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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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    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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    I think that a cotton batting is the best thing. Warm & Natural even the 80/20 blend works well, I found that although I like Hobbs 80/20 for quilting it doesn't work the best for this. I would wait for a batting sale or use a 50% coupon and get one. we just push pinned ours up. Then when it gets lots of threads on it just use a lint roller. We have had ours up for almost 4 years and it is still workin great.

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    I just use the insulation board free standing so that I can move it around. Also, I don't have anything over mine because blocks just never seem to stick so I use pins.

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    And another thing - about that carpet. In a sewing room you may prefer the laminate flooring if you have to move your chair from one sewing station to another. I have three machines (sewing, serging, and embroidery) and I have to get up and pull my chair between them, as we installed wall-to-wall throughout the house about ten years ago. Hate it. Also easier to clean up tiny scraps, thread ends, etc. when the flooring is laminate. Just saying...
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    I had my husband mount this pole all along one wall of my sewing room. I used the curtain clips with the little teeth from Walmart to attach my plastic/ flannel tablecloth. I can pull it out like a curtain when I want to use it. I also have a package of the metal shower curtain rings further along the rod (with one end of the metal binder clips through the ring) for hanging small quilted projects for display.
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    Thanks everyone for the great ideas and suggestions. I am looking on craigslist now for a cutting table and I like the idea of a portable wall that can be moved around. Will post pics when I've made some progress.

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    I just took down the flannel-backed tablecloth I have been using for several years. I have just had it stuck up with push-pins in the hallway across from the door to my sewing room/office. We're building a new house and I will have a larger room that will be my sewing room/guest room. So I will be looking for an alternative. The flannel-backed tablecloth worked great but I don't want to put the push-pins into new walls!

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    Quote Originally Posted by luvstoquilt301 View Post
    I used a big piece of warm and natural. I used push pins to secure it to the wall...easy and fabulous
    I too use warm & natural for my design wall. The only room I had to put one up is in front of my closet that has double bi-fold doors. I bought a dowel that is 8 feet long. Bought a twin sized batting and turned it length-wise and cut it in half. I sewed a curtain-like hem at the now top and slid the batting onto the dowling. My husband hung the dowel over the closet lintel with spacers so it hangs out a bit. The reason I needed to split the batting was so I can get into the closet when needed but when just hanging there I pin the split together to make one sheet 90" wide and 72" long.

    The pieces I hang there stick like glue on the batting. When I made a king-size quilt it had to be pinned in order to stay up because it was so heavy and long but it still helped tremendously to see where I was as I was adding blocks to it. I'm making a zig a zag quilt now that's imperative that I can see it as it's progressing just so I don't get lost. (and that's easy for me)

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    I have a piece of foam insulation board (4' x 8') and got a piece of gridded flannel that is taped to it. You can pin into it as well as the flannel allows blocks to stick. Love my design wall.

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    I bought flannel material and tried that. It seemed like the fabric didn't stay up very well. So I bought the design wall from Keepsake Quilting and am now using it. To hang it I bought some velcro with sticky back from Walmart and put those on the back of the material and hung it that way. They are clear so if we have company stay in the spare bedroom that I use for quilt, I can take it down and all that is left is some clear circles on the wall. I did have to take the velcro part that sticks to the material and sew it to the material. It works really great and I love it.
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    I just redid mine yesterday. I have always used a pc of batting but noticed that the blocks recently stopped sticking so i turned it to the other side and it sticks alot more. I know it is better to use 100% cotton batting as the blocks sticks best (so i have been told), but i found out if using the 80/20 use the soft part of the batting as the sticky part (meaning the side with the scrim should be against the wall).
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    Update to my design wall....Our JoAnn's store is moving to the other side of the expressway and they are selling everything in the store at a discount. I picked up 1 1/2 yards of white plastic flannel-backed tablecloth fabric and a cafe rod and round spring clips. DH hung the rod and I hemmed the top and bottom of the tablecloth. We hung it like a curtain and it works like a charm. When I don't need it I just pull it to the right side. I"ve stitch a couple of Paula Vaughn quilt cross-stitch pictures and hung those securely behind the design wall. It works out perfectly and you don't even notice the 'curtain' design wall when it's pulled to the side. I will take a picture of it tonight and post to share. Thanks for all your wonderful ideas!

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    I'm looking forward to seeing your picture! :-)
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    My sewing room is my side of the bedroom so space is tight. I wanted something with a sturdy frame that I could move easily. I wound up covering a artist canvas (on sale) with white flannel (also on sale) and attached two hinged D rings to hang it. I like that there is support behind the flannel and I can stick a pin in it if I have to.
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    What a great idea!! I'm going to check out big canvasses!
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    My sewing room is my side of the bedroom so space is tight. I wanted something with a sturdy frame that I could move easily. I wound up covering a artist canvas (on sale) with white flannel (also on sale) and attached two hinged D rings to hang it. I like that there is support behind the flannel and I can stick a pin in it if I have to.
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    I saw a video of Eleanor Burns' sewing studio re-do where they used automotive head-liner material as the design wall medium. I have the Fons & Porter hanging design wall, which we hung using the small clear Command hooks. It occasionally goes on sale at Connecting Threads for a decent price.

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