How to Make a Framed Fabric-Covered Pin Board

Posted by Cecilia Katan on

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In this blog post, I’ll show you the steps I took to make a simple framed fabric-covered pin board to display my collection.

Here's a video of the tutorial! You can also continue below for a written version.

For this project, you’ll need to gather the following materials:

  1. Foam board - I got mine at the Dollarama, but you can also find them at craft stores, Wal-Mart, or online.

  2. A picture frame - Just make sure it’s not too big for the foam board! This project is not really catered to giant pin boards, which I’m planning a future tutorial for.

  3. Some fabric - Use any fabric you like! You’ll need enough to cover the inner size of the frame with some extra to fold over your foam board once cut out.

  4. A glue gun

  5. Scissors

  6. A measuring tape or ruler

  7. A pencil

The first thing to do is measure the back of the frame. If your frame came with a backing or glass pane, you’ll need to remove those, and you can just use that to trace out the size of your foam instead of measuring.

However, since I grabbed this frame from my box of stuff to use for craft projects and it didn’t have a backing, I needed to measure.

Now, on your foam board, trace out the size you just measured - minus a couple millimetres.  This is important because the fabric will take up a little space and you need to leave room for it.

So now we can cut the foam board. If you’ve used the frame’s backing to trace these lines, make sure you cut slightly inside the line, again just to leave room for the fabric.

At this point, it’s a good idea to check that the panel fits, and trim it if needed.

Next, grab your fabric. I chose this lovely natural cotton for my board, but you can use any fabric you like.

You’ll want to lay it out flat, and if it has wrinkles you should iron them out. Lay the foam panel on the fabric, and cut with about 5 centimeters, or 2 inches extra on each side.

Now lay out the piece of fabric face-down, and make sure it’s smoothed out, before placing the foam panel on top

You’ll first glue down the two longest edges, making sure to pull the fabric tight.

When you get to the shorter edges, you’ll want to fold the corners in like you’re wrapping a present.

I’ve glued the folds down just for convenience but you don’t have to, if you’re fast enough to fold them over before the glue cools down.

At this point, the back of your panel is not very pretty. So if you want, you can glue another piece of fabric, or cardboard, onto it to give it a more finished look, especially if it’s for a gift. I don’t really mind this, so I left mine as-is.

Now you can place the fabric-covered foam panel into the frame, making sure it’s properly secured. If your frame doesn't have these folding metal fasteners, maybe it has the swivel kind and your panel is loose, or doesn’t have any fasteners at all, you can easily glue the panel straight into the frame.

Ta-daa! Your very own framed fabric-covered pin board!

Now you can just push all your favourite enamel pins into the board, and display them proudly!

I hope you found this tutorial useful. Thank you for reading through! You can leave questions or comments below.

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