Create this fabulous grab n’ go activity tray for your little one (or keep it for yourself to use as an awesome laptop stand!)
This quick and painless upcycled project would also make a fabulous last minute prezzie for those on your hard-to-gift-for list!
You’ll need: a plastic serving tray, funky fabric, sticky-back velcro, a pocket or two and a handle or strap (I scored mine from a worn out messenger bag)
Fold the fabric in half, wrong sides facing and center the tray on top.
Decide the approximate middle of the back of the tray, remove it from the fabric and pin 2 strips of the non-sticky-backed side of the velcro to the top layer of fabric (these will eventually hold your tray in place yet allow it to be removed when the fabric needs washing).
Stitch the velcro strips to the top layer of fabric.
Attach the sticky-backed side of the velcro to the stitched strips.
Remove the protective paper from the back & stick your tray in place.
Decide where you would like to position your pocket(s) and stitch them on.
Once your pockets are attached, fold one side of the fabric to the centre of the tray…
…then fold the other side of the fabric over as well (like an envelope).
Grab some ribbon, trim, or whatever you have on hand + a couple of buttons and create a closure for your fabric envelope (I re-used the chopped buttons and button-hole-ties from the legs of a pair of convertible cargo pants…easy & clever!)
Snag your handle (or strap) piece, pin in place & stitch it on.
Sew the front and back of the fabric together around the tray position as shown in the photo above, leaving one side open.
Lightly stuff the centre to create a comfy under-tray cushion then top stitch all the way around the edge of the fabric to seal up the open cushion-end and secure the front and back together.
Load up the pocket(s) with activities and art supplies and head out!
Have an absolutely fabulous holiday season and stay tuned for loads more awesome upcycled Confessions of a Refashionista projects in 2015!
For more funky DIYs take a peek at my tutorial index and always remember to keep up your Passion for Refashion!