I told you last week that I have a thing for notebooks. Truthfully that goes for all office supplies. And that includes clipboards. Cover that clipboard in fabric (especially if it’s hot pink or turquoise) and I’m a goner.
Really this is a pretty easy project. The good news for you is that I worked out all the kinks so that YOU don’t have to. I’ll give you the tricks that I learned to keep you from making mistakes like I did.
Fabric Covered Clipboard Tutorial:
Fabric (about 1 Fat Quarter or just a scrap that you already have)
Americana Multi Surface Satin Paint (optional)
On one of my clipboards I painted the little clippy part up top. I used the Americana Multi Surface Satin Paint because it can paint on metal. I taped around the part I was painting to help keep the paint where I wanted it and then I gave it a few coats:
Once that was dry I grabbed my piece of fabric and traced the shape of the clipboard onto the back of it.
(Don’t worry about tracing it too much. You are going to want it to end up slightly bigger than it needs to be. This is just to give you a rough idea.)
Cut out your fabric on the lines you just drew.
Now, to figure out where to cut the fabric so that it goes around the clippy thing (what’s that called anyway?), I used paper to create a template. (This way if you mess up you can start again without ruining your fabric. I just did a little tracing and cutting until I got it right:
Then I used that paper template to cut the same notch out of my fabric:
Now, here is where I learned a trick. It really, really helps to spread the Decoupage on your fabric first. Pour some on and spread it all around with a paint brush so that you have coated the whole thing.
Then lay your fabric in place starting at the top and smooth it out to remove all bubbles and creases.
You will probably have excess fabric hanging over the edges. Just use some very sharp scissors and go around and trim the fabric off: