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I have recently turned my daughter's old bedroom into my long awaited sewing room. I have been enjoying it sooooo much. I am considering making one wall into a design wall and would like to hear from anyone that has made one of their own, on how you did it, materials etc. My husband is very handy and is wiling to make it for me. Thanks in advance.

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Comment by Linda "Sue" Robertson, TN on August 30, 2009 at 10:53am
Hi Trish, I copied this below from my photos on my design wall here on QWU. I have pics you can look at. You have been given great info from the other ladies but since BJ gave mine such a nice comment thought I'd send you the info DH gave to me to share with another person. There are several views of mine design wall on my photos. I sure have enjoyed mine!!!


I am going to try and explain as well as I can what my husband told me about the design wall. He covered a wall of mirrors, so he started with 3 strips of 1" X 4"s one at the top, middle and bottom going horizontally. Then he built a frame on top of the 1" X 4"s out of 1 X 4s measuring out to 103 1/4 " wide by 72 1/2 " high. On top of the frame he put 2- 4' X 8' sheets of 1/2" plyboard. On top of that he put 2 4 'X 8' styrofoam sheets. Then he framed it in where it would overlap the styrofoam. This measured out to 72 1/2 long X 99 5/8 " wide. He mitered the corners. Then he used the warm and soft batting and just tucked it underneath the framing so that when it gets dirty it can be replaced easily. If you need more info or have more questions we can ask him and I will relay the message back. Hope this helps. I can also take a more close up picture if you need me too.
Comment by Lori on August 29, 2009 at 8:47am
I used two flannel back table clothes and pinned them to the wall. They work perfect and cost me two dollars.
Comment by Judy/WA on August 29, 2009 at 8:40am
I used the insulation sheeting too but I covered mine with an off white fleece. Nothing falls off.
Comment by Margo in Maine on August 28, 2009 at 7:43pm
http://heartinhishandquilting.blogspot.com/search/label/Design%20Walls

This is the link on my blog where you can view my 2 design walls...trust this helps...
Comment by Margo in Maine on August 28, 2009 at 7:40pm
I also used styrofoam 3/4" thick...4' x 8' sheets....I fit them to the wall...(sprayed over the markings) and layered 2 warm and natural batting (big rolls from Joann's ( hot glued in place to hold) to the edges and then covered with cotton flannel folding to back....hot glued to the back and then put washers and screws in each corner to hold....very functional....I covered 2 walls in my quilt room.....I did put a few more $ into them but would not do it any other way...I had to put 2 sheets together and used masking tape to make 7'x8 'piece and covered them so it looks like one piece when up.....it will last me forever....trust this is not totally confusing.....
Comment by Paula/TX on August 28, 2009 at 6:37pm
I hung lightweight styrofoam 4x8 foot insulation sheeting on my wall. I actually doubled it in thickness because I wanted to be able to pin into it without hitting the wall. I bought it at the local hardware store. Then covered it with batting. The fabric should stick to it but with breeze and such I use stick pins to hold things in place. It is lightweight so really doesn't need heavy anchoring or studs. You might be able to see it on my post from May 4 that has a picture.
Comment by B J Elder/WA on August 28, 2009 at 6:34pm
My design wall consists of flannel, binder clips and push pins. I put the clips on the top of the flannel and push pins in the wall. Works great, especially when there isn't a "dedicated" place for it. Ask Linda Sue Robertson about her design wall - it's wonderful and I'm sure she would tell you how it is made.
Comment by LKC on August 28, 2009 at 4:59pm
Check out" where I sew"s pictures. You should see wonderful design board. My own design board ends up being a queen size bed. You can use plastic table cloth with flannel on the back.
Comment by Lynda L. Becker on August 28, 2009 at 4:50pm
I used a wall in my living room as a design wall. I pinned up a large sheet of batting, warm and natural. Worked great, I would stick stuff up there and if need be I could even pin it to the batting. I live alone so no one could object to where I had my sewing at, LOL I have recently taken it down as I needed more room so only half my living room is a sewing area now. Hope this suggestion helps.

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