Monday, August 18, 2008

Sewing to Solve Problems

We have 5 kids in the house. I'm mom to 6 kids and I don't ever not include our son Nolan who died but sometimes his position in our family isn't relevant to certain topics...like this one. But, I can't just say we have 5 kids...so I have to include that little 'in the house' phrase so that I know I'm not excluding him from my overall count of children. It's not so much that I mind what other people think about how I include him...it has everything to do with how it makes me feel if I don't.

So, back to those 5 kids. They each have a toothbrush and we have had the worst time with keeping things separated. I have labeled them and the mark wears off. In the past, I have scoured the web for toothbrush solutions for large families. The cute little toothbrush holders are usually meant to hold 4 small toothbrushes, not 5 jumbo rotating ones that we sometimes get. One of the main things that I just kept coming back to is that there wasn't a good place for the kids to store their toothbrushes when they weren't in use. And, we only have one teeny tiny corner self in that bathroom so I really wanted a wall mountable toothbrush holder.

This was close...



I almost ordered the test tubes but decided to keep looking.

Last night, I was cleaning my sewing studio and I had one of those lightbulb moments. I started pulling out stash fabric and created this...



It involved embroidery, fusible vinyl and clear vinyl fabric. I also inserted a piece of template plastic inside to give it stability. The final product should be waterproof. I'm a little concerned about how the vinyl pockets will handle day to day wear and tear. I consider this one to be my prototype and I can make a new one, in the future, if needed. I'm pleased with the end result. Not what I initially pictured but this one will work nicely!



6 comments:

Kim said...

That is an an awesome idea! The only problem I foresee is that the bottom may collect water and mildew. Maybe add a few drainage holes to the bottom so any extra water can drain? Or maybe you don't have a mildew problem in your bath like I do! lol

My Fab Four said...

What a great idea! We have a shelf unit over the commode and the kids keep their brushes and toothpaste in that. But I really love your creation!

Ravenhill said...

What a great idea! I adore seeing such crafty creative solutions to real-life conundrums. Well done!

stripeymonkey :) said...

great idea! get them onto etsy now ;)

and of course you'll always have six kids in your heart - unless your planning on having any more that is!!! you must be super mum already! :)

Crystal(fromFT) said...

What an awesome idea Kerri! We need something like that for my family! Even with 4 ppl here, the 4 hole toothbrush holders don't work well for us either. Are you making those to sell on etsy? You should! I'd buy one!

Laura aka punkin said...

When can I place my order? I keep checking etsy! :) I am serious.