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Thread: Do you wash your design wall?

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    My design wall is a flannel backed vinyl tablecloth that I bought off the roll at Wal Mart - I use a lint roller to get the threads, etc - but it is not holding my pieces like it used to. Does anyone wash their design wall in the washing machine?

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    Haven't had mine up too long- 8 mos. or so. Since I too take the threads off and there is nothing but dust, I think a quick run in the dryer for a good fluff would do the trick.

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    I haven't had mine that long but it is glued onto styrofoam, so I won't be washing it. I will probably vacuum it to clean it.

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    I've had mine for over four years and it still holds. I've put king sign quilts on it and it holds.

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    I tried the flannel backed vinyl and found that things didn't stick up there for very long on their own.

    Then tried flannelette by itself.

    Then a piece of fleece. Best Ever!

    Then, went whole hog, with a permanent design wall. 7.5'x10' covered in black fleece. Before Christmas, I finished a 50"x70" quilt and left it on the wall for over two weeks before it was quilted. Never budged!! :)

    I didn't go white, for the reason I knew it would look grungy with time. Plus, I believe black gives a better non-judgmental background. Due to the permanency, there'll be no washing ... though I do run the lint roller over mine, periodically.

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    mine is felt glued to styrofoam and I have vacuumed it to freshen it up.

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    I have washed flannel backed tablecoths and they come out ok, but I've not had great success with getting fabric to stick. I'm thinking about using some fleece, that sounds like a great idea.

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    I haven't, but I probably should. Mine is getting the same way as yours because of using a lint roller. Mine is flannel uardage stapled to an old cardboard cutting mat. I'm going to be unstapling it and washing it.

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    Mine is homemade using 4x8 sheets of insulation duct taped together so it folds up. It is covered in batting. I like that I can use pins or not. When not in use it is folded up and in plastic, behind a tall bookcase in my living room with a largish mola over it so it is a design element in the room. No one knows I have it wrapped in plastic.

    I just roll it with a lint roller or use masking tape to get off threads when needed.

    ali

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    I use a twin-sized batting for the design wall. I vacuum the thread bits off. I've never used the tablecloths.

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