Tuesday, September 09, 2008

message board and artwork holder

Today's projects are using up the scraps of the pressed board from the inspiration board. I love using up every last piece whenever possible. I let the scraps dictate the sizes of these boards.

start with a piece of pressed board (15" x 16")

make a strip of patchwork (17.5" x 4.5")

I made little log cabin blocks-inspired by this awesome little quilt

add a piece of linen to the bottom (3" x 18.5")

sew together

add a larger piece of linen to the top (13" x 18")

sew together, and press well

now check your piece to ensure that it is a few inches larger on all sides than the pressed board

wrap the fabric around the board and secure using staples

and here it is in use

It holds all my important information: my kindergartner's color days schedule, my second grader's spelling list, and a place to collect those little box tops for education. Hopefully this will help my counter to stay a bit less cluttered. This project makes me happy. :)

Now for the artwork holder...(another problem area in my house...my kids are very prolific in their artwork)

make a strip of patchwork the length of your pressed board, adding linen patches on each end for stretching around to the back (36" x about 2.5" )

cut a linen strip that is a few inches longer than your pressed board (5" x 36")

trim your patchwork to even out the edges-this one is about 2.25" high- (it is folded in half in this photo).

cut your long linen strip in half lengthwise...each of the linen strips measure about 2.5" x 36"

sew all together to make one l o n g piece of patchwork
press well

wrap it around the back of the press board, staple to secure.

I also added little picture hangers to the back so I could hang it.... (I warned my boys to treat this very gently, because I am not sure how much abuse this could take, but so far so good.)

and it is complete. originally I planned on making the patchwork smaller and embroidering the boys' names on the linen just above the patchwork, but this project kind of took on a mind of it's own. How fun would it be to personalize this, though?

and here it is with the artwork....

I have a feeling this will get a lot of use.
This one measures 4" x 33"

Like Katherine said in the comments in the last post...I can see one of these in every room of my house. 3 down...a few more to go!

55 comments:

Chara Michele said...

Love these! I think I might need to at least make a message board like that...

TaraB said...

You have some AMAZING ideas! I will be watching you blog to keep up! I love these things. It would sure help my kitchen stay a little neater!

The Calico Cat said...

They are both so pretty... Thanks for sharing the instructions. (I have a cork board for the babe's room, but...)

Do you know how to add pockets?

Amy @ Park City Girl said...

So fun! Thanks for sharing your great ideas. I really need both of those :)

Vicki W said...

What great projects!

Steph said...

Great tutorials!

Now, how about a tutorial on how to make those lovely patchwork tissue holders?

http://crazymomquilts.blogspot.com/2007/10/patchwork-obsession-part-19.html

Please please please!!!?!?

kat | Taylor Made designs said...

once more, terrific ideas. I can definitely make these :) Your kids are such great artists!

denitza said...

Awesome ideas! I need both of these in my house and , just like you, it will be nice to have in each room! Thanks for sharing and for the great tutorials! Have a great day!

Tine said...

I love these! The little artwork-holder is just too wonderful! I want to make on of those!! And maybe one for Charles' office?!

Thimbleanna said...

Wow! They're AWESOME!
I LOVE that artwork holder. Where WERE you when my kids were little???

amandajean said...

steph-

the tutorial I used for the tissue holders is here:

http://stardustshoes.blogspot.com/2006/03/tissue-holder-tutorial.html

I just made the patchwork and followed the pattern as instructed. have fun...they are so quick and easy!

aj

Carishma said...

Very cute!

Selina said...

These are fantastic. Are those just pushpins in there?

Des said...

Wow! I just found you and I hope to never leave you. :) Great ideas!! I can't 'wait' for christmas '08'!! I love a good rhyme.

Hilary said...

What a great idea!! I just cut up an old cork board (to fit into a frame, like your inspiration board) and now I know what to do with the left overs. All these Christmas '08 ideas are great.

Farmyard Crafts said...

Two words - AWESOME IDEA!

house on hill road said...

there you go again!
wonderful!

Carie said...

That's such a great idea for a pinboard cover - I've got a new pinboard for my study so I think I will be trying this out sooner rather than later!

Heather said...

I love these! You are such a creative cat. Thanks for sharing.

Rebekah said...

this is so cute! I love the patchwork/linen combo!

nettie said...

i love both of these projects! I could use an 8 foot artwork board. My daughter would fill it up in no time.

thanks for the inspiration!

pratima said...

Patchwork and linen is a perfect recipe any day! Your inspiration boards look awesome! Love the artwork :)
Thanks for sharing!!

A Spoonful Of Sugar said...

Great ideas! I love anything with linen and the patchwork adds a nice touch - stylish but funky at the same time.

sarah, rsm said...

amandajean,

you don't have an etsy store because .........?

:c]sarah

My Love is..... said...

great tutorial I could totally make these!! thanx!!

upstateLisa said...

OMG!! I loooove those log cabins!!!! thanks for sharing the directions!!!

G'G'ma said...

You are amazing Amandajean. I don't know if Carol Duvall is even thinking about retiring but if she is I nonminate you for her job...if you'd want it??!! From the looks of all the comments I think there could be hundreds of recomendation letters.

Love to check in each week and see what new ideas you've come up with.

My Happy Turtle said...

I love it! Especially the rainbow artwork holder!

belly said...

wow, another great idea! these so cute, amanda

Tina said...

What great ideas!

the pesky bombolino said...

That pinboard is way too pretty to pin things on! And the portrait on the last photo is just gorgeous- I think you have a budding 'small object' there!

Marcia said...

I'm so lovin all these tutorials and ideas. You are the best!

Leslie said...

i love this idea...what a great way to use up the scraps of the board and fabric . I know i have tons of fabric in my scraps bucket that would be just right for a project like this. Maybe once i get into the new school years routine i can make one of these

Blakely said...

How beautiful!

Deb C. said...

I sooo need to make several of these. My children always have papers that come home from school that need to be returned (but not for a week or so down the road) and this would be soooo perfect instead of throwing them into a tray that I'm using now. Thank you so much for your inspiring posts. I have just been in awe of your ideas lately!

Lizzie said...

What a great idea. I will save it to my xmas ideas area. thanks
Lizzie

Amy said...

these are so pretty and such a great way to add color to any room!

Philigry said...

love that long skinny one! great idea.

edeenut said...

oh I love it, I need to make one!
thankyou!

tims_mom said...

Thank YOU! I have a huge sheet of styrofoam downstairs, and I can cover that with fabric, and use it to post notes too.

corry said...

What a great idea, I love to make one. Thanks for the inspiration!

amandajean said...

selina,

those are just push pins.

aj

diane allison-stroud said...

hi, just stumbled through blog land and found you! what great ideas you are showing...i just wish i still had time to make things...but will file it away in my mind for 'one day'....

Heidi said...

fab ideas!

62cherry said...

YOU are WONDERFUL
justine

Laurel MacD said...

Love love love the art board and planning on making several.

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

Seriously? Could you BE more clever? Really. You are so with it. I love seeing what you come up with and you are so sweet to share it with the rest of us. Thank you.

Clair said...

The one that is long and thin is cool and a fun way to hang up artwork. I should make one for my cards of note.

Jodie said...

Totally awesome - these are are so good - I didn't think you could top those storage cubes but I love these!!!

Justine said...

LOVE the artwork holder! I work with kids and get artwork from them all the time... I think I may make this for my office! Thanks!

sulu-design said...

The artwork strip is my new favorite gift idea. So cool, and so perfect for my sister. This gift guide rocks.

metrosupialdesigns said...

I can't wait to make one of these! Now if I can only get my child to draw.

Heather - CROQZine.com said...

I love both of those! Wow! Awesome. I am loving your blog, by the way!

TJ and Whitnee said...

You have so many great tutorials! I love them! I'm going to post a link to this tutorial on my sewing blog tomorrow, December 23!

sewwhattoday.blogspot.com

Barbara Frame-Love said...

Hello, I also stumbled on your site. You have precious artist that will thrill you for a long time. My DGD is soon to become a Mama herself so right now couldn't care less about artwork for Grammy! Fortunately, I kept most of her work in a folder!!!! This may be something you may want to consider.
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Now to Quilting: I have been a hand quilter for 40+ years. Never owned a sewing machine. Can't remember how many quilts I have done and gave to family, friends, charities, and sold. I live in WV with the love of my life, my husband, Carl. We have five children, five grandchildren and 3 great grands with two more due this summer. Our cup of love truly overflows. God's blessings to you and yours.