DIY Memo Board

DIY Memo Board

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Following is a fun craft tutorial and guest post by
Amy at Crafts, Cakes, and Cats ~ enjoy!!



A Picture Perfect gift…

For my best friend’s birthday, I really wanted to make her something special! For the longest time, I have wanted to make a French Memo Board. I have one I purchased on clearance at some point, but you look at them and think “I can make that!” so why not try since they are so darn expensive in the store!  The best part is, you can make them with any color/fabric combination that your heart desires.

I wanted my friend’s gift to be a surprise (of course), but I also wanted her to like the fabric!  So… I sent the following picture to her (thank goodness for smartphones!) so she could pick a fabric, but still have no idea what it was for.

My friend chose the second one in from the left!  Isn’t it so cute?!?

To make a Memo Board of your own, all you’ll need is…

  • A Canvas – I used a 16×20, but use any size you want!
  • 1 yard of fabric
  • Matching ribbon – I bought 2 rolls, but one was enough my my project.
  • Quilting Batting
  • Buttons or any decoration of your choosing
  • Stapler and lots of staples
  • Hot glue gun
  • Sewing things

Step 1:

Cut and lay out the batting so there is about one inch extra all the way around the canvas (you will do the same with the fabric)…

Pull batting tight and staple into the wooden frame of the canvas!

Step 2:

Follow step one for your fabric piece over the canvas and now batting.

Step 3:

Then… criss cross your ribbon stating at one corner and going to the opposite corner. Example: lower left to upper right. Start with corners and then do as many other diagonal sets in both directions. Be sure to keep ribbon tight and just staple them into the back :)

I don’t have a picture of the button step but basically where ever my ribbon crossed, I sewed on a button. {see above}  The button is an added decoration, but will also make the ribbon even tighter for holding pictures. On the back of the canvas I also used the hot glue on my sewing knots to make sure everything would stay in place!

My name is Amy, I have a blog called Crafts, Cakes, and Cats. I love to bake and be creative in both my personal life and my job. My job as a Nanny gives me a great creative outlet. I grew up with a home cooked meal almost every night and I try to do the same now as an adult!

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11 Responses to DIY Memo Board

  1. Jenni says:

    I’ve been looking and looking for a tutorial on this and haven’t found one as good as this. Thank you for sharing. I just made one using two layers of poster board, batting, and some upholstery tacks, but there were a lot of problems with it! Time for a redo with your instructions! :)

  2. Carol says:

    Great idea! My question is this ~ How do you sew the buttons on where the ribbons cross? If the ribbon has been stapled tightly to the back of the canvas frame, there doesn’t seem as if there would be enough room to use a needle and thread to sew anything on the ribbon. Just askin’ ~ ’cause I’m a noodle head when it comes to crafts!

    • Crysta says:

      You would sew the button through the ribbon and then through the canvas. Once you have a few stitches (basically the way you would sew a button through a shirt) you would just dab the back with a little hot glue to keep everything from unraveling.

  3. Amy Kahler says:

    There is no wood on the back of the canvas just the frame. So I just used a sewing needle and did it by hand :)

  4. Shannon Thomas says:

    That baby is awful Cute in the picture on the Board…though I may be prejudiced since he is mine!!! Though he is almost 4 now. I know this has nothing to do with the craft. Other than my sister is awesoem who made it :-)

  5. Anne says:

    I am thinking you sew the buttins on the ribbon first.

    • Amy says:

      I sewed the buttons on after it was put together. I did them by hand and since its just a little padding and canvas it wasn’t hard.

  6. Shannon says:

    I just made this for my mother and she adored it! I also took a picture in the store and emailed her to choose the fabric. Between picking a yard of on-sale material, only buying one roll of ribbon (which is all I needed) and a coupon, I paid about $20 for mine. It’s beautiful. Thanks!!

  7. ARHUEE says:

    I have a friend who did this and used an old cork board. Much cheaper! But cant sew buttons on. :(

  8. Lauren says:

    Thank you for posting this tutorial! My only question is how would you mount the board?

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