If you're a quilter, you know the importance of having a design wall to layout your quilt blocks and see how they look together before sewing them. A design wall is a must-have tool for any quilter, and making your own design wall can be an affordable and straightforward project.
I recently made a design wall using industrial felt that I purchased from The Felt Store. This industrial felt is 1/8th of an inch thick and comes in a 6-foot width with an adhesive back. The adhesive backing allowed me to stick the felt directly onto a rigid insulation base, which creates a sturdy and durable design
The Felt Store has locations in both Canada and the USA, making it easy to get the materials you need. I purchased a continuous piece that was 9 feet by 6 feet, which cost around $350 Canadian dollars. This size allowed me to have a large design wall that I could use to layout multiple quilt blocks at once.
Making the design wall was simple. I first cut the rigid insulation board to the desired size and then used a utility knife to trim the felt to fit the board. The adhesive back made it easy to stick the felt onto the insulation board, and I was able to smooth out any wrinkles or air bubbles with a wallpaper smoothing tool.
The felt design wall has been a game-changer for me. It allows me to layout quilt blocks easily and move them around until I am happy with the layout. The felt material is also great because it allows me to use pins to hold up quilt tops and blocks, making it easier to see how the blocks will look when they are sewn together.
Overall, making a felt quilters design wall is an affordable and practical project that any quilter can do. The industrial felt from The Felt Store is a high-quality material that is easy to work with and provides a sturdy surface for your design wall. If you are in need of a new design wall, I highly recommend giving this project a try.