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Easy No Sew Gift – DIY Clipboard Makeover with Fabric Scraps

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Looking for easy no sew gift ideas? I LOVE a quick & budget friendly craft that uses fabric scraps and that people will actually use. This DIY clipboard makeover makes the perfect DIY gift for friends, co-workers, teacher appreciation gifts, Christmas gifts, Birthday gifts or just because. Of course you deserve cute and functional things too so don’t forget to make one for yourself!

In this tutorial I’m using my Spring Barn Quilts fabric from Riley Blake Designs. You can see more Spring Barn Quilts project ideas here >

diy clipboard supplies

I recommend using chipboard clipboards as they will work best with Mod Podge or glue. My favorite size is the small one that holds a 5″ x 7″ notepad – perfect for lists, notes and more. The letter size clipboards are great for teachers as well. Add a notepad with some matching or coordinating thread over the top of the pad, write a note on the first page and you are all set.


00:00 introduction
01:05 How to open Mod Podge when the lid is stuck
02:10 Cutting your fabric
02:34 How to fussy cut your fabric
03:10 Using a rotating cutting mat
04:09 Cut out the fabric where the clip is
05:12 Cover clipboard with Mod Podge

05:47 Put fabric on the clipboard
06:03 Coat fabric with Mod Podge again
06:51 How to know when Mod Podge is dry
07:07 Color difference in fabric after gluing
07:25 Cover top of notepad with fabric
08:58 Put fabric on the back of the notepad
09:30 Trimming any excess fabric

  • Cut two pieces of fabric: one for the front and one for the back of your clipboard. I place the clipboard right on my fabric and use my rotary cutter to cut around it with the clipboard acting as the ruler.
  • Cut out a notch to go around the metal clip from the fabric for the front. (figure 1)
  • Generously coat the front of the clipboard with Mod Podge and place the fabric – pressing down and pushing out any air bubbles. (figure 2)
  • Apply another coat of Mod Podge over the fabric, making sure you get all the way to the edge of the fabric to glue threads on the cut sides so they won’t fray. (figure 3)
  • Let dry until the Mod Podge is no longer white and it’s dry to the touch (about 30 minutes).
  • Repeat the process to put the fabric on the back.
cutting fabric to go around the clipboard clip for an easy no sew gift
figure 1
use Mod Podge to glue fabric scraps for diy clipboard makeover
figure 2
applying Mod Podge to DIY clipboard
figure 3

If you want to go the extra mile and add fabric to the top of a notepad you will use or gift with the clipboard, simply cut a piece of fabric the width of the notepad and long enough for it to fold over and glue down about 2″ on the back.

For 5″ x 7″ notepads I use a 5″ x 3″ piece of fabric.

Glue to the notepad in the same way as you did the clipboard but go a little more sparingly with the Mod Podge do you don’t warp the pad.

color difference in fabric from using Mod Podge on clipboard and note pad
figure 4

Be aware that the fabric will appear slightly darker on your finished project than it does in your scrap bin because of the Mod Podge. (figure 4)

Mod Podge Tip: If you buy the big jar like I do so you always have some on hand, at some point you probably won’t be able to open it – happened to me before filming this video. 🙄 If it happens to you, simply run it under hot water to loosen the glue at the lid and it will open. Then take a few minutes to get any built up glue off the top edge and inside the lid so you’ll have smooth sailing the next time!

Whether you’re searching for unique teacher appreciation gift ideas or simply want to add a personal touch to your workspace, this clipboard decorating idea is sure to impress. They would be a great scout craft project, easy no sew gift for co workers, friends, neighbors and more. I like to have a few on hand as a personalized thank you gift for someone who goes above and beyond.

Let me know in the comments who you plan to make them for (and don’t forget about yourself!)

This project is perfect for beginners and seasoned DIY enthusiasts alike, offering endless possibilities for creativity. So gather your fabric scraps, grab a clipboard, and get crafting!


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🧵 Tara Reed

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