Hello! So, as we move towards half-term and with the summer holidays looming (honestly, doesn’t this year seem to be flying by?!) my mind always turns towards hand-sewing: something that I can take with me on days out or for when I can grab five minutes peace!
I love hand-piecing in particular and always use a design board to plan my block and keep it together during sewing. I used this great tutorial by Bee Lori for my board and would highly recommend it! It uses a thick cardboard which is great for use at home, but not so practical when you’re out and about, so I came up with this roll-up travel design board. It’s a quick project, perfect for using up any wadding and fabric scraps that you have hanging around and probably took me an hour all in, including taking all the photos!!!
8 1/2” x 8 1/2”
bondawebsticky side down on the wrong side of the outer fabric, in the centre leaving a 1/2” border all the way around. Press.
- To position the fastening, measure 4 3/4” up/down (to find the centre line) and 4” in from the
left handside and mark with a pencil (Note: you can vary the distance but I would recommend 3-4” if you want to roll it up). If using a snap fastener, push the prongs through the bondaweband fabric. Otherwise, use a pin/mark the right side of the fabric. Remove the paper backing from the bondawebBEFORE attaching your fastening!!!
(TIP: once the backing paper is removed, the fabric is quite sticky so be careful with handling. I found it easiest to roll up the fabric in order to attach the snap fastening)
- Place the wadding wrong sides together with the outer fabric, overlaying the bondaweb, and again leaving 1/2” border on each side. Press on the outer fabric to bond the layers together. Fold each outer corner in at a 45* angle to meet the corner of the wadding, and then fold again. Pin in place to secure.
- Starting on one side, fold the edge of the outer fabric in half to meet the raw edge of the wadding. Press. Fold over again to give a 1/4” binding around the edge of the travel design board. Press and pin in place.
- Repeat on all sides – where the corners have already been folded this should give a neat mitred finish. A wonder clip on each corner helps to keep everything in place.
- Wadding side up – and starting part way along one side – begin stitching just in from the inner edge of the binding. It is best to take it slowly and, as you approach a corner, remove the wonder clip/pin, hold carefully in position (a seam ripper can help with this), pivot on the corner and continue until you reach where you started.
- [OPTIONAL] Add a second row of stitching just in from the outer edge of the binding.
- To finish, place the Travel Design Board right side up and, using a ruler to ensure it is level with the previous fastening, mark 1/2” in from the left-hand side. Attach the other half of your fastening.
Make it your own;
- To make a bigger/smaller Travel Design Board: chose the finished size of board that you would like and cut wadding and
bondawebto this size. Cut outer fabric +1” bigger on width and height.
- If you don’t want to use the self-binding method described above, cut all three layers the same size and then attach binding as you would normally for a quilt.
- If you are not keen on fastenings or don’t have any to hand, some other ideas are:
- Sew some ribbon into the binding so that you can fasten the design board with a bow
- Use a button and loop closure
And there we are! I hope you’ve enjoyed the tutorial! If you make one then please do let me know and tag it #traveldesignboard on Instagram so that I can see your makes, and do let me know if you have any questions. And if you would like to see how I try to always be ready for slow sewing then check out this post for some tips.
Today’s sky::: grey and rainy…. *clearly* nearly half term!!!