This past weekend I was sitting outside on the deck enjoying our beautiful Fall weather. I am so grateful for cooler weather, slight breezes and clear blue skies. Anyway, I was cruising magazines online and looking for a new craft project. I stumbled upon a Better Homes and Gardens article. To be honest, I don’t even know if this is a current article or an old one – I didn’t see a date. When I saw their “storage board” craft I was intrigued enough to read the article. I’m a fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants kinda girl. I quickly realized that I could make a similar board with materials right inside my house! No running off to the hardware or craft stores. I just went with what I had on hand. I knew I could make it work.
I went into our garage and pulled out a garage sale bargain purchase of 10 cents. It had some construction issues but it looks like washed out barn wood and it a larger size 17″ X 21″. Great deal – right?
Two of the corners need to be repaired…
…and glued back together.
Staples on the inside of the frame…
…needed to be removed. They came out easily.
I used the frame mat as a pattern guide.
I left the blue background mat in the frame for stability. I used the leftover backing from Jennifer’s shelf project as the main insert as the board for the fabric and batting. I did not use my good scissors to cut the backing board 🙂
I again used the existing mat as a pattern to cut the batting (sorry…no photo) and the blue fabric. This way I didnt have to measure anyting – again, I love that. Now here is where I made a mistake. I cut the batting and the fabric the same size. For the batting, this was fine. For the fabric, not so much. I forgot to cut extra length to make the pocket. So, I had to cut another piece of the blue fabric, adding about eight extra inches for my frame..
I chose to use tacks to hold the fabric and batting in place. This worked perfectly and held in place very nicely.
Literally 15 minutes after I started this project it was complete. I was so happy that for once I was organized and had everything I needed on hand. The pocket can hold a good bit of weight. It easily holds my appointment book.
I also tacked up some inspiration pieces…
…and this very super adorable photo – from many moons ago 🙂
I’m very happy with the end result, and so glad I had 15 minutes to spare.