These days I have so many designs swimming around in my noggin but I can’t seem to get my act together. All my crafty notions are scattered from one end of the house to the other and about the time I find one thing, I lose another. With an adventurous toddler underfoot, I squeeze my sewing and crafting into short snatches throughout the day so I’ve determined that if I’m going to get anything completed by Christmas, changes are in order. My sketchbook has become a close companion. It’s filled with inspiration from other places but I’m a hands-on sort of girl and have a hard time visualizing patterns and colors in an abstract way. For awhile I’ve been enamoured with the idea of a design board but all the ones I’ve seen are just enormous and a bit impractical for me. So yesterday I piddled around with what I had on hand and came up with a perfectly sized alternative. Chances are you’ve already got most (or all) of these things at your fingertips so if you need a design board (large or small), here’s a quick tutorial.
cork board – be sure the back is also made of cork or other soft material
fabric in a neutral color – long and wide enough to cover, with plenty of extra length for the pocket
wire - this covered wire came from the floral/wreath aisle
clothes pins – I found tiny ones at the local craft chain
1. Lay the cork board face-down on the fabric (also face-down), leaving enough fabric all the way around to wrap around the edges of the board.
2. Starting at the top, fold the fabric over the edge of the board and secure on the back with thumb tacks, spaced 4″ to 5″ apart.
3. Work your way down the sides in the same manner.
4. When you get to the bottom of the board, pull the fabric taught and pin to the back, but then fold the excess back to the front of the board to form a pocket.
5. Wrap excess “pocket” fabric around the sides of the board and tack to the back as before.
6. To add your wires, simply wrap them around the board and twist tightly in the back to secure them.
Aaaahhh. That’s better.
What’s your biggest challenge to keeping your workspace/studio organized and efficient? Do you keep your stash tidy or do you find you work better surrounded by chaos? If you sew, how do you store your fabric? (This problem befuddles me to no end.) Then again, perhaps chaos is good for the creative soul. And when you have a moment, I’d love to hear what you think about this. I felt more free just having read it. But I still can’t find my measuring tape…
p.s. the link to the rest of the projects and tutorials has moved to the navigation bar in the header.