Design Wall Magic

One of the things I love about playing with fabric at my local quilt store (Get Stitched) is that they have a design wall. I can try this and that.. see how colours work together and get a really feel for the quilt I am making. At home I lay my fabric out on my bed or on the floor and it just doesn’t give the same impression of the overall quilt. Weird I know as that is where they will end up!!

Anyway in consultation with my lovely fella we decided that I should give one a do at home… BUT it wouldn’t work in my craft room… Where to put it.. where to put it. The best place that I could see for it to go was in the dining room. My Fella however wasn’t sold on the idea.. SO in true sewing enthusiast fashion I decided to meet him half way. I would add a design wall that I could easily remove!

My local big fabric retailer was having a 50% off sale.. so I headed over there to get some cotton wadding – hearing it was the sticky-est BUT of course they didn’t have any. So I decided on trying flannelet. I purchased 4 m of fabric and headed over to Bunnings. My plan was to get a nice rod for the top and something to weigh the bottom down with and some hooks to hang it. I returned home and commenced sewing. I made the fabric 2m long and seed together the two. I then hemmed the sides and top and made a pocket and the bottom for the weighting rod. I used my trusty staple gun to attached the fabric to the top, screwed the hooks into the studs as high as I could to the wall (actually I got my fella to help with this so I didn’t have to go out and get the ladder heheh) and WALAH!

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The only thing to do now was to see if it was sticky enough to hold the fabrics… IT WAS! oh the fun.

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I had managed to add about half a dozen charm squares before Master 13 decided to provide assistance! It soon became a family affair.

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The wall was super useful.

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I added a whole quilt to it that I now have laying here ready to be sewn together.. and a bunch of rainbow charms from the first two charm swaps we have successfully run on our FB page Rainbow Charm Square & More Swaps (it can be found here if your interested…  ) the MORE is because we have branched out into swaps for random charms, spots and stripes charms, Christmas charms etc etc.

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Anywy the point to this entry is the design wall is a HUGE success and the whole thing cost less than $35. I can roll it up and pop it in my craft room and everyone is happy. I can even roll it up with the fabric still on it for designing later! All in all a GREAT idea.

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Happy crafting!

Cheers
SB

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10 responses to “Design Wall Magic”

  1. Kristy @ Quiet Play says :

    Love it Sally! Great alternative to using the more expensive batting!!

    • SallyBally says :

      Very much so and it works well…. when I had the back door open and a BIG breeze came through some came off … but I have the layout above on there for HOURS so works good enough for me and as you say a good cheap option!

  2. bronb says :

    I am trying to decide on the hows and wheres of my design wall. This idea is great – I love that it can be rolled up and packed away, much more flexible than a solid design wall. Thanks for sharing the details.

  3. Benta says :

    Oooh, fab! The link o the FB group doesn’t work cand you send it o me?

  4. Hueisei says :

    I love this project!

  5. Lis Martion says :

    That is kool, might have to try this out later on..

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