Saturday, April 17, 2010

My New Memory Board

I was feeling a little crafty this weekend and with the husband away, I thought I would play.

This is one of the many projects I've been thinking about since we started making over my scrapbook room. It's a memory board.

I have looked at several "how to" websites and the husband I have talked about several ways to make it.

I found a blog that I fell in love with Friday night. Check out Little Birdie Secrets. There are a ton of crafty ideas, tips, and tutorials. She has scrapbooking projects, sewing projects, jewelry projects, recipes, and a ton more. She happened to give a tutorial for an easy memory board. I used her tutorial as my guide.

To make this memory board, you will need:
*Canvas of any size (I chose 18x24 and bought 2)
*Fabric (Slightly bigger than your canvas)
*Sewing Needle
*Staple Gun
*Good Christian music in the background (personal preference of course)

Because I bought one big piece of fabric, the first thing I did was lay both of my canvases on the fabric and then cut the fabric into two separate pieces.

After the fabric was cut, I ironed it.

I then laid one of my canvases face down on the fabric. I wrapped the fabric, nice and tight, around the back and stapled with the staple gun.

Once the fabric was attached, I laid out my ribbon on my board. I laid 4 pieces diagonally one way and then 4 the other way, weaving them in out. I do not have a picture of this, but if you look at the final product I think you will get it.

I then removed all the ribbon except one piece. Holding in place, I flipped the canvas and stapled it on the back. I added one piece back at a time, stapling it on the back until all eight pieces had been stapled on.

With all eight pieces of ribbon attached, it was time to sew on the buttons. I added a button every place that two pieces of ribbon met. Sewing the buttons added something to the appearance, but it also helps hold the ribbon in place so that I can later place pictures under the ribbon.

Here is the final product against the blue wall.

I am so pleased with how it turned out. I think it looks great in my scrapbook room. I ran out of ribbon and was not able to do the second canvas. Once they are both finished they will go on either side of that window.

I'm debating on whether not to build a frame around them. Whatcha think? Frame or no frame? If you think frame, what color? I'm leaning toward a cream color.

And on a side note...I bought a sewing machine today. I'm so excited. Hopefully I will soon have some new crafty things to share with you.


  1. This looks great! I wanted to do one of these for my sister, but never got around to making it - mainly because I had no idea how to do it! Thanks for the tutorial.

  2. Super cute! I think a frame would look great - would make it all that much more unique!