Create Your Own Portable Design Wall (It’s Easy!)

While we’d all love a quilting room with a huge design wall, not everyone has an entire wall that they can dedicate full-time to crafting. So we turned to Craftsy instructor Nancy Smith, who shared a great idea for a space-efficient portable alternative. Just use it anywhere and stash it in any room or closet — no wall space required.

Quilt Inspiration Board How-To

Here’s what you’ll need:

Portable Quilt Board Materials
  • Foam core insulation board
  • Spray glue (or an all-surface adhesive like Mod Podge®)
  • Warm & Natural Cotton Blend Batting (or similar batting with minimal loft)
  • Steam iron
  • Scissors or rotary cutter
  • Utility knife
  • 3M Command™ Picture Hanging Strips (optional)

Here’s what to do:

Step 1:

Using your utility knife, cut the foam core to your desired dimensions. (We chose to cut multiple smaller boards, but you can go as big or small as suits your needs.)

Step 2:

Cutting quilt batting with rotary cutter

Using your scissors or rotary cutter, cut a piece of batting large enough to cover the front of your board and fold over onto the back. (No need to completely cover the back of the board — just make sure enough batting is available to attach the edges to your board.)

Step 3:

Ironing out battingIron your batting to smooth out any wrinkles.

Step 4:

Spraying adhesive to quilt board

Apply spray glue or preferred adhesive to the front of your board.

Step 5:

Center batting on foam board

Center batting, attach it to the adhesive and let dry.

Step 6:

Apply spray glue or preferred adhesive to the sides of your board, as well as the area on the back where you will attach your batting.

Step 7:

Folding batting over board

Fold batting over the sides and onto the back of the board, attaching it to your adhesive as you go. (On the back, fold the excess fabric at the corners as you would a gift.)

Step 8:

Your design wall is ready! If you’d like to hang it, you can do so safely by following the directions on your 3M Command™ Strips packaging.

Step 9:

DIY Quilt Design Board

To use use your design wall, just stick fabric pieces straight to the batting — no pins required!

Get more expert tips for getting your makerspace ready for quilting season here.

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