DIY LEGO Storage Pick Up & Play Mat

As you may have noticed, we are a little LEGO crazy around here.  I love this project because if you don’t have the space for a dedicated LEGO table, this LEGO play mat is a great play and storage solution.

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DIY LEGO Storage Play Mat

To create your pick up and play mat, you will want to decide how large to make the area.  This might depend on the age of your kids or the number of toys that will regularly be part of your set.

We use this for LEGO bricks, but your child’s favorite toy set would work as well!

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We chose a sturdy fabric that would stand up to hours and hours of wear.  The standard width of a bolt of fabric is 45 inches, but many of the decorator fabrics used for upholstery and design are wider at 60 inches.

Our fabric is a wider one cut into a circle with a 5 foot diameter.  My kids helped me figure out the length of the rope we would need by finding the circumference of a circle.

See how we snuck a little math in there?

The circumference of a circle is it’s diameter times pi.

Since our circle has a diameter of 5 feet we found that we needed nearly 16 feet of rope to just go around the circle.

A 2 inch pocket was sewn around the circle edge and the rope was knotted and threaded through the pocket.  We tied the rope ends together and then trimmed off the ends.

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The kids were excited to try it out.  In no time, it was filled with LEGO bricks and half-created sculptures and buildings.

I love that at the end of play time, the rope can be pulled gathering up all the bricks inside and it can hang on a hook on the back of our entry closet door!

Shhhhh…if sewing isn’t your thing, then I found this activity playmat on Amazon that is similar {affiliate link}.


  1. This is awesome! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  2. Colleen Woodcock says:

    What a great idea I might try this myself!

  3. I would LOVE to do this, but my son would be in tears because the act of pulling everything up together would break apart his beloved creations. Sigh. Can’t win.

  4. Did you use the diameter of a circle cut from 60″ wide fabric or did you piece it together to make your circle bigger? I know you said 5′ circle so I guess you used 60″ fabric? Thanks!

  5. What type of fabric did you use?

  6. We could TOTALLY use this in our house. I have a LEGO table for my son in his room and those little feet catchers still end up all over the place. 🙂

  7. Christine says:

    Love this idea! Sewing is not my thing but I can’t see spending $50 for this on Amazon. I’m sure I could figure it out but I’m a little confused by how you added the rope. You said you sewed a pocket around the edge and then added rope. Could someone please explain this in a little more detail to a non-sewing person like myself? Much appreciated!

  8. You would fold over and sew the edge of the material to leave a 2″ pocket all around it so the rope would fit through. Like a hem. You could look at a pair of elastic pants for an example. Elastic is added in the same way. I hope this helps!

  9. This is a brilliant idea! Legos are always fun but usually everywhere. Would love this for the Tinker Toys and Lincoln Logs!

  10. Awesome idea and thanks for taking the time to post such an easy to follow tutorial. I know what I’ll be whipping up on the weekend 🙂

  11. I’m still a lego loving mum of 8 & 10 yr olds. I’m 43ys old. my nanna made this mat for me out of some gabardine fabric she had when I was 10, copied from a lego catalogue (33 years ago). I finally replaced the original with a new homemade one 4 yrs ago. still best thing eva!

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