I have a love/hate relationship with stuffed animals. I hate the dust they collect. I hate the space that they take up. But I love that they provide entertainment for my kids. Annoyingly, my kids have always insisted on keeping their stuffed animals on their bed. When they were little, it wasn't a huge deal. But Spencer's getting big (almost 9!!) and the stuffed animals were taking up more than half his bed. So a few weeks ago I almost jumped up and down for joy when he said to me, "I'm tired of having my stuffed animals on my bed." But then he said, "But I don't want to get rid of them, either." Darn.
But then I remembered coming across a stuffed animal hammock on Amazon, and was just about to purchase one for each of the kids when Evan said, "I bet you could make one." I hadn't considered it, but he's right. I could. Searching online, I found this pattern. I took the kids to the craft store to pick out their own yarn, and crocheted a set for each in a matter of hours. The kid love them--they can actually make their beds now, and sleep on them without competing for space. I love them--no more moving 20+ toys to access their sheets to wash them, no more stuffed animals littering the floors around their beds, and the best part-- these hammocks don't take up any floor space. Win win.