March 11, 2010

Here Comes Gunny!

Are you tired of your kids leaving all their toys out?  Have you stepped on one too many legos?  Slipped on a toy truck?  Let me introduce you to your new best friend - "Gunny." 


Let me explain.


He eats all the toys that haven't been picked up.


Apparently when I was little my mom made one of these.  I don't remember it, but she said they'd sing a song.  "Here comes Gunny.  Yum, yum yummy!"  He would eat up the toys that hadn't been picked up and he'd keep them for a while. 

Well, in the short day that we've now had ours, it's been very effective to say the least.  Let me show you how to make him and how he works.

You need about one yard of fabric.  I visited the remnant section and picked this up for about a buck.


You're basically going to sew a pillowcase, however it's going to be more like a sham because it need to open in the back.  So, cut out two big rectangle, but cut one into two pieces - one shorter and one longer.


Hem the edge of those pieces, overlap them and sew the case.  You don't have to leave an opening, since the giant slit will allow you to invert it.

Here's another option.  You can cut the top end to the shape of a hanger.  This way Gunny has a home in your closet.  I'll explain a little more later.


Create a felt face.  I opted to make mine look friendly.  I don't want to be giving my kids nightmares.


Invert the case you've sewn and glue or sew on the face.


Don't forget to cut the slit of his mouth open.


You are basically finished.


The opening in the back will allow you to put bigger toys inside.  I made it high so that your kids won't be able to reach it when you hang it up.


Gunny can be housed in your closet until you determine that he's ready to give the toys back.


So the next time you tell them to pick up their toys and you get this look....


...just remind him of Gunny.  You'll get this look and a clean, clean room to be proud of!


Good luck!  E-mail me a picture if you make one.  There's lots of room for interpretation.

Thank you so much for all your kind comments and support on my other posts.  You guys are all so fun!

32 comments:

  1. Oh my God. I do believe this might be the answer to all of my problems.

    I have three little ones that refuse to pick up their things most of the time...well, my 7 year old is actually pretty good about it, but the two and a half and four year old? Forget about it.

    I am totally making one sometime over the weekend! I might try out an animal face instead, though.

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  2. Oh my gosh that is a great idea!! My stinkers are still pretty little, but I'm going to keep this in mind for sure.

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  3. I remember Gunny. I think that is a fabulous idea. The pictures of Rex at the end are my favorite part. I might need to make 6 or 7 Gunnies just for the Legos alone.

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  4. You are SO on to something... super idea.

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  5. It is a great idea. But the looks on Rex's face are priceless.

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  6. What an adorable idea!!! THanks for sharing! :)

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  7. We had a Gunny sack when we were little too. There was a song that went with him. It was from Joy School, if anyone remembers what that is.

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  8. i just use a basket but this is a fabulous idea. my kids are pretty little and i think they would get a kick out of this. thanks for sharing!

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  9. This is an awesome idea! and your face is just adorable!

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  10. Here is how it went Cheri...
    Here comes Gunny, Gun, Gun, Gunny
    He eats leftover toys
    and keeps them in his tummy!

    That is so funny that you remember that. Great idea!

    MOM

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  11. What a great idea. I am making one of these!!!!!

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  12. oh gunny..come live at my house.

    Also, just wanted to let you know that I gave you an award at my blog kimboscrafts.blogspot.com just because you are crazy talented!!!!!! (and I love your blog name)

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  13. I love Gunny and totally remember it, and the song, from when we were younger! Ours was a black suit bag though and this one is much cuter!

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  14. I sure could have used this when my son was little and I would have been impaled by a few less Power Rangers. Great idea and I will pass it on to others with young children - thanks for sharing it!

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  15. Brilliant! I wonder how I could adapt that for the three teenagers who regularly stay at my house and leave it a mess....

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  16. haha. too funny.

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  17. great and funny idea and the best excuse to lay the blame on someone else for not giving the toys back until the kid learns to pick them up :)

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  18. I've heard of "gunny" before and I love that idea!

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  19. AWESOM IDEA! Now i shout out to the kids, no cleaning? I will get the trashbag... But this one... I lOVE IT!

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  20. way way awesome...i am gonna definitely try!!!

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  21. Your ideas are awesome, I posted your idea on my blog
    www.pattyscreations.blogspot.com
    you are very creative, your kids are adorable.
    Kids can drives us crazy but at least we got our blogs.

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  22. Thank you for this tutorial! Gunny is definitely coming to live at our house. My efforts to create a one-room toy-free zone have not been successful. I think I may have to make him "Super Gunny!"

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  23. Oh my gosh! We had a gunny bag!! Except yours looks MUCH nicer than I remember him being... we were truly afraid of gunny. Too funny. Thanks for the fab idea!

    Alison
    http://oopsey-daisy.blogspot.com/

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  24. I love the pictures of your little guy! So cute!

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  25. BOY! I could have used one of these when my children were small. My rule was if I picked them up they went in a big black garbage bag and stayed in my closet for awhile. Although it is kind of interesting to see what the kids can find to play with when all their toys are gone; pillows, towels, plastic cups, etc...

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  26. this is amazing. we need a gunny..thanks again for your brilliant ideas!

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  27. Yep! We had one of those too as a child. Didn't it come from the "Joy School" program? I'm not sure, but I think it did. I told my kids about it and my younger son started crying....so I haven't made one for my kids. All I have to do is say that maybe I should make one and he jumps up and cleans up his toys lickity split!

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  28. We were "Joy" schoolers at our house too. Here's a Youtube video of two little kids singing the song. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f8MiUt6ESDM - I remember losing my entire Barbie case inside the Gunny bag. So sad.

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  29. One word.....GENIUS!!!!!!!!!!!!1

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  30. Just saw this. Amazing idea. Going to make one this week. Because I have 3 kids who leave toys out all the time! Thank you!

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  31. Ha! That is so cute! It cracks me up because when I was a kid I was told the story of "The Gobbling Bag" who ate the toys that weren't picked up - probably by an aunt or babysitter - one night I fell asleep on the couch with mom and when I woke up in the morning I RUSHED to the living room to find the toys that had been left on the floor were gone and I burst into tears that I had been so careless. Well my poor mother who had no idea what was going on showed me that the toys had been put away and had to make up a story that the gobbling bag's nice sister must have come and put them away for me because my falling asleep without cleaning up was just an accident. The rest of my childhood I was an avid organizer and to this day hate leaving things out and a mess.
    As a child I imagined a creepy green glow-in-the-dark plastic shopping bag that lived under my bed like the monster he was. I swear I saw him there... but your idea is MUCH cuter, and probably a lot less traumatic LOL

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