DIY lap tray

Between road-trips, carpools and a million errands, kids spend many hours of their life buckled up in the car. Our recent Summer road-trip inspired me to create a DIY Lap Tray that could work for crafts, activities, snacks and even a nap on-the-go. Now that I have one made for Clare, I want to make one for everyone, including myself!

DIY lap tray

DIY lap tray

Ready to learn how to make a DIY Travel Lap Tray? I think this one could be our next great go-to birthday gift!

DIY lap tray

Gather ye supplies:

A cookie sheet. This 10″x13″ worked well

1.5 yards fabric total (or 6 pieces 4″ taller and 4″ wider than the outer edge of the cookie sheet – 2″ all around) I used Nursery Versery and The Birds & The Bees.

Cotton Webbing (or your strap of choice) 1 yard.

1 – 12″ zipper. I love these colorful metal zippers from Zip-It Zippers

1/2 yard medium-weight interfacing

2′ Sticky Back Velcro

DIY lap tray

Follow our zipper pocket tutorial, placing the zipper exactly centered on the fabric.
DIY lap tray

The pocket should be 1″ smaller than the front fabric all around.

DIY lap tray

Cut 2 – 18″ lengths of cotton webbing. Seal the end either with glue or a serger.

DIY lap tray

Sew the ends to the right side of the pocket front, 6″ from side edges. Repeat on one of the pieces set aside for the pillow side.

DIY lap tray

Fold the bottom edge under 1/2″ and press. Repeat on the piece of fabric that will be the “back” of the pocket.

DIY lap tray

Align these two pieces right-side facing and sew around both sides and top, leaving the bottom edge open.

DIY lap tray

Place the other two pieces of fabric right-side-facing with the handle tucked inside and sew all the way around except for a large opening at the bottom, 8″ or so. This is your pillow side.

Cut two strips of Velcro to fit along the sides of the bottom of your cookie sheet. Remove the paper and stick the rough side to the bottom of your cookie sheet.

DIY lap tray

Peel off top paper of Velcro and position centered on the “pillow.”

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Pull the “pillow” away, taking the Velcro along with it.

DIY lap tray

Sew the Velcro in place through the hole in the bottom of your pillow. If it’s too tight, open up the hole a bit.

DIY lap tray

Find a curly-haired helper to stuff your pillow. If you can’t find one, a straight-haired helper will work just as well. Don’t pack it too much!

DIY lap tray

Sew the opening of the pillow closed. Your needle might be sticky from the Velcro and need replacing.

DIY lap tray

DIY lap tray

Tuck the edge of the pillow into the open bottom edge of the pocket. Pin well.

I thought that I might have to hand sew the two sides together but it was surprisingly easy to machine sew. I think it depends on how full the pillow is stuffed.

DIY lap tray

Add reinforcing stitches to the top of the handles.

DIY lap tray

Now hit the road! You’ve got crafts covered!

DIY lap tray

Style covered!

DIY lap tray

Naps covered.

DIY lap tray

Activities covered!

DIY lap tray

DIY lap tray

And snacks covered! Everything you need to keep them from going crazy if it’s not already be too late…

DIY lap tray

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