Fabric Memo Board: Step-By-Step Photo Tutorial ~ This fabric memo board is a project I have been planning to make for a long time and I finally got it done. It was very simple to make and I am really happy with the final product!
Before we get started I want to let you know I used a framed artist canvas as the base. The other materials I used were fabric I picked very inexpensively as a roll end, two colours and widths of cross grain ribbon and some pretty gem brads. You can also use upholstery tacks but I wanted to work with the gem brads because they’re really easy to secure at the back of the canvas frame so they won’t fall out and sometimes I like just a touch of ‘bling’!
The fabric memo board size for this tutorial is 22 inches x 24 inches (55.8 cm x 71.1 cm). It’s a fairly large fabric memo board but I had a fairly large wall space in my office/craft room/studio to fill.
Here is the Fabric Memo Board: Step-By-Step Tutorial I created for you so you can easily make you own too!
Materials For Fabric Memo Board
- 22” X 28” (55.8 x 71.1 cm) framed artist canvas
- 1 yard (about 0.8 meters) fabric
- 10 ft. (3 m) 2.5 cm wide grosgrain ribbon
- 13 ft. (4 m) 1.5 cm wide grosgrain ribbon
- 9 Gem Brads (or upholstery tacks)
- liquid starch (optional)
- quilters pencil
- staple gun
- 1 of each sewing pin, tack, medium-sized nail
Instructions For Fabric Memo Board
Step 1 – Preparing The Fabric
Before cutting out your fabric it is really important to make sure it is straight so that it will drape evenly on the canvas. If your fabric has a design you will also want to think about where you will place the canvas frame to have the design line up evenly on the right side.
Line up your salvage (open sides of the fabric) evenly. Place the canvas frame on the fabric. Use a ruler to make sure it is evenly placed at both ends. You can see in the photograph I placed mine 3 inches from edge of the fabric.
Measure two extra inches around all four sides of the fabric. Use a quilters pencil and a ruler to draw straight lines showing the cutting line.
Step 2 – Cutting The Fabric
Cut your fabric out.
Press using liquid starch or a steam setting on the iron.
Step 3 – Stapling The Fabric
Place the wrong side of the fabric on top of the right side of the frame. Again, use your ruler to ensure it is evenly placed in the middle. Every side should have 2 inches of extra fabric.
Staple the fabric to the frame on the backside starting in the middle of each side.
Next use a miter fold to secure each corner. Pull the corner out, gently tuck it towards one side and overlap the other side over top. Hopefully, that made sense and if it didn’t these photographs show how I did it.
Finish stapling the fabric. I kept adding a new staple evenly to each side working towards each corner until the fabric was securely in place.
This is what the right side looks like. Notice how the lines in the fabric run evenly across because I used the measuring technique explained in Step 1.
Step 4 – Attaching The Ribbon
Start with the wider ribbon and attach it to all four sides. Lay the first strip parallel with the longer side of the canvas frame 2 inches from the edge. On the backside tuck the edge of the ribbon underneath and staple it to the frame. Use the same technique for the opposite longer side. Then use the same technique for the two shorter sides.
Now it is time to attach the thinner ribbon. Staple the first ribbon from one diagonal corner to the opposite diagonal corner. Attach another strip of ribbon to the other two diagonal corners.
Use the quilters pencil to measure the middle of each side. Starting in the middle of one of the longer sides extend the ribbon to the middle of one of the shorter sides. Notice how I stapled the ribbon on the backside just past the middle line I made with the quilters pencil. The following photographs show how I finished stapling this ribbon to all four sides. It shows how it looks on the front side and how it is stapled on the backside when it is finished.
Step 5 – Attaching The Gem Brads
The points of the brads are not very sharp and so it’s very difficult to poke them through the layers of ribbon, fabric and canvas. What I did was first pre-make the holes so the brad could easily be inserted. I made the first hole with a sewing pin, then made the same hole slightly bigger with an upholstery tack and bigger with a medium-sized pointy nail. I found if I inserted the nail on a bit of a diagonal rather than straight through the fabric and rubbed it back and forth in the fabric it seemed to make a perfect sized hole for the brad to go in and be secure on the back.
This is what it looks like finished. You can see in the images I used a darker pink in the corners and the middle and a lighter pink in the other placements.
Here is the fabric memo board hanging on the wall. It looks pretty good against the green wall in the studio!
I actually made two fabric memo boards! I call the space behind the desktop computer ‘no man’s land’ because for me it’s really difficult to hang something there that isn’t distracting from the computer, doesn’t look too busy and isn’t hidden from the computer. These two fabric memo boards are the perfect solution to fill up this empty space and be useful at the same time! Now I just need to fill them with photographs, inspirations and reminders.
Now you can have fun making your own fabric memo board. There are so many fabric and ribbon combinations to choose from! The possibilities are endless!
My friend and fabulous blogger behind Northstory also shared a different way to make a fabric memo board for her daughter’s bedroom using different materials. I love the IKEA fabric that she used. You will want to check this out too.
I made this fabric memo board for my studio where I do my crafting and my blogging. Here are some other posts where I share a little bit more about this wonderful space reserved for creativity in my home …