How to Make a Fabric Memo Board

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Most people could probably use a little more organization in their lives. A great way to rein in all those loose notes, receipts and calendars is a memo board. Sometimes called a French Memo Board, these quilted ribbon boards are a stylish alternative to traditional bulletin boards while still providing a lot of function.

DIY French Memo Board

The great thing about making your own memo board is that you can tailor the design exactly to your needs. You can make it as large or as small as you want, and you can add more or less ribbon for displaying large photos or small notes. There are a lot of different ways you can make this project, and we’re going to walk you through one.

Memo Board Materials:

    Materials needed to make a memo board
  • 1/2” Plywood board
  • Batting #100158
  • Fabric (we used P/Kaufmann Slubby Linen Flint #103948)
  • Ribbon
  • Decorative nails #102993
  • Stapler #121410 & staples #8012GZ

How to Make a Fabric Memo Board:

1. Roll out the batting and lay your board on top of it. Cut the batting, leaving about 2-3 inches on all sides of the board.

Cut batting about 2-3 inches bigger than your board all around

2. Starting in the center of one side of the board, pull the batting taut around the edge of the board and staple it in place. Repeat this process on the opposite side of the board. Work back and forth between the sides, pulling and stapling.

Upholster the board with the batting

3. Repeat the process of pulling and stapling on the two remaining sides, also starting from the center.

4. At the corners, cut off the excess batting. Then fold the remaining batting flat and taut and staple it in place.

5. Repeat these steps with the fabric. Take care at the corners to fold them as flat and flush as possible.

upholster your fabric to the board

6. Turn your board right side over.

7. Make an X through the center of your board with the ribbon. Staple the ribbon ends to the back of the board to secure.

8. Determine how many segments you want between your ribbons in each quadrant of the board. We have 3 segments on each side of center on our board.

9. Use a ruler to measure the distance from one corner to the center. Divide that number by your segment number (3 in our case). This will tell you how far apart each ribbon should be. Tip: We stuck a little piece of basting tape (#129) on each end of our ribbon strips. This helped us stick them to the board as we placed the ribbon.

Arrange the ribbons on the board in a criss cross pattern

10. When you have the ribbons arranged how you want them, staple them to the back of the board to secure.

Staple the ribbons to the back of the board to secure

11. At each point where the ribbons intersect, add a decorative nail. Hold the nail with pliers and use a mallet to hammer it into the board.

Set a decorative nail at each point where the ribbons cross.

12. Add hangers to the back of the board to hang your memo board on the wall. Then fill it up with notes and photos!

Find great fabrics to make your own custom memo board right here at Sailrite.

Where would you hang your memo board? Share your ideas in the comments!