It has been so fun to see my younger daughter fall in love with the Harry Potter series this last year. As a first grader she made it through the first three books and she would be reading Goblet of Fire...except she keeps rereading Prizoner of Azkaban.
She'd seen a few of the movies before she started reading the books, and from the beginning she immediately connected with Ginny Weasley has her favorite character. (Rebecca dressed as Ginny when she was 4.)
I love Ginny and I love that Rebecca loves Ginny because I know something that Rebecca doesn't know yet...that in the later books as Ginny finds herself and grows comfortable in her own skin, everyone gets to see the confident, spunky, and outgoing girl that was hidden inside Ginny the whole time. At home we get to see the confident, spunky, and outgoing girl inside Rebecca all the time...but not many people outside our family get to see that girl...yet...
She's been working hard and is already doing so much better, but we're always looking for little ways to help lessen Rebecca's anxiety, so she can find her voice. We decided to try making some weighted lap pads that she can take to school to help calm her nerves while she's doing her school work...and what better theme to use than Harry Potter?!?
All it takes to make one some fabrics scraps and a bag of poly-pellets (and maybe a few extra sewing machine needles in case your needle happens to hit one of those pellets.
We're thinking Ginny would have wanted one in Gryffindor Red and Gold...and she probably would have loved if Harry's face were on the back of it. We're pretty sure Mrs. Weasley must have made one of these for Ginny...except maybe on hers the characters got to move like in the wizarding photographs. Or perhaps a tiny golden snitch flies about for Harry to catch. (Joanns currently has several Harry Potter licensed fabrics...but I don't care much for most of them...but I LOVE a good black and white print in any theme and I love this fabric with sketches of Harry, Ron, and Hermione...so I may have gone ahead and bought the whole bolt.
It's certainly perfect for relaxing while reading Harry Potter. (Monster Book of Monsters Cushion Tutorial here.)
And it will fit well on her lap while she's sitting at her desk, without being too noticeable.
But since as much as we all love Harry Potter at our house...she does have other interests...so we made a second one as well...can you tell she loves orange and Paris?
I'm sharing the full tutorial for how to make your own DIY Weighted Lap Pad here on the Fairfield World site.
See these links for more details about other Harry Potter themed crafts we've done...and be sure to check back because I'll be adding more as I get them written up.