Friday, June 18, 2010

Lap Desk

On most summer days I sit in the yard and toss the ball to Moose (my dog). I try to catch up on some of my magazines or do some lesson plans for summer school. (yep I'm teaching summer school...can't get enough of those youngin's..ha!)

Anyway...I'm always dragging more items out of the house than needed because I need a hard surface to write on or something to rest my laptop on. So, I decide to make a Lap Desk.




At Hobby Lobby you can buy the pre cut wood piece (50% off for a grand total of $4.00) for the top. You also need some fabric, acrylic paint, batting for the cushy pillow, and any other decorative items for the front. (I originally planned to mod podge some imagines then changed my mind..that's why the Skirt Magazine is in the picture.)




Next, you'll want to paint the entire lap board allowing each coat to try. (which with the weather we've had lately it only took about 20 minutes to dry rather than 1 hour...bonus!!)



Considering my sewing skills are slim to none, I turned to the trusty hot glue gun for the remainder of the project.




I hot glued the fabric to the board on the sides, and along the center, leaving a pocket for the batting. This is for the pillow part of the Lap Desk.






Once the pillow was stuffed, I glued the edges together and trimmed it out with ribbon. I chose to run the ribbon around the board for an added decoration.

Next, I tied the ribbon in a bow, added a fabric flower that matched the back pillow and some decorative clothespins to hold any work or memo's while I'm reading.




Thanks for stopping by, I'll be linking up to these awesome parties..won't you see what they're cooking up! Until next time!

18 comments:

Corie @ Red Letter Rising June 18, 2010 at 4:05 AM  

For a fellow no sew lover, this is a great project! Too cute. How is the glue holding up?!

sydney @ memorable minutes June 18, 2010 at 4:06 AM  

i LOVE that. I've been saying I need a lap desk for my laptop at night. I didn't know you could get the board a Hobby Lobby. How cool!

CraftyMummy June 18, 2010 at 5:02 AM  

I LOVE this! I spend heaps of evening on the couch with the laptop and the TV so I would love this. I only wish I had Hobby Lobby in Australia to get the pre-cut wood... I'll have to search a bit I think ;)

Wendy@project-create.blogspot.com June 18, 2010 at 6:14 AM  

This is Fantastic! i love the fabric that you used.

Patrice June 18, 2010 at 6:36 AM  

Wow! That turned out wonderfully! I love the bow and flower. And new sewing, perfect for me!

Kristi June 18, 2010 at 6:50 AM  

What a great idea! Way cuter than one you would buy!

Kristi June 18, 2010 at 6:50 AM  

What a great idea! Way cuter than one you would buy!

Bettie Rocker June 18, 2010 at 7:21 AM  

That is too cute!

Tiffany June 18, 2010 at 8:34 AM  

This is just awesome, Jessica! You are seriously a craft genius! So brilliant to use the ribbon and to wrap it around. The flower is adorable, the colors are fantastic, and I love the clothespins! So great!

Kelli June 18, 2010 at 9:39 AM  

That is SO creative and I absolutely LOVE the fabric!

Pam June 18, 2010 at 11:13 AM  

I've been wanting to make one of these so this is definitely an inspiring post. Very nice color choices for paint and fabric. Yeah! Pam @ Sallygoodin

Amy June 18, 2010 at 1:15 PM  

Jessica-love your idea! Great colors and fabric choice. This is definitely on my "gift list" as something to make!!

Jessica June 18, 2010 at 6:22 PM  

Corie..actually fairly well. I'm a huge fan of hot glue.

The Polka Dot Closet June 18, 2010 at 8:51 PM  

That's great. Well, we are finally getting out first Hobby Lobby in Orlando Florida later this summer!!! I cannot wait. They seem to have the neatest things! Finally, I will have access to what the rest of the blog world has!

Carol

The Autocrat: Haley June 18, 2010 at 11:47 PM  

I am sooo going to have to make one of these for myself!! Especially since I lay in bed with the laptop and read blogs! LOL

Stephanie Cameron June 20, 2010 at 1:41 AM  

I love seeing what products people find at Hobby Lobby...I've never seen this and probably never would have if you didn't point it out. Lol...I just used that same fabric for a project too!

Erin A June 21, 2010 at 4:21 PM  

This turned out so cute!!! Love a glue gun project too.

blabbing maggie June 22, 2010 at 11:32 PM  

this is so great! thanks for showing this, i've been needing a lap desk!

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