I finished this literally the night before getting on the road to drive to Washington from Kentucky… hence no post until now. I’m still unpacking and catching up online.
I made Little Bit’s very similarly to both MerMag’s and Chez Beepers.
I for the most part, I only used materials that I had on hand. The only thing I didn’t have on hand were some buttons that were flat and were cute with the fabrics I was using.
I started out with plain white linen. I followed the tutorial pretty closely and deviated where needed, like Chez Beeper.
I cut down an extra pillow for the pillow insert. It has a zipper, so I can take out some more of the polyfill if needed…. which it was.
I used a Pimpernel placemat instead of a masonite board. Pimpernel placemats are heat resistant and have a cork backing. I already had extras on hand and it was the perfect size! I doubled the white linen throughout, so the design on the placemat doesn’t show through.
I also made the closure with velcro, so I can open it to take out the pillow and placemat to wash the cover. I’ve already washed it a couple of times. :)
I had to use this cute and whimsical bug fabric! I’d bought it just because I thought it would be a cute kid fabric. I didn’t know what I was going to do with it until I started digging for fabric for this lap desk. I knew it would be perfect! All the other fabrics coordinate with the bug fabric in some way.
I made loads of pockets for Little Bit to put all his treasures and activities in. I liked Chez Beeper’s idea for a cup holder…. so I added that on one side. It also is a great holder for a cup of snacks!
It fits very nicely on a chair or car seat.
The buttoned pockets on both sides are deep enough to hold a standard sized coloring book or notebook. Perfect for color wonder markers too!