I took some progress photos to be able to share with you how I made it. I also learned quite a bit so you won't have to make the same mistakes as I did. I didn't photograph all the steps but I think these are more than enough to follow. Plus, you do always read the instructions too, right :D
- cardboard from a big box - you can glue together 2 of them for a stiffer surface (sandwich wise)
- pretty fabric - I have lots of fabric samples from a curtain/wallpaper store but you can sew a patchwork first or use old denims... possibilities are endless here
- batting or thinner foam
- elastic band
- beads - you can use buttons or little bows or anything you fancy
- double sided tape
- duct tape or any good holding tape you have
- needle & thread
1. First decide about the size of your board and simply cut it from your box:
2. Take your fabric and cut it about 2,5cm (1 inch) bigger than your board:
Then take your elastic band and cut it to fit your lines. It's good to keep tension on the board so you are able to stick your photos on it plus it looks good when elastic "puffs" your batting :) I cut my elastics to almost the same lengths as the drawn lines were - without the tails that is. This way you get the correct tension when you fold your elastic over the board's sides. But you should try it first before you cut it as all elastics don't behave in the same way.
Now it's time to sew the elastics on. This is when those "tails" come in handy - they assist you in positioning down your elastics to the correct places:
|You can see how my grid was off because I didn't have those tails to assist me while sewing!|
8. To secure down the intersections at the front side I used beads and I simply sewed them on. At least I had the grid to pin them down correctly :) This is how it looked from the back:
This is it! I hope you'll find my tutorial useful and if you make a board I'd love to see it.