Carly Rubach

Get Organized! Stretched Fabric Bulletin Board

By - Oct 29th, 2011 04:00 am
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We’re leaving the month of October and entering the crazy busy season of holidays, gifts, food, family and snow. This excites and terrifies me at the same time. In order to preserve sanity and face the impending frenzy with confidence, I’m trying to stay organized and keep our apartment tidy. When there is a mess at home, there is a mess in my brain and I can’t be creative, productive or pleasant.

TCDIY-8So, I’ve been working on giving everything in the craft room/office a designated space. I compartmentalized the office drawers with old Tupperware containers and reorganized my shelving unit so that fabric and supplies are visible and accessible.

Then, I found this huge wooden frame in our laundry room, where people often leave their unwanted items for others in the building (at least that’s what I think is going on). I didn’t have a plan for the frame, but one day, one magical day, my next project thrust itself upon me. I’d been disappointed with this piece of fabric I had hanging on my wall because it looked sloppy. I was using it to keep my earrings out of the way, as they were an ongoing project. So, I stretched the piece of fabric in my new/old wooden frame and continued to utilize the piece as a temporary resting home for my handmade jewelry.

After I finished the project, the space felt tidier and I was thrilled. The fabric now had clean edges, plus I was able to display my button earrings in a more finalized fashion. Before, I was just tacking them to the fabric to keep them out of the way, but now they look like they’re on sale or something (and they will be at this year’s Hover Craft event at Sweet Water Organics – wink, wink).

Consider getting your own home organized before the holiday season, even if it’s one room, a closet or a set of drawers. This allows you to focus on more important things, like making all of your holiday gifts for those near and dear to you. In my next column, I’ll give you some ideas and tips on DIY holiday projects.

For now, try out this fabric bulletin board for those old photos, postcards, sacred jewels, or anything else you have lying around that deserves to be seen and preserved. Should be a pretty good time. Happy cleaning!

Staple gun (or hammer and nails)
Sewing pins
Foam Board (optional)



1. Clean the frame with toothbrush and damp rag if it is old or used. 2. Iron your fabric and cut to size of frame, leaving a few inches of excess.


3. Turn frame upside down and place on a flat surface. Staple one corner of the fabric down to a thicker area of the frame’s border. Continue process in all corners, pulling the fabric tight each time.


4. If the fabric is still baggy, staple along the perimeters and continue to pull tight. Cut off excess fabric.


5. Hang and use sewing pins to attach, like, whatever!

Suggested: If you are looking for more of a bulletin board, find a piece of foam board that will fit your frame. Wrap the foam board with your fabric of choice and staple the board to the back of the frame. This way you can use pushpins and items will be more secure.

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