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How to Make a Fabric-covered Bulletin Board

A fabric-covered bulletin board (also called a French Memo Board) can
add to any room. It can be used for grocery lists and memos in a
kitchen, pictures in a child’s room, or mementos in an office. Not
only can they add to a room, they’re fun to make as well!

How to Make a Fabric-covered Bulletin Board

Supplies Needed for a 30” by 24” Board:

  • Styrofoam insulation (can be bought at your local Lowe’s or Home Depot, usually in a 3×8 ft sheet)
  • A roll of plain white paper (found at your local craft store)
  • Spray adhesive
  • 1 1/2 yards of fabric of your choice
  • 9 yards of matching ribbon, usually 5/8” in width
  • Hot glue gun
  • Braided hanging wire
  • Buttons or other intersection pieces, such as puffy stickers,
    scrapbook supplies, etc. (choose objects that won’t melt from hot glue)
  • Tape measure
  • Wire cutters
  • Phillips head screw driver
  • Straight sewing pins
  • 3/4″ quilt batting

Step 1: Your styrofoam board more than likely had to be
purchased in an 8-foot long piece. You can break this down into bulletin
board pieces of your choice. For this project, we will cut off a piece
that measures 24″x30”.

Note: Use the side of the board that has writing on
it for the back. If you are working with light material the writing will
show through the batting and the fabric!

Step 2. Determine which way you want your board to hang: horizontally or vertically.

Step 3. Punch two holes into your board, based on which way
it will hang. Holes can be punched easily with the Phillips head screw
driver.
For a horizontal board measure 13 inches from each corner.
For a vertical board measure 10 inches from each corner

Step 4: Thread your braided hanger wire through your holes. Leave enough for a loop to hang the board from, then twist together.

Step 5: For reinforcement, fill the holes with hot glue.
The insulation will melt a little bit, but then firm up and hold your
wire in place.

Step 6: Once your wire hanger is in place, cover the back of
your board with the white paper, using the spray adhesive. This will
give the back a more finished look. Some may choose to opt out of this
step, since no one will see the back.

Step 7: Cut a piece of batting to cover the board with enough excess to pull around the back.
Pull tightly all around the board and glue into place on the sides.
Bring the excess to the back of the board by ½” and glue that as well.

Step 8: Lay your fabric on the board. If using patterned fabric, remember to make sure it is laid on the board evenly.
I find it helpful to tack the fabric down on the sides of the board
with fabric pins. This ensures that my fabric is straight and it also
helps me tighten it up. (Tightening your fabric is important. If it is
not pulled tightly all around the board, once the ribbon is put on, it
will bunch up, giving the board an unattractive appearance.)

Step 9: Once your fabric is tightly secured to the board
with fabric pins, turn the board over. Begin hot gluing the excess of
your fabric to the back of the board. Do this 1” away from the edge.
(If you have fabric that extends beyond 1”, simply cut it off once the
glue dries.)
Make sure you constantly pull your fabric taut as you glue.

Step 10: Cut your ribbon into 6 sections:
2 – 45″ sections
4 – 33″ sections

Step 11: Take your 45” sections and lay them in an X across
your board, corner to corner. Tack into place with a fabric pin on the
edge of the board.

Step 12: Measure out 8 inches from the edge of this ribbon,
and lay one of your 33” sections, also at an X angle. Tack this into
place. Continue to do this with the remainder of your ribbon, measuring
8” inches between each section.

Step 13: With ribbons tacked into place and pulled taut,
turn your board over. Hot glue the ribbon onto the back of the board,
matching the edge of your glued fabric.

Step 14: Begin gluing your intersecting pieces at all the
intersections. I find it helpful to tack the intersections down with
glue as well.

Step 15: Remove all your fabric pins.

Step 16: If you are going for a finished back, quilt backing
can be used on the back of the board. Simply glue a trip of quilt
backing along the edge of your fabric and ribbon and this will provide a
more finished look.

Step 17: Hang and enjoy!

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