Hello! So, as we move towards half-term and with the summer holidays looming (honestly, doesn’t this year seem to be flying by?!) my mind always turns towards hand-sewing: something that I can take with me on days out or for when I can grab five minutes peace!
I love hand-piecing in particular and always use a design board to plan my block and keep it together during sewing. I used this great tutorial by Bee Lori for my board and would highly recommend it! It uses a thick cardboard which is great for use at home, but not so practical when you're out and about, so I came up with this roll-up travel design board. It’s a quick project, perfect for using up any wadding and fabric scraps that you have hanging around and probably took me an hour all in, including taking all the photos!!!
8 1/2” x 8 1/2”
1. Place bondaweb sticky side
down on the wrong side of the outer fabric, in the centre leaving a 1/2” border
all the way around. Press.
2. To position the fastening, measure 4 3/4” up/down
(to find the centre line) and 4” in from the left hand side and mark with a
pencil (Note: you can vary the distance
but I would recommend 3-4” if you want to roll it up). If using a snap
fastener, push the prongs through the bondaweb and fabric. Otherwise, use a
pin/mark the right side of the fabric. Remove the paper backing from the
bondaweb BEFORE attaching your fastening!!!
once the backing paper is removed, the fabric is quite sticky so be careful
with handling. I found it easiest to roll up the fabric in order to attach the
3. Place the wadding wrong
sides together with the outer fabric, overlaying the bondaweb, and again
leavings 1/2” border on each side. Press on the outer fabric to bond the layers
4. Fold each outer corner in
at a 45* angle to meet the corner of the wadding, and then fold again. Pin in
place to secure.
5. Starting on one side, fold
the edge of the outer fabric in half to meet the raw edge of the wadding.
Press. Fold over again to give a 1/4” binding around the edge of the travel
design board. Press and pin in place.
6. Repeat on all sides -
where the corners have already been folded this should give a neat mitred
finish. A wonder clip on each corner helps to keep everything in place.
7. Wadding side up - and
starting part way along one side - begin stitching just in
from the inner edge of the binding. It is best to
take it slowly and, as you approach a corner, remove the wonder clip/pin, hold
carefully in position (a seam ripper can help with this), pivot on the corner
and continue until you reach where you started. [OPTIONAL] Add a
second row of stitching just in from the outer edge of the binding.
8. To finish, place the Travel
Design Board right side up and, using a ruler to ensure it is level with the
previous fastening, mark 1/2” in from the left hand side. Attach the other half
of your fastening.
· To make a
bigger/smaller Travel Design Board: chose the finished size of board that you
would like and cut wadding and bondaweb to this size. Cut outer fabric +1”
bigger on width and height.
· If you
don’t want to use the self-binding method described above, cut all three layers
the same size and then attach binding as you would normally for a quilt.
· If you
are not keen on fastenings or don’t have any to hand, some other ideas are:
ribbon in to the binding so that you can fasten the design board with a bow
button and loop closure
we are! I hope you’ve enjoyed the tutorial! If you make one then please do let
me know and tag it #traveldesignboard on instagram so that I can see your makes,
and do let me know if you have any questions.
Today’s sky::: grey and rainy…. *clearly* nearly half
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