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Fabric covered Calendar Board tutorial
I was searching for a perfect calendar for my new blue kitchen when I decided why not just make one. Yes I realize we are a half a month into the year and many folks probably have their calendars but can't you always use another? ( or better yet one of the variations I discuss at the bottom). I have so many swatches of treasure fabric that would make a perfect focal point for a wall calendar. What was even more appealing about this project than using treasured scraps as the focal point, was that I made the whole enchilada from things I already had in my sewing studio or around my house.

At first I thought I would sew a collage for each page. But a collage for each month is just too thick....so I could scan them in right which is nice if I am making 20 but I just want one (or 3 different ones)? And plus you loose the fabric as art effect.

OK, as per usual I was making something more difficult than it need be( this is how my creative process unfolds before me) So here is the simple version. I would have one fixed image with changing calender pages. I decided to mount the calender on a fabric covered board with an attached hanger.

Now I have lots to suggest for this project. This can be a no sew project very easily. All you do is use one piece of fabric for the background. If you want to have an image on top of your background fabric you can simply use the heat and bond lite ( my new favorite fusible webbing)to iron on another piece of fabric with your image cut out of it, I want to do a cat silhouette for our Mae Me. If you are opting not to sew you would also need to glue the handle on the top in back.
A word about the heat and bond. I only bought it because my local big craft meglo store was out of Wonder under.With that said ... I love heat and bond lite. It was cleaner, easier and more sure fire in the application than wonder under . However, I have not tried it on wearable art yet. I will keep you posted on those trials. I am afraid it might be a little thick for clothing but we shall see. And of course the heat and bond name is not as super fantastic as WONDER UNDER!
Moving right along I chose to do a patchwork of fabric for my background which of course I used my sewing machine for. I am planning a tutorial that will be a simple patchwork pocket to give ya'll an easy guide as to how I make all these patchworky things. One more suggestion is that you might make a fabric scrap collage as your focal point and just applique it to a larger piece of fabric for your background.

Posted by belle from Texas, Texas, United States • Published See belle's 32 projects »
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  • How to make a calendar. Fabric Covered Calendar Board - Step 1
    Step 1

    measure and cut the following

    1.Card board(I used a home depot moving box)15"x26"
    2.Felt for backing 15"x26"
    3.fabric for background 17"x27.5"
    4.fabric for hanger 11"x2"
    5.fabric behind hanger 18"x3"
    6.fabric or felt for year applique' 7"x3"
    7.fusible interface 15"x26"
    8. trace your year or other label (backwards) onto the back of the fabric that you have back with heat and bond and cut

  • How to make a calendar. Fabric Covered Calendar Board - Step 2
    Step 2

    (to make it all smoother make sure all your cut fabric is pressed)
    I am an eyeballer.... so I cut my cardboard, then use that to cut my felt and so on...I am not saying you should be like me but you can see from my results that eyeballing it can get the job done.

  • How to make a calendar. Fabric Covered Calendar Board - Step 3
    Step 3

    Sew the hanger. Press the fabric for hanger 11"x2" in half length wise. sew with 1/4" seam allowance the entire length of hanger. turn right side out using your loop turner

  • How to make a calendar. Fabric Covered Calendar Board - Step 4
    Step 4

    (if you do not have this simple extremely helpful tool use this as an excuse to get one they are cheap and invaluable for turning tiny tubes)Press.

  • How to make a calendar. Fabric Covered Calendar Board - Step 5
    Step 5

    Attach hanger. Make a sandwich starting with the background fabric right side up the hanger looped inwardly and centered on the top edge of background fabric topped by fabric behind hanger 18"x3"right side down. Pin it all in place
    sew along entire width of the sandwich edge with about a 1/4 "to 1/2 " seam allowance

  • How to make a calendar. Fabric Covered Calendar Board - Step 6
    Step 6

    catching the hanger and press the seam.

  • How to make a calendar. Fabric Covered Calendar Board - Step 7
    Step 7

    Make your Year label and attach ~I used felt on one and fabric on the other. You could sew them on or just heat bond them, like I did. I probably would have used pinking shears on this but I will tell you my dirty little secret, I do not own any pinking sheers! (and yet I still am able to make stuff). attach the year label to your background fabric, I sewed mine on but you could also heat bond this.

  • How to make a calendar. Fabric Covered Calendar Board - Step 8
    Step 8

    Which ever attachment method you choose, make sure to position your label relative to all of your design elements including the parts that you will fold over . I put mine at the top.

  • How to make a calendar. Fabric Covered Calendar Board - Step 9
    Step 9

    apply interface to center back of background fabric.

  • How to make a calendar. Fabric Covered Calendar Board - Step 10
    Step 10

    measure and mark the center of your fabric and the cardboard at both ends .

  • How to make a calendar. Fabric Covered Calendar Board - Step 11
    Step 11

    Glue background fabric to the cardboard. lay the fabric wrong side up with cardboard on top, Line up your center marks on top and bottom. You want this to be tight and even so I start at the top flap and glue right under the seam that you made with the hanger attachment. Then I glue down the flap. Then I flip it around and glue the bottom edge next pulling evenly and taunt

  • How to make a calendar. Fabric Covered Calendar Board - Step 12
    Step 12

    I glue the sides the same way.

  • How to make a calendar. Fabric Covered Calendar Board - Step 13
    Step 13

    I trim the corners a little to keep it from being too bulky under the felt backing.

  • How to make a calendar. Fabric Covered Calendar Board - Step 14
    Step 14

    Position and glue felt backing.

  • How to make a calendar. Fabric Covered Calendar Board - Step 15
    Step 15

    I start again at the top here and glue across the top

  • How to make a calendar. Fabric Covered Calendar Board - Step 16
    Step 16

    then slowly down the sides

  • How to make a calendar. Fabric Covered Calendar Board - Step 17
    Step 17

    just doing a little at a time and pulling evenly and tautly on the felt

  • How to make a calendar. Fabric Covered Calendar Board - Step 18
    Step 18

    watching to make sure I am hiding all my messy underlings.

  • How to make a calendar. Fabric Covered Calendar Board - Step 19
    Step 19

    Then trimming off any excess

  • How to make a calendar. Fabric Covered Calendar Board - Step 20
    Step 20

    Attach the calendar. I stapled the calender all together first in the center

  • How to make a calendar. Fabric Covered Calendar Board - Step 21
    Step 21

    then I use the staple gun and stapled the calender onto the board. I did not press to hard here so the staples would not come out the back.

  • How to make a calendar. Fabric Covered Calendar Board - Step 22
    Step 22

    hang it up and start planning

    There are a bunch of variations for the use of a fabric covered board I have been thinking of while typing this. I will share a few... It could be a kids award board for chores or potty training or homework charts and such. It could be a to-do board with a planner attached . Or a kitchen shopping center with pockets for coupons and a weekly sales fliers and a pad for grocery lists . You could make a mail organizer with in and out going slots and a calendar for marking bill due dates.

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Erika B.
Erika B. · Ashburn, Virginia, US
p.s... maybe the top part could be a push pin board?
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Erika B.
Erika B. · Ashburn, Virginia, US
omg this is great! i have EVERYTHING i need for this profect! im just gonna use finishing nails and lace istead of staples... once i finish it ill post it as a version
<3 <3 i love it!
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Elviraax
Elviraax · 5 projects
i want to try this one day...
maybe for my sister's bday?Happy
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