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Thread: Need help creating a design wall

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    I would like to create a fabric design wall but need some help/ideas. My sewing area is in my basement and I also rent the duplex I live in so affixing something to concrete walls would not be good. I know that I can get the 4 x 8 sheets of the foam insulation at Home Depot, etc. and then cover them with fabric. My question is if I want to use two of the 4 x 8 sheets side by side what should I use to attach them together? Would covering them with flannel be the best covering? Also if I do attach them and then cover them do you think just leaning them up against the wall would be okay?

    Thanks for the help and ideas I appreciate it!!

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    I would attach them together with Duck tape and yes leaning them against the wall will work just fine.

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    i used felt to cover mine and you could probably just lean them but i would buy as thick as i could afford if leaning them as they will sag in the middle if not supported the duck tape sounds like a good idea

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    Here's what I did, and it works perfectly:

    Buy a Warm & Natural queen sized batting. Sew a pocket about 2 inches in the top and bottom ends. Put a curtain rod or shower curtain rod in the top pocket and hang however or where ever you want . I put a length of baseboard in the bottom pocket of mine to hold the middle slightly taut. It works great!!

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    ahhhh finally a chance to be male helps on this board! LOL It's actually called DUCT tape, and it would be perfect
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    Haha...too funny David!
    Yup just use some duct tape to tape the foam together and to tape the fabric to the back. You can use flannel for sure. I use fleece on mine because I got it on sale...

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    Quote Originally Posted by davidwent
    ahhhh finally a chance to be male helps on this board! LOL It's actually called DUCT tape, and it would be perfect
    David
    Want to know something? I knew that my latest roll calls it Duck tape!! LOL

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    Walmart has a brand of DUCT tape named DUCK tape..it comes in all varieties of tape from cellophane to electrical...LOL DAVID ..good call

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    As suggested, purchase the thickest insulation board and it should last you a long time.
    I like using the wide Warm and Natural Batting, the fabric really sticks well to it :D:D:D

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    did you see the post about using Christmas Wreath over the door hangers & curtain rod? Maybe you need yours wider than a regular door.

    http://sewmanyways.blogspot.com you have to scroll down Jan. 18th maybe)

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    You know what they call Duct tape? 'The handy man's tool' Guess it really can also be call 'The handy quilter's tool'. :D

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    Quote Originally Posted by Up North
    Quote Originally Posted by davidwent
    ahhhh finally a chance to be male helps on this board! LOL It's actually called DUCT tape, and it would be perfect
    David
    Want to know something? I knew that my latest roll calls it Duck tape!! LOL
    Duck tape is a brand of duct tape :lol: :lol:

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    No need to get fancy creating a design wall. Anything that fabric will stick to works.
    Mine is a solid-colour flannel sheet draped over the spare mattress which is leaned up against the wall.
    My friend draped an old flannel sheet over some closet doors when she was renting a place.
    You do want to be able to apply enough pressure to the wall in order to smooth out a larger piece of fabric that you are sticking to it.

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    What is the best way to fasten the fleece or flannel or whatever to the insulation board? I bought lots of off white fleece for this purpose, but haven't bought the boards yet. Doesn't seem like duct tape would stick very well to the fleece.

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    attach with duct tape. Works like a charm!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Up North
    I would attach them together with Duck tape and yes leaning them against the wall will work just fine.
    This is what I did before I was able to get it attached to the wall and it works fine--just don't let a gust of air grab it and over it goes. Happened a couple of times but I keep my doors open as much as possible, no problem now with it attached.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Up North
    I would attach them together with Duck tape and yes leaning them against the wall will work just fine.
    I would duck tape both sides!!! my mom has done this for murals and she found that if she didn't they didn't hold up as well.

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