This project like so many others projects started off because of my older daughter, who seems to think I am some sort of drive through craft restaurant.
“Mama, can I have a board to draw on when I sit on the couch?”
“What’s wrong with your desk that we made you?”
“Well sometimes I just want to draw and watch TV.”
Pause. Think of how I surf my cell phone while watching TV. I get it.
“So markers are going to wind up on our couch?”
“No I promise I’ll be careful. Even in the truck.”
“Yeah you know so I can draw in there too.”
“So the markers are going to wind up on Daddy’s truck seats.”
“No I promise I’ll be careful.”
Yes tell that to the two rugs that are no longer members of our living room thanks to your and your sister’s carefulness.
“Ok I’ll go buy you one.” (Don’t ask)
“Can’t you make me one?”
This folks is why you do not indulge your child’s creative side and do crafts all the time. They soon expect you to make them everything and you will be left with no time to make anything for yourself and your home. Like new planters, art work for your walls, jewelry and perhaps hanging RIBBA frames that have sat under your HEMNES dressers for over half a year.
I’m half kidding. We do a lot of crafts around here. But it’s now moved so far to the other end of the spectrum that this year when I asked her what cards she wanted to get for her class for this past Christmas, she asked what we were making not buying.
It’s good. I’m raising a creative kid. Now I wish I could say the same about cooking and my younger daughter who hasn’t figured out why I haven’t mastered the whole dinner from scratch thing yet as she loves to cook.
So. Because it’s winter and none of the washi tape I had remotely matched each other in nice patterns and so forth, I decided hey why not use felt? I do apologize for the onslaught of felt crafts about to show up on here. I tend to go through items in cycles and get a bit over obsessed with certain materials and fabrics until I get sick of them. This however has not happened with felt or wood veneer yet.
Things you will need:
– a clipboard (picked these up at the Dollar Tree)
– spray adhesive glue (I used Elmer’s Craft Bond Adhesive) or wood glue (like Gorilla wood glue) and a paintbrush (or a fabric glue of your choice).
I have a giant container of felt scraps so I decided to do the first one as a patch work background. Now I have seen these clipboards done on the front side many times (that is where the paper clip part is) and that makes total sense if you’re using it to hang stuff onto versus write on.
But writing on felt, that’s not happening. So I chose to decorate the back of them. To be that epic soccer coach with the cool clipboard. I do not coach soccer by the way. I’m talking about other awesome parents who have the patience to teach 4 year olds how to play soccer.
I wish I could tell you I planned this strategically, but I just started cutting out squares, rectangles and other strips and laying them next to each other to form a pattern.
I always, always, always lay out my fabric scraps before I glue with almost every single project I have used fabric for.
Once you have an idea of your pattern, you have two (ok three) options on how to adhere the felt to the clipboard.
I used the Craft Bond Spray Adhesive. I sprayed the board square by square, working my way from top to bottom and then placed each piece of felt over the glue part.
You can also use wood glue or a fabric glue by smearing it onto the board. It’s way easier doing this with a paint brush and painting the glue directly onto the board. That way you can spread a thin layer of the glue and not have it seep through your felt.
The spray adhesive is a mixed review product for me. I use it and sometimes it works really well and other times not so much. If you want an permanent can’t pry off the felt hold, use the wood glue or a good fabric glue. If you want room to adjust the felt or notice you make a mistake and want to change something, use the adhesive. The spray adhesive doesn’t give as secure of a bond but it still holds the felt well enough that you’d still have to peel it off with a with your fingers so it won’t just randomly fall off.
I used both and a fabric glue at the ends of the squares as I was adjusting the felt to fit, so I am really not helping answer this question as well I want to.
Once everything is glued, trim the excess edges.
And for those of you who want something less complicated, stripes!
And you’re done!
Now I am going to take bets on how long before the markers appear on the couch. I know, I know, it’s my own fault. Maybe this however can help them practice drawing on paper.
But see why I love my KARLSTAD? Replaceable cushion covers.