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Tuesday, December 28, 2010

My new design wall!

My sewing/computer room is a smallish bedroom, so by the time I have my computer desk, my sewing table, a rocking chair for handwork, and a few little extras, there's very little space left over. I posted a few photos in an early blog post.

One of the problems I ran into was that there was literally no space for a design wall. My solution was to put Command hooks over the closet doors and hang a piece of flannel from them. It worked, but it was awkward and inconvenient. If I needed to get into the closet, where I keep my quilting supplies and stash, I had to either roll up the flannel and clip it out of the way, taking the chance of disturbing whatever was on the flannel at the time, or I had to duck under the flannel and hope not to disturb anything. There had to be a better way!

Then I saw a fancy-dancy roll-up design wall advertised in a magazine. It's gorgeous -- there's no doubt about it -- but it cost way
more than I wanted to spend. However, it gave me an idea. I found a vinyl roll-up shade at Penney's (on sale!) and convinced a friend to help me spray glue flannel to one side of it. So far, so good. Then the roll-up shade stood in a corner for several weeks until my husband had a little time and no particular project in mind. I think I'm going to love having this! When I roll it up, the vinyl backing will prevent the things on the front from shifting, and I'll be able to get into my closet with no trouble at all! :) In this photo, I only have the shade rolled partially down; it will go all the way to the floor.


  1. I have a similar problem. I was able to fit my sewing table into my spare bedroom but there is not room for a design wall or cutting/pressing area. I started out with a flannel design wall on the bed, now I put up the portable design wall in the living room. I need to get busy cleaning my sewing/spare bedroom because my sister is coming to visit next week! I will be posting pictures of the before and after on my blog!

  2. I have the same problem. This is a great idea! does the flannel stay on the vinyl....the glue doesn't wear off with rolling it up and down? And doesn't the flannel make it thicker, thus harder to roll? Or am I being way too analytical? I am tempted to try this. Great idea! Thanks.

    1. Bette, I haven't had any problems with the flannel staying on the vinyl or becoming harder to roll because of extra thickness. It works great! :)


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