Step 3: Hem the Edge

Working on the wrong (back) side of your patterned piece mark a line 1" in from the cut edge, all the way around your big circle.   Fold the raw edge in to meet this line and press with an iron set to the correct temperature for your fabric.  Ease in the surplus fabric as you go and mind you fingers with the iron - turn off your steam to avoid scalded fingertips.

Now stitch the fold down, about 1/4" in from the fold.

Now mark another line 4" in from your fold and again fold your fabric in to meet this, and again press, giving a 2" hem.  This time there will be more excess fabric to take care of, I pleated mine as I went around. 

Fold your whole circle into eighths and press the folds firmly.  Now unfold it all again.
<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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