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Thread: What works best to make a design wall?

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    Member angelsmile's Avatar
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    Should I use flannel, batting, or what? I'd like to make myself a design wall...

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    I prefer warm and natural batting...
    I suggest trying several choices, small pieces tacked to the wall to see which works best for you. Lay some fabric on them and see what sticks best :D:D:D

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    My husband just made me one; he made a frame from 1" boards and tacked Warm and Natural on the front - I love it! I've seen walls made of a piece of batting or felt taped or tacked to the wall, attached to rollers, made of fan-fold insulation. I second amma, see what you like best for stickiness, I find batting is working just fine.

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    You can use either of those. I am not sure what the pros and cons are all. I like felt. I buy it at Joanns and it is really wide so don't have to seam it.

    When I am going other places I have a flannel sheet that I use and pin up for a temporary design wall.

    Other people have used flannel backed tableclothes.

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    I've got 2 yards of flannel backed vinyl for mine that I can hang on the wall, lay on the bed or roll up to keep the pattern the way I want it - very portable. There are so many options and you can really put a lot of money into one or go the cheap route.

    Cheers, K

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    I used a LARGE remnant of flannel-backed marine vinyl. A few tacks and no sagging. I found the cheap flannel-backed table cloths too wrinkly and required so many tacks/tape to attach to the wall. I'm waiting for another remnant to wrap around the next wall.

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    I used flannel - white. Very happy with mine

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    I like white felt because it comes in 8 foot widths, so I didn't have to piece it to cover my large insulation panels. Plus it worked out to be cheaper than batting. I like having a pure white to work against -- I think it helps when you're making color decisions.

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    I use white flannel because I was fortunate and got it for a super price in a clearance sale. I think you have to test to see what you like best.

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    I used a piece of flannel like fabric I picked up at a yard sale several years ago. I recently got the space to put up a wall and checked my boxes of fabric and found it. I forgot it was there. I was glad it was white. It works like a magnet. It is like flannel on one side and knit on the other.

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    I have used warm and natural before and liked it very much. (except for the line of black dog hair at the bottom...THANKS ROOKIE! lolol) My new one is made of white polar fleece. I like it too!

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    I made mine of flannel it works fine.

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    I use a cheap flannel backed table cloth

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    Quote Originally Posted by RST
    I like white felt because it comes in 8 foot widths, so I didn't have to piece it to cover my large insulation panels. Plus it worked out to be cheaper than batting. I like having a pure white to work against -- I think it helps when you're making color decisions.

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    Same here. I have it in off-white and was able to cover one wall in my small sewing room.

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    Right now my design wall is a piece of cream colored felt safety pinned to my vertical blinds. Works pretty well. When I get studio room clean out I will tack to wall in there. Or try to convince my wood working brother to make me a shelf with rod beneath it to mount it with.

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    I use a flannel sheet tacked up on the wall,works great.

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    I ordered flannel with a 2 inch grid printed on it from cottonclub.com. I like having the grid on it to help keep things straight.

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