Pretty DIY Bulletin Board Covered in Fabric

Fabric-covered bulletin board

Remember that super-cheap bulletin board I bought for Nadia’s desk corner? No? Me neither, I’ve blocked the memories.

As soon as as I stepped out of the store I knew I had to do something about it. I thought of painting it, but other things got in the way and it just sat there in all its unimpresiveness for a while. And then I stumbled upon this cool idea by Monica from Crafty Nest: a fabric-covered board.

But while her idea necessitated that I disassembled the board and chopped it into pieces (her sewing machine was broken), I have a functioning sewing machine, so I took a turn in Alburquerque. So to speak.

Click on the image to see the instructions.

First i measured the board carefully and came up with the number of pieces i wanted. Just a matter of taste here, but i went with 3 x 4 rectangles. I then added some allowance since i had to sew the pieces.
I made a cardboard rectangle the size of the fabric rectangles i’d use and marked the fabric with a vanishing ink marker. Then i cut all the pieces.
I made a cardboard rectangle the size of the fabric rectangles i’d use and marked the fabric with a vanishing ink marker. Then i cut all the pieces.
I sewed the pieces together making sure i kept the flaps flattened-open when sewing over. That way there would be no bumps later. I’ve never quilted anything, so i supposed this is quilting 101 for some of you.
I pressed the whole thing making sure the seams were really flat in the end.
I used the staple gun to secure it to the board. The cork is deep enough that the staples wouldn’t pass through. I made sure the fabric was really taut.
I covered the staples with ribbon, which i glued with liquid silicone. I temporarily pinned the corners until they were dry and flat. Then i hung it back on the wall.
This is how it looks in the end.

Isn’t that much better?

It definitely looks a lot better than with just the bare cork.

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