If you are into crafting or sewing or any other kind of project that involves fabric, the sheet section in the thrift store is a great place to hunt! So much upcycyle potential there! I grabbed up this lovely one for a dollar in a hurry when I was there a few days ago. I also swiped a big old bag of buttons for two bucks. I have wanted to make one of these French memo boards for a long time.
This is a super easy project that takes only a few hours at most.
-thrifted sheet or fabric of your choice
-1/2 inch ribbon
– 1 ½ inch ribbon
-buttons (more or less based on size of canvas)
-staple gun & embroidery needle
– Optional: Roll of cork board in appropriate size
First you’ll need to cut two sheets of quilt batting the size of your canvas (in my case 20×24).
If you are going to add a roll of cork board this is the time you will want to measure it and place it on the canvas before you measure and place the batting. Next you will lay the batting on top of the canvas (or cork board) and lay the fabric over the batting and then carefully flip it over like a pancake.
Once it’s all stapled and nice and snug, you are going to begin cutting ribbons. Cut the first two ribbons long enough to make an X right across the middle of the board. You’ll want to make them a few inches longer than needed so that stapling them is easier.
My ribbon for this project was very light so it might be a little hard to see here is the board with all of the ribbons attached.
Now comes the most time consuming part; sewing on the buttons. You will sew buttons at each ribbon intersection. In order to get a nice indent, you need to sew the button on with an opposing button on the back of the canvas.
Lastly, you will take your 1 ½ inch wide hanging ribbon and cut a large enough piece to attach it as you see in the picture below.
I just eyeballed it rather than measuring a specified numeric length. How long you want the hanging portion of the ribbon is up to you so that will affect the length of ribbon that you should cut. Once that is attached you are done!
Here is my finished product.
This one I made from an old table cloth that I got during the same thrift store outing.
Since this board is canvas push pins will only work around the edges where the wooden frame is. They will probably work better if they are longer push pins as well because of the double thickness of the batting.