Serve it up – A No-Sew Upcycle Serving Tray

Yes, it’s another fantastic no-sew tutorial from my friend Shannon. Adapted from this craft by the perennial creative team at Martha Stewart, this is a perfect way to update your living space, upcoming event or gift to your hostess friendly.

We decided to give it a go with laminated cotton (specifically the Heirloom Blockprint Blossom in Amber) so that it’s beautiful and wipe clean!
Before we get started, here are some helpful tips from Shannon and her experience.
–  Make sure you really press around the thin long sides, I had to be a bit patient to get the fabric to stay.
–   I really didn’t feel like I needed the fabric glue, so I would recommend if you don’t already have it, no need to go to the trouble of purchasing it.
– Don’t be discouraged if the final product doesn’t look perfect, once you get the tray placed with décor items on it, you’ll never see the small flaws
–  You probably could get three trays out of one yard of 54″ fabric


•1 yard fabric (Blockprint Blossom Amber Laminate)


•Fabric glue (optional)

•Spray adhesive

•2 pre-cut felt squares

•1 cookie sheet (new or used)

Step One (adapted from Martha Stewart) : Trim the fabric so there is a four inch border around each side, be sure to leave enough to be able to cover the front and wrap around the back of the cookie sheet

Step Two: Cover the front of the tray with spray adhesive, be sure to get all sides of the cookie sheet

Step 3: Place fabric lightly on the cookie sheet and be sure your pattern is straight, leaving the 4in overhang on all sides

Step 4: Smooth fabric onto tray, pressing out any bubbles and carefully fold the excess material on the corners over itself

 Step 5: Turn baking sheet over and cover the back with the spray adhesive

Step 6: Press the fabric over the two long edges of the baking sheet, then fold in on each remaining side

Step 7: Trim any excess fabric on the short ends and then fold over to finish

Step 8: You can use the fabric glue to secure the edges if needed. Cut a piece of felt to fit the back of the tray and adhere it with the spray adhesive or fabric glue to conceal the rough edges of the fabric. 

And ta-da, 10 to 20 minutes later, you have a fantastic addition to your house or a wonderful gift!

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