How to make a fabric memo board

Updated July 20, 2017

Organise and personalise a kitchen, bedroom, play room or office space with this creative project. Using any fabric to suit your decor, you can make a decorative memo board to hold photos, notes, recipes or mementos in style--and without poking them with holes to secure them with tacks. The entire craft can be completed with minimal supplies in about two hours. Fabric memo boards also make practical gifts for kids, teens or co-workers.

Prepare your board. Sand any rough or pointed edges of the base board or notice board to ensure no sharp edges will tear the fabric.

Size your fabric. Cut a section of fabric so that there are 3 to 4 inches of extra fabric beyond the board on all sides. This will allow you to wrap fabric around the base/board. Instead of doing the cutting yourself, you can have a craft or fabric store do it.

Cut batting to fit. Cut a section of thin batting (the kind on a roll) to match the dimensions of the fabric you cut in Step 2.

Apply spray adhesive to the front of the board. Place the sheet of batting over the adhesive and wrap the edges like you would wrap paper around a gift box. Hold the batting taught and staple the edges in the back.

Lay the fabric remnant over the front of the board (atop the batting), pull the fabric taut, and staple the corners in the back.

Cut ribbon or elastic trim so that you have two 34-inch-long strips and four 20-inch-long strips

Place a 34-inch-long strip of ribbon diagonally across the middle of the board, leaving 3 inches to wrap around the back of the board on both edges. Holding it tight against the front, secure the ribbon end with staples in the back. Repeat with the other long length of ribbon forming an X on the front of the board.

Place each of the 20-inch-long strips of ribbon as pictured, diagonally equal distance between the first and the edge of the board. Secure all four with staples to the back of the board.

Thread a needle with coordinating thread and sew on four buttons at the points where the ribbon crosses. Attach a pin, earring or more elaborate button to the middle point.

Attach two sawtooth mounting brackets to each side in the back of the memo board. Use two small wood screws and hang on two drywall nails.


Depending on the wall space, the memo board could be mounted horizontally or vertically. If giving the project as a gift, consider including two additional mounting brackets so that your recipient can decide which way to hang the board.

Things You'll Need

  • Notice board or wood cut to approximately 22-by-19 inches
  • Sand paper
  • Fabric (3 to 4 inches longer than board on all sides)
  • Sharp sewing scissors
  • Thin sheet of batting (about 3 to 4 inches longer than board on all sides)
  • Spray adhesive
  • Ribbon or elastic trim (1/2 inch to 2 inch width)
  • Staple gun
  • Staples
  • Buttons
  • Thread to match fabric
  • Needle
  • 2 sawtooth mounting brackets
  • 2 small screws
  • Screwdriver
  • 2 drywall nails
  • Hammer
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