Reprettify an old, ugly bulletin board with your favorite fabric scraps and a little bit of sewing.
This was a super-cheap bulletin board I bought for Nadia's desk corner. As soon as I stepped out of the store I knew I had to do something about it.
I thought of painting it, but other things got in the way and it just sat there for a while in all its glorious unimpresiveness (a word I just apparently made-up). And then I stumbled upon this cool idea by Monica from Crafty Nest: a fabric-covered board.
But while her idea necessitated that I disassembled the board and chopped it into pieces (her sewing machine was broken), I have a functioning sewing machine, so I took a turn in Albuquerque. So to speak.
Isn't that much better?
It definitely looks a lot better than with just the bare cork.
How to Re-cover a Bulletin Board
- Fabric scraps
- Silicone glue
First I measured the board carefully and came up with the number of pieces I wanted. Just a matter of taste here, but I went with 3 x 4 rectangles. I then added some allowance since I had to sew the pieces.
I made a cardboard rectangle the size of the fabric rectangles I’d use and marked the fabric with a vanishing ink marker. Then I cut all the pieces.
I cut all the rectangles from the fabric scraps and arranged them in the order I most liked.
I sewed the fabric rectangles together making sure I kept the flaps flattened-open when sewing over. That way there would be no bumps later. I’ve never quilted anything, so I supposed this is Quilting 101 for some of you.
I pressed the whole thing making sure the seams were really flat in the end.
I used the staple gun to secure it to the board. The cork is deep enough that the staples wouldn’t pass through. I made sure the fabric was really taut.
I covered the staples with ribbon, which I glued with liquid silicone. I temporarily pinned the corners until they were dry and flat. Then I hung it back on the wall.
- Sewing machine