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10 Minute Pinboard

The other night I decided I NEEDED a pinboard to take to our inaugural Make It Better…mending/sewing/crafting cafe evening, to display posters for other upcoming events and workshops.

Just in case you ever NEED a pretty pinboard in an emergency…

This is what you need:

  • cheap pinboard or cork tile
  • fabric of your choosing
  • glue gun

In the garage we have a cheap pinboard sat still in its shiny wrapper, that we bought ages ago (when Focus went bust I think!) waiting to be loved.

So I went and grabbed it in and set to work.

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My plan was to cover it in fabric, but I was a bit worried that the frame around the outside might make it a bit ‘funny’, so I found an old pair of my Nana’s curtains that I had already butchered for other projects, and cut these up to fill in the gap

10min pinboard02I used my trusty glue gun throughout, as it is quick and easy, and we all know I love a bit of speed crafting.
I put 2 layers on, which filled in the gap nicely, but actually makes sticking the pins in a bit of a pain. If I did it again, I think I would just do one layer.

Then I placed my ‘pretty’ fabric face down on the floor, and placed the pinboard face down on top

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Then just fold the edges over, pulling the fabric nice and tight. At the corners, do it like you are wrapping up a present. Go crazy with the glue gun. Remember, it doesn’t have to look pretty from the back!

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Then, because mine really didn’t look very pretty from the back, I cut another rectangle of Nana’s curtains and glued this on top to neaten it up

10min pinboard05Ta da!

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Obviously it helps if you remember to iron your fabric first to remove the crease lines…

This pinboard came with 6 free pins-woohoo! So I set to work on them too-glue-gunning some buttons on to the tops

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Here it is ‘in action’

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Not quite a 10 minute pinboard, I may have been fibbing there, but certainly less than half an hour.

The only minor issue with ‘speed crafting’ is that it does leave quite a lot of mess to clear up

10min pinboard10Now where is that ‘Tidy-up Fairy’..?

PS. I’ve just blogged this over at The Pinaddicts Challenge site, where I am doing a weekly post. It is a great site full of all sorts of crafty/foody inspiration-check it out!

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  • Reply sarahn April 29, 2013 at 9:15 pm

    For a minute there I thought grandma’s curtains would make the ‘front’ and I wasn’t sold. But I loved the final fabric. Could you steam it with the iron (if it’s not already in place at your crafty little meeting point)?

    • Reply Jen April 30, 2013 at 6:58 am

      I think the creases are starting to ‘drop out’ (my usual approach to ironing..!)

  • Reply notimeforironing April 29, 2013 at 7:41 pm

    I LOVE using the glue gun!! Nice project.

    • Reply Jen April 29, 2013 at 8:24 pm

      Glue guns rock 🙂

  • Reply Anji April 29, 2013 at 6:06 pm

    I always find it strange that the ‘only take a few minutes’ project can take an entire day. As for the Tidy-up fairy, when you find her can you send her in my direction? You’ve done a brilliant job!

    • Reply Jen April 29, 2013 at 6:54 pm

      Thankyou! Pesky fairy-no-one ever knows where she is- beginning to think she might not exist…

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