Have you ever found yourself in need of an inexpensive and easy way to organize your sewing projects while moving them from the cutting table to your sewing machine? If so, then this simple and fun DIY project is for you.
Things you will need for this project:
- Foam core poster board (available at your local craft store, Walmart, or Target)
- Decorative or fun-colored Duct Tape
- Remnant pieces of batting
- Rotary Cutter
- Scissors (non-fabric)
- Older cutting mat or backside of cutting mat
- Box cutter with sharp blade or XACTO Knife
- Glue stick
Cut Your Organizing Board
Cut foam core poster board to desired size. Think about your sewing space or project when considering what size you want your organizing board to be. You may want a long skinny organizing board or a lap sized board. One foam core poster board will make multiple organizing boards depending on the size you make.
Mark foam core poster board to desired size with pencil and ruler.
Use a box cutter or EXACTO knife to cut out foam core along your pencil line. You can use the box cutter against your ruler edge like you would use your rotary cutter, but we recommend using an older ruler, or a metal ruler if you have one, to do this step.
Attach Batting to Organizing Board
Cut batting remnant to match the size of your organizing board. Using a glue stick, glue around the edge of your organizing board and place the batting onto the board. This will help keep your batting in place so that the duct tape application will be easier. You could also secure your batting with a spray glue if you prefer.
Bind Your Organizing Board… With Duct Tape
Bind the longer edges first.
For the longer edges of the board, cut the tape to the length of the board. Apply the duct tape to thefront side of the organizing board first. This will make it easier to properly place the tape onto the board. You will want to put the tape on a half inch to a quarter inch thick. Turn duct tape over to the backside of the board and secure it.
For the last two sides of the organizing board, you will want to cut your duct tape about an inch longer than each side of your organizing board. Apply the duct tape to thefront side of the organizing board. Before turning duct tape and securing it to the back of the board, cut out corners on the ends of the tape. (See photo.)
Turn duct tape over to the backside of the board and secure it. Then fold over the inch longer tape flaps to finish off the corner edge.
You are now ready to use your organizing board. The batting will cling to your fabric when transferring it from the cutting table to the sewing machine. If you’re doing layout design, you can push pins into the board to keep your fabric pieces secured in place.
You can find other fun sewing projects and patterns included within the pages of Curated Quilts. Buy your copy today!
By Brittany Bowen Burton