Friday, February 3, 2012

Planning Board Tutorial!!

I have had many questions about my planning boards...so I thought I would show you how I made them. 
First off, I went to Home Depot to look at the insulation section.

They come in 8 feet pieces and are about 1 1/2 inches thick. I bought three at first but, now I have four. They are tongue and groove on the sides and fit together when I want them all side by side. 

Then I stand next to them and put my hand up as far as it will go...and have my Hubby cut them down for me. Then go out side with a can of permanent adhesive spray and some warm and natural batting.

Now spray the board and smooth the batting on the board. Then trim up your edges. Make sure when you put your batting on that the words printed on the board are on the back. This will ensure that all your tongue and grooves will lock into each other.

As you can see here I used 3 boards for this quilt. The four pieces together measure 81 inches tall by 96 inches wide. If you are doing something small just pull out one piece, or two. I love these boards... they are very light weight, and I can hold all 4 pieces at once and move them around.

When you don't need them they tuck away waiting to be used later.
I think these boards are so cool.  I found other places to use them as well.

Here are the double doors into my room. I always keep one of the doors locked into place. Why not use it as a space as well. I used velcro command strips to attach it to the door. Now I have a great place to stick notes, schedules, small project, and other little things. 

When you cut the boards down to size you will have small pieces left. I will put the batting on these as well and put them on the side of this case next to the door. A perfect little corner for pinning. These boards are also great for putting your pins in. Nice and thick. The boards are 10 dollars each at Home depot. A can of spray cost 5 dollars, and my warm and natural I always buy with a coupon at Joann's. All together the project is much cheaper than the ready made store bought ones. And I can break them up into smaller units if needed.

Well, that is how I do it ya'll !! Hope this helps someone.

Hugs to all!!







13 comments:

cucki said...

Thank you for sharing deary xxx

sew.darn.quilt said...

How clever :)

Carolyn

Lesley said...

Great idea, Sandie! You always have something to share...love it!

quiltmania said...

Now aren't you just to smart! Thanks for the idea.

Sue said...

Good idea, I am going to try a horizontal one to use as a pin board in my room, will post pics, thanks for sharing x

MariQuilts said...

So smart of you....I've never thought of using adhesive spray. good thinking!!

Katy Cameron said...

Cool idea!

Qltr89 said...

I just saw this tutorial. Thank you for sharing. Now I don't have an excuse to continue designing or planning on my carpet flooring.

sandi s said...

I love your idea, thank you so much!

Until such time... said...

The winner! I have looked at many design/planning wall ideas. Yours is simple, inexpensive and uses few pieces yet provides a large area. I plan to keep a step stool handy and make mine cover from crown molding to mop board in my 9' high room. Thank you!

Gail said...

This is the first tutorial on making a design wall that inspires me to say "I CAN do this; I will do this!" I love that it is adjustable & portable. Thank you for sharing!

Adele said...

Love this idea. I'm planning a king sized quilt - this would be such a help. Is the board only covered with batting?? Any particular type of batting?

Sara said...

I wonder if anyone has an idea for this using something other than styrofoam? Something more eco friendly?

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