Creating a Design Wall

Here’s a quick and easy way to make a quilt design wall.

Originally posted on February 6, 2018 by Cheryl Sleboda

If you’re lucky enough to have a dedicated sewing room, perhaps you have been thinking about how to create a design wall?  I have a few tips to create a great design wall in your sewing space.  You can place blocks on the wall without pins, or pin heavier items right into the wall surface.

I started with pink insulation board from the home improvement store. These sections come 4 ft wide by 8ft high and measure 2 inches thick.  I bought enough sections to cover my wall entirely.  You can cut them down with a utility knife to fit your wall.  I nailed these directly to the drywall in the room, and they will be easily removed should I ever decide to relocate.

Next, I needed to cover the foam with a material.  Friends of mine had used batting to cover their design walls, but I found that the batting deteriorated over time and left wisps of fluff on my fabric.  In the end I chose white anti-pill fleece.  It comes in super wide widths and I didn’t have to make any seams on my wall covering.   I stapled this over the edges of the foam for a clean look.

Small blocks stick to the wall and I can rearrange to my heart’s content.  Larger quilts and heavier tops can be pinned to the wall so they don’t fall off.   It’s the best of both worlds.

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Cheryl makes good use of the design wall in her studio.

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