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« on: November 26, 2003 12:14:36 PM »

So, I made my first successful christmas present craft  of the year and it was simple too!
http://members.aol.com/julie32902/memboardpics.jpg

I even have enough fabric left over to make a matching lady bug pillow  Grin
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« Reply #1 on: November 28, 2003 02:41:27 PM »

wow where'd you find that red and black polka dot fabric? i love it. the memory board looks good, especially with only black and white photos
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« Reply #2 on: November 28, 2003 03:14:20 PM »

Yay someone likes my board...
actually found the fabric at a local store, PA Fabrics [I live in MD].  Sometimes it counts to not buy into corporate america [aka joanne's, franks, walmart, etc.] and to go for those family owned-one-of-a-kind type of places..
the fabric is actually cooler than it looks..the black dots are furry...velvety like, it really was a great find for $5 a yard  Grin
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« Reply #3 on: November 28, 2003 04:13:29 PM »

Hey! She's not the only one that likes your board!  You did a great job!
I used to love making those boards and giving them for gifts---who couldn't use one!

If you want to be even more jazzy, you can put upholstery tacks (find 'em at Joann Fabrics or Hancock Fabrics) where each "X" intersects.

Also, you can make really small and fast ones by using those corkboard square tiles.
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« Reply #4 on: November 28, 2003 05:56:06 PM »

can you post materials and instructions? that looks pretty great!
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« Reply #5 on: November 28, 2003 06:11:38 PM »

Actually i kinda just winged it lol

ummm i bought a big block of foamy stuff at Michael's [it was in the same section as polyfill].  then I glued a piece of cardboard to the back with industrial strength glue.

Then i just wrapped the fabric around the front, stapling it into the cardboard in the back, and then added the ribbon...stapling that too...

then i took another piece of cardboard... punched holes into it with an icepick, covered it in black fabric [u can't see that from this picture], then put a piece of twine thru the two holes in the cardboard [as to be able to hang it up].  Lastly, i glued this to the other piece of cardboard.. this way i covered up all the nasty ends left from the stapling.. gave it a nice finished look i think.  

So the basic materials were:

3/4 yard of the red/black fabric
4 yards of black ribbon
15'' X 17'' x 2'' block of foamy stuff
2 - 14'' x 16'' squares of cardboard
1/2 yard black fabric
 some twine
 
I had enough red/black and black material left to make a matching lady bug pillow [thats still in the works tho]
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« Reply #6 on: December 01, 2003 10:53:28 PM »

I have also made this by buying the cheap Michael's brand 18X20 canvases. Cover with  polyester quilt batting, then with the fabric. Turn it face down, and pull the fabric taut. Cause the frame is wooden, it's easy to staple gun into. I do all the fabric first, and then I staple gun on the ribbons.
Also, you can sew buttons onto the ribbon intersections, going thru the layers of canvas, batting and fabric.
They are very sturdy. When I give mine as gifts, I include a hang tag for them to hammer into the wood frame.
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« Reply #7 on: December 02, 2003 05:51:28 AM »

sounds great joey chen, probably a lot easier than how i went about it.... but i was trying to be thrifty about it, my chunk of foam [w/ my 40% off coupon] only cost me $2.00... and its basically the batting and canvas in one, but i bet urs do look a lot more professional.. plus keeping the hanging device separate is a smart move so that they can decide which direction they want it to hang in... unfortunately i didn't think of this before  Undecided
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« Reply #8 on: December 14, 2003 06:04:45 PM »

I use my memo boards to store my decoupage clippings for inspiration...



as you can see, i have a little too much inspiration! Shocked
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« Reply #9 on: December 15, 2003 11:21:01 AM »

ooh good last , minute christmas presents to go with my marble magnet thumb tacks!
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