Thursday, October 20, 2011

12 Gifts of Christmas: Lego Storage Bag/Playmat

Welcome to my stop on the 12 Gifts of Christmas Blog Hop!

Today I'm showing you how to make a drawstring Lego storage bag that doubles as a playmat. Fun, cute, and useful!

I think Legos strike fear into the hearts of organized moms everywhere. We store ours in a big plastic tub, but a few pieces always seem to disappear when my daughter dumps it out to play. And she hates putting all those pieces back into the tub.

So I went in search of an item my sister had for her Legos 25-plus years ago. It was basically a big circular piece of fabric with a drawstring around the edge. The Legos were stored inside, but when you wanted to play, you could lay the fabric out completely flat and spread out the pieces directly on the fabric. This allowed you to easily find the piece that you wanted—but when it came time to clean up, just pull up the drawstring and you're done. Genius! Apparently they no longer make this handy contraption, but that's where a little sewing skills are useful, right? Plus I could make my version a whole lot cuter than the '70s-looking fake denim I recall my sister's being made from.

This bag spreads out to become a playmat that's about 50" wide—a generous size even for the most Lego-obsessed kids. And the bag/playmat combo would be great for other types of toys as well—I'm thinking baby toys, stuffed animals, matchbox cars, or anything with lots of small parts.

You will need:

• Approximately 40 pieces of fabric, 4.5" x 22" (The 22" length can include a selvage—the selvages will end up hidden. A fat-eighth bundle would be perfect for this project.)

• 9"-10" square of fabric for the center

• Total of 1.75 yards for the back of mat/inside of bag

• 1/2" grommet-setting kit and 20 grommets (don't be afraid of grommets! They're so easy!)

• 20 - 1.5" squares of fusible interfacing

• About 14 feet of cotton braided cord (I used 3/16")

• 6 inches of 1"-wide twill tape for the drawstring slider

How to make it:

1. On your 4.5" x 22" pieces of fabric, mark the bottom edge 1.75" from each side, as shown. If you are using a piece with a selvage, make sure to mark the selvage end.


2. Cut the piece on an angle, from one of the marks you just made at the bottom of the rectangle, to the outer corner at the top of the rectangle. Repeat on the other side, cutting from mark to outer corner. If you're using pre-cut fat quarters or fat eighths, check that the length of your pieces is precisely 22" before cutting. Length variances can throw off your angles here.

3. You now have a wedge-shaped piece that looks like this. Repeat the first two steps until you have 40 wedges.

4. Sew your wedges together, lining up the tops of the wedges. It doesn't matter if the bottoms line up. I pressed my seams open.

5. Sew your wedges together in sets of 10. Ten wedges makes a quarter of the circle. Sew the quarters together to create the full circle.

6. When you're ready to sew the final seam in the circle, stop and lay out your circle so that it's as flat as you can get it, regardless of whether your final two raw edges match up. If they do match up, congratulations, you are a sewing rockstar! As you can see, mine didn't come together so well. If you have a gap in your circle when it's lying as flat as it can be, as I did, that means you probably need to add one more wedge. That's why I said you would need approximately 40 pieces of fabric for this project. : ) So at this point, I cut and pieced wedge number 41 into the circle.

7. Now that I've added another wedge, when my circle is lying as flat as possible, the raw edges actually overlap, especially toward the outside of the circle.

8. To fix that, use the top (overlapping) piece as a guide to cut the bottom piece. Line up your ruler with the edge of the top piece and trim. You can now sew your final seam and you end up with a flat wedge-pieced circle measuring about 50" across. (By the way, I think this would also be a great way to make a Christmas tree skirt or a quilt.)

9. To create the center, I traced around one of my salad plates, which are about 8.25" across.


10. Cut out your circle and pin it into place, covering the hole in the middle of the circle as well as any selvages.

11. Applique your center circle by sewing around the edge with a zig-zag stitch.

12. To prepare for setting your grommets, take the 1.5" squares of interfacing and press them onto the wrong side of the circle. (The interfacing will give your grommet a little more stability.) I placed my interfacing squares in the center of every second wedge piece, with the top edge of the square about 1" from the raw edge.

13. Now the outside of your bag is looking good, so let's tackle the lining. Circle measurements require too much math for me, so instead, I laid out the outside of the bag and then laid pieces of fabric over it until I had a design that I liked and the entire outside was covered. Then I sewed all the pieces together and laid out both the outside and the lining again. Using the outside of the bag as my guide, I trimmed the lining into a circular shape, leaving about 1/2" of extra fabric all the way around.

14. Pin around the edges and sew a 1/2" seam around the perimeter, leaving an opening about 5" wide for turning. Trim excess seam allowance.

15. Turn your circle right side out and press.

16. Top stitch around the outside of the circle. I stitched 1/4" from the edge and about 2" from the edge. I used the top stitching to close up the opening I left for turning.

17. Now you need to cut the holes for your grommets. I know, this part is scary. If you screw up, you could be ruining the whole project. But no pressure! I promise you can do it! : ) Feel each wedge to find the ones with the interfacing that you added before turning. On each wedge with interfacing, mark the center of the wedge about 1.5" from the top. Then cut a small "X" into all three layers of fabric (outside, lining, and interfacing). I did this by pinching a small fold right where I wanted the X, and then clipping a V, which turned into an X when unfolded again. Finally, to clean things up a bit, snip off the points that you created.

Adding the Grommets and Finishing the Bag

1. First, don't buy the Dritz grommet-setting kit that's available at Joann. I started with that one, but the plastic setting tools are so cheap and poorly made, they only lasted for six grommets. Buy your grommet kit from a hardware store instead. I got this kit from my local Ace—it was only $1 more than the kit from Joann and it works way better. (My kit came with brass grommets, but I also found satin nickel refill grommets and used those instead.)

2. A grommet kit has four basic parts: The anvil, the setting tool, the grommet barrel, and the washer. The washers sometimes have pointy teeth on one side to grab the fabric you're setting the grommet into.

3. To set the grommet, position the barrel piece on the anvil with the barrel sticking up, and put the X-shaped hole in your fabric over the barrel of the grommet, as shown.

4. Put the washer over the barrel and the fabric, as shown, teeth pointing down.

5. Put the setting tool on top of it all and use a hammer to wail on that bad boy until it flattens out and becomes attached to the fabric. You may have to put some arm into it—I don't recommend trying this during nap time. : ) Also, be sure you are doing this step on a very hard surface—like concrete or a work bench. I don't want to be responsible for any maimed dining room tables.

6. That's it—you've just installed a lovely, professional-looking grommet.

7. Add the braided cord, lacing it in and out of the grommets around the perimeter of the circle. Knot the ends of the cord. Take your twill tape and wrap it in a figure 8 around the two ends of the cord, just above the knots. Sew down the middle of the figure 8 to create a drawstring slider. And you're done! You now have a Lego keeper that turns into a handy playmat while the Legos are in use.

Giveaway!

The giveaway is now closed.

Thank you to the Fat Quarter Shop for sponsoring the giveaway. Another big thanks goes out to Jennifer of Ellison Lane Quilts for hosting this blog hop and including me in it! Don't forget to visit all of the other bloggers for own their gift tutorials and giveaways—the schedule is below.

Friday, October 14- Jennifer @ Ellison Lane Quilts
Saturday, October 15- Ayumi/Pink Penguin
Sunday, October 16- Amy/ Lots of Pink Here
Monday, October 17- Faith/Fresh Lemons Quilts
Tuesday, October 18- Penny/Sew Take a Hike
Wednesday, October 19- Kati/From the Blue Chair
Thursday, October 20- Lee/Freshly Pieced
Friday, October 21- Elizabeth/Don't Call Me Betsy
Saturday, October 22- Melanie/Texas Freckles
Sunday, October 23- Lindsay/Craft Buds
Monday, October 24- Amanda/A Crafty Fox
Tuesday, October 25-Vanessa/Little Big Girl Studio

460 comments:

  1. What a great project! I can think of many items that would would great in there! Thanks for sharing.

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  2. Such a cute idea! Thanks for this.

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  3. This would make a fun gift for my great niece for Christmas! Thanks for sharing and a chance to win!

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  4. Hi Lee! That is really great idea and you have it so beautiful! Thank you for tutorial and showing how to put those metal rings!
    xxx Teje

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  5. It is exactly what we need! No more discussions about to clean his room!
    But we can't wait until christmas;)
    Thanks so much!

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  6. I also see a great Christmas/Chunakkah gift in the making! Nice idea, great clean up tool to use with the little ones.

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  7. Lee! This is genius! I'll definitely be making one in the future!

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  8. What a creative idea - thanks for sharing!

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  9. What a great tutorial! Thanks for sharing it!

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  10. Wow, this is so perfect! Thanks for recreating this great idea, I have a feeling it will come in handy for Legos everywhere!

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  11. Clever idea. This would have been handy when my son was young. I used to find Legos on the floor on a regular basis -- usually when I stepped on them with my bare feet -- ouch!

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  12. neat idea! i hate it when all those little lego pieces end up all over the floor!

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  13. Love the Lego storage idea!! Thanks so much for sharing!!

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  14. This is great. We have this same problem at our house. What a clever idea.

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  15. This is completely brilliant! And the perfect gift for all the parents of young kids out there! I see a lot of these in my future! I could see it being cute as a Dresden, too! Hmmm...possibilities! Also, if you were making several, I could see cutting a bunch in series ala Elizabeth Hartman's New wave pattern. Can't wait to make progress on my current list of WiPs so I can really play with this! Between this and the summer sampler, I'm way behind on keeping up with all this inspiration!

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  16. Absolutely great, useful and cute! Thanks for this project!

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  17. My son has outgrown Leggo's but I'm thrilled to finally have someone show me how to make grommets work....I always have trouble with them. Thanks Lee!!

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  18. Awesome idea!! This is totally something I might make the munchkin for Christmas!!

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  19. Thanks for a great idea! I wish I'd had one of these when my children were small1 I suppose I could always make one for any future grandchildren!

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  20. What a cute idea! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  21. What a great idea! I just might make this for my sister if I find the time!

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  22. This is a perfectly sensible and practical idea but it looks amazing too! Thanks for the tute.

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  23. This is awesome! No kiddos in this house, but I think I may know what my cousins' kids are getting. And you're right-- this would make an incredible quilt! akmajor (at) gmail (dot) com

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  24. This would make a great baby mat too. Just put the baby's toys' in it. But I might put a little batting in it if I did that just so it had some cush to it.

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  25. What a great idea - I will have to make this.

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  26. This is a great idea! Thanks for the tutorial.

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  27. Eeeek!!! I LOVE THIS!!! I was asked to make one for this Christmas and I was trying to figure out how to do it but this is so perfect!!! You read my mind!You rock! <3

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  28. This looks great - and so useful! Thanks for sharing the tute :)

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  29. What a cute and clever idea. My daughter loved Legos, me too! Things are nasty to step on in the dark though!

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  30. oh this is a great tutorial - and you're right, what an adorable tree skirt this would make!

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  31. ADORABLE - my lego player is now 19 - wish he'd had it a few years ago - maybe for a grandchild someday!!!

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  32. Well, the Heavenly Chior just stated singing some praises! I am TOTALLY making this for my 4 year old for Christmas!! WHat a great idea and a wonderful tutorial!! Thanks Lee!

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  33. This is just adorable! I'm going to pin it and make for a gift!

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  34. Haha if I get to them first I lay a sheet of something on the floor so I can then empty it into the tub when they've abandoned it - however this is a much more practical idea! thanks for sharing.

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  35. This is a great idea. Thanks for sharing!

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  36. Legos, Lincoln Logs, even Barbies could be stored in that wonderful bag. Thanks for the tute!

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  37. Oh wow, I would love to win. Now that I am home again and quilting I will be back to posting on your Wednesday's blogs.
    Karen
    http://karensquilting.com/blog/

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  38. Ohhh, this would make an awesome Lego bag for all the pesty little pieces. Thank you for the opportunity!

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  39. This will be made for more than a few kids for the holidays! thanks for the wonderful tutorial and tip for where to get a grommet setter!

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  40. Such a great idea - saves you stepping on the Lego, oh the pain!!

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  41. Love this! I can making roads or similar on the inside out of fabric before adding the inside to the outside.

    I think I will need to make one of these! Thanks!

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  42. wow, we have piles of Pokemon figures that need a new home!

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  43. Well I don't have any Lego, but I really want one of these mats! Maybe I could use it for my makeup?!

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  44. This is a great idea, and thanks for the giveaway!

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  45. Heh. I am all for any sewing project that involves a hammer!

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  46. I have Legos spread across my living room floor right this very minute. Oh how this would come in handy! Thanks!

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  47. What a great idea! I don't have any legos :) but would feel much more confident adding gromets to something now!

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  48. Wow! I'm glad you had a childhood flashback! This bag is awesome!

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  49. This is fantastic! Thanks for the tutorial,
    Greetings from Silke

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  50. Awesome idea and tutorial, thank you for sharing! It turned out cute in Castle Peeps

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  51. This is SUCH a great idea!! I have soooo many legos in my house, and my youngest son LOVES storage units/totes/etc. Great C gift. Thank you!

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  52. So clever! And grommets look fun.

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  53. So clever! And grommets look fun.

    xandi - ahamilton8(at)nc(dot)rr(dot)com

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  54. Looks like a great project. Thanks for the tutorial.

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  55. What a fabulous idea! I'll have to remember this one for the grandchildren I might have one day LOL. Lovely fabrics.
    thank you for the tutorial.

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  56. What a great bag idea! No little ones so no legos at my house but I could think of many other people that could use this! thanks! :)

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  57. Brilliant! I was always roped into helping pick up all one million of my brother's legos and I hated it. My girls have paid for my childhood trauma and don't have any of the tiny legos, just medium sized ones. :)

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  58. Fun idea. I wish my kids were still playing with legos - now "that's for little kids". Thanks for sharing!

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  59. How much do I wish I had little tykes running around just so I could make one! Thanks for the opportunity to win.

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  60. Adorable playmat. Thanks for the tutorial. Happy quilting!

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  61. This is such a clever idea! Our son (now 31) played with Legos all the time, and I never knew there was a mat/bag. I want to make these when our grandsons reach Lego-playing age. No sooner though! I had a dear friend whose son put a Lego piece in his mouth and inhaled it. Had to have it surgically removed from his lung! Thanks for the chance to win this lovely fabric giveaway!

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  62. Great project! I remember knitted versions of these from a long time ago- so useful!

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  63. Absolutely fantastic!
    Thanks for this wonderful tutorial - I will definitely be making one of these!

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  64. What a great idea- keeping it all together!! Great tutorial- thanks for sharing! :)
    Cindy
    orr20004@msn.com
    (sorry, having trouble with Google)

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  65. Very cool. So much cuter than the big bucket of Legos I have in my house.

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  66. These blogs are just wonderful and this is so clever!!Perfect gift for youngster who is wrapt in lego and practical!!Love the execution and the interesting prints used. I'd love to try my hand at this one, for sure. Thank-you.

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  67. This is cool - we always spread a 'king sized sheet' and dumped the legos out. Then gathered the sheet and put in the large plastic tub. Never a lost lego (well other than a few that the vaccuum cleaner ate)

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  68. Very cute! It would work well for my son's little magnet-ball-builder-toys that we want to keep from getting all over the house.

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  69. Great project! Wish I'd had that idea when my kids were little with all their Lego pieces.

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  70. My two are just growing into the Lego phase, so I'll have to keep this in mind!

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  71. This is SUCH an awesome idea!! christina112358 at gmail dot com

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  72. What a great idea! Thanks so much!

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  73. Very cute! Thanks for the opportunity to win!=)

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  74. Such a cute bag- hooray for giant dresdens! I am so glad to know how to put in a grommet too. Thanks for the great tutorial Lee!

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  75. This tutorial is so great. The fabrics you used look so cute!

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  76. I will keep this on file for the fute grandson!.

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  77. That is such a cute bag! The possibilities are endless. Thanks for the tip with where to purchase the grommets!

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  78. Oh I wish I had that when my kids played Legos.. I stepped on SOOOO many of them. LOL. What a great idea. And so cute too. Cleaning them up was really the hardest part.

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  79. That was a Great Tutorial! I think I could even make that!! Thanks so much!!

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  80. That is adorable! Wow...and soooo cute too! I love that it's not just a plain old ugly bag...it's fun and versitile! Great tutorial!

    Thanks for a chance to win too!

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  81. What a great idea!!! All of my son's super hero toys and cars need a place like that to live. Thank you!

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  82. I love this, what a great idea!
    Thanks for the chance to win.

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  83. Thank you SO much for sharing this tutorial!! BRILLIANT! :)

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  84. This would be great for my nephew! Thanks!

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  85. My great nieces will love this one ( and so will their mom).

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  86. Fantastic idea! Nicely done and love the fabrics you chose.

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  87. terrific tutorial! thanks for sharing :)

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  88. I'm so glad you did this tutorial that shows us grommets! I have been contemplating purchasing the Dritz grommet kit, but thought it looked cheap in the package. Thanks for saving me a trip to return it! I will check out the hardware store instead. I wish my dogs would let me play with legos. Unfortunately I know they would eat the pieces. There are so many cool kits out there now (Harry Potter, SpongeBob,etc) and they make more complicated ones (Architecture series) for older "kids" like me!

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  89. What a great idea! Can't wait to make one for my son. Just stumbled across this blog and will be back!

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  90. Awesome tutorial Lee! Thank you!!

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  91. I love this Lee!! And boy of boy, do we have a lot of Lego's :) Thanks for the amazing tutorial :)

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  92. What a fantastic idea!!!! Thank you for the great tutorial & the chance to win.

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  93. Oh my goodness this is such a creative idea, Lee! What a great way to clean up instantly and keep some projects! If I have a boy, I know I'll want them to play lego - I'll definitely make this!!

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  94. This is a genius idea. I will have to make one for my nieces and nephews who love legos. =)

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  95. OMG - love this. I just asked my 4 yr old if he wanted me to make a play mat for his legos - this is SO perfect - thank you!!!!!

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  96. I learned about these bags when my mom-in-law dug hers up when our kids started to play Lego. Fantastic idea.

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  97. This bag is brilliant (as one who has stepped on many a wandering lego). thanks for the tutorial...and thanks for a great giveaway!

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  98. This bag is so clever! When I was a kid, my mom would lay a baby blanket on the floor then pour my brothers' Legos onto it. When they were done playing, all they had to do to clean up was pick up the four corners of the blanket up and pour them into the bin.

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  99. such a clever project & a great tutorial, as always.

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  100. Cute bag! It could be used for so many different things! Thanks for the tutorial.

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  101. Your tutorial is so well laid out and precise, I think I could actually make a Lego bag for my nephews. Thanks!

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  102. Oh yeah....ready to win. The pie is too cute to me to gather up Into a bag. I'd like to see it on the wall or table. I'll give it a try.

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  103. Great tutorial - I see one of these in my future for my Lego loving grandkids!

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  104. Almost like a gigantic dresden. Great idea!

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  105. Great idea Lee - I can definitely see this used for all sorts of things. Super cute, too!

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  106. How could I miss that!!! and thank you for the tut! it's cute! and useful!

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  107. So cute and functional, I love it! Thank you so much for taking the time to put the tutorial together. You always have such great post, I enjoy reading your blog!

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  108. ahhh... so very clever! We have not hit the lego phase yet around here, but I can think of a million other little toys (aka blocks) that this would be great for.

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  109. Wow! What a clever tutorial. I like the idea of storing matchbook cars in there, too...you could stencil a road fabric for the lining...

    or you could store those little plastic animals in there, too, with a barnyard or jungle print!

    What a fun idea!

    I'm impressed.

    And thankful for the chance at your giveaway, too.

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  110. Awesome bag! I made one with grommets a while ago for my boys train set, but I LOVE the idea of making it lay flat! (and I second not doing it during nap time! I did it after we put them to bed. Oops.) I also love your tutorial for making a circle strip "quilt" - at least now I want to make a quilt like that! :) thank you! Great giveaways too!

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  111. I have some map fabric that would work great to store my boy's cars. Thank you for such a fun idea!

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  112. Thank you for the detailed tutorial, especially the grommet pictures. Maybe I won't have any more smashed ones!. Also, thank you for the diamond pillow tutorial. Have been looking at that die, but didn't want to tackle a whole quilt.

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  113. I love this tutorial and what a great grandkid gift. This is a wonderful opportunity to win and lovely information and tutorials every day. Great idea. Judy C

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  114. If my husband could, he would kiss you right now!!! He had the denim bag of which you speak (lol), in fact, whenever we visit his parents this bag invariably comes out and all the the cousins have a lego fest. I am soooo going to make one for my little guy and I have the Castle/1001 Peeps to get me through it. LOVE IT!! THANK YOU EVER SO MUCH!!!!!

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  115. Genius! The hammering is a little scary though.

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  116. When we go to my mom's house, she has a special "lego quilt" that the kids use :) It really does make clean up so much easier. Great tutorial!

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  117. This is great...I hope it keeps me from stepping on a lost Lego in the middle of the night...ouch! :)

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  118. Boy, do I have a 10 year old nephew who will love this for his Legos! Good timing, his birthday is Sunday the 23rd. Thank you for the clever tutorial.
    Sandy Corey
    src419@hotmail.com

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  119. great tutorial-i'm loving this. thanks so much!

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  120. Oh yes, I will definitely be making one of these. My daughter is going to go with me to a Lego Robotics class I am teaching in the new year and she will need something to keep her occupied. This bag will keep her stuff together wonderfully. Thanks for the great idea.

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  121. This is genius! I will be making this for my boys. Right now all their Duplos are spilling out of the plastic bin I bought to store them in, this way I can tuck the bag out of sight when they are not playing with them.

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  122. oooo...Great tutorial. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  123. What a great lego satchel. Thanks so much for the inspiration!!

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  124. Your idea is great and the tutorial is too! Thanks for sharing your talents.

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  125. Thanks for sharing this pattern. My kids are grown with kids of their own, but I still remember the hassles getting them to pick up and put away their legos. I might just have to make a few of these over the next few years for my grandkids.

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  126. thanks for the tutorial, my grandkids love Legos.

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  127. Great tute. I wish I had thought of something like this when my house was full of legos. Something to consider for the grands when they get a little older.

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  128. Great tutorial, can't wait to give it a try!!

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  129. What an awesome idea! And I love that it could be a tree skirt too!!! Thanks for the chance. (soniaquilts at gmail dot com)

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  130. Wonder if my DGD would like a Dora fabric one of these for Christmas? Hmmmmm....great tutorial. Hugs Naomi

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  131. Very cool tutorial. Thanks for participating in the hop.

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  132. What a great idea! We have the same problem at our house. Thanks for sharing this!!

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  133. Awesome tute as usual Lee! Thanks!

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  134. What a great idea! I love it! I would be great for the toys we take in the trailer when we go camping. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  135. I officially think you are brilliant! lol My two daughters have the same issue with dumping legos all over the floor, playing, losing pieces, and getting overwhelmed with picking all the little pieces up. I will definitely be making them each one for Christmas. Thank you for the tutorial & inspiration.

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  136. I so need to make one of these - I hate stepping on Legos in the dark. Great tutorial! I will try to not be afraid of the grommets, but I can't guarantee anything.

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  137. That is so cool! Thanks for sharing! My oldest son has outgrown legos (thank goodness), but my youngest still loves them! What a great idea!

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  138. as someone with a cat, not a kid, this would make such a cute table topper, Christmas tree skirt or floor rug/accent! Thanks for the tute!

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  139. What a great tute! This would be perfect for my little guy ~ I could hang it on a hook when I want it put away instead of him dumping out the bucket all the time!
    ourbusylittlebunch(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  140. This I love it! Thanks for the sharing!

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  141. This is such a great idea. It probably helps keep them together so you don't get stuck stepping on one in the middle of the night. Those things hurt!

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  142. I love it! I don't think my kids would complain about clean up if we had one of these for all their toys :)

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  143. NEAT TUTORIAL!
    THANKS SO FOR SHARING!
    HAPPY QUILTING!

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  144. Definitely going to have to make one of these once my son is old enough for legos!!

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  145. That is great! Thank you for the tutorial. I will be making one of these for sure.

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  146. This is so handy. It's kind of funny because this is the same system people in Spain that sell things in the street and are not authorised use to pack everything in seconds when they see the police and run...

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  147. What a clever and original idea. THANKS for the tip about buying grommets from the hardware store. The ones from JoAnns do not last, and I need some for an upcoming Halloween costume.

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  148. This would be great for my boys! Their room is full of little toys.

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  149. Thanks for the great project. Thanks for the chance to win Cori demoncori@aol.com

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  150. my 2 1/2 year old son adores Lego......it's everywhere, under the sofa, behind the radiators..i love this storage bag idea and will certainly be making it!

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  151. What a fantastic idea - a Lego storage bag/play mat. I can see one of these in my future!

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  152. Great idea. Now I need to make about a dozen of them. lol Thanks.

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  153. Cute tute! This would be great for my 4-year old because he doesn't like to put the Legos back in the bin either. Yeah! Thanks!

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  154. Holy awesomeness Lee! This is fabulous! I think this is my favorite one yet! Am I right that this would also be a great design for a Christmas tree skirt? Wow!

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  155. I swear Lee, this is the best tutorial in the 12 Gifts of Christmas yet! Love it, I definitely see making one of these in the future.

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  156. I love this idea! It is gorgeous.

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  157. What a great idea and tutorial. I will have to dig out all of my grown son's blocks and make one of these so our grandson's can play with them.

    lsandes@comcast.net

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  158. What a cute idea especially since those Legos can get lost all over. Here's a way to say, "Please keep your Legos on this mat so we don't loose them." May not be totally effective but it should help.

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  159. Cute bag - would be great for toys.

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  160. This is an awesome tutorial -- thank you! I'm saving this to make for my sons when they're a little older! :)

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  161. *sudder* I remember all those little legos on the floor from my two little brothers! Having a home day care, I thankfully only deal with the big legos here! Keeping track of them isn't easy either though, might have to make one of these! Thanks!

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  162. That is a great idea! I don't know how many Legos I've stepped on in my life, maybe this would help make it fun to clean up. Thank you.

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  163. Already at 168 comments! Yep - SUPER awesome tutorial and will be well used by many a mom I believe. Thanks Lee!!!

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  164. This would be great for my son's Hot Wheels! I'm so intimidated by grommets but it actually doesn't seem too hard. Thanks for sharing!

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  165. This is such a spectacular project! It's definitely going on my list...

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  166. Okay, this was the third variation on how to make one of these that I've seen over the last year - I'm taking it as a sign that I need to make one for a Christmas gift! I love your spokes version especially for the stash-busting potential! (teehee on the don't install grommets during naptime comment). Great project!!

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  167. Wow! I was thrilled to see such a great tutorial - Christmas gifts for everyone! - and to have a giveaway at the end, too?? Amazing! Thanks for the great pictorial AND the chance to win! :)

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  168. Thanks for the great tutorial! Will definitely be using this for future gifts. :-)

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  169. What a clever project! I think I need to make one for me!

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  170. THIS. IS. AWESOME. I cannot think of a better idea for my little guy for Christmas. Holy Cow. I feel like I just won the lottery!!! Thank you!

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  171. Man, why weren't there such cute things when I was playing with my Lego? :)

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  172. This is fantastic! Thank you so much for sharing this. My girls aren't old enough for the ankle-breaking legos yet, but when they are I'm making this mat. :)

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  173. My kids are over the lego stage but what a great idea and I loved the part on the gromments. A little afraid of those but now I may need to try those. Thanks!

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  174. I could see this working for any type of messy toy. Thank you for sharing the tutorial!

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  175. This is the perfect gift to my niece and her mother will be very happy.Thanks for sharing!!

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  176. What a great idea! I may have to make one for Christmas presents. :) Thanks!

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  177. Love the tutorial - I have a 2 year old niece who loves her lego so I think this is something I will definitly have to put on my to do list. Thank you.

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  178. Thank you for this wonderful tutorial. The kids will love it.
    ~Heike

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  179. Hi! I wish that I had made one of these years ago, when my sons were young and into Legos. My grandson is more into cars than Legos, but I think this little carrier will work well for Hot Wheels too.

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  180. What a great idea! Have to hang onto this for future gift ideas!

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  181. Love this, thanks for sharing. I can see it working for his Transformers and Hero Factory figures.

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  182. Great project! I'm looking forward to using up some scraps and making this for my grandson!

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  183. Thanks for the tutorial, this would be a great gift :o)

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  184. What a great idea! Will try this now that I know how to do grommets... :)

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  185. that is so cool! I could have used that when my kids were little.
    Definitely would make a great tree skirt too.

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  186. Thank you for this clear tutorial and for your fabric suggestions. Great gift idea!

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