What you need:
- An old cork bulletin board
- Screwdriver or needle nose pliers (to remove the staples on the back of the board)
- Scrap of flannel (or fleece)
- Packing tape (or a stapler that you can open and staple flat)
- Utility knife
Here's how I made my portable design and pressing board.
|An old cork bulletin board from DI that cost $2.|
|Remove the frame. (Any ideas on what to do with the frame? Leave a comment--I'd love to re-purose this, too!) I used needle nose pliers to pull the staples out of the back of the board that attached it to the frame.|
|The bulletin board was 17" x 24". Since I wanted my board to be square I used a ruler and made two marks at 17" from the edge (you can see the marks above and below the ruler).|
You could leave the bulletin board a rectangle and fit the flannel without cutting the board. Mine is a square because this size fits on the end of my sewing table easily.
|I lined my ruler up along the two marks and used a utility knife to cut through the cork and backing.|
|I threw away the smaller piece (gasp! I threw something away!) You can see how nicely this size fits on the side of my sewing table.|
|I traced around a piece of flannel, cut about 1 1/2" from the line, and serged the edges. You don't really have to serge the edges, but I think it keeps the fabric from fraying while I'm taping it to the back of the board.|
When I made the fleece board I used a spray adhesive to attach the fleece to the board so there wouldn't be any bulk on the back of the board to prevent it from laying flat on the table.
|First I taped the corners because I wanted the corners to be neat. It isn't really necessary, but I think it makes the corners lie a little flatter.|
|Next I taped along the center of each side working on opposite sides, not taping clockwise, so I could stretch the flannel evenly.|
I used a pair of scissors to tuck the side edge down before I taped near the corners. I don't really think you have to be that neat, but if I'm taking photos of my work I thought I should probably make my work as nice and neat as possible.
|Finish taping the sides. You could probably staple the sides if you don't have packing tape.|
I don't need any padding under the flannel to use it as a press board. I find the less 'puffy' the pressing surface is the crisper the open seam is when I am done pressing.
This little piece of equipment has saved me time and frustration. I rarely sew a sub-unit into the block in the wrong direction, which means I spend less time picking out seams and re-sewing them.