WIP Canvas & DIY Treadmill Desk

I'm working on my first stash-project of the year.  It is a canvas tissue box cover kit that I've had for a couple of years, with an intention of giving it as a gift.  I really like plastic canvas projects, but don't get to work on them as much as I would like.

It is my current Work-In-Progress (WIP).  I spent a couple of hours the other night sitting in the chair, painstakingly cutting out the canvas to the exact shape and size I need.  I had to recut the bird once.  Ugh.

Canvas cut and ready.

I'm not the fastest stitcher in any craft that I do, so I know this project is going to take me some time, and that would involve a lot of sitting.  I thought about a recent episode of the Today show, where they had a walking challenge.  The winner was Al Roker, who attributed his success to his treadmill desk.  I think a treadmill desk is pretty cool, but it isn't something I really want to spend money on right now.  It is basically a tall desk structure that fits over your own treadmill.
A TrekDesk brand treadmill desk.

The treadmill in the TrekDesk picture on their website looks similar to the treadmill I have.  It's nothing too fancy, and I've had it for several years, but it still works well.

My treadmill.

I thought I could make my own treadmill desk!  I have a dis-assembled corner computer desk that we no longer use.  I used one of the top pieces from it for my treadmill desk.

A top piece from a desk we no longer use.

I put the board across the top arms of the treadmill, added a couple of bungee cords to secure it to the bar across the front, and Voila!!  Instant treadmill desk!

My poor man's treadmill desk.

I lay a shelf-liner on the top to keep things in place since the top has a slight decline to it.  I set the treadmill to a slow pace - just walking style and it works great!  It is stable and the cords hold it well in place.

My work-while-I-walk progress.  :-)

I have walked over nine miles so far while I've worked on this project!  I suppose it is better than just sitting around while I work.   I wonder how many miles it will take me to finish this project?

Sides are done.

Here are a couple of photos from the start of our snow this weekend.  So pretty to look at with snow on the branches.  Then the freezing rain came in and the prettiness left.  :-(

Happy Stitching!!


  1. This is such a great idea, if i had a treadmill at home i would def. do it too! :) http://www.handmadeintheheartland.com

  2. I'm not sure I could work and walk at the same time! But your DIY desk looks great. I've got some bits of plastic canvas to try stitching but haven't got round to trying it yet, your tissue box project looks like it'll be fantastic.

  3. I'm all over being able to walk and work....you are very smart!


  4. I love this idea! I have always wondered how to make a treadmill desk since they are so expensive. My treadmill was my mother's from the early 90s. : ) I would love to be walking all day. Thank you for sharing!

  5. Such a clever idea for keeping fit and not getting bored on the treadmill!

  6. What a great idea, although I'm not sure I could walk and sew at the same time! Happy new year, Jo x

  7. What a neat idea and my treadmill is similar to yours! I was glad to see you set it to slow because when I go at 3.8 I always have to hang on. I used to have my serger set up on a high table and when I used it I always stood. I enjoyed it. Thanks for sharing.
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  8. What an inspired idea - I love it, and also the fact you made it from bits and pieces you had to hand. I also love the idea of measuring a project in miles rather than time!!! :-)


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