Fabric Headrest Mounted Tablet Holder

I saw a plastic one of these at Ross for $12.99 and I put it back because I figured I could make a fabric one! (Plus the plastic one looked totally cheesy and I was worried that the tablet would fall out!) This one only cost about a dollar or so, I think it’s a much better deal! This tablet holder is kind of an ugly project– I could make it cute, but it doesn’t have to be pretty because it’s useful and I’m lazy.

Also, this is for a 10.5 inch tablet, but use your own tablet measurements to figure out the right dimensions!

Materials:
1 foot Clear Vinyl (I bought 4 Gauge, at least that’s what the receipt said, I just picked the thinnest)
Scrap Fabric, Just a bit bigger than your tablet
Bias Tape
Ribbon

Directions:
Use your tablet to measure out your fabric. There should be at least and inch or two on each side.

Cut out the fabric, and cut out the same size for the plastic.

Next, you will want to go out to the car and measure around the headrest with a flexible tape measure. You will need the length around the top to bottom (make sure they overlap) and around the top, from side to side. That length, plus an extra 10 inches is how much ribbon you will need.

Each length of ribbon will be cut into two, but don’t do it evenly. Have more on one side than the other so that the bow you tie will be able to be tied off to the side, so that there won’t be a knot in the back of the person’s head that is sitting in the seat.

Put your plastic on top of your back fabric and place the ribbons in the middle, with the edges at the edge of the fabric and plastic,

Sew the 3 sides, and turn it inside out. (This is where more work could be done to make it prettier, those seams are pretty ugly! Covering them with bias tape might be cute.)

Next, make a bias tape or use an already bought one and finish off the top edge. A ribbon will need to be added to the top as well.

This is going to be so helpful for our next road trip, as my son has started watching cartoons lately. I’m going to try to save it for when he gets really cranky though!

I was impressed to find out that the touch screen was still able to be used with the clear vinyl. The vinyl does cling to the screen as well.

More DIY Bags:
Play Mat Toy Bag
Padded Tablet Case
Messenger Bag

Road Trip Tips:
The Greatest Trip I Hardly Remember
Road Trip Packing List Printable(And One For Toddlers)
Eating Out of a Hotel Room {Vacation Money Saving Ideas}

Vinyl Swirls Behind Coca-Cola Sign

My husband and I really like Coke stuff. He works for Coca-Cola now, but even before then we were decorating with Coke bottles. You might have seen my Coca-Cola Bracelet from a can and my Coke can necklace too. When I found a 1990 Coca-Cola button sign at The Desert Peddler I knew I wanted it because of the looks and the year (year I was born). My husband said I could go get it and I did. After hanging it I noticed two holes that weren’t noticeable before. (Our house was painted when we bought it, we have just been using pictures and stuff to cover up the marks and holes.)

With the leftover vinyl from my car stickers I decided to make some swirls that would cover up the holes and make my Coke sign stick out a little more. The red on red isn’t my favorite but I really don’t feel like repainting my kitchen right now. (Or maybe I do, but I feel like I need to wait for my husband to come home and decide on the color for me)


I first drew some swirls on a piece of cardboard, and held it up to my sign to see if that shape would work. I then folded my vinyl in half so that I knew how much space I had to work in, and I copied the swirls to one side of my vinyl (on the back). I perfected them and traced some of the lines with a sharpie.

I then folded my vinyl in half again and used clothespins to hold it together while I cut it out. I used scissors to cut it out, but next time I think I need to try practicing with an xacto knife. It would probably be easier.

After the swirls are cut out, they need to be put up on the wall. Start where the three of them meet, and get a little bit of each one to stick to the wall by peeling back a little bit of the backing and pressing it down with the included popsicle stick. After that, work on pressing down one swirl at a time. After one swirl is pressed down I found it easier to rip off the backing from that swirl to get it out of the way. Continue doing this until all the swirls are pressed to the wall.

So far I’m pretty happy with the way mine turned out. Up close you can see how rigid some of my cuts were, but from far away it looks fine.

Some Other Decorating Ideas:
Vinyl Car Decor
Painted Wall Quote
Once Upon a Time Closet Doors
Ruffled Curtains

Vinyl Car Stickers

I bought some vinyl, even though I don’t have a machine to cut it. I found out from Kim at A Girl and A Glue Gun that you can cut the vinyl like normal too. You can see her post here.

I also saw this picture on Facebook,(and I did an image search so I could pin it but didn’t find a good source. If you know where it came from let me know, I’ll give them credit!) and loved the idea. Instead of having stick figures of your family they had their guns instead.

I found some silhouettes of the guns that I wanted to represent us through another image search, and put them into paint and sized them and placed them closer together.

I printed it out and taped the paper with masking tape to the vinyl, and cut them out (cutting is a great tv-time activity!). Once they all were cut out I went outside (and yes, it’s still super hot in the middle of the day even though its September!) and tried not to burn my fingers too badly as I wiped the window down with alcohol.

I then peeled the bottom of the gun, and stuck just the bottom to the window. I used the popsicle stick the vinyl came with to push down as I peeled off the rest of the backing so that it stuck nicely to the window. There are still a couple of small air bubbles but it looks fine.

I’m really happy with them. The flag we have on there is vinyl as well, we bought it at a yard sale though. The pirate flag is in fact stolen from my son’s happy meal and I love that too. So I didn’t really need the personalization, my purple car sticks out anyway but it sure does look cool now!

More Personalization:
Decorated Suitcase
Embellished Knit Hats
Iron-On Tractor Shoes