The temperature has dropped this week and we have been playing inside the house, with the heating turned up. Luckily Sprout got a great big box of Duplo and Lego for his birthday so we have had lots of fun building. However, as any parent with Lego in the house can tell you, it gets EVERYWHERE, and it seriously hurts if you stand on it!
So this week I have been making a drawstring play mat to keep the lego contained during play and also easily cleared up and stored.
I have been looking for some whale material which would match the theme in Sprout’s room for ages, so was delighted to discover this stunning fabric sold by The Great British Curtain Co.
My play mat has circumference of approx 360cm and my instructions will use these measurements, however you can make it bigger or smaller depending on your needs and what fabric you have to hand.
What you will need:
Two pieces of material for the body approx 125x125cm
A contrasting edge fabric you will need 4 strips of 87cm x 8cm.
A small piece of the contrasting fabric approx 10cm x 5cm
4m of 8mm cord
A matching thread
A large safety pin
Cut your body fabric into two identical circles with a diameter of approximately 115cm.
Sew the contrasting strips together so you have one long strip which will case the cord when the project is completed.
Fold over the two ends about 1 cm and sew a hem. This will ensure the edge of the cord casing has a tidy edge.
Now pin this long strip around the edge of one of the circles. Pin it to the right side (side with the pattern). You should have a gap between the two edges of about 10cm.
Carefully sew the two pieces of material together.
You now need to pin the strip to the other circle. Once it is pinned on the two patterned sides of the circles should be facing each other and the non patterned sides should be facing outwards.
Sew the strip onto the second circle.
You should now have a structure the general shape of a hockey puck, but with an opening at one side.
Pull the whole project through the hole so you have the right side on the outside.
It is looking gorgeous already isn’t it!!!!!
Now carefully pin along the cord casing. It important to ensure that when you pin, that the back and front a perfectly lined up, so check the back of the piece as you are pinning.
Now run a stitch just a couple of mms along the inside edge of the cord case. You will need to run a stitch along the turning hole as well to close it.
Attach a large safety pin to the end of the cord and work it through the casing.
Make a little tag to secure the end of the cords together with the extra piece of contrasting material and sew on. Ensure that the cords are secure.
Sprout loves having all his lego in one place and can now help tidy up.
It stores the lego so nicely and the fabric looks gorgeous with the theme of Sprouts room.
It is really import to ensure that the cord is tied up securely when the lego is being stored, as you should with any storage or cord blinds in your children’s room to avoid the risk of the child becoming tangled in the cord.
I can’t wait to make the girls one for their lego now.
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Disclosure: The Great British Curtain Co. sent me this fabric for the purpose of review, however all opinions stated are my own.