Who wants to make a lap desk?

My 6 year old is a night owl like his mama, he just isn’t sleepy at bedtime and likes to bring things to do into bed with him until he feels tired. He reads book after book, but also likes to write me love letters or grocery lists.

the one who inspired me

When he wants to write or draw, he takes the lid from one of his Lego bins into bed with a stack of paper and a pencil or some crayons. Sometimes he’ll use the Lego lid to build Lego creations on. I don’t mind what he does as long as he stays in his bed since he’s often awake until 11pm or so.

writing a shopping list

I’ll sit at my sewing machine or at the computer doing some work while I wait for him (and my daughter is often up too) to drift off to the Land of Nod. My 8 year old? Just like his papa. Out like a light the second his head hits the pillow.

One night I peeked in to check on them and asked my 6 year old if he wouldn’t like something more comfortable to use as a desk in bed. Something maybe he could take in the car as well. I told him about the lap desks my mom made me and my siblings when we were kids. He was so excited. I thought I could find some tutorials online, but there weren’t really any. I found one where they had you just glue a pillow to a board and some where they used cardboard boxes, but I wanted to create a lap desk just like the one I had as a kid.

you can't fight over crayons

I emailed my mom and she wrote back with what she could remember about making them. I ordered some supplies and as soon as they arrived, I got to work. It only took me a couple of hours to make all three desks. And my kids? Are thrilled!


You can make them too! Here’s an instructional PDF with a materials list. Like all of my tutorials and free patterns, you can sew & sell items you make using this pattern – see the PDF for detailed information. Enjoy!

→ Download the Lap Desk Instructions right here! (Link updated, I fixed some issues with the PDF!)

Lap desk!

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