There is something very satisfying about clipboards and the sense of organisation they imply. I have been meaning to have a go at making these for quite some time and this weekend finally got around to buying some bulldog clips to give it a go.
Initially I had planned to cover an existing clipboard but fitting the fabric neatly around the clip looked to be an impossible task. So these are simply a card and a clip ontop, here's how I made them;
I used some card from the back of a calendar (see - I knew it would be worth hanging onto that 2011 calendar eventually). It was heavy weight - the type that is hard to cut with scissors, this was to avoid it curling. I cut my pieces A5 sized, but really you can do any size you want, fitting it to the fabric you have available.
I cut the fabric about 2cm bigger around the outside and trimmed the corners off to reduce bulk. I used PVA glue which stuck really quickly. I only put it on the back as I often find that glue - even ones that are not supposed to mark - do and it really ruins a project.
I pulled the fabric nice and taut, using the clips to hold it in place, sticking opposite sides down and then when those had dried, I stuck down the other 2 sides.
This is such an easy craft project making use of your favourite fabrics around the house, whilst creating an illusion of being very organised by fixing shopping lists and receipts and that kind of thing to them. Or for the less organised; pretty postcards like me.
You can find a collection of fabrics that would look great on clipboards here.