How to Make a Fabric Memo Board

 Here is another project in my goal towards a new look for Lil W’s room–a fabric memo board.
Click here to see the DIY truck wall art project.
And click here to see the DIY Children’s Artwork Display.

Before we get started, please note that I made some mistakes with this project and learned a few “crafty” lessons.  Read my “lessons learned” at the end so you don’t make my same mistakes.

18 x 24 Canvas
Quilters batting a few inches larger than the canvas
Fabric of your choice in the same size as the batting
I purchased this number fabric from Joanns.
Lots of tacks or brads
6 yards of ribbon
Hot glue

1. Cut the batting to be about 2 inches larger than the canvas all around.
2.  Set the canvas face down on the center of the batting and tack to the back of the canvas.
3. Fold over the corners like you are wrapping a present, and then tack into place.
4. Flip over your canvas and it should look soft like #4.

1. Set the padded cancas face down on the fabric.
2. Wrap the fabric and tack into place following the same steps used with the batting.

Now this is the kind of tough part. Start at the top left corner and wrap one strip of ribbon from one end to the other as shown in the photo.  Use hot glue or tacks to set the ribbon in place on the back of the canvas.  Continue this step until you have created approximately 5 strips of fabric across the canvas {see below}.

Follow the exact same steps with the ribbon going the opposite direction on the canvas.

Then use the remainder of your tacks or brads to place inbetween all the intersections of the ribbon.
LESSON LEARNED:  I would suggest using brads on the intersections of the ribbon.  I used tacks and then I had to apply a large blob of hot glue to the back of the tacks so that they wouldn’t fall out or scratch someone.  This wouldn’t be a concern if you used brads. And you can even find really cute ones in the scrapbooking section of your local craft store.

That’s pretty much it. I’m still waiting to finish a few more projects before I hang everything up. But I’m hoping to have it all done soon. So stay tuned for Lil W’s room reveal.

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  1. you make the cutest things!!! you are amazing! can’t wait to see lil w’s room.

  2. This is so cute! I have a vintage framed magnet memo board in baby J’s room as well. I use it sort of as a displayable baby book {complete with his ultrasound, baby shower invite, pics, his hospital bracelets etc.} Its hands down my favorite thing in his whole room. And I’m in the process of making a giant one for my office lol

    Great tutorial!

  3. Love this! My kids and I are doing a homemade Christmas this year and this will so be on the list! 😉

  4. So cute! I am in the process of making my daughters room into her ‘big girl’ room too!

  5. It turned out great. So bright and cheerful!

  6. What a cute project! 🙂 Ive always wanted to make one of these, but figured I would totally mess it up! Good to see a how to now. 🙂

  7. I love love love these types of boards! Thanks for sharing how to make one particularly great looking one! :o)

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  8. Turned out awesome! Love the bright colors, i bet it looks awesome in his room 🙂

  9. Looks cute and totally goes with the other stuff you made. I’m always hesitant to use small sharp objects that might fall out in my daughter’s room =T

  10. That is so cute!

  11. So cute!! I love this. What a fun and easy DIY. Might need to add this to my daughters room.

  12. I’ve made three of these! And love love love them. The first was for Bean’s nursery, the second for his “toddler room” and this last one for his big boy room! 🙂 love!!!

  13. so cute & simple :)!

  14. Can’t wait to see the room reveal!! xoxo

  15. Really cute! I can’t wait to see the whole room!

  16. This is awesome, Ashley! I wish I had more time to do these things! I don’t know how you manage to be so creative! 🙂 Thanks for teaching us how to do these DIYs….you’re awesome!

  17. What a great tutorial Ashley! I’ve featured this project as part of Simple Crafter’s Simple Craft Tutorials for this week. 🙂

  18. oh my gosh!!!! i’m so glad u posted this!! i have one of these that i bought from American Eagle online several years back..they went out of stock right away and have been wanting to get another one for so long!!
    P.S. stopping by from Gussy Sews! 🙂

  19. such a great idea. I love that you can switch the picts out so easily. I hate dealing with those bendy metal things on the back of frames…they hurt my fingers and scratch up my butter knives. lol

  20. I need to make this for my kids room!

  21. danyiel Johnson says:

    I made a couple of these for Christmas gifts. Super easy!

  22. I always love these memo boards! Now it’s cool to know I can make one with my own fabric!

  23. An outstanding share! I’ve just forwarded this onto a co-worker who has been conducting a little research on this. And he in fact bought me breakfast because I discovered it for him… lol. So allow me to reword this…. Thanks for the meal!! But yeah, thanx for spending the time to talk about this topic here on your web site.

  24. I love this tutorial. You were the first one to come up through my
    Google search and this is exactly what I was looking for:)


  25. Mona Singh says:

    I just made one for my 8-year old daughter’s room and I agree that they are fun and simple to make. I honestly spent more time browsing fabrics at the store than the time it took me to assemble this. I plan to make one for myself and possibly more as Christmas presents. Thanks for posting!

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