Tutorial: Make your own design wall

Hi, I moved house and I’m back! I have so much more wall space in my new sewing room in the basement (to be known as the sewing bunker), so I finally for the first time in my sewing life got a design wall that I can fit a whole quilt onto! And the good news is, all the stuff just fits in a normal car/SUV so no crazy size boards strapped to the roof rack.

This tutorial will give you a finished wall that measures 96 inches wide, and 87 inches tall. You can get everything but the batting at Home Depot!

– 2 packs of 3/4″ thick HandiPac insulation board. Essentially it’s a pack of 6 pieces of polystyrene boards measuring 14 1/2″ wide and 48″ tall. It’s over in the insulation department.
– 3 rolls of white duct tape
– 4.5m / 15ft indoor use Velcro self adhesive tape
– 2x – 1 1/2m cuts of 96″ wide cotton or cotton/poly blend batting
– Staple gun and staples
– Pencil
– Scissors

1) Working one packet at a time, lay the polystyrene board down so you have them long sides together in a stack on the floor, and duct tape the joins. Flip it over and duct tape the joins on the reverse too.

2) You can brace the centre with tape too if you like, my husband did that on the first one, I didn’t on the second and couldn’t tell the difference to be honest. Lay one of the batting pieces flat on the floor, then place the board over the top.

3) Fold one edge of the batting over the board and mark where the edge is with a pencil all the way along.

4) Put duct tape all along the line you just drew.

5) Fold the batting back over and staple in place. Choose an adjacent edge to fold over, draw the pencil line, and duct tape as before.

6) For the corners, cut off the excess length from the edge you just stapled (first picture). Fold up the second side and cut off the excess batting from the diagonal (second picture). Pull it nice and tight and make sure you are happy with how the corers look, then staple in place (third picture). The reason for removing all of the excess batting is that it is very good at repelling staples, even removing all of this excess, my staples were only successfully in place half of the time.

7) Work your way all the way around the board, making sure that the third and last edges are pulled nice and tight especially. Repeat for the second board.

8) Pair up your Velcro for the full length of the strip. This was a whole packet for me.

9) We cut the Velcro in 3 pieces per board so that it spanned the width between the batting edges. In retrospect, you could cut it into 6 equal pieces and trim if a little too long, but this amount was just about perfect! Remove the backing tape and position on the duct tape close to the top, the middle and the bottom on both boards.

10) Remove the other side of the backing tape and carefully position on the wall. Squish it in all the places where the tape is so it holds well.

Ta da!

I’ll be back tomorrow with a vlog. It will be a day late but I don’t like posting twice in one day and this has been sat in my draft posts for three days now 🙂

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