A simple but effective toy bag that opens out into a play mat.  A water resistant backing means that damp ground doesn't have to mean damp clothes and the drawstring makes picking up the toys easy when it is time to stop playing.

Step 1: What you need

1 1/2 yards of 54" wide patterned fabric
1 1/2 yards of 54" water resistant fabric

[wider fabric is fine - the size of your playmat is limited by the smaller of your pieces of fabric]

16 eyelets (mine were 5mm [a smidgeon bigger than 3/16"] )
 5 yards of cord (must fit through your eyelets, my cord was 4mm)

tape measure
iron & ironing board
sewing machine
marking pen/pencil
eyelet setting tool, often included with the eyelets and hammer


<p>Thank you for this nice Instructable. I like it</p><p>Rima</p>
<p>Thank you for this nice Instructable. I like it</p><p>Rima</p>
Yay! I had a set of the denim Lego bags growing up. And my Mom made a set for the Grandkids a few years back. I love the instructable and this is an easy project for anyone to make. (even if you can't sew)<br> <br> <br> Her design is much more simplistic but it's the same premise:<br> <br> Large Canvas (any color)<br> Fold edges in about 2 inches and sew<br> Punch out 8 holes and add grommets<br> Add string and tada Lego Bag.<br> <br> Here is some photos:<br> <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/chwbcc/6581704355/" rel="nofollow">http://www.flickr.com/photos/chwbcc/6581704355/</a><br> <br> We actually don't use them anymore because the amount of Legos we have exceed what the bag will hold.&nbsp; So we use it as a play mat instead.&nbsp; It folds up nicely and stores real easy in the Rubbermaid.&nbsp;<br> <br> Great Work!!!<br> <br>
Having been a LEGO enthusiast as a child, I could really have done with one of these. &nbsp;My only point of concern (as a practical sort of child) would have been the patterned fabric- very easy to lose those tiny pieces on a patterned surface, so perhaps a plain one for better visibility of &quot;things with small parts&quot; would be appropriate. &nbsp;It probably all depends on the age and toy inclinations of the kids, though.
<br> I chose this fabric - pirates and islands as a fantasy location to play lego on/with. It is a smooth woven fabric, so easy to sweep a hand over to find something. In reality the bricks and small parts are quite visible - the lighting on the day I took the photo complete with lego did not give much contrast.<br> <br> If you really need a plain surface, you can turn it over and have the pattern underneath and then outside when the strings are drawn up.&nbsp; So plain or patterned are BOTH viable options.<br> <br> Lizzy
Hey I had the same idea a few years back when my sisters kids were toddlers. Nice instructable, ma'am!
Thank you. My boys are really a bit too old for a play mat, but not too old for Lego so they may use it. If not I shall give it to my impending grandchild.
Impending grandchild? Congratulations! :)
Thank you! <br><br> My grandson arrived safely, if rather earlier than expected on 3rd August!
My mom made one of these when I was a kid for our legos. It's awesome. I still have it! (I'm in my mid 30s now)
Very simple, very useful. love it &nbsp;: )
What a great idea!
. Great idea. I don't know enough about sewing to make an evaluation of the Ible, but it sure looks good. ;)

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