With Mother's Day coming I thought that a Fabric Board would be a great gift for the craft room that my Mom has been setting up. I have wanted one of these...for my many quilting projects...since I saw my friend Alisande's jumbo size one about 10 years ago!
The design board post at Oh, Fransson! was a great help. I borrowed her idea of using quilt batting instead of flannel, but after skulking around the lumber section of Lowe's on my lunch hour I decided that I wasn't crazy about the foam insulation board as a base. I headed over to Jo-ann to pick up the batting without a firm plan and found a 36" x 36" stretched canvas on sale and decided to use that. I think it will be easier to hang and will be sturdier over the long run.
Here's how I made mine...
- Mountain Mist Cream Rose 100% Cotton Needled Batting - crib size 45" x 60" $9 at Jo-ann after 40% off coupon.
- Gallery Stretched Canvas - 36" x 36" on sale at Jo-ann for $36
- Staple gun - I used 5/16" / 8mm staples
- Steam Iron
- Iron batting with steam to remove packing creases
- Lay canvas face-down on smooth batting
- staple batting to wooden stretchers - I did opposing sides first, checking results to make sure it was smooth
- Trim excess batting
- Miter & staple corners
You can hang this one on the wall by it's built-in hangers. If you chose a foam base, you'll want to add hanging hardware.
I displayed scrap fabric letters on it for the holiday & I think it turned out nice!