Hi all! Here we are again for the fun tutorial we were telling y'all about. We've been covering our bulletin boards for a few years now. We think this makes a regular-old-board great enough to put in bedrooms too! We decided to punch up our sewing bulletin boards when we were moving the studio, so we did almost all of these at about midnight (remember, Nanny?). Oh, the fun!
So, now it's your turn to cover a plain bulletin board and make it pop! Enjoy! xo~the Long ladies
The Bulletin Board-Covering Tutorial
1. Get a desired piece of fabric that's 3" or 4" larger than your board. Now cut a piece of batting slightly smaller than your piece of fabric.
3. Layer board, fabric, and batting together as follows: fabric right side down-batting-board cork side down.
4. Wrap one end of fabric + batting over end of board and at an angle push a straight pin in it. (It's very important to push the pins in at an angle to prevent the pins from sticking in to the right side!) Stretch fabric on opposite side and repeat same procedure. Make sure you keep the fabric nice and taut!
5. "Pleat" corner up, making a clean, smooth corner and stick straight pins in. Repeat with the other corner on the same side and continue "pleating" until you've done all four corners.
6. Pulling tightly, finish sides same as ends (see step 4). Remember to push the straight pins in at an angle! You can also use scissors or another firm instrument to help push pins in– that's what we do!
Turn over and admire! If you want, feel free to leave it plain (even though it's not really plain), or continue with the next steps to add ric rac or ribbons to make "triangles" to slip pictures, etc. in!
7. Measure the short edge of your board and mark that length on the long edge. Using these measurements, it will be easy for you to decide how far apart you want your ric rac (or ribbon).
8. Put the ric rac– leaving excess so you can pull it onto the back and put a straight pin in– at an angle from one short corner edge, to the place that you've marked in step 7. Pull tightly and push a straight pin in the back. Do the same from the opposite edge.
9. Continue, using the same method as step 8, across your board, making little "squares". Make sure to measure to allow the ric rac to be spaced evenly.
10. Stick little decorative head pins (we found our's at JoAnn's) on the "crossed" ric rac marks. Or you can also hot glue buttons on it.
All done! Now, comes another fun part— stick a bunch of lovely things in your revamped bulletin board!
Here's some more of our bulletin board adventures!