When we go most places the kiddo leaves with a handful of legos…. Then he drops the legos in the car…
So I wanted to make him a lap desk to hold those legos so they don’t end up all over the car! And that’s what we did!
I kept looking for a fun lap desk with sides, but I couldn’t find any since they are mostly made for laptops. Then I was wandering through Goodwill one day and noticed a tray! Oh, yeah! It hit me, I can make it myself. Hello? WHy hadn’t I thought of this before???
First, you’ll want to trace the outline of your tray and then cut it out of your cardboard or foam core. I used the foam core just becuase it’s what I had closest to me!
Cut your fabric. I cut mine about 3 1/2 inches larger than my foam core on each side. In hindsight, I’d probably go a bit thinner, maybe 2 1/2 inches.
Next, pull up the corners so that you have a triangle of fabric like in the picture above. Pin along the long side of the triangle. Do it for each corner.
And in comes Speed Sew! Have you used this stuff? It’s little blurb is, Don’t sew it, Speed Sew it!’ You put this glue on the fabric, hold it for a minute and it’s like it’s been sewn together! I love it! I’m trying to figure out how to make a no sew quilt for those readers out there that want to make a quilt but don’t sew! Not sure if I’ll be able to do it, but I’m working on it!
Unpin your triangles and glue along the line between the two right sides. Put the glue on a piece of paper or cardboard and use some sort of spreader to apply the glue. I didn’t have great luck with getting the glue where I wanted it when I applied directly to the fabric. Other people might be better at this than I am, but until you know, stick with a spreader!
Don’t cut the rest of the triangles!
Center the cardboard back in the middle of the fabric. We’re gluing the fabric to the cardboard. Start with the corners and gather around. Then do 3 sides. Not all four! Just three! Then go around and make sure you have a nice border of hot glue all around.
Use a funnel to fill the lap desk with the micro-beads. This can get messy! They kinda fly around…. So SLOWLY fill the funnel. I tried to speed it up and pour directly into the lap desk. But it made a mess! So I recommend the funnel!
Once the lap desk is filled, hot glue that side closed too! Then push on the lap desk and if you have any holes, micr-beads will start flying! Fill in the gaps if needed!
Lastly, hot glue the lap desk to the tray! i had to work fast, before the hot glue dried!
Then give it a test drive! The kiddo was very pleased with it and it ready to take it out on the open road!
What do you think? Would your kiddos like one? I bet they would!! I want one for when I’m crafting in the car on road trips! hmmmm… I might have to make another one!
And now for the giveaway! 2 tubes of Speed Sew! It dries in minutes, doesn’t wash out and can be used for crafts and fabric repairs. I bet it would be a great way to hem things if you don’t want to sew it! I just thought about that!
When you check out their website, you’ll see a bunch of red icons. Click on these for some silly tutorials with Owen Clark and Josh Rimer.
And their FB page has tons of links to other tutorials! I just had even more ideas!!
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