Friday, 6 January 2012

How To Make A Memo Board

A while ago I made some lovely bunnies from the lovely book Everything Alice

In this post I will be showing you how to make the notice board (available to buy on my website) from the same book. In the book the notice board is heart shaped so I decided to simplify things by keeping it square.   

For this you will need:
  • 2 sheets of white A2 mount board
  • 1m x 50cm of 3cm thick wadding
  • Hot glue gun and at least 5 sticks of glue
  • 60cm x 60cm of fabric of your choice
  • 5m of 5mm-wide ribbon
  • 5mm buttons (you can use buttons that are bigger if you want) 
  • 40cm garden wire (used yarn as i didn't have any wire hanging about) 

First cut all of you materials to the correct dimensions. (Remember these are only guidelines)

Lay your fabric face down with your doubled up wadding on top and you foam board on top of that. 

Now start gluing! Glue around the edge and hold until you feel the glue harden. 

Do this till you have made your way around the whole board. 

Make sure your corners are lovely and neat ;-)

When you have finished it should look something like this!

Now it is time to pin your ribbon into place ready for gluing. Make sure that each strip is evenly spaced with enough left over at either end to stick to the back. 

you should end up with a grid formation like this. this will allow you to place cards and pictures between the ribbons. 

Glue each strip at the back, holding in place until the glue is set. 

Now glue where the ribbons cross to the fabric and to each other. 

Just to make things look even prettier I stuck some buttons on top of where the ribbons crossed.

Instead of using garden wire, and to make thing look even more quaint, I decided to make the hanging loop from platted yarn. 

Not forgetting to add my label ;-)

Finally glue the second piece of foam board to the back (making things look neat). 

Remember if you feeling lazy you can always order your memo board from my website! Let me know the type of fabric that you would like.

Sunday, 1 January 2012

Happy new year!

Golly it's been an interesting year! I started this blog in November 2010 to document all of the things that I made, the classes that I went to, the people that I met and the places that I went to.

You have all been such a supportive bunch and I just wanted to say thank you.

I have started a business, launched my website, moved house and been invited to demonstrate at local business events that have seen me put on YouTube and in the local paper (Brentwood Gazette).

I have also moved job! One of the most stressful times of my life, missing my family, who I am very close to, and also realising that my partner and I are REALLY meant to be together.

So, thank you do much for all of your help and support in my quest to find my craft, start my business, move house and job, all in one year!

Happy New Year!