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thewalrusisme
« Reply #10 on: December 21, 2003 07:09:12 PM »


I had enough red/black and black material left to make a matching lady bug pillow [thats still in the works tho]


So...im real close to finishing this pillow off just need some advice... im wondering if u think i should add eyes? if so googley or just plain buttons? i kinda like it without the eyes i think...

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« Reply #11 on: December 23, 2003 08:16:40 AM »

My cousin got one of those from her friend. I was thinking of making one with my checkered fabric. I like the matching pillow. I think you should leave it without eyes.
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« Reply #12 on: December 23, 2003 12:34:28 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.

thanks circusmanager.... i think it is gonna go eyeless.... and if u do make a memory board, follow joeychens advice, im sorry i doubted her before.... the second one i made, using her technique was MUCH easier and faster than the way i did it....
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« Reply #13 on: January 05, 2004 07:25:24 AM »

how do you keep the ribbon taut? I was messing around last night trying to wrap ribbon around the board, while tacking it for temporary holding, and two things happened-

the ribbon sagged
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I couldn't keep the lines straight maybe because I was wrapping the ribbon?

So, could someone possibly offer some ribbon instructions?

Also, I have done lots of fabric covered boards, never with the ribbon wrap, and I like to use scrap wood from lumber stores- they usually have scrap plywood in odd sizes for cheap. Then I cut acid free foam core to overlap just slighty and adhere it to the wood- then go about with my staple gun and the fabric. I hammer on a picture hanger and give them with a box of  marble tacks tied on.

For smaller boards, pretty paper works wonderfully too! I've been really into Hanzen paper lately- <check out www.californiapapergoods.com> in their specialty paper section...

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« Reply #14 on: January 05, 2004 08:15:31 AM »

Since you want a temporary holding of the ribbons, try a lot of straight pins or safety pins.  Normally, the pin holes in the ribbon can be messaged out.   It should keep the lines straight.   That worked for me at least.
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« Reply #15 on: January 05, 2004 11:53:26 AM »

missmichigan:  maybe im confused but are u wrapping the ribbon around the board?  b/c id figure that that would be a lot more difficult than how i went about it....
I cut the ribbon to different lengths and laid them out across the front to make sure they were somewhat parallell before stapling them into the back.  I mean, under usual circumstances u wouldnt need the ribbons on the back of the board right?
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missy
« Reply #16 on: January 06, 2004 08:57:20 AM »

you could also use elastic in place of the ribbons to get it really taut and be able to put thicker things underneath them.
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« Reply #17 on: January 07, 2004 06:00:23 AM »

missmichigan:  maybe im confused but are u wrapping the ribbon around the board?  b/c id figure that that would be a lot more difficult than how i went about it....
I cut the ribbon to different lengths and laid them out across the front to make sure they were somewhat parallell before stapling them into the back.  I mean, under usual circumstances u wouldnt need the ribbons on the back of the board right?

d'oh! yes, I tried wrapping it around, and no of course I don't need ribbon on the back Smiley
And I was leaning toward elastic for the reasons missy stated, and because it seemed easy to work with.

Thanks so much!!!
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« Reply #18 on: January 07, 2004 05:19:00 PM »

re getting the ribbons right, I do what walrusisme says, First I cut two ribbons for the diagonal corner to corner. I staple gun one end down, then turn the board over to the front, pull it across to the diagonal corner and centre it over the corner, then holding the ribbon to the corner, flip the board back over to staple gun it down and tight.
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thewalrusisme
« Reply #19 on: January 07, 2004 06:20:53 PM »

Elastics a good idea i think..
but Ms.Michigan, are u putting batting under the fabric? prob a silly question, but u hadnt mentioned that... and the batting helps to hold things in place against the ribbon...
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