Hello! I hope your week is going well so far and that you’ve been able to get out into the sunshine. I’ve been busy marking assignments these past few days and so have been chained to my desk. At times like this, it’s so important to have an inspiring space to work in to stay motivated. At least for me it is! The image above is of my desk at home – I often choose to mark at home as it’s quieter than my office at University and I find I can get more done.
I have a magnetic memo board propped up against the wall that I made a while ago as part of a Laura Ashley bloggers competition. Whilst I shared the tutorial at the time, I thought I’d repost it for you today in case you missed it first time around. If you are clicking over from the Home Style website to check this out, a special welcome to you!
You will need: A flat metal baking tray, fabric, ribbon, buttons, sewing machine and thread, craft glue, small pegs and magnets for holding notes and other items you want to display. Paperclips would work just as well if you don’t have pegs.Step 1: Measure the length and width of your tray and note down. Then cut the fabric so that you have enough to make an envelope style cushion cover. I watched this tutorial on You Tube to learn how to do this. It’s very quick and easy once you have your measurements. Iron your fabric and press a double hem along the sides of the top pieces of fabric. (The video tutorial show you how to do all of this very clearly).Step 2: Pin along each of the outside edges of your fabric to hold everything together and then sew into place. Once you have finished sewing, turn the fabric the right side out and press again with an iron to eliminate any wrinkles.Step 3: Insert the baking sheet into your fabric envelope. You will have a surplus of fabric sticking out of the top. Don’t worry, it is meant to be this way! Tuck the extra fabric over the top of the baking sheet and into the back of the fabric cover. This will enable you to ensure that the fabric is tucked in nice and tightly, which will mean that you won’t have baggy fabric at the front of your memo board.Step 4: Glue some buttons onto the front of small pegs or magnets.Step 5: Place some ribbon about a third of the way down the memo board and tie it at the back in a bow. Attach the pegs to the ribbon. Next, stick a button to the back of a small magnet. As the board is magnetic you can stick the magnets anywhere. Make sure that the magnets you use are strong enough as they will need to be attracted to the baking sheet through the fabric. The fabric I was sent was of a lovely quality, meaning it was quite thick, so I had to source some strong little magnets!
Step 6: Finally, you will see that I also threaded a button with some ribbon and then hand sewed it into place at the top of the board. This means that I can hang my memo board up if I don’t want to have it leaning against the wall on top of my desk.
This was a very simple make and so good for a beginner who is just starting out with a sewing machine (like me!) If you have any questions, please do leave a comment below and I’ll do my best to answer you. Similarly don’t forget to share a picture either here on on social media if you give this a try. You can follow me on @celebratecreatn on Twitter, @celebratecreation on Instagram and cparkin on Pinterest.
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