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Topic: Lid + Jeans = Lap Desk!  (Read 33929 times)
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« on: March 04, 2007 12:14:15 PM »

Hi,

So my neighboor had a squirrel chew through her storage container, and I salvaged the lid.  And I'm always wearing out the seat of my jeans while the rest remains good fabric. Soooooo:

I took the lid


Used E6000 glue, thread, stuffing and snaps to attach the leg fabric of an old pair of jeans


And now I have a portable, comfortable lap desk to craft on!


(The snaps are so that I can add more stuffing as it compacts over time.)

Thanks for looking!
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« Reply #1 on: March 04, 2007 12:22:45 PM »

I actually said, out loud, "that's friggin' brilliant!".  Nobody else home, just me and the dog.  And I'm talking out loud to myself.  I want to make one!! Cheesy
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« Reply #2 on: March 04, 2007 12:38:25 PM »

that's a really great idea!!!!!
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« Reply #3 on: March 04, 2007 03:21:24 PM »

What a wonderfully brilliant idea!!!!  Shocked
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« Reply #4 on: March 04, 2007 05:36:46 PM »

I love this!
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« Reply #5 on: March 04, 2007 05:38:13 PM »

I was just thinking about one of those I had when I was a kid.  You have inspired me to make one!

p.s. nice job Cheesy
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« Reply #6 on: March 04, 2007 05:56:28 PM »

Very cool... I used to use a scrap of kitchen counter that wasn't needed after we redid the kitchen as my lap desk, but I never thought to put cushioning under it!

I may just have to go in search of a new lap desk of my own.
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« Reply #7 on: March 04, 2007 07:15:01 PM »

Genius! Pure, unadultered genius. Love it!
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« Reply #8 on: March 04, 2007 08:31:56 PM »


Glad you all like it -- I have to admit I'm getting an obscene amount of satisfaction from using it!  Wink

... but I never thought to put cushioning under it!

I probably would not have thought of it if I hadn't seen one before.  I like the cushioning not only because of the comfort on my legs, but also because it raises the worktop up so I don't have to bend over so much -- much nicer to my back -- and provides traction, so I can put my knees up and not have it slide into my stomach.

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« Reply #9 on: March 05, 2007 07:28:52 AM »

Great inspiration. There are so many different sizes of containers, would be worth it to buy one new and use the top in this manner.
Like the fact that it has the indentation, so small prarts do not roll off.
Have a lap desk from years ago, but it has a perfectly flat top and it would not be easy to keep things from falling off.
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« Reply #10 on: March 05, 2007 12:18:02 PM »

Brilliant!  My kids love to stand on overturned plastic storage containers and they always end up with cracks along the bottom, for some reason I've saved the lids...now I know what to do with them!  Thanks for a fantastic idea! Grin
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« Reply #11 on: March 23, 2007 09:47:41 PM »


Update: I definatly prefer the snaps from  http://www.snapsource.com/ to the Dritz ones in the photo!  Went to show off the desk details to the BF and the tines didn't hold.
Found the Snap Source ones discussed here, and ordered some -- MUCH better!  Especially going through thick denim, as here.
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« Reply #12 on: March 24, 2007 10:06:55 AM »

This would be a great project for kids to make for school-they could sit on the floor,but still be diligently working!! I'm always seeing lids in trash...not that I look in other people's trash Wink
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« Reply #13 on: March 24, 2007 10:13:52 AM »

BRILLIANT!  I love it! Cheesy
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« Reply #14 on: May 10, 2007 02:46:56 PM »

What did you use to attach the jeans material to the lid?  I didn't see anything poking through the top of the lid in the pic, or did I miss something?

Very cool nonetheless.  I like it.
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« Reply #15 on: May 10, 2007 04:06:15 PM »

What did you use to attach the jeans material to the lid?  I didn't see anything poking through the top of the lid in the pic, or did I miss something?

Very cool nonetheless.  I like it.

I used E6000 glue, something I had never heard of before haunting craftster.  It is quite amazing in its adhesive ability, but keep your craft in a well-ventilated space until the glue is completely cured -- it stinks (in the literal sense).
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« Reply #16 on: June 19, 2007 11:36:12 AM »

Oh my gosh.
That is brilliant!

I', going to raid my dollar stor for some cheap conatiners. I'm always trying to find a comfortable way to draw on the couch. This is perfect!
Thank you for the lovely idea!  Smiley
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« Reply #17 on: July 27, 2007 08:26:06 PM »

jean-yus! 

(oh, dear.  that was embarrassing.)

still, though, that's using the noodle! Wink
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« Reply #18 on: November 07, 2007 02:33:41 AM »

my dance class is no longer going to be able to go in our teachers other class room and are going to be stuck in the studio during bookwork days and i suggested having lap desks to make it easier to do work but have absolutely no lids and dont kno how to get about 40 lids so i was wondering is there a way to use something else besides lids
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« Reply #19 on: November 07, 2007 02:33:28 PM »

my dance class is no longer going to be able to go in our teachers other class room and are going to be stuck in the studio during bookwork days and i suggested having lap desks to make it easier to do work but have absolutely no lids and dont kno how to get about 40 lids so i was wondering is there a way to use something else besides lids

You should be able to modify it to almost any rigid, smooth surface as long as it isn't too heavy for comfort. 

Brainstorming ideas of things I've seen in consignment shops and garage sales:
- plastic cutting boards
- wood cutting boards if they are thin enough to be light
- heavy-duty cardboard boxes; cut off the sides and get 4

Anyone else have some ideas?

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« Reply #20 on: November 07, 2007 08:41:54 PM »

thanks that helped me a lot now i think i can make a test one for my teacher cuz i can find lots of thick cardboard
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« Reply #21 on: January 28, 2008 09:48:31 AM »

I want to make one for DH and his laptop, and for occasional use my me and my crafts (I usually take over the whole table).  I don't have any mismatched bins and lids right now (shocking), but do you think the plastic is a bad idea for a warm laptop?  I doubt it will melt, but warm plastic can't be a good idea.  I found some lovely bamboo cutting boards at TJ Maxx, but they're heavy.
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« Reply #22 on: January 29, 2008 12:39:19 PM »

I want to make one for DH and his laptop, and for occasional use my me and my crafts (I usually take over the whole table).  I don't have any mismatched bins and lids right now (shocking), but do you think the plastic is a bad idea for a warm laptop?  I doubt it will melt, but warm plastic can't be a good idea.  I found some lovely bamboo cutting boards at TJ Maxx, but they're heavy.

Hmmm...thinking back to my own laptop, I don't think it would do any harm, but I would be bothered by the flexibility of the lid.  Masonite would be a good substitute... Art stores have 'sketch boards' that are essentially giant clip boards, and if you could find one of those on-the-cheap, it'd probably be perfect....

Anyone else with ideas?
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« Reply #23 on: February 24, 2008 05:09:17 PM »

i've been meaning to make one of these for soooo long!
looks neat !x
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« Reply #24 on: April 18, 2008 11:38:24 AM »

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« Reply #25 on: April 21, 2008 11:21:47 AM »

For years I've used a lap desk, both to work on and (probably more often) for eating in front of the TV.  The top is, I think, masonite with a thin laminate on top, the bottom stuffed with something pellet-y rather than pillow-type stuffing.  The fabric is the best part: a silly monkey print, stained from all its use but still in good condition.  And while I don't plan to replace it, you have definitely inspired me to be on the lookout for an orphaned lid with which to make a new one.  Then maybe I'll see if the facbric of old one can be cleaned....
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« Reply #26 on: April 30, 2008 05:25:21 PM »

what a great idea! i have a lap desk but it is not big enough for what i need it to do, so thanks for the awesome idea i will HAVE to make one of these!
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« Reply #27 on: May 03, 2008 03:10:56 PM »

Looks great!
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« Reply #28 on: August 15, 2008 04:58:55 PM »

Awesome!  Now I know what to do with the orphan lids that seem to have collected here!
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« Reply #29 on: August 15, 2008 11:37:03 PM »

that is so clever!!!! love love love it!
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« Reply #30 on: August 22, 2008 03:07:40 PM »

I actually said, out loud, "that's friggin' brilliant!".  Nobody else home, just me and the dog.  And I'm talking out loud to myself.  I want to make one!! Cheesy

same here!  (except I have a cat and baby)
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« Reply #31 on: November 21, 2009 04:30:41 PM »

We are in NY and are supposed to be headed to FL to visit my dad in another month. And this would be an awesome idea to keep my 5 yd old daughter busy, she LOVES to draw and color so I think it would be perfect.
And luuckily I have a ton of lids out in the garage!
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« Reply #32 on: November 21, 2009 06:54:58 PM »

We are in NY and are supposed to be headed to FL to visit my dad in another month. And this would be an awesome idea to keep my 5 yd old daughter busy, she LOVES to draw and color so I think it would be perfect.

Oh yes! I love the thing on car rides!   Wink

And, as an update: that E6000 glue is fantastic.  It's been two years and all sorts of weather, and it is still holding the fabric to plastic.
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« Reply #33 on: December 29, 2009 07:27:55 PM »

What a wonderful idea! I have a few of these lids in my closet and this would be a perfect use for them!
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« Reply #34 on: May 12, 2010 09:29:35 PM »

I agree with all! Fantastic idea!  I have the wooden table top from a microwave cart (the cart itself broke) that I think I might do this with! Smiley *idea stolen*!!! Wink
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« Reply #35 on: August 25, 2010 06:11:30 PM »

This is genius!
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« Reply #36 on: September 11, 2010 01:39:31 PM »

I'll be on the lookout for orphaned lids now, too. I never would have thought to use one for a lap desk.
Great idea and great project!
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« Reply #37 on: March 26, 2011 10:09:18 PM »

Wow, so simple yet so effective! You should take this to Dragon's Den, haha. I have back problems and am always using my hard cover books as lap desks but this is a million times better!
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So clever...
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« Reply #39 on: January 08, 2012 08:15:35 PM »

i just went hunting for one in the store but I'm too cheap and then TADA...  you post this great how to! Thanks, good idea.
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« Reply #40 on: October 15, 2013 03:01:14 PM »

Brilliant!!  Shocked Can not believe I did not think of this! I have a lid from an old container that I have kept just in case i figured out a purpose for it, now I have one  lol thank you
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« Reply #41 on: October 15, 2013 07:46:40 PM »

 

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So very glad people are still finding this useful!

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