Did you know that there is chalkboard FABRIC??? When I heard this, I about passed. out. How cool! And what was even cooler was that I could hop in my car, drive down to my local Joann Fabric store, and buy some! WOOOHOO! Of course when I heard this stuff existed, I came up with such a fun project that both my kids and I would love!
Introducing this reversible chalkboard table mat! One side is a stylish felt that goes perfectly with my kitchen décor, the other side is a flexible chalkboard that will keep my kiddos busy during times that I need to get stuff done, like cooking dinner or cleaning. Woohoo!
What I did was buy one yard of felt with a chevron design and one yard of chalkboard fabric at Joann Fabric. I also purchased a can of Loctite spray adhesive for fabric and of course used my sewing machine at the end to bind the fabric edges together.
When cutting the fabric I made sure that I left all sides of my felt fabric about an inch longer than my chalkboard fabric. I eyeballed the size of my fabrics, so I would say this mat turned out to be about 2’6″x2′. The felt was cut 2’8″x2’2″to accommodate the binding.
Then, I laid my felt pretty side down on the floor and smoothed it of all wrinkles. Then, I took the spray adhesive and sprayed the entire backside of the felt, making sure to spray 8″ from the surface of the fabric.
Then, I took the chalkboard fabric and mated the ugly side to the ugly size of the felt (the side with all the glue), making sure the chalkboard fabric was centered. I let that sit for a bit and then took the mat to my sewing machine, folded over the edges of the felt onto the chalkboard fabric and straight stitched all the way around. Be sure to square your corners before turning to the next edge. Also, since felt does not fray, I did not tuck the raw edge under before I sewed. Super easy!
When you’re ready to use the chalkboard side, be sure to prime the surface by rubbing a piece of chalk over it, wiping it off with a dry cloth and repeating that step one more time. If you decide to clean your chalkboard fabric with a wet rag, be sure to re-prime your surface each time you clean it with something wet.
I really love how this turned out, and I love how easy it was to make! Also, it works so well as a chalkboard fabric, I was so surprised! I love versatility, and I hope you enjoy this project like I did. Have fun!