I found this one at HL. Truth be told, there is absolutely nothing about the design that I find appealing. It's just not my style. The only good thing it had going were the cup and pencil holders. Perfect for holding those little items that slip out of my hands and fall down into the cushions!
But I had to do something about these colors...
And definitely this backing! A velour type fabric means only one thing...it will attract threads and bits of fabric like nobody's business. Not good. There is a carrying handle and a zippered opening for replacing or adding more of those little styrofoam beads if one was so inclined but those aren't on my 'must-have' list.
First thing to do was repaint the cup and pen holders. I used my craft paint but it wasn't sticking very well and scratched off very easily. So I scraped it off and mixed the paint with some Mod Podge glue. That seemed to do the trick.
I dug through my stash of scrapbook paper and found some that looked rather feminine. Using the Mod Podge glue again, I adhered it to the top of the tray but it created too many bubbles so off it came. Next attempt was with spray adhesive. Much better. The hard part was piecing the paper sheets together and cutting around the holders. I let it dry overnight and used an exacto knife for trimming but still did a rather sloppy job of it. What does any smart crafter do? You cover it up!! Before applying the mini pompom trim, I sealed the scrapbook paper with a layer of Mod Podge as I was afraid the paper would tear easily. I started freaking out when it started bubbling again but was able to work them out once it started drying. Whew!
For the back, I purchased this quilted fabric in an ivory color. I turned the tray upside down, laid the fabric over it and just did some freehand cutting. I saw no need to take off the black velour. Using my hot glue gun, I worked my way around the tray adhering the fabric along the edges leaving the rounded corners for last. Then I just scrunched up a little bit at a time and glued some more. It wasn't too tricky and didn't have to be perfect because of the soft bottom.
I used some more of the pompom trim to cover up the raw edges of the fabric. I started at the bottom middle (area closest to me) and just overlapped it a bit so that it didn't show too much. All of the trim was applied using the hot glue gun.
Don't look too closely at the sloppy job I did with the glue gun. :/
So there you have it! My not so appealing crafting lap tray is now something pretty to use while I'm working. Much better, don't you think?
Now it's time to get to work on some projects...maybe this one?
Until next time ~