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How To Make a Design Wall

I just made a design wall for my sewing space, and I love it!

Design Wall

A design wall is a new concept to me.  After seeing these over and over in the online sewing/quilting world, I decided I had to make my own.  They are super helpful for laying out fabric while designing or assembling sewing projects.  It’s basically made with flannel.  Cotton fabric sticks to flannel – who knew?!

I’ve seen some pretty large design walls, which would be nice, but my space won’t really accommodate a huge one.  Since it’s in my sewing room/dining room, I want it to be removable. You know, in case I ever decide to actually use this room as a formal dining room (ha!).  I also wanted to be able to add or remove panels at will, so I decided to use foam core boards.  They seem perfect for size and flexibility.

Here’s how to make a design wall:

1. Get some white flannel.  I scored some at my neighbor’s yard sale.  Seriously, how perfect was it to find 3 bundles of white flannel next door for $1?

Design Wall Flannel

2. Get some foam core board, which is available at tons of stores.  I got three sheets at Hobby Lobby.  Each panel measures 40-in by 32-in.

Design Wall Materials

3. Get some hanging hardware.  I went with Command Damage-Free picture clips, since I wanted the removable option.  Get two packages of these clips.

Design Wall Items

4. Cut your flannel into large pieces, wrap around the foam core board, then tape to the back.  I used blue painters tape.  I wondered if it would hold up well, and after being installed for a month or so, it’s held up nicely.

Design Wall Taping

Design Wall Taped

5. Make as many panels as you wish, and attach to the wall with the picture clips, following the package directions.  I used four of the Command picture clips for each panel: two on top and two on bottom.  The foam core board slides into the clips perfectly, with a snug and secure fit.  The clips hold the foam core board on the wall nicely, since the panels are so light.

Design Wall Works

Design wall panels are up!  I threw a couple of my fabric scraps on it, and yes, it works!


By Angela

I'm passionate about creativity, productivity, and business. I'm a planner at heart, a small town girl, a wife and mom of two. I LOVE to make things with my own two hands.

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