Enjoying the Simple Pleasures of Life, While Living in a Complicated World

Craft Project~Fabric Covered Bulletin Board

Several years ago, a public television program had a contest which challenged viewers to use their creativity in how they would transform and utilize an unfinished piece of furniture.

My entry was for a cupboard that also had two drawers suitable for hanging files.i On my entry form, I stated that I was going to create a craft cupboard and with paint and other projects, transform the unfinished cupboard into a craft center.

One week after entering the contest, I received an email…I had won it! One month later,  the cupboard arrived at my home, and I began the transformation process. One of my first projects was creating a~

~Fabric Covered Bulletin Board~

Materials List

bulletin board: homesote (Menards, Lowe’s, Home Depot)
decorative fabric
quilt batting
heavy duty stapler and staples
1/4-inch grosgrain ribbon
decorative tacks

Hint: Click on a picture to enlarge, if you’d like to see more details.

1. It begins with measuring the size of your bulletin board and cutting it to size.

2. Measure and cut fabric and batting 2-3 inches bigger than your bulletin board. This allows for you to fold the fabric around the edges and staple it on the back of your bulletin board.

3. Begin folding the batting around the edges and stapling it to the back of your bulletin board. Below, you see how to staple your batting at a corner and stapling it on the diagonal.

4. Securely staple all of the batting to the back of the bulletin board, and trim any excess batting close to the staples.

5. Now your ready to cover the bulletin board with your choice of fabric. I chose a cotton, closely woven fabric with a pattern. Cut the fabric 2-3 inches bigger than your bulletin board to allow for turning under the fabric under the edge (creates a nice neat edge) to staple it to the back.

6. Staple the fabric to the back of the bulletin board, and remember to carefully fold the fabric at the corners to form a smooth corner without a lot of bulk.

7. You can add grosgrain ribbon with decorative tacks, that eliminates the need for push-pins to be used on your bulletin board.

8. Once the bulletin board was complete, I placed it above my craft cupboards upper shelf to use for ideas, instructions & photographs.

Creating a custom fabric covered bulletin board, is an easy project that takes very little money to make a wonderful addition to any craft area!

If you make a fabric covered bulletin,please send me your pictures and I will gladly post them!


2 responses

  1. Thanks Annie, this very pretty… I have a similar notice board back in the UK… in cream damask. Great job!

    Jo x

    January 15, 2012 at 12:59 pm

    • Jo, thank you! Creative minds think alike 🙂 I love my board, and it’s a wonderful place to put articles that really inspire me!

      January 15, 2012 at 1:07 pm

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