The fabric pinboards are just darling. They have huge potential for transforming a space from storing memos to hanging pictures so when I had an empty wall space in the study waiting to be filled, I knew exactly what should go there. Except, I found that a fabric pinboard, the size I wanted, was coming out at £70! So I made my own and now you can too.
You will need:
- MDF (larger stores will cut to size, we went for 700mm- you’ll be able to make two out of this)
- Wadding (70g thickness doubled up- sold by the metre)
- Staple gun and staples
- lay the wadding over the board to determine quantity, you’ll want to allow an excess of 8cm (3″) around the entire board- it’s better to have excess than not enough, we can always trim it down later. Double the wadding to ensure the pins will be extra secure when hanging.
- Flip the board over so the wadding is on the surface and the board is facing you. Secure the wadding in place by folding the wadding over the edge of the board and securing with a staple. Continue around the entire board until the wadding is in place. It doesn’t matter if it looks a little messy at this stage, it’ll be hidden by the fabric anyway. NOTE: although you’ll want the wadding taut, don’t pull on the wadding too much, otherwise it could cause holes.
- Trim the excess wadding to approximately to 3cm (1″) above the staples.
- Ensure your fabric is free from creases at this stage as it’s better to iron it now than try and get the creases out when it’s hanging.
- Following the same process as with the wadding- cut the fabric around the MDF allowing for a 8cm (3″) gap around all sides.
- Now you’re ready to secure the fabric- NOTE: leave the corners until last. Working from 2cm from the corner, fold the fabric around the wadding to make it all nice and neat, hold firm and staple. Continue doing this around the board until the fabric is nice and secure.
- Tidying up those corners: You should have a triangular flap of fabric around the edges. Cut vertically into one side of the fabric as per the picture. Pull the excess fabric over to the cut side, tucking in the corners and any loose threads. Secure with a staple. Do this with all four corners.
- The finishing touch- add the ribbon to complete. You could do a simple frame like we’ve done or you could have them criss-crossing over. However you prefer, drape the ribbon over the board in your preferred style and cut the ends with approximately 6cm of fabric on either side (were going to secure these in place on the other side). When you have the ribbon laid out in your preferred style, secure with bobby pins or needles TIP: You’ll want to secure the ribbon at any cross-over points and towards the end of your board to make the next bit easier.
- Turning the board over so you can see the back, fold the ribbon over and secure in line with the fabric with a staple, trim any excess ribbon as you go along.
- As an added touch- you could always put buttons or pins at the crossover points for added detail. If you use buttons, secure with a strong fabric glue.