Have you ever used flannel backed tablecloths for design walls? They are a cheap way to make one or two or even five easy DIY design quilt walls.
I had one on my wall which was a very heavy duty one but I don’t remember where I bought it. Normally I use it when the grandkids come over and we want to paint.
I’m going to share where I used all of the flannel backed tablecloths for design walls in my quilt studio.
5 DIY Design Quilt Walls
I bought a package of five flannel backed tablecloths that were supposed to be heavy duty. They aren’t and the flannel is thin but so far I think they are going to work perfectly for me. The price was very reasonable so I went a little crazy and decided to use all of them in my quilt studio.
I used push pins to hang them. I found that you don’t want to pin too close to the edge as a couple of times the stitching around the tablecloth pulled away.
I want to mention that I recommend putting one flannel backed tablecloth in your dryer with a damp cloth. Don’t leave it in for longer than a minute, which is enough to soften it up and get the wrinkles out.
I went through a couple boxes that had blocks in them. Some are old and some were just made before we moved. It is fun to look at them.
Design wall number one
The first one I put up was behind my ironing board and showed it in my DIY ironing board cover post.
This design wall makes me smile. I love lots of bright color in my room and also being able to change things out all the time.
I have a new X Spot baby quilt on the wall, I’ll try and get that quilted soon.
Design wall number two
There is a wall that juts out a little so I cut one of the flannel backed tablecloths to fit it. This is just to the left of my ironing board and sewing machine.
I used the rest of the tablecloth to cover the area above my AccuQuilt GO! electric cutter. I like to repurpose things, Builder Bob did a remodel for his doctor a couple of years ago and brought home two bathroom vanities. He cut pieces of plywood to fit on the tops and I am using both in my studio. I plan to paint them white this summer.
Design wall number three
Next, I moved over to the wall by the tv. The tablecloths are 54 x 108 inches and I cut most of them to fix the wall space I have. That is another muslin covered ironing board on the floor. Sometimes I used to place it on my cutting table when I was working on a project.
Here is the other bathroom vanity. There is a sump pump in this room, hopefully it will never be used. Builder Bob cut sections out of the vanity so it could fit over the sump pump and if needed we can pull it out.
Design wall number four
This is a table and overhead table mount for my camera and phone that I use for photography, it is so nice to be able to set up things like this in my studio. I decided to add another design wall behind it.
Design wall number five
I had one flannel backed tablecloth left so I decided to take down the original one I had been using. I’ll save that one to cover my cutting table when we do some painting crafts.
This wall is just to the left of my cutting table and is what I will use the most when working on a new quilt project.
I can’t wait to add the borders to the teal table runner.
The flower blocks were a scrap block project I started a couple of years ago. I keep pulling them out and really need to do something with them.
At one point I was going to remake them in batiks which is why you see one block that doesn’t have the applique on it. I’ll be adding this to my list this year.
Your Design Quilt Wall
Have you ever used flannel backed tablecloths for design walls? I will keep you updated on how well these hold up as I put quilt blocks up, remove them, and add more. Hopefully, it will be easy to remove threads from them. For anyone new, you might enjoy seeing the DIY Sliding design wall I used to have at the river house.
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