I've seen advertisements for a Lay n Go playmat/storage bag a few times and always thought it was really cool...but not for $65!!!!!!!! And let's be serious, it's just a cinch sack you throw toys in, so I decided to make my own!
Super easy project - all you need is fabric for the outside, fabric for the inside, and some ribbon! I decided to use PUL for the outside in case I ever wanted to use it outdoors (PUL is waterproof - this is the fabric I got), fleece for the inside so it was comfortable to sit on, and ribbon I just happen to have on hand! I got a yard of each of my fabrics and have plenty to use on other projects!
First lay your fabric out, one on top of the other, and cut as big of a circle as you want/can fit. Exact measurements don't really matter.
Next you'll need to sew 2 buttonholes large enough for your ribbon to fit through about an inch or an inch and a half from the edge of the outer fabric. Most sewing machines have "automatic buttonholes" or if yours doesn't you'll just need to sew a rectangle with a tight zig zag stitch to prevent the fabric from tearing or fraying (then use a seem ripper to cut the actual hole).
I also chose to embroider "Blocks" beneath the buttonholes just because I can. Obviously it isn't necessary and completely cosmetic!
Now, lay the two circles on top of one another with the wrong side facing out and pin them together. Then sew as close to the edge as possible and leave a little section open so you can turn the whole thing right side out. (The yellow line is the seem you're sewing)
Then you'll sew another seem a few inches in that is right beneath the buttonholes. The blue lines are the buttonholes then the green line is the seem you're sewing now.
W is still trying to remove the blocks and put them back in the bin where we used to keep them, haha. I'm hoping he'll get over that eventually...
Mine isn't quite as big as the $65 one I linked to earlier, but it works just fine for us!
It makes clean up a breeze! I just tell W to put all the blocks on the blanket and he's happy to help!