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Thread: Design wall question

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    Junior Member yweinst's Avatar
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    Design wall question

    Until now I've been using my floor but I realize I need to use a design wall. I have a very nice wall in my sewing room that can be transformed into a design wall. I was planning on buying the fons and porter one and hanging it up out of ease but I don't know if this is the best choice or if it makes sense to just buy flannel and hang it up.

    If I go the flannel route do I need anything under it if I attach it to the wall?

    Thanks,
    Yael

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    I use an old vinal table cloth with the flannel type linning. Works great.

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    Just finished one last weekend. I got tired of using the small cardboard design walls I had that were secured by mirror brackets on my fabric cabinets. Was a pain to move them when I needed to get something out. I didn't have any flannel or fleece large enough to hang, which is all I wanted to do, so DH came up with a plan to get what I wanted for @ $30.
    My issue was how to keep it on the wall, just as you are wanting to do. So, this is what we did for anyone who may be interested:
    We bought a 1" 4x8 sheet of foam insulation for $11. Bought 2 1/2 yds of white fleece at 50% off at Hancock Fabrics for $15. We drew a line at 60" and took my 5' metal ruler and laid it next to the line. Took a hacksaw blade and cut on the line. That left a piece to cut into 2 pieces-in half on the 48" side. One piece was 30 x 24, the other 38 x 24-which we cut 8" off. Lined it all up on the wall, put one screw with a 1" plastic washer to the very top of the big piece-in a wall stud. Then lined up the other 2 pieces. These 2 pieces had a straight manufacture edge that were butted up against the bottom of the 48x60 piece. Added double sided tape behind the insulation, and put more long screws around the outer edges of the sheet. Total size is 58 wide x 72 long. The fleece is 60" wide, so I was able to fold an inch over the sides and secure with T pins.
    This is something that will last a very long time, I can use pins on it, and it can be taken down if needed. No way it is going to fall down. Right now it is on a wall behind my ironing board. I just move that when I need to use the whole wall, but until I have a lot to put on it, I can easily use it without moving it.

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    I bought a flannel backed tablecloth at Wal-Mart about 5 years ago, and it's still going strong! I don't remember what I paid for it, not much though. I have it attached to the wall with straight pins, it's never fallen.

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    I use the Fons & Porter one and it works great for me.

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    I also use the Fons & porter one and it has grommets for hanging and I used these 3m sticky back hooks on the wall and it is real good. It has been up there for couple yrs.
    Suzanne
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    I use the Fons and Porter one and it works great for me, too. I hung it with Command Hooks. The only problem is that it is rather small, but that is the only wall in my sewing room that I could put it on the other walls have cabinets on them. It does the job and when I need a bigger space I use a double bed. Any port in a storm is my motto. lol Oh, I forgot, I got mine with a coupon at JoAnn's.
    Sue

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    I haven't done this yet, but my idea is to use flannel and attach it to the wall using Command Holders. I use them for my rulers and they work great.

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    My husband made mine out of 2 pieces plywood, I covered it with flannel and he put a nice frame on it. It is pretty big and I love it.

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    I have 48"x48" pink insulation board covered cotton batting which is secured to the back of the board with a duct tape. Works like a charm.

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