Building a New Design Wall

Happy New Year! Mr. Wonderful was on vacation for the last several weeks and that means very little sewing has happened. I had scheduled all my blog posts ahead, but have not kept up with responding to comments. Here is a project he helped me with while he was off.

I’ve been using a couple of these flannel design wall sheets from Fons and Porter here in AZ.

But I like being able to pin things to my design wall and I wasn’t happy with how flimsy these felt. So I finally got around to replacing them with help from Mr. Wonderful.

We bought two 8 foot lengths of this extruded plastic trim from Home Depot and screwed them to the wall 7 feet apart.

I covered each of two one inch thick pieces of foam insulated board with Warm and White batting. I stretched it and held it in place with pins, then I used duct tape to secure it to the back of the board.

Next I added two inch wide strips of Self Adhesive Velcro to the trim pieces on the wall and on the back of my foam sheets.

This is the Velcro I used.

Time to hang them up!

Now I just need a step stool to reach the top. 😁

I used the trim pieces so I didn’t have to stick the Velcro directly to the wall board.

I hope this helps if you need to make a design wall. Have a great day!


About katyquilts

I am a wife, mom of four amazing adult kids, and a former librarian. I love making everything from traditional quilts to art quilts. I am thankful to God my Father and Creator for the gift of creativity!
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9 Responses to Building a New Design Wall

  1. Anja @ Anja Quilts says:

    Well done!! I need a new design wall.

  2. Janet O. says:

    I have to use a step stool to reach the top of my design wall, too. As I get older I may need a sturdier step stool. The one I have requires a bit of balance. 🙂

  3. Thank you for showing us how you achieved this design board. It is fantastic and looks large enough to really handle any sized project or multiple projects. Happy New Year!

  4. jean says:

    I did not know Fonz and Porter had design wall flannel. Years ago I purchased a king sized flannel sheet to do this but have never had a place to hang it yet. Thanks for the ideas!

  5. Sue H says:

    Great idea. Like the idea of it not being stuck directly to the wall.

  6. Mary H says:

    This is a wonderful design. If only I had enough wall space to do something like this!

  7. Lisa says:

    I didn’t realize that Mr. Wonderful hadn’t retired? I thought that was how you were able to be snowbirders. Working remotely?

  8. Thanks, Katy. I’m keeping this on file, since I hope to have a larger design wall sometime in 2022!

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