How to make fabric covered memo boards

Updated July 20, 2017

Fabric-covered memo boards, also sometimes called French memo boards, are an attractive and practical addition to any room. Designing your own board gives you the opportunity to select your own custom colours, creating a board that matches your space perfectly. Make one to place by the door, in the office or in the bedroom. They also make great housewarming or graduation gifts.

Cut a piece of foam insulation board to the size you want your finished memo board to be. Use a drywall knife or similar blade with a straight edge to make the cuts.

Cut a piece of quilt batting large enough to cover the front of the board with enough excess to wrap it around the board. Pull the batting tight over the foam and use spray adhesive to attach the edges of the batting to the back of the board.

Cut a piece of fabric the same size as the quilt batting. Lay your fabric over the front of the board. If using a patterned fabric, make sure the print is lined up straight. Pull the fabric tight across the board and hold it in place by pinning it with straight pins around the front edges of the board. Turn the board over and use adhesive to secure the edges of the fabric to the back of the board.

Lay the ribbon across the board, making an X from corner to corner. Pull it tightly and secure the ends in place with upholstery tacks. Continue adding strips of evenly spaced ribbon running parallel to the pieces used in the X until you are satisfied with the spacing. Tack them into place as you go. At each intersection of the ribbon, insert an upholstery tack to secure the ribbon to the front of the board.

Flip the board over so the back side is facing up. Poke two evenly-spaced holes in the back of the board for attaching a hanging wire. Cut a length of wire, insert one end into each hole, and fill the holes with hot glue to secure.


Give the back side a more finished look by covering it with white paper; use spray adhesive to hold it in place. You also can use a strip of wide ribbon or other similar material to cover the raw edges on the back side of the board.


Make sure the fabric is continually pulled tightly as it is attached to the board. If the fabric is too loose, it will bunch and wrinkle under the ribbon.

Things You'll Need

  • Styrofoam insulating board
  • Drywall knife
  • Straight edge
  • Fabric
  • Quilt batting
  • Spray adhesive
  • Straight pins
  • Ribbon
  • Upholstery tacks
  • Tape measure
  • Picture hanging wire
  • Wire cutters
  • Hot glue gun
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