This tutorial will show you how quick and easy it is to make your own fabric pinboard with a professional finish. It can be completed in an afternoon!
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You will need:
Enough fabric to cover the board
Enough wadding to cover the board
Ribbon (plenty, I used 10m and my 2 boards are 40cm x 50cm and 30cm x 40cm)
Staple gun and staples
Buttons (mine are from Ebay)
Lay the fabric out on a flat surface and position the board on top of it. Cut around the board ensuring that you have enough fabric to wrap around the edges of the board. I allowed enough to form a folded hem as well.
Repeat the process with the wadding remembering that you do not need quite so much to wrap around the board.
Place the fabric ‘right side down’ on a flat surface. Place the wadding centrally on top of that and finally place the board centrally on top of that. In the middle of each side fold the wadding and fabric around the edge of the board, form a neat hem around the wadding and staple in place using the staple gun. Make sure that the fabric is taut.
Continue along each side nearly to the corners. At the corners cut off some of the excess wadding. Then carefully fold the fabric to form neat corners and staple all the layers in place.
Your board should now look like this!
Now it is time to add your ribbon. I started by running a length diagonally across the board from each corner to the opposite corner. This gave me a starting point to work from. Secure the ribbon on the back of the board using the staple gun.
Carry on adding lengths of ribbon at whatever interval you choose. I started by measuring mine but quickly realised that it was easier to lay out the ribbon and place it where it looked right (do it by eye).
Once all the ribbon is secure you need to fasten it down wherever it crosses on the front of the board. I sewed a button onto the board at each crossing. This secured the ribbon to the fabric and the canvas board behind forming the padded look. If you are using a corkboard pins would be more appropriate. You could bend the ends over at the back to secure them.
I made two boards as that is what I want for my room. I have decorated the room they are going in and they are fitted next to each other looking gorgeous!
You will notice that I started with a corkboard and finished with canvas boards. I had a disaster where the edge of the corkboard broke when I stapled it. It was too thin to take the force of the staple gun. When buying your board make sure the frame around the outside is sturdy!
I also tried to secure the ribbons using pins and they just ripped the canvas so I had to do a repair and try the buttons which worked beautifully.
So, once I got past my initial difficulties a fabric pinboard was really fun to make and the results are really beautiful. They would make great inexpensive gifts for friends (so long as you know their colour scheme!).
So have a go at your own fabric pinboard and let me know how you get on. Remember to pin this tutorial on Pinterest so that you can find it again.
If you enjoyed this tutorial then try some of my others:
How to make a tool roll for make up brushes, tools paint brushes, etc
Good luck with your fabric pinboard!