I am so excited! My office walls (well, one of them) finally received some love and attention. In truth, this post could be alternatively-titled, “Fabric Projects for when your Sewing Machine is in the Shop.” Because sometimes, machines need a little tuning here and there, and during those [excruciatingly] idle days and weeks, hands like mine get antsy and need to work with fabric.
I wanted a place in my already-technicolored office/studio to, you know, hang things. (before/after pictures of the whole office coming soon, when it is complete-for-now) Mostly I wanted to hang pictures and some inspiring notions right above my ironing board where I find myself standing, quite often, staring at a blank, blue wall. While surfing around on Pinterest, I found this easy tutorial for making multiple fabric-covered cork boards. The author of the tutorial suggests using old, dirty cork boards which would have worked just great if I’d had any laying around or if I’d had the patience to find some at a garage sale, but my nesting enthusiasm got the better of me and I headed to Target and got what I needed. I’ll give you a quick walk-thru — this project was SO easy and is enormously satisfying. Now my wall is covered in my two favorite things: fabric and friends. What could make me happier?
So, you get your hands on some cork boards and then pick your fabrics among your stash and press them. I made all different sizes, so even some little scraps of fabric will work. Lay your cork boards on a cutting mat and use a rotary cutter (and your quilting rulers) to cut them into different shapes.
Cut your fabric with your rotary cutter and quilting rulers too — it doesn’t need to be perfect (like if you were making a quilt) but it should be about an inch and a half larger on all four sides than your cork board piece.
This part is almost like wrapping a present. Apply your glue (I used Elmer’s) to your corners, and adhere all four.
Then apply glue to the sides and adhere all four.
Easy does it — you are done! Make a bunch! I let mine dry overnight with the glued side facing up.
Now, you are facing your empty wall that is begging for some artwork.
I started with a few of my larger pieces first. Oh, I forgot to mention that my cork boards from Target came with some double-sided adhesive tape stickers, so I applied 3-4 of those to the back of each board, and then eyeballed where I wanted them.
With some foundational pieces up first, I just placed the rest of the boards one at a time until I had used them all, ending with a cornucopia of color!
And here they are up close. For a week, I left them like this, and enjoyed just the beauty of the fabrics, but then decided it was time to put them to their originally-intended use.
And here they are — adorned with my favorite people and other ideas and projects that I’m excited about right now. And alas, my office/studio is alive with color, warmth, and meaning.