10 minute pinboard

The other night I decided I NEEDED a pinboard to take to our inaugural Make It Better…mending/sewing/crafting cafe evening, to display posters for other upcoming events and workshops.

Just in case you ever NEED a pretty pinboard in an emergency…

This is what you need:

  • cheap pinboard or cork tile
  • fabric of your choosing
  • glue gun

In the garage we have a cheap pinboard sat still in its shiny wrapper, that we bought ages ago (when Focus went bust I think!) waiting to be loved.

So I went and grabbed it in and set to work.

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My plan was to cover it in fabric, but I was a bit worried that the frame around the outside might make it a bit ‘funny’, so I found an old pair of my Nana’s curtains that I had already butchered for other projects, and cut these up to fill in the gap

10min pinboard02I used my trusty glue gun throughout, as it is quick and easy, and I love a bit of speed crafting. I put 2 layers on, which filled in the gap nicely, but actually makes sticking the pins in a bit of a pain. If I did it again, I think I would just do one layer.

Then I placed my ‘pretty’ fabric face down on the floor, and placed the pinboard face down on top

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Then just fold the edges over, pulling the fabric nice and tight. At the corners, do it like you are wrapping up a present. Go crazy with the glue gun. Remember, it doesn’t have to look pretty from the back!

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Then, because mine really didn’t look very pretty from the back, I cut another rectangle of Nana’s curtains and glued this on top to neaten it up

10min pinboard05Ta da!

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Obviously it helps it you remember to iron your fabric 1st to remove the crease lines…

This pinboard came with 6 free pins-woohoo! So I set to work on them too-glue-gunning some buttons on to the tops

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Here it is ‘in action’

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Not quite a 10 minute pinboard, I may have been fibbing there, but certainly less than half an hour.

The only minor issue with ‘speed crafting’ is that it does leave quite a lot of mess to clear up

10min pinboard10Now where is that ‘Tidy-up Fairy’..?

You can find other ‘speed craft’ and me making, making do and mending over at My Make Do and Mend Year-where my family and I are 7 months in to our year of buying nothing new!


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