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Wordful Wednesday: A blotter for my desk

My desk at work is made of this weird plasticy material that sort of hurts my forearms when I am typing, and I am not sure if it is the plastic, the way the desk is shaped, or the years and years or dirt that is modeled into the grain that irritates my skin. No matter what, I knew I had to do something about it, so I created this blotter, with a little help from the DIY site Prudent Baby.

I gathered my supplies from Joanns at lunch. I picked up a yard of a base fabric, a half yard of a coordinating fabric and some spray glue. Oh spray glue, how I love thee!

I found a piece of cardboard in our basement. It’s actually the box to my cutting mat that I purchased recently. Since the pattern of the box could be seen through the fabric, I knew it needed to be the back.

The base for the blotter.

Note to you all: Iron your fabric. In my desire to get it done as soon as possible, I ironed, but not as well as I could have. So now my favorite nervous habit at work is trying to smooth out any wrinkles, Dumb.

Anyway. I cut the base fabric to cover the cardboard and just about four to five inches on the back. No one is going to see the back so it does not have to be pretty. Then I glued it down with the spray glue, being sure to pull it as tight as humanly possible.

Pulling the fabric.

Once it was in place, I cut the accent fabric that I planned to use as little note holders. I put one across the top and one down the left side. I made them approximately three inches or so and then folded them so bot edged met in the middle of the back.

The accent pieces.

I then used the spray glue to set those as well. Here you can see what the back of the board looks like.

Spray glue saved me from sewing.

The next day, I took it to work, put it on my desk and waited for the compliments to pour in. Then I remembered I work with two gys who are both on vacation. So they should notice sometime in March.

The finished product.

Regardless, my forearms are feeling great and my desk is looking snazzy.

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