Friday, November 13, 2009

Design Walls

In anticipation of the opening of the School of Threadology, we have been busy putting up design walls in our classrooms. Here is our step-by -step process for creating a design wall.
Our thanks goes to staff member Ricci and her husband Sam for their work.

Purchase 4' X 8' sheets of aluminum backed 1" Styrofoam insulation board. These can be found at most home improvement type stores.
The light weight boards can be easily cut into the size needed with a utility knife.
Cover with batting of your choice.

Wrap the batting to the back of the insulation board and staple into place.

Because the boards are lightweight, they may be easily moved from place to place.

Next, attach sections of extra-wide industrial strength Velcro around the outsides of the board.
Be careful, because this product is very sticky.

Lift the boards up to the wall. Notice Sam used a wood level at the bottom to lay the board on, and then checked to make sure the sides were also level.
If you have a wall that has been highly texturized, you may need to use a liquid glue on the Velcro to adhere the pieces in place.

We now have design walls that are extremely light, and are thick enough to put pins in. When the batting becomes old or used, the boards can be easily removed and replaced with new batting.
Come sew with us at the Superior School of Threadology.


  1. This is a great idea. I could use the boards for my design wall, but I could also take them down and use them for blocking my quilts. Thanks.

  2. How exciting. I have a friend who is coming to the Threadology class this month. Can't wait to hear all about it.

  3. That's a great idea! I think I'll have to make one for myself once I find some wall space.

  4. A caution about using styrofoam: I had a fire in my studio and the styrofoam design wall melted. The firemen said the fumes are poisonous.

  5. These look great! Thanks for sharing!

  6. Wow, how great it that! Thanks!