys seem to be made up of lots of little things.  And I thought big bulky primary colored stuff was bad! Ha!  I had to come up with a way to keep all those pieces together that she could get out and put away by herself, and have it jazz up our play space with fun fabrics!
Peek-a-boo Storage Bag Tutorial:  Storage for small toys
Just look at my little lady!  She is a very organized three year old so these put a giant smile on her face.  (I have no idea where she gets the “everything in it’s place” thing…who ME?)  Anyway, she is already in love with getting these bags out, playing, and then putting them back!

Peek-a-boo Storage Bag Tutorial:  Storage for small toysHow to Make a Fabric Peek-a-Boo Bag

You will need…
  • a 1/2 yard of fabric per bag
  • 2 1/2 yards of draw string
  • vinyl
  • bais tape
(These instructions are for a bag that is 14 inches wide and 15 inches tall.)
  •  Cut out the following pieces of fabric: (Back) 16 1/2 x 15, (front top) 9×15, (front bottom) 5×15, (vinyl) 4×15, two 15 inch pieces of draw string, and four 2 1/2 inch pieces of bais tape.
Small Toy Storage Solution:  Full tutorial to make these peek-a-boo bags to store small toys and be able to see what's inside
  • Fold the bottom edge of the front top piece under 1/2 an inch and iron to keep flat.  Do the same to the top edge of the front bottom piece.
  • Fold the top edge of the back piece under 1 inch and iron to keep flat.  Do the same 1 inch fold to the top edge of the front top piece of fabric.
Small Toy Storage Solution:  Full tutorial to make these peek-a-boo bags to store small toys and be able to see what's inside
  • Line up the vinyl with the folded back edge of both the top front and bottom front pieces of fabric and sew into place.
**Sewing vinyl can be tricky because the foot on your sewing machine sticks to the vinyl.  To make it easier put a small piece of painters tape on the foot and it will slide through.
Small Toy Storage Solution:  Full tutorial to make these peek-a-boo bags to store small toys and be able to see what's inside
  • On both the back and front top pieces (that you folded down 1 inch,)  find the exact middle and mark it.
  • Measure 1 1/4 inches from that mark in each direction so that you have a 2 1/2 inch line along the ironed edge.
  • Using your scissors cut a tiny hole at one end of your line big enough for your scissors to get into and then cut a clean line down your mark (2 1/2 inches long)
Small Toy Storage Solution:  Full tutorial to make these peek-a-boo bags to store small toys and be able to see what's inside
  • Fold a piece of bais tape over each edge of your slit and sew into place.
  • Do this for both the back piece and the top front piece of fabric.
Small Toy Storage Solution:  Full tutorial to make these peek-a-boo bags to store small toys and be able to see what's inside
  • Place a piece of draw string on the ironed line and fold the fabric over.
  • Sew the flap down, but do not sew the draw string to your fabric.  It will be in the tube loosely.
Small Toy Storage Solution:  Full tutorial to make these peek-a-boo bags to store small toys and be able to see what's inside
  • Now place your finished front piece and the back piece together print side in and pin in place.
  • The most important part that you need to line up is the top edges where your draw strings are.  (If you are new to sewing you are bound to have some edges not lining up correctly.  That is ok.  Just trim them so that everything is even before you start sewing. Ha!  Don’t tell the experts I told you to do this.
Small Toy Storage Solution:  Full tutorial to make these peek-a-boo bags to store small toys and be able to see what's inside
  • Sew around the 3 edges (NOT THE TOP EDGE)  using a 1/2 inch seam.  It is really important that you catch the draw string in the seam here.  Go slow cause it is thick.
  • Trim any uneven spots after you sew your first seam and then serge the edges.  If you don’t have a serger (like me) just sew along the edge with your zig-zag stitch.  Here is a {tutorial} if you don’t know what I mean.
Small Toy Storage Solution:  Full tutorial to make these peek-a-boo bags to store small toys and be able to see what's inside
Now turn your bag right side out and fill it with some junk…uh..I mean, TOYS!
Peek-a-boo Storage Bag Tutorial:  Storage for small toys
What do you think? Do you make an effort to make the toys in your house organized?  I’ve been working on getting our play space (our loft) a fun place to be.  So far I’ve created a completely kid friendly ottoman, a reading nook , and a fun place to display the kid’s art!
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About Corey

Corey is the creative behind Hey There, Home where she shares easy-to-follow and beautiful home decor and entertaining ideas. Her mission? To make home decor accessible to everyone, even if you don't consider yourself crafty, and to empower people to decorate their homes in a way that they can actually be lived in, not just looked at.

26 thoughts on “DIY Peek-a-boo Toy Storage Bags

  1. Kaela says:

    What kind of needle would you use to sew vinyl?
    I have wanted to try for a while but not sure on thread and needle?!

    1. Corey Willis says:

      I used regular thread and a slightly thick needle. The same needle I would use to sew thicker home decor fabric. Good luck on your project, Kaela!

  2. Kathy says:

    This is so much nicer than a plastic tote if you are traveling.

  3. Those bags are awesome! It’s a perfect solution for storing my daughter’s toys. Thanks a lot for sharing!!

    1. You’re welcome Gladys. I was just sorting the kid’s toys this morning and now instead of blocks, they have bigger kid toys like Legos. I love that the kids can get out what they want and then easily put it away.

  4. jamie says:

    These are adorable..I plan on making some for my little guy..I showed this to my teenage daughter and she wants me to make mini ones for her make up and hair accessories …gulp!…wish me luck!!!

    1. That is such a great idea Jamie! Let me know how they come out and send me some pics!

  5. Laura S says:

    Corey, these are cute as are the other items in your post but I hope you realize that easy is in the hands of the crafter? In this case, crafter could be seamstress. I love the ideas but cannot sew to save anyone’s life. Back in the day of Home Ec classes, my mother actually sewed my home project, her sewing machine was a contankerous old thing and would break down if anyone else sat at it except mom. I did all the hand work, cut the pattern out & marked it, but she did the sewing – something she’d never done before or since.

    1. Hi Laura! I know sewing isn’t everyone’s thing, but what I meant is that in terms of sewing these are a great beginner project because you are really just sewing a lot of straight lines. I used to be really intimidated by the idea of sewing and have taught myself, so that is what I share here. But I’m well aware that not everyone will take on the task of learning to sew. 🙂

  6. GREAT IDEA!! These look really easy to make and turned out so cute. We have those same plastic balls and they are all over the place. I need to make these bags for sure.

  7. Look at you, smarty pants! Love this idea. I wish my kids had a bit more of the “everything in its place” gene.

  8. These are so terrific and perfect to store all those little things that kids have! Great idea and appreciate you sharing it with us.

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  9. What an awesome idea! I seriously wish there had been blogs back when my kids were small. It would have made my life so much easier, and organized 🙂 Thank you so much for joining us and sharing at Best of the Weekend! Pinning to our party board. Enjoy a wonderful week and please join us next Friday.

  10. These look fairly simple and yet are very cute! I don’t have kids, but I could see these being very handy for other storage… like food, clothing, etc. Thanks for sharing!

  11. These are fantastic! You could sell them. I’ll be your first customer.

  12. These are brilliant Corey!! Not only is this a great idea but they are super cute too 🙂

    xo, Tanya

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