Weighted I-Spy Lap Pad DIY
Hiya friends and happy fall! Beyond the basics of pumpkins and carnivals, fall to me always means the start of road trips to family gatherings. If your family is planning a holiday road trip, then I have just the necessity for kids in the car—a weighted i-spy lap pad!
A weighted i-spy lap pad serves as a comforting hug when you need it, but the i-spy part encourages sensory interaction during long drives.
For this delightful DIY, you will need:
- A needle, thread, and your sewing machine
- One “fat quarter” of fabric
- About a quarter yard of nylon mesh or stitch-able clear vinyl
- Less than 2 pounds of plastic pellets (it should be about 5% of a person’s body weight)
- Baubles, trinkets, and more to stuff your I-Spy window with
Getting Started on your Weighted I-Spy Lap Pad
Most fat quarters come pre-folded into 4 x 5 squares. If yours isn’t, I encourage you to fold it up! The creases will make stitching up this project oh so much easier. Take your fat quarter and lay it upside down on a flat surface. You can lay an 8 ½ x 11 sheet of paper in the middle to serve as a guide if you’d like!
Creating your Weighted I-Spy Lap Pad
Take your mesh (I recommend folding the mesh over twice, to add to the sturdiness) or stitch-able vinyl and cut a 9 1/2 x 12 sheet. Pin and stitch the patterned side of the fabric to the mesh on three sides, leaving one side open.
Next, pin the sides up to the back allowing for a ~2 inch border around the mesh window. Stitch this in place and you’ll find you have a tube around 3 sides and a center pouch with one side mesh.
Pour ¼ of your plastic pellets into the border “tube” and smush the pellets around so they fall towards the bottom; this will make it easier to stitch the top closed. Pour the remainder of your pellets in the center pouch and add your trinkets and other search-ables. Fold the open top border over twice and stitch two lines to close.
Wow…that’s an easy peasy way to make a super fun lap pad! I’d love to see your finished creations on my Facebook page!