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Make Your Own Quilt Design Wall with Video Tutorial

By: Carolyn Wainscott

Find out how to put together a portable quilt design wall for your sewing room. You can make a quilt design wall by covering either cardboard or foamcore board in batting or flannel. Make a large design wall for full quilts or a portable design board for blocks.

Project TypeMake a Project

Time to CompleteIn an evening



  • styrofoam panel(s) (styrofoam makes pinning is easier) or cardboard in size desired (appliance boxes will do for a large design wall)
  • neutral-colored felt, flannel or flannel-backed tablecloth to cover
  • electrical tape or duct tape to join 2- or 3-part design wall
  • hot glue gun or staples to apply covering


  1. Cut styrofoam or cardboard to sizes desired for design wall or board.
  2. For 2- or 3-section design wall, place sections together and duct tape sections together along spines.

    Make Your Own Quilt Design Wall
  3. Cover with felt, flannel or flannel-backed tablecloth. Attach covering with hot glue gun, electrical tape or staples, keeping covering taut.
  4. You and your design wall are ready for business. Happy Quilting!



While you are making a full size design wall, why not go ahead and make a portable one since you already have all the supplies together? Having one sitting handily beside your sewing machine is very convenient.

Make Your Own Quilt Design Wall




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