i have an addiction.. Sun Jellies!! i cannot stop collecting these vintage style plastic baskets & totes! I have found so many different ideas & ways to use them for my storage. Not just for yarn & wips, but also for different needs around the house.
I have a total of 13 Sun Jellies, just in my crafty space. Layla has 3 of the mini retro baskets in her bedroom, Wolf has 2 in his, & we have another 5 scattered around the house. I will tell you what we use them for further down.
If you are wanting to start your own Sun Jellies collection, i have put together a list of the different ones available, & what they are best used for, depending on your crochet project. & how much they can hold.
What is also great, is Sun Jellies is a small business, run by a busy lovely mama, Kelly, from her home in the UK! When you buy Sun Jellies you are supporting a small business, & i love that. Sun Jellies are also available through many suppliers worldwide, there is a full list on their website here. I have bought most of my collection either direct from Sun Jellies, & from one of my fave Aussie stores (& another lovely small biz mama!) – Wiggles Piggles.
I am not affiliated with Sun Jellies, these opinions are my own, & i have not been paid to write this post 😊 just a hooker who loves her Jellies! (couldn’t resist)
These were my first Sun Jellies, i have 5 large Retro Baskets – Peach, Mint, Bubblegum, Hot Pink & Yellow
Dimensions: 35 x 30 x 14 cm
Best for: your smallest crochet projects – baby blankets, amigurumi, granny squares etc, & for yarn storage. Great for on the go makes, & car projects. Also fantastic for travel, as the bags are collapsible, so when you finish your project, you can collapse the bag down & put into your suitcase. Or go buy more yarn.. i would buy more yarn to fill it again 😉
Next i added the Atomic totes to my collection, i have 4 Atomic Totes – Mint, Cream, Pink, & Yellow
Dimensions: 40 x 46 x 16 cm
Best for: bigger projects – baby cot size blankets, lightweight lap blankets, large yarn storage. The handles clip together to close. And it has a lovely sturdy bottom for when you are out & about, you can keep your yarn in the tote whilst crocheting, so the yarn doesn’t get dirty.
I have 1 x large Fiesta Shopper in Hot Pink, & 1 x Small Fiesta Shopper in Aqua
Dimensions: 46 x 46.5 x 23 cm (large) & 39 x 35 x 14 cm (small)
Best for: Large – it is huge! i use mine to store all my wool yarn (that i do not use 😳). There is A LOT of balls in there!! The large is best for the large heavy throw blankets you are making AND the yarn to make them. Small – similar sizing to the Atomic Tote. but a different design. The handles of the Fiesta Shopper clip together to close, like the Atomic Tote.
The newest SunJellies on the block are the Betty Baskets! And i was lucky enough to be gifted 2 of these new designs by Sun Jellies, the Bubblegum Pink & the Peach. Quietly, i think they are my favourite.
Dimensions: 45 x 40 x 22 cm
Best for: So this is the perfect size for crochet project versality i think, if you were wanting to buy one basket but make a variety of projects. It is shorter than the Atomic Tote, but wider. So the capacity is about the same. Apart from a huge blanket, this basket could hold all crochet projects quite easily, with room for the yarn down the bottom. The handles do not clip closed on this design.
So there you have it, that is all the Sun Jellies bags in my craft collection & every design available by Sun Jellies, except the Jelly Purses – which i plan to add to my collection very soon, would be great for all your crafty notions when out & about 😉
I mentioned that i have a few other Sun Jellies scattered around my house, so i wanted to briefly mention what i use them for.
There is a mini version of the Retro Baskets, & they are the perfect (& cutest) kids size. Layla has 3 in her room – 2 are storing all her hair accessories, that she refuses to wear in her hair 🙄 & the other one is storing all her little dolls clothes. Wolf has 2 in his bedroom – 1 is full of hotwheels cars, like full to the brim 😂 he loves them, & the other has his socks!
When the twins were little i had a 2 x Small Fiesta Shopper in our laundry next to our dirty laundry hamper. I used these for the twins dirty clothes. 1 was for the soiled clothes (that one was always the most full 😒 Wolf had bad reflux). And the other was for their just general dirty clothes, & socks. I found it great, because their little clothes are so tiny, especially the socks, they would get lost or swallowed up in the big hamper with the rest of the clothes, & i could see at a quick glance when i had enough for a full load. AND because the baskets are plastic, they are washable!! Soiled clothes, no worries, quickly throw the basket under the tap afterwards & clean it.
Which leads me to the next one – we have a Small Fiesta Shopper, one from above, in the bathroom now, & it stores all the kids bath toys 👍 because of the holes in the design, & its plastic, the water from the bath toys easily drains out, so no mould. It looks funky in the bathroom, & i could hang it by its handles over the tap, to store it. The twins liked playing with the actual bag in the bath too, filling it with water & then watching the water come out the sides.
And lastly, we have a few of the large Retro Baskets for toy storage. They are a good size for blocks, & toy cars, & general crap all kids collect 😅 they are bright colours kids love, & look great on display in your living room, even when they are randomly full of things.
So that’s it!! You can now join me as a crazy Sun Jellies lady 😝 & understand how i now have so many in my collection.
🌈💖 Love Nat xx