Have a million things to do? You need to be organized! But isn’t pretty organization better than boring? Of course! That’s why I’m going to share how I made my happy clipboards. And this doesn’t require any sewing!
What you need:
- Beautiful Fabric (you totally could use paper, but I have beautiful fabric )
- Pencil or rotary cutter
- Freezer Paper or other item to protect your surfaces
- Mod Podge
- Foam Brush
Cut your fabric about an inch or so bigger than your clipboard and starch well. (You just spray the starch on one side, flip it over and iron it dry. Repeat if needed.) Making the fabric stiff will make it easier to apply with no bubbles later on. If you don’t have starch, you could Mod Podge the fabric and let it dry so that the fabric is nice and stiff before you begin.
Trace around your clipboard and cut fabric to size. Alternately, if you have a rotary cutter, you could use that instead. Just use the edge of the clipboard like your ruler edge and cut along it. Don’t worry too much about the curved edges. We’ll clean those up later.
*Extra tip: To keep my sewing table free of glue, I ironed a large piece of freezer paper to the top of my ironing surface. Plus when I was finished, clean up was a breeze!
Cover the clipboard with a layer of Mod Podge. And make sure the edges are covered well. I added a second coat after this so that it was nice and thick.
Lay your fabric on top of the clipboard. (Simply open the clip and stick it under the clip up at the top.)
Mod Podge the fabric in place. Smooth out any bubbles (if you get them…I didn’t have any with bubbles!) Pay extra attention to the corners. Make sure they are covered well.
Now to work on the upper edge. You’re going to trim the fabric at an angle so that you can wrap it around the metal clip. After your project has dried, open up the clip and trim away the excess fabric that is under the clip.
Make sure you Mod Podge the top area well! When it is dry, you can clean up any excess fabric around the corners as well. (And cover the back if you wish in the same manner.)
And you’re done! Now go organize thyself! Or maybe eat a cookie first. You’ve worked hard.
PS. I don’t even like cookies. But I love my new clipboards. Now if they could magically make the work be done, that’d be even more awesome!
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