DIY craft project: How to make your own fabric and ribbon noticeboard

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This easy-peasy DIY project from Pearl Lowe's Vintage Craft book is a great way to give your kitchen a retro twist.

Fabric and ribbon noticeboard from Pearl Lowe's Vintage Craft

© Pearl Lowe's Vintage Craft

This lovely little project from British fashion designer Pearl Lowe's new vintage DIY book is guaranteed to look great in your kitchen or bedroom.

How to make your own fabric and ribbon noticeboard

You will need:

40cm x 30cm (16 x 12 in) x 12mm (1/2 in) thick MDF board, cut to size and with the corners removed
4oz density polyester quilting wadding
Staple gun
45 x 35cm (18 x 14in) fabric to cover the front of the board
3-4m (3-4 yd) ribbon
Upholstery pins
40 x 30cm (16 x 12 in) fabric to cover the back of the board
Picture wire or a D-ring, to hang


  • Cut the wadding to the size of the board. Staple it to the MDF, starting at the centre of one narrow edge and moving along the remaining edges of the board.

  • Lay out your fabric, right side down, place the board on top (wadding side down) and then cut the fabric, allowing 2.5cm-5cm (1-2 in) extra all around to wrap it onto the back of the board.

  • Use the staple gun to fix the fabric in place. Work on one edge at a time, always starting in the centre and working out to the edges and keeping the fabric taut.

  • To tidy the corners, pinch the fabric together, fold it down to one edge and staple twice. Trim any excess fabric.

  • To make the ribbon latticework, first cut one length of ribbon to run from corner to corner of the board, on the diagonal, adding 10cm (4 in) to the length to wrap onto the back of the board.

  • Staple in place on the back of the board.

  • Repeat with another length of ribbon so that it lies parallel with the first ribbon at a distance of 10cm (4 in).

  • Increase or decrease this distance to tailor the size of the gaps in the lattice to what you are choosing to display.

  • Repeat with more lengths of ribbon until you have covered the board in equally-spaced stripes going in one direction.

  • Repeat Steps 4 and 5 for the ribbon strips in the opposite direction.

  • Where two ribbons cross, hammer in an upholstery pin to hold them in place.

  • To cover the back of the board, cut your chosen fabric to the size of the board plus a 2cm (3/4 in) allowance.

  • Press in 1cm (1/2 in) all the way around and then staple the fabric to the back of the board.

  • Fix a D-ring or a length of picture wire to the back of the board to hang it.

Courtesy of Pearl Lowe's Vintage Craft, £16,

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