I’m using the term make very loosely here. This is a hardware store canvas apron of the $2.99 variety that my sister Devan gave to Faye years ago, knowing that in a child’s hands it would become a dozen different playthings. In its tenure in our home it’s moonlighted as a server’s apron at the local sushi restaurant, our resident carpenter’s toolbelt, in a sartorial pinch it’s been a miniskirt, and for a stretch of a good month or so it served as a daily carrier for a family of plush woodland animals. Today it’s a bunk caddy. Or, as Faye calls it, a bunk mailbox. (Calling all letter writers! In the time of social distancing, we appreciate the United States Postal Service more than ever.)
I did not sew this apron, er, bunk caddy, though no doubt the construction would be easy enough. I did tie the apron strings to the slats beneath the top bunk mattress and fill it up with the things that Faye deemed important enough to keep nearby: a bunny, a headlamp, a chapter book, a headband, a notebook, and a pencil, plus mail from Grammy. We didn’t test its weight limit with the geode that Faye likes to keep by her pillow, but barring large rocks, I imagine it will be able to hold most everything a five-year-old could need.
+ Any treasures you desire.
+ Tuck the apron strings down along the side of the mattress and through the slats of the top bunk so they dangle above the lower bunk.
+ Fasten each tie around a wooden slat of the top bunk with a simple double knot.
+ Fill ‘er up.
Usage not at all limited to bunks or five-year-olds. Should you be a grown-up person needing to keep treasures close, here’s the answer.
For the curious:
More about the bunk bed.
More simple gifts for kids.
More about the little bunting.