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June 9, 2013

PlaceMat & LapTray in ONE

PlaceMat and LapTray in One ~ Easy DIY ~ Must have for Summer - use as a lap tray or a place mat ! #LapTray #PlaceMat #DIY

I am in a sewing mood these last couple of days and started with this easy PlaceMat and LapTray.



Now, I do not know much about sewing, but I can {usually!} get the sewing machine to do what I want. For all of you out there, who actually know what you are doing, my apologies for wrong terminology or methods I use {but, at least you will have an idea of what I did ..}

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First I cut the above pieces 2.5cm {an inch} larger than my board size all around{see lower down what I have used}
which I multiplied the width by two - to get one long rectangular shape which gets folded over.

Board sizes : 25cm {10 inches} X 35cm {14 inches}
Fabric/Batting & Linen cut to : 30cm {12 inches} X 40cm {16 inches}

1.)  Outside Fabric
2.) Thin Batting
3.) Lining {I used thin linen as the standard lining might not be strong enough here}

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1.) Outside Fabric
2.) Thin Batting
3.) Lining
4.)  x 2 = Bias binding for the Cutlery Divider (no 5)
5.) Cutlery Divider -I folded and ironed a strip of 12.5cm {5 inches}
6.) Napkin Pocket - folded and ironed flat
7.) x 2 = Bias Binding for the Ties  {20cm  /  8 inches}

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Sewed the Bias binding to seal the top and bottom of the Cutlery Divider - {cut and tucked in the end pieces}

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I sewed the Cutlery Divider onto the Top Fabric - see the X's - I sewed each line a couple of times to make it stronger.

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Sewed the Napkin Pocket onto the Top Fabric with an opening on the top to slip in the napkin {I also stitched the Bias binding for the Ties while I was busy with the smaller pieces - the Ties get sewed onto the Mat/Tray later}

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{one can see it is Winter in SA - my hands are all blue!}

Above is the Order of the Layers - this is how I sewed everything together {see below}

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The white circles show where I have pinned all three layers together all around {to make sure all is flat and there are no bubbles forming}
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I started off by stitching the 3 layers together by the width {in the center} which will now form the "top" piece of the Mat/Tray.

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To make it easier I cut a small piece of batting away on the side which must be open for the board to slide in

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Above you can see I simply folded the lining over the batting and the top layer just folded -  then sewed it close {front and back side}

After that was done I folded the Top Fabric towards each other - the lining will now be on the outside - Leaving a small border {approx 5mm} - I sewed the other length side and the "bottom" closed - I did this twice to make it stronger - turned the, now wrong side, in - making sure to push out the corners neatly.

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I used a standard size Clip Board {which is slightly larger than A4} - removed the Clip and the board was ready  {these boards are extremely sturdy} The rounded corners would also prevent tears when inserting into the Mat/Tray as this is a tight fit  {also my reason for not using the very thin lining}

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Slide the board into the finished Mat/Tray  {I had already hand sewed the Ties at the ends}

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Close it up ...

and you have a handy


PlaceMat and LapTray in One ~ Easy DIY ~ Must have for Summer - use as a lap tray or a place mat ! #LapTray #PlaceMat #DIY

I thought a melamine picnic tray would look great here {seeing as one usually use a Lap Tray at a picnic/cookout/BBQ/braai...}

It fits nicely over my legs and with the extra batting on the bottom, it is very comfy as well! {standard place mats of this type normally only have a single piece of batting}

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When done - replace with clean Cutlery and a Napkin - fold and tie up - ready for next time

PlaceMat and LapTray in One ~ Easy DIY ~ Must have for Summer - use as a lap tray or a place mat ! #LapTray #PlaceMat #DIY

Use as a Place Mat on a table without the board inserted

or

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Slide in the board and use as a Lap Tray !

{fully washable ! }

PlaceMat and LapTray in One ~ Easy DIY ~ Must have for Summer - use as a lap tray or a place mat ! #LapTray #PlaceMat #DIY

23 comments:

  1. Bravo! Very original!
    Greetings from Bulgaria!!!

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  2. Looks great! A wonderful idea Linda!

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  3. Thanks so much for hosting the "Let's Get Social Sunday" blog hop!
    Angie
    PS – I would also like to invite you to a blog hop called: “The Great Blog Train” currently live on my blog (the kind of hop where you link up your homepage)– Thank you! Great Blog Train

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  4. This is a great idea. Thank you so much for sharing it. I have been thinking of making a tray for my laptop and your project is a big inspiration.
    Traci

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  5. These are such a great idea! They would make the perfect take along picnic placemats!

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  6. That's awesome, really clever idea, Linda your sewing terminology is fine!

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  7. Super cute and clever! I need to make these for my kiddos! I would love for you to link up at Party In Polka Dots!

    http://www.piggyinpolkadots.com/2013/06/party-in-polka-dots-26-linky-and-sweet.html

    Shelley

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  8. These would be great for a picnic. Thanks for coming by and partying with us at Fluster Buster's Creative Muster.

    Robin @ Fluster Buster

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  9. Cool idea. Stopping by from T.G.I.F. Link Party. Hello from Maryland, USA :)

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  10. Creative indeed =)! Saw this post on Pimp Into my Paradise

    MomMy Hanny

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  11. What a cute and clever idea!
    KC

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  12. Love this, Linda. Thanks for linking. Linda

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  13. That is so cool Linda :) Those would be awesome for a picnic! I do not know how to sew either, but I think I could fake my way thru :)

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  14. I absolutely love this Linda! Such a great project. They'd be perfect for camping :)

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  15. Great idea!so sweet fabric print- good choice!
    thanks for a good tutorial!
    hugs
    http://freestilcreatingbyvilly.blogspot.gr/

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  16. too cute!!!! Thank you for sharing at Give Me The Goods!

    Dimples & Pig Tales

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  17. This is fantastic! Pinning and sharing! thank you!

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  18. Wow, Linda!! I am so impressed! I don't know the first thing about sewing but I wish I did!

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  19. I love this! Thank you for sharing at our Pinteresting Party! Pinning it NOW!

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  20. That would make such a cute gift! What a creative idea!

    ~Kim

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