Wednesday, December 22, 2010

A gift so nice I made it twice!

My sister, mom & I have decided to make it a handmade Christmas. This is a good and bad thing. Good because of how much fun it is to try & come up with something for each person. Bad because I have the hardest time making decisions sometimes!

My mom mentioned she really needs a memo board for her kitchen. So off to the fabric store I went. Once I got there I could not decide on what fabric to go with. Bold & dark? Light & airy? So I bought both. Why not make 2 and let her decide for herself. If she likes them both she can have them! If she chooses one, then I’ll have a great memo board for myself! Can’t go wrong with that.

You’ll need a canvas board ( I used 20x16) , fabric, batting, staple gun, ribbon (about 18ft) , and scissors.

Lay board on top of batting. Cut around board leaving about 2 to 3 inches on each side. You just want to make sure there’s enough to wrap each side. Then staple batting to the back of each side.

Now lay the board on top of fabric -batting side down. Cut around each side leaving enough on the sides to again wrap and staple to the back of the board. Make sure to pull tight as you go. This will ensure a flat & tight look to the fabric when your done.

With ribbon in hand, staple it to the back of one corner. Pull ribbon to opposite bottom corner and secure to back. Again make sure you pull it tight. Now continue adding ribbon on the same angle of the first, about 5 inches apart .

Now cross ribbons the opposite angle to finish.
Do the same starting at the other corner & repeat. Weave ribbon as you go, or it you want a tighter fit for you notes & card storage, you can sew a button at each “X” on the ribbons.
Now hang & fill with your clutter. I can’t wait to see which one she chooses (and which one ends up mine!)


Linda in New Mexico said...

What a clever one you are....I shoulda thunked of doing that....then I'd have some of my own. See there, ya can teach an old bagg new tricks. tee hee. Happy Christmas, Linda

texwisgirl said...

Very pretty. I'm sure she will like both!

Barb and Steve said...

Great idea! It'll be hard to choose.

SkippyMom said...

Great tutorial! Thanks for sharing. I so missed you blog.

I hope you and yours have a lovely Christmas.

Nancy said...

I've seen these in the stores -- yours are much prettier! Great gift idea.

And congratulations on your recent celebrity! I read on your aunt's blog about the success of your wreaths. So happy for you! :)

Roundabout said...

Nancy, thank you! I didn't know she was going to post about it. I'm blushing right now :)

Skippy- glad your back!

Merry Xmas everyone!

sapphireblue said...

Those are very beautiful!

Out on the prairie said...

Real nice idea to make. I like to go to craft shows and look for things I can't make.Have a Merry Christmas!

Treehugger_31 said...

My family and I do handmade gifts nearly every year. It's so much fun and very meaningful! This year my sister gave me a really cute grocery bag storage sack and my mom made me an adorable half apron!

Your memo boards are sooo cute!

Paula said...

Great idea, I would choose both as they so pretty ;-)