If it doesn’t exist, make it exist

One of my absolute favorite things about design and architecture has been that if something doesn’t exist yet, you can make it happen. Frank Lloyd Wright made furniture for all of his buildings, Frank Ghery creates unique forms for his buildings that are outside of the standard straight lines. You may not be a famous architect, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t make the things that you want.

I started in on cleaning the little ones room yesterday. Toy minimalism sounds beautiful and wonderful, but getting others in your life to go along with it is somewhat difficult. Everyone always wants to be the person who provides a child’s favorite toy, stuffed animal, or book. That’s completely understandable. But when everyone ends up getting awesome things for the little one, it makes it a bit more difficult to pare down what toys or stuffed animals you intend to keep. I know that there are products out there that are essentially bean bags for stuffed animals, but I wasn’t really in the mood to wait days or weeks for a solution. I wanted something now and I figured I have the skills and materials to make it.

I had some fabric around the house from Maharam and Momentum Textiles that were from previous projects where we needed larger samples to show a client. I also had a 22″ zipper lying around from making a drag outfit for a friend last year. I wanted to make something that was large enough to function as a bean bag for the little one but also enough to use as a pouf for when we use the rocking chair in her room for story time. I didn’t really want to make it into a cube shape because I didn’t have enough material to make it a large enough size. So I stuck with making a tube and using contrasting fabric at the ends. It’s not the prettiest thing ever because it’s not stuffed to the brim with stuffed animals right now, but the little one is in love with it and it has served the purpose of reducing visual clutter quite well.

Overall I’m pleased with the results and also mildly surprised at how I managed to end up with just a tiny amount of thread left that I was using. I made sure to use a heavier duty upholstery thread, since I knew this was going to be getting tossed around a bit, and I had just slightly more than I needed. I don’t think I have ever had that happen. I don’t think I’ve ever even run out of thread in my life. I’ve just had rolls of thread that managed to disappear. I started to sweat a little bit toward the end there because I wasn’t sure if I was going to make it or not.

There you go. Just a little bit of everyday making things happen. You don’t have to be able to move mountains or overhaul everything in your life. Little things can improve the quality of your every day life. For me, it’s just reducing visual clutter and helping keep things clean and neat. Maybe for you it’s beautifying the room or helping to organize your kitchen. Just know that if you can think of it, you can most likely make it happen. Maybe not if it’s time travel though, but don’t let that stop you.

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