...Kids, General ramblings

Lego Blanket

July 8, 2014

No, not a blanket made of lego, that would be pretty uncomfortable.
A blanket for the Smalls to tip their lego out on to, that can then double as a storage bag.
All in the (possibly naive) hope that this will prevent from feeling like many hours of my life are spent scooping up pieces of Lego.
Don’t get me wrong, I love Lego-it is VERY cool, but I do not love tidying it away. And I am sure you will not be surprised to hear, neither do the Smalls.

So I came up with a cunning plan, for a large drawstring bag that could open up flat into a blanket where the Smalls could sit and play nicely together (?) making all kinds of Lego-y things, and then when they were finished, the drawstring could be pulled and all the Lego will magically be contained back in the bag.
We shall see.

Anyway, if you want to make one too….

This is what you need:

  • Fabric-I used a duvet cover I found in a charity shop, and sewed on these awesome Dr Suess panels, that were an unexpected and fabulous surprise in the post during My Make Do and Mend Year
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  • Sewing machine and thread
  • Scissors
  • Pencil/tailors chalk/fabric pen
  • String
  • Pins
  • Safety pin

This is what you do:

  • Decide roughly how big you want your bag to be, and then take a length of string and measure out the radius of your circle (half the diameter, for those of you struggling to remember your GCSE Maths like me!)
  • Tie a pencil to one end of your string (making sure that the string is still the correct length) and pin the other end in the middle of your fabric
  • You have now made a giant compass-go you! And can draw your circle on to your fabric
  • You will need two circles of fabric-I was lazy cunning and cut through both layers at the same
  • If you want to sew anything onto either side of your circles, now is the time
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  • When you are ready, pin your two circles right sides together, and sew. Make sure you leave a gap for turning out!
  • Turn the right way out, through your gap
  • Iron the edges so that they are sitting flat-I found the easiest way was to pin the 2 sides where I wanted them (i.e. nice and flat) and then iron. I did this in sections, due to limitations in pin numbers. Iron the fabric where the gap is too, so that it is folded down
  • Sew a complete circle all the way around your blanket, about 5cm from the edge, to create a channel for your drawstring
  • Make a drawstring-I started off trying to make a fancy version, but got very cross trying to turn long tubes of fabric the right way out again, so in the end I just tore roughly equal width strips of the remaining duvet and sewed them together until they were long enough
  • To thread your drawstring, fold one end over a few times, and then put a safety pin through all the layers of fabric (to stop if pulling through),
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    and then insert this into one end of your channel (that sounds vaguely rude, no sniggering). Feel for the safety pin from the outside of the fabric, and keep working it along the channel, until eventually, you come out the other end
  • Tie the ends together, and you are all done
  • Revel in the fact that you have just saved days of your life being spent shovelling in feasibly small pieces of Lego back into their storage box…

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  • Reply paula whittle November 26, 2014 at 12:05 am

    I am going to do this has anyone tried to make like lego pattern to sew to it?? I think that would be cool if someone has done this please share

    • Reply Jen November 28, 2014 at 10:43 pm

      Hi Paula
      I don’t really understand what you’re asking? Do you mean like a lego style patchwork?

  • Reply lovinglymadeltd July 9, 2014 at 4:14 am

    Such a great idea !
    Alas my days of Lego are over !
    Have fun though!
    Trixie
    http://www.lovinglymadeltd.co.uk

    • Reply Maker of Things July 9, 2014 at 8:55 am

      Why? I am 47 & 3/4 and I still have Lego, of the Technic variety, to model, prototype, and play with. Being older just means you can buy the kits you want when you can afford it.

    • Reply Jen July 10, 2014 at 11:15 am

      Never too old for Lego..!!

  • Reply Maker of Things July 8, 2014 at 5:37 pm

    Noooooo! I’d have to sort it all out in to the different types of bricks, axles, plates, etc!
    😉

    I have all my Lego in compartment boxes so I can find the piece I want.

    • Reply Jen July 8, 2014 at 6:41 pm

      I’ve shown hubby things on Pinterest before where all the Lego has been separated out into different colours etc, and he said that looking for the right bits was “part of the fun”. Personally, it annoys and frustrates me, so if I could guarantee it would stay sorted, then I would be with you on that one I think!

      • Reply Maker of Things July 9, 2014 at 8:53 am

        When I was a (little) kid my Dad threw out my Lego, as it was stored in an old school desk, and he said I sounded like ‘a cat in a litter tray’ looking when looking for the particular brick I wanted.

        • Reply Jen July 10, 2014 at 11:17 am

          Oh no 🙁

  • Reply Tez July 8, 2014 at 12:17 pm

    neat

  • Reply carla July 8, 2014 at 10:34 am

    What a clever idea!

    • Reply Jen July 8, 2014 at 4:30 pm

      Thanks Carla!

  • Reply carla July 8, 2014 at 10:34 am

    What a clever idea!

  • Reply julie July 8, 2014 at 7:56 am

    this blanket is so cool I will be making one for my 9 year old he will love it, he has a lego box thing that folds out into a road /town to build lego onto .I picked it up at a car boot but it is not very big and I still somehow manage to hoover up odd bits and have to hunt around a dirty hoover to retrieve them. well done and I bet your boys will have lots more fun.

    • Reply Jen July 8, 2014 at 8:34 am

      The Lego box sounds very cool!

  • Reply sandyfaithking July 8, 2014 at 7:21 am

    Brilliant! A bit like furoshiki but going one step further. I use a furoshiki ‘bag’ to hold whatever is my current crochet project 🙂

    • Reply Jen July 8, 2014 at 8:34 am

      What a great idea Sandy!

  • Reply Hilary July 8, 2014 at 7:21 am

    Thank you Jen for not only the picture but the instructions. Here it would be very good for Playmobile there are even more small bits!! Hope the plan works and all Lego cleared quickly!
    Hilary

    • Reply Jen July 8, 2014 at 8:34 am

      Yes, Playmobil drives me potty!

  • Reply lindaswildlifegarden July 8, 2014 at 7:13 am

    Reblogged this on Linda's wildlife garden and commented:
    awesome UPDATE THANK YOU FOR SHARING HAVE A BLESSEED DAY

  • Reply Mary Dawson July 8, 2014 at 7:04 am

    I look forward to updates as to how the Smalls use this!

    • Reply Jen July 8, 2014 at 8:34 am

      So far, so good!

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