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Fabric Covered Cork Boards

Saturday, August 28th, 2010

So. Some of you may or not know that Mr. Natty and I are perpetual renovators.  We have been in our current house for five years though and we are running out of things to re-do.  This is quite exciting for me because it gives me the chance to do something that I have never really had the opportunity to do in any of our previous houses.  Can you guess what it is?  That’s right….. decorate.

Every now and again I grab a flyer or poster cards from one of the various shows that I go to.  (They often have cool artwork on them, and remind me of that particular event).  I always bring them home fully intending to artfully display them somewhere…. But they inevitably find there way into the bottom of a drawer where they stay until I throw them out.

So today I decided that I would make some fabric covered cork boards to pin some of my cards and things to.  They are pretty easy to make if you would all like to follow along….

For a 12 x 12″ cork board you will need two fat quarters, a 12 x 12″ cork tile, and perhaps 1 yard of co-ordinating ribbon (or you cold make ties with the leftover fabric. that’s what I did).

Once I ironed all of my fabric I cut out the pieces that I would use to fit the cork board.  So from each fat quarter I cut a 13 1/2 x 13 1/2 ” piece.  [I was not working from a pattern here, and in retrospect I could have cut those pieces smaller, like 12 1/2 x12 1/2″…….next time 😉 ]

Once I had the front and back pieces cut I made the ties (or, if you are using ribbons, you can just skip ahead to pinning the ties and fabric together).  From each leftover fabric I cut two 3 x 14″ strips.  I pressed them, then folded over lengthwise (right sides together) and pressed them again. I then ran a straight stitch along the long end and one short end.

Once the ties were sewn I used a little skewer to push the fabric right side out.

I then placed one solid and one printed tie at either end between the fabrics for the cork board, so that the ties were facing inwards.

Here they are over the printed fabric. Place the second fabric, right side facing down, on top and then pin all pieces together.  Then sew three sides closed and clip the corners.

(you clip the corners so that when you turn the fabric cover right sides out the corners wont be all bunchy)  Once I had the fabric right sides out I pressed the fabric cover again to make sure all of the seams would lay flat, and I pressed the edges of the open end back 1/2″.  I then inserted the cork board in the open end.  Once the cork board was inside the cover I hand stitched the open end shut and its all finished.

Now I just need to find somewhere to hang them 😉