Customize this fabric message board to go with any decor and hang it in the mudroom， kitchen or studio. It would make a great gift for a college student too!
I used my favorite foot—the BERNINA Reverse Pattern Foot with clear sole #34D for this project.family pillow cover
NOTE： Do not allow your iron to come in direct contact with the chalkboard fabric. If your chalk cloth has been stored rolled and proves a bit unwieldy to work with unroll it and leave it under a stack of books overnight. This will help flatten it and make it easier to work with. DO NOT try to flatten it by ironing it!
Fuse the muslin to one side of the wool felt. Fuse the main fabric piece to the other side. Quilt the piece however you like. I stitched wavy lines across the surface but this is a great opportunity to do some free motion stitching.
When you’re done quilting the message board trim it to measure 15” x 20”
Fold the contrasting fabric pocket in half wrong sides together to measure 15” x 9” and press it well.
Fold the smaller main fabric pocket piece in half wrong sides together to measure 15” x 6” and press it well.
With the message board right side up， place the larger pocket on top aligning the raw edge of the pocket with the bottom edge of the message board. Place the smaller pocket on top of the large pocket. Use a chalk marker to divide the pocket into three equally spaced sections.
Stitch over the marked lines to secure the pocket pieces to the message board.
Place the chalkboard piece on top of the message board. Place it so that the top edge of the chalkboard fabric is 1 1/2” inches from the top edge of the message board. To keep the chalk fabric from shifting while you sew it in place use the glue stick to adhere it to the message board. ？Use a small amount of glue and keep it at least a 1/2” from the edges.
Sew the chalkboard fabric in place.？ I used decorative stitch 711 along the top and bottom edge.
To cover up the stitching on the back of the message boardaccent pillow case baby burlap decorative， fuse another piece of fabric to the back.
Bind the message board using your favorite binding technique or you can use my 4 strip binding technique：
Start by stitching each of the 2” x 20” strips to each long side of the message board using a 1/4” seam allowance.
Press the binding strips flat and turn the message board over so that the backing side faces up. Fold each of the binding strips in half lengthwise and press them to set the crease. Fold the binding strips toward the back， pin in place and then hand stitch them in place to the back of the message board.
Sew the other two binding strips to the short edges of the message board using a 1/4” seam allowance so that there is 1” excess on each edge.
Press the binding strips flat and turn the message board over so that the backing side faces up. Fold the excess 1” on each edge towards the message board and press.
Fold each of the binding strips in half lengthwise and press them to set the crease. Fold the binding strips toward the back， pin in place and then hand stitch them in place to the back of the message board.
Hang up your message board and enjoy!
I designed this tote in support to our local domestic violence shelter, Women Helping Women. Quite often when a victim of domestic violence flees her abuser, she literally leaves with nothing but her children and the clothes on her back. We have begun to donate basic necessities to these brave women that are taking a stand and taking back their lives. We felt that not only do they need our support with basics such as underwear and toiletries, but it would be nice for them to also have a tote to keep their belongings in.
Disclosure: Affiliate links are included in this post//??Today I’m going to share with you a bit about how I approach Project Life. ?For those of you that don’t know, Project Life is a system of scrapbooking that incorporates the use of divided page protectors and focuses more on capturing your everyday life instead of only special occasions.
A custom fabric lunch bag takes 20 minutes, is adorable, and you can make one to match any outfit. ?These are fantastic thoughtful gifts (or gift wrapping) too. ?And they cost virtually nothing – you’ll even save money (and trees) on paper bags.