French memo boards are fabric-covered notice boards that use ribbons or trim to hold your mementos on the board. You can purchase a premade board at home stores or online. However, if you choose to make your own French memo board, you will have control over the size, the fabric choice and the strap colours. They are easy to make and are a creative way to display your memos.
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Things you need
- Staple gun
- Straight pins
- Hanging hardware
Cut a piece of fabric of your choosing using fabric scissors so that it is 23 by 19 inches. Use your fabric scissors to cut a piece of quilt batting so that it is 22 by 18 inches.
Lay your fabric, face down, on your work surface. Place the quilt batting in the middle of it so that it is centred. Lay an art canvas in the centre of the batting, face down. You can purchase prepared art canvases at art supply and craft stores. The canvas should be 20 by 16 inches.
Bring the edges of the quilt batting and the fabric over the frame of the canvas. Use a staple gun to attach them to the wooden frame. The easiest way to do this is to start by stapling the centre of each side fabric first and then working your way out to the corners. If you find that your staples are not flush with the frame, use a hammer to hammer them in.
Lay jumbo rickrack out over your fabric board to decide on the placement you want for the straps. Rickrack is trimming that is in a wave pattern. The amount you need depends on the pattern you choose to make with the rickrack. One easy and common pattern makes a diamond pattern. You will place five strips of rickrack going diagonally across lengthwise, and then do the same widthways.
Place straight pins in the rickrack to hold it in place once you have decided on the pattern you want to use. Turn your board over and use a staple gun to attach the rickrack to the back of the canvas frame. Again, if needed, hammer the staples in. Trim the loose ends of the rickrack.
Use a needle and thread to add a few stitches everywhere the rickrack straps cross each other. Stitch through both pieces of rickrack and through the fabric, batting, and canvas. Use thread that matches your rickrack colour.
Attach picture hanging hardware to the back of the canvas, along the frame. Attach it according to package directions. Hang your French memo board on the wall, and insert pictures or other mementos under the rickrack straps.
Tips and warnings
- If you want, you can add buttons or fabric upholstery tacks over the rickrack straps where they cross.
- You can make boards in other sizes too. Check to see what other sizes of canvas the store carries to fit your specific needs. Adjust your fabric sizes accordingly.
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