In recent years I have been getting a pain inside my left thigh and also one over my right hip. A little research has suggested that both pains are due to my habit of crossing my legs.
When reading sitting up in bed, or even in a chair, I need to cross my legs to raise the book to a comfortable height. I have tried a cushion but the book tends to slip off. Another issue I have, though with no health consequences, is propping up my tablet when using it as a TV or watching a film. (Though I did get a stiff arm while holding my tablet for my granddaughter and myself to play a game.)
Recently I found a potential solution to both problems.
A small bean bag.
I came across the iBeani when searching for tablet stands. Now it is a bit pricy but it looked like a good design. I expect you can see why I chose this one! (They have an amazing selection.) though in fact I chose it primarily because I thought a fleece fabric would create a greater degree of friction to hold things in place than a cotton cover.
I did find a free pattern for a different sort of bean bag tablet support HERE but it had a piece of cardboard in it and it didn’t look as suitable for holding a book.
But it did make me presume that the iBeani had some inner support apart from the beans – but no! it is just a small bean bag. However it works really well.
I was surprised just how light it is but of course that is an asset.
Here it is holding a tablet in lanscape (for films) and portrait orientations.
It also held my library book at a comfortable height and angle. Yes my current story book has pictures!
It was suggested that it could also be used as a camera stand for long exposure photographs.
Well this was only 1/8th sec but longer than I could hold a camera steady myself. Since it is just a bean bag shape lightly filled, I thought I could maybe make myself another so I can have one upstairs and one downstairs. Not sure when though! but I do have some fabric scraps that might be enough. Could be quite fun to try.