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Thread: Tips on making design board

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    Senior Member IAmCatOwned's Avatar
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    I have found it impossible to use directional fabric without a design board. However, I have no place where I can have a permanent one. I do have room to store one behind a double bookcase and then can just place in front of bookcase when in use. Problem is, I can't find stiff cardboard that comes larger than you would find for an appliance. Need suggestions that are roughly the same width at cardboard. Also, can I use any kind of white flannel for this board or is one kind better than another?

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    Stephanie

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    My dear son made me a nice board out of the foam insulation board. I then covered it with a 80/20 batting and the fabric sticks so nicely to it without pins.

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    I made one out of one of those folding, cardboard cutting mats. I got it at Joann's. I stapled flannel to the side with the lines on it and I fold it up for storage when I'm not using it. It's not the prettiest thing, but it does the job.

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    Like ur ideas!

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    I have to redo mine as it fell off the wall....
    have used felt twice now and not happy with it....
    am going to try flannel this time as I have lots....
    and currently don't have extra batting...that will be my last choice due to cost
    was thinking perhaps I could find a old used room screen
    and cover it with flannel. You know the old ones that stood in corners....will have to check my local thrift stores

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    Quote Originally Posted by Deborahlees
    I have to redo mine as it fell off the wall....
    have used felt twice now and not happy with it....
    am going to try flannel this time as I have lots....
    and currently don't have extra batting...that will be my last choice due to cost
    was thinking perhaps I could find a old used room screen
    and cover it with flannel. You know the old ones that stood in corners....will have to check my local thrift stores
    Your folding room screen is an excellent idea!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rexene
    Quote Originally Posted by Deborahlees
    I have to redo mine as it fell off the wall....
    have used felt twice now and not happy with it....
    am going to try flannel this time as I have lots....
    and currently don't have extra batting...that will be my last choice due to cost
    was thinking perhaps I could find a old used room screen
    and cover it with flannel. You know the old ones that stood in corners....will have to check my local thrift stores
    Your folding room screen is an excellent idea!
    Thank you, now all I have to do if find one.....

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    I also made one out of foam insulation board. It was easy to cut to the size I wanted with a steak knife. The insulation board is light violet, if that helps you to go look at it. Then I covered it with the 80/20 batting, as my sister used that on hers and it has worked out well for her.

    I am very happy with mine. Oh, wait, I took pictures of it for someone else on the board. Let me see if I can find them. Yup...I found them. Mine slides behind the door to this room.
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    Oh....I got the insulation board at Lowe's for $8.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dina
    Oh....I got the insulation board at Lowe's for $8.
    maybe I can use the insulation stuff and make it look like a folding screen.....would like it to be about 6 feet wide. may have to involve my contractor son in this adventure....DH has already gone to heaven, so hes no help. Maybe like 2 foot wide sections had fold like a screen.

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