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Thread: Design Wall idea......???

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    Design Wall idea......???

    Hi all - I'm working to convert a spare bedroom into my sewing room. It's 11'x11' and the one wall I have already earmarked for a design wall is behind the door and to the closet, probably about 6' wide.

    Just wondered what are some of your ideas to make it an efficient and practical design wall. I've seen the F&P design wall you can buy and hang. Then I read on one of the reviews to make my own wall by purchasing a flannel-backed plastic tablecloth using the flannel side and hang it with grommets and the 3-M removable hooks. It would be just as good and not as expensive .

    What are some of your ideas?

    The room is getting steam-cleaned today, just to see if the carpets are worth keeping. If not, we will be laying down a laminate floor. Thinking about taking off work on Friday to get started decorating it! Can't wait to start making more quilts with in my new sewing room!!

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    I have put the flannel backed tablecoth onto a styrofoam insulation board and the cloth holds the pieces. I have two insulations measuring about 6 ft. by 4 ft. and with the two I can put a king size quilt on it. Put some pins in it and you're good to go. Very practical and inexpensive.







    Quote Originally Posted by Stitch124 View Post
    Hi all - I'm working to convert a spare bedroom into my sewing room. It's 11'x11' and the one wall I have already earmarked for a design wall is behind the door and to the closet, probably about 6' wide.

    Just wondered what are some of your ideas to make it an efficient and practical design wall. I've seen the F&P design wall you can buy and hang. Then I read on one of the reviews to make my own wall by purchasing a flannel-backed plastic tablecloth using the flannel side and hang it with grommets and the 3-M removable hooks. It would be just as good and not as expensive .

    What are some of your ideas?

    The room is getting steam-cleaned today, just to see if the carpets are worth keeping. If not, we will be laying down a laminate floor. Thinking about taking off work on Friday to get started decorating it! Can't wait to start making more quilts with in my new sewing room!!

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    I have white polar fleece I found on sale attached to the wall with some quilt mounting magnets (they are slick!). My other design wall is left over from a teen's room. I had a handyman attach some sort of building sheeting and the whole wall is a bulletin board. Too bad I cannot reach that high!
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    I just read in the RV post about using the command hooks and binder clips to hang a design wall. That would be even easier than grommets. I bought a good quality tablecloth on the bolt at Joann's to use. I picked a plain cream colored vinyl so that the design wouldn't show through. I also made sure that the back was nice and thick -better than some tablecloths.

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    I used a big piece of warm and natural. I used push pins to secure it to the wall...easy and fabulous

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    My husband made mine using foam insulation board. I covered it with polyester polar fleece. I don't have to pin my blocks to it. If I use a little pressure as I smooth the block on, it sticks just fine. That being said, my dogs have been known to get a little rambunctious and then they all fall off!
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    My new design wall

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    I have always just tacked some felt to the wall. It works just fine.

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    I sewed flannel together, to fit the size of my wall and then used push pins to hang it in place.
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    I like the idea of using the command removable hooks. enjoy your new sewing room, some advice I would give, is to make your design wall as large as you can (if you do queen or king quilts), using push pins is a great idea also. I use warm and natural on a 4 x 6 foam board (duck taped it on), when my new room gets organized mine will be queen quilt sized using warm & natural.
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    I made mine out of the insulation board others are talking about. I duck taped Warm and Natural to it. I didn't attach mine to a wall, as it sits in front of my closet and sometimes I need to get into it. I also cut 2 feet off of the height so that it just leans against my closet. I am quite happy with it.

    Let me see if I can find a picture. Okay, here is one. It makes it look skinnier than it is. It is 48 inches by 72 inches.

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