diy design wall

I recently made a few upgrades to my home sewing space, which is really just half of my large bedroom. You’d think that having a fully stocked classroom at my shop would be enough, but as it turns out, being able to sew at odd hours in my pajamas makes me a much more productive quilter!

I added a little cutting table–this Ikea desk turned out to an excellent cheap option that would be wide enough for a 36″ x 24″ cutting mat and high enough (with its adjustable legs) to not kill a quilter’s back.

Then for a design wall. My mom suggested using insulation boards, which turned out fantastic. Here’s how it went.

2, 4′ x 8′ x 1″ insulation boards from Lowe’s (barely fit in the back of my SUV, fyi)
1 cotton/poly Queen sized batting (I had a couple inches uncovered at the bottom, King would fit generously)
hot glue gun + lots of glue

cost: $45

time spent: 1 1/2 hours including shopping
I simply cut the batting in half…cutting batting

wrapped it around the boards…batting + insulation = design wall

and hot glue-gunned it to the back.glueing batting

I didn’t attach it to the wall because I like that it can be portable. It’s lightweight so I can easily move it for use at our deck sewing parties. It’s thick enough to stick pins into, unlike regular foam core board. And it’s almost as tall as the ceiling so I can make a big quilt without having to take over a carpeted room of the house.finished design wall

And as it turns out, being able to get the blocks up and see  progress is just what I needed to finish my projects faster.

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