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Thread: need design wall no space,

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    Junior Member Big Red's Avatar
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    how can i make my closet doors a design wall? what do i use and how??? :roll:

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    How wide is your door? My hubby got me a bulletin board and I covered it with batting. The fabric sticks to it very nicely.

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    each door is 29inches

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    Are you looking to have a fairly large wall, or just something to put up a block or two, to see how it looks? Run down to Walmart and see what size bulletin boards they have. If you are hoping to utilize both doors, it would have to be something that would just hang down in front of them. Otherwise you would not be able to get into the closet.

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    You could hang some batting down the front of them, thumb tack it around the edges.

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    Hang a curtain rod above the door and attach a flannel table cloth to it. Just sew a pocket in the top of tablecloth to slip over the rod or attach those clip on round curtain holders and slip over the rod, this way it will be easy to slide aside when you need to open the doors.

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    Taping felt to the door will work fine but IF you are trying to make something more permanent, and something you can pin directly into, one idea would be to make an over-the-door mounted method like the ruler organizer I made. Only instead, glue builder's foam to the top of the melamine it and then felt. OR perhaps you could use a strong double-stick tape to mount builder's foam directly onto the door after covering the face with felt. A double stick tape made for holding carpet is very strong -- likely found at Home Depot type stores.

    Here's a look at the ruler thing and how I made it if that helps:
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/athomesewing/2672771818/

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    thank you all so many good ideas! I knew this was the place to ask :)

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    I hung a traverse rod up in our quilting room (bought at Sears). You can spread the rod to almost any legnth you want. Buy some curtain hooks and hang a sheet and there you go. When you need it, spread it out and pin up your quilt pieces and when you're done, collapse it just like a curtain. Here is the link of my DW's post.

    http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-29349-1.htm

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    All of these are great ideas, I still don't have a design wall.

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    I used to have a large flannel one but found I really didn't use a lot of it... so took apiece of insulation board we had in garage and covered it with flannel and made it about 3 ft by 4 ft and love it ! I can pin into it since it is thick and it takes up a lot less space let"s see if I have a picture.. I think I even have a quilt in progress on it.

    This is it in the background of my neighbor girl ironing. her first quilt block;)
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    I bought a very fancy and useful design board from an ad in one of the recent quilt magazines. It is made of wood and stained beautifully and has a shelf that I put my collectibles on. It's an old fashioned pull down room darkening shade with flannel on it. You screw it above your closet doors and put your blocks on it and when you need to get into your closet, you give the shade a tug and it rolls right up into the shelf. I really like to help the women who quilt who come up with nifty ideas. I've bought quilte a few items that women have come up with and have had their husbands make for them. But it is still the womens designs.

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    that sounds cool a website ?

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    I have a wide two door closet and you can get a rod at Walmart that will fit in the door way if you take the doors off.

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    I use the back side of a cheap flannel table cloth. I put it up only when I need to use it. It can also be laid on a bed to arrange blocks and then rolled up with block in it. You should be able to just hang it up and close it in the top of the doors.

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    How about using a hallway wall? I put my design board up in the entry to the hallway in the back of my house. The board has grommets in the top (mine came with the grommets in it, but you can put them in yourself) and I used those hooks that you can remove from the wall when you need to and they don't leave a mark or a nail hole. I can either leave it up, or easily take it down if I need to. It stays up pretty much all the time, if I have stuff on it, it's a great conversation piece.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rose Marie
    Hang a curtain rod above the door and attach a flannel table cloth to it. Just sew a pocket in the top of tablecloth to slip over the rod or attach those clip on round curtain holders and slip over the rod, this way it will be easy to slide aside when you need to open the doors.
    er... might mention that the flannel side of the tablecloth is the side you want facing outward, not the plastic smooth side. It's the BACk that your blocks stick to. lol.

    When I first heard of this "use a flannel backed plastic tablecloth' trick... I thought it was a great idea, much cheaper! So I put up a tablecloth, and found I had to scotch TAPE my blocks to it... cause they wouldn't stick. One day I was complaining about this at my LQS. Then a very nice, older lady in the quilt store sweetly told me... "honey, you've got it all wrong. You got to turn it A-Round. You know, it's just like the flannel boards your teacher used in school... the quilt blocks stick to the fuzzy side"...

    Well, honey... some of us grew up with computers in school... and the only 'fuzzy' was 'fuzzy logic' computer programing in my 9th grade class. lol. I still have never seen a 'flannel board like the teacher used...'.

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