Weighted Lap Pad Tutorial!
Here’s how I made my weighted lap pad!
- Fleece, whatever style you like in whatever size you want. I made mine with some leftover TWD fabric, since that’s my current special interest!
- Rice, deer corn, or any other weighted filling. I used rice. (If you use rice or corn or beans, you can’t wash it, though.)
- Sewing machine
- Thread that will match your fabric
This is going to give us the nice finish on the outside of your lap pad!
Cut out the rectangular pieces of your fabric, then put them together so the two “right” sides are touching each other. The “wrong” side should be on the outside.
Next, you should pin it on three out of the four sides, leave the top side un-pinned. Sew along your pins, leave a half inch seam.
For visual learners, follow this diagram. Sew along the red lines.
Turn the rectangle right side out, make sure you push on the corners so they look kind of square.
Measure the length of your rectangle to decide how you want to divide up the weight. I did mine by dividing the rectangle into thirds, since the design on the fabric created those lines for me.
Pin along those lines and sew them. Be sure to go all the way off the end, then back up the stitches on the bottom to reinforce them.
Again, here’s a diagram of where to sew:
Figure out how much you want it to weigh! I chose six pounds for mine, but yours can be heavier or lighter.
Divide that number by how ever many sections you chose to divide your lap pad into.
If you have a small cooking scale, you could measure it on there. Measure out the rice for each section, the weight doesn’t have to be exact. Then, roll down the top of the section and pour the rice in.
Make sure it’s not packed full of rice, there should be enough room for it to move around. There should be a reasonable amount of space between the filling and the top seam, so it won’t spill out as you’re sewing.
This is going to close the top of the lap pad up!
At the open top part of the lap pad, you’re going to need to fold the top part in. Think of how a seam works on clothes. Fold the front part in, then the back part, so the “wrong” sides are touching, then pin it.
When that is folded down, pin it and stitch across to close it up and give it a clean finish that looks like the rest of the seams!
Now it should be done! Here’s mine, you can kind of see where some of the stitching is.