Are you constantly walking around the house stepping on little pieces of Lego?
It’s like my house is booby-trapped with Lego! I find myself tip toeing cautiously around my boys bedroom, taking care of where i tread. I fear that maybe my boys have planned between them on where to leave the Lego pieces so that their Mum doesn’t enter their bedroom to tidy it up!
These tiny pieces of plastic brick shaped toys can not only be found on the boys bedroom floor but they seemed to have escaped out into landing and down the stairs, in fact there isn’t a place in the house that these tiny little feet scaring critters will go. The worst is in the middle of night, when all of the lights are out and I awake to a crying toddler. As i jump out of bed and race to his bedroom to comfort him, I find myself cursing under breath (in order not to wake the rest of the house up) as my foot comes into contact with a tiny little brick. It maybe tiny but hell does it hurt! I fall into the bedroom and hop over to a NOW sleeping toddler.
I had to think of somewhere for my boys to store their mini figures/Lego creation, either that or I constantly wear shoes in my home, even to bed!
I put my thinking cap on and came up with this
A folding Lego storage holder.
It is made from red cotton and yellow felt. The red cotton was used for the whole of the storage holder and the yellow felt was used for the LEGO letters. It was my son’s idea to have LEGO written downwards and he asked for all of the pockets. He wanted to be able to fold it up and carry it.
Red Cotton roughly 1m , 150cm wide (cost £3.99 ebay)
Yellow Felt roughly 1m, 150cm wide (not all needed cost £4.49 ebay)
Red cotton thread
Yellow cotton thread
wooden pole 5mm thick roughly 50 cm in length
- Cut out the LEGO letters. I roughly drew them on with a pencil and then cut them out, size roughly 21cmx33cm
- Open out the red cotton and lay it flat on the floor/table. Place the letters down one side of the red fabric. Leave about 6cm along the top, bottom and edge side so that there is enough room to stitch and hem. Stitch in place.
- Cut away any remaining red material from the bottom as this will be used for the pockets. Cut into long strips, 10cm in width I used about 8.
- Edge each strip both sides by folding over the edges twice, 5mm each time. Pin in place and stitch
- Once you have edged all of the strips You will need to place them on to the red cotton alongside the LEGO letters, so that they are running across the material.
- Try to measure out all of the pockets so that they are the same, 10 cm. Each box pleat is about 2cm.
- Once the pockets are all pinned down on the red cotton, you will need to stitch in between each pocket
- Once they are stitched in place then you will need to stitch the strip of pockets down. Start top left and follow it around the edge, use the foot edge for guidance and try to sink stitch along the bottom.
- If you want a handle you will need to stitch it in place now. Stitch a long strip like you did with the pocket strips. attach it in place at the top above the letters.
- Fold the material in half so that the pockets are touching the LEGO letters.
- The sides need to be stitched together, the whole item should be inside out. Remember to leave the top edge unstitched! Once finished turn inside out again so that it is the right way. You should have the LEGO letters on side and the pockets behind.
- The top edge will need to be strengthened, I used a wooden pole. I stitched across lengthways along the edge of the letter L, making a pocket for the pole.
- Now stitch the top together, making sure that the handle is facing out and upwards. Make sure that the edges are poking inwards giving a neat finish.
My son wanted to be able to fold it up and carry it around so we attached some velcro to it, not sure if it will work as some of the Lego could possibly fall out. He hasn’t tried it yet as it is still hanging up in his bedroom for all to see.
I have thouroughly enjoyed this sewing project and I f you would like to make one yourself please share with me your finished product.
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