How to make a fabric pin board

Written by miranda brumbaugh
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How to make a fabric pin board
Add trim around your pin board for a frame. (Comstock/Comstock/Getty Images)

Stretch a brilliant piece of fabric over a plain piece of pressboard for an instant facelift to your decor Cover the board in a luxurious silk or satin, pin personal photos to the surface and mount the romantic board in your bedroom. Use breathable cotton fabric and hang the pin board in your bathroom as a necklace holder, or use it as a message board, leaving notes and important papers tucked in the corners of the crossed ribbon and highlighted with the vintage pins.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • 11-by-14-inch pressboard
  • Hot-glue gun
  • 1/2-by-11-by-14-inch foam pad
  • 1 yard fabric
  • Iron (optional)
  • 8 straight pins
  • Heavy-duty staple gun
  • 1-inch-wide satin ribbon
  • 4 pieces vintage clip-on earrings or broaches
  • Pliers
  • 4 flathead pushpins

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  1. 1

    Cover one side of an 11-by-14-inch pressboard with a liberal amount of hot glue. Place a 1/2-by-11-by-14-inch foam pad over the pressboard so the edges line up evenly and press the pad against the hot glue.

  2. 2

    Iron the fabric to remove any wrinkles. Spread 1 yard of fabric over the foam-covered pressboard. Insert 2 straight pins along each side of the board to hold the fabric in place.

  3. 3

    Flip the board over and pull the edges of the fabric taut and against the back of the board. Staple the fabric to the pressboard with a heavy-duty staple gun, 2 inches of space between each staple. Trim away the excess fabric, flip the board over and remove the straight pins.

  4. 4

    Stretch a strip of 1-inch-wide satin ribbon across the fabric, 2 inches from the edge along, one of the 14-inch-sides, so it overlaps the edge of the board. Cut the ribbon leaving 1 inch of the ribbon on the backside of the board. Add a small dot of hot glue under the ribbon on each end. Press the ends of the ribbon to the back of the board.

  5. 5

    Stretch a strip of the ribbon across the first ribbon so that it is 2 inches from the edge of the shorter side. Attach the ends of the ribbon to the back of the board with hot glue.

  6. 6

    Place a ribbon parallel to the shorter ribbon and 2 inches over toward the centre of the board. Attach this ribbon in the same manner as the other ribbons.

  7. 7

    Attach a ribbon across the middle of the board lengthwise. Hot-glue the ends of the ribbon to the back of the board.

  8. 8

    Remove the clip or pin from the backside of 4 vintage clip-on earrings or broaches using a pair of pliers. Affix the flat end of a flathead push pin to the back of each piece of jewellery using hot glue. Press the embellished pins at randomly into the pin board.

  9. 9

    Cut a 24-inch-long piece of the 1-inch satin ribbon and turn the pressboard so that the long sides are horizontal. Flip the board over and measure in from each end 5 inches. Attach each end of the ribbon to the board at the 5-inch marks using hot glue.

  10. 10

    Staple the ribbon onto the board with 3 staples for each end to hold it in place. Hang the fabric board on the wall by the ribbon.

Tips and warnings

  • Satin fabric creates a shiny and decorative surface, but over time the holes will pick the fabric and leave it looking ragged.
  • Cotton is a longer-lasting fabric and you have dozens of printed options and colours to choose from.
  • Corduroy adds texture to the board and the material is sturdy, but the grooves may aggravate you when attempting to pin objects to the board.

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