Make your own Liberty Print Keepsake Board

Tuesday 13th August 2013, 15.33

Keep all your precious photographs, magazine cut-outs and favourite postcards neatly on display with this pretty keepsake board. Follow our easy-to-follow tutorial from The Liberty Book of Home Sewing.

This is not strictly a sewing project – in fact, there is no actual stitching involved – but this green baize noticeboard makes a great showcase for ‘Elysian’, a classic Liberty Tana Lawn that first appeared almost a century ago. It can be constructed to any size and would work equally well in an office, kitchen, busy hallway or child’s bedroom.

Finished size
Approximately 40 x 60cm or preferred size

You will need
• For board covering, green baize (or felt) or other solid-coloured fabric (see Measuring Up and Cutting Out for fabric amount)
• For ‘ribbon’ strips, 25cm of Liberty Tana Lawn in ‘Elysian’, a lightweight cotton fabric in a small-scale print
• Wadding
• Cork pinboard, or rectangle of soft board, approximately 40 x 60cm or preferred size
• Staple gun
• Hammer and 17 decorative upholstery nails

Measuring up and cutting out
FROM WADDING:
• Cut 1 rectangle 3cm larger all around the board
FROM BOARD-COVERING FABRIC:
• Cut 1 rectangle 5cm larger all around the board
FROM TANA LAWN:
• Tear (or cut) fabric from selvedge-to-selvedge into five 5cm strips

Covering the board with wadding
Lay the wadding out flat and position the board centrally over it, facing downwards. Fold back the overlap along each edge and staple it to the back of the board, pulling it gently so that it lies taut. Mitre each corner as you reach it by folding the fabric over at a 45-degree angle.

Covering the board with fabric
Staple the board-covering fabric over the wadding in the same way. The edges of the fabric will overlap the wadding.

Preparing the ‘ribbon’ fabric strips
Trim any stray threads from the ‘ribbon’ fabric strips and press them flat. Then press a 1.5cm turning along both long edges of each strip.

Stapling the fabric in place
Cut a pressed strip of fabric to fit diagonally across the board, from corner to corner, allowing 10cm extra (5cm extra at each end) for the overlap. Place the strip in position on the board and staple the ends to the back of the board. The distance between the strips will depend on the size of the board you are using, but the best way to make a symmetrical diamond grid is to add two more evenly spaced parallel strips on each side of this diagonal. Use a quilter’s ruler or a large draughtsman’s triangle to measure the distance between them and mark the position with dressmaker’s pins.

Completing the grid
Complete the grid by adding five more interwoven strips in the opposite direction. Start at the centre as before, and take the longest strip under and over the others before stapling it down. Mark the position of the shorter strips, then weave them through and fix them down in the same way.

Finishing the board
Add a little extra embellishment by hammering in a decorative upholstery nail at each intersection.

Taking it further
For a lighter overall look, cover your padded board with a length of Tana Lawn: large-scale floral designs, like ‘Princess Emerald’ or ‘Kate Ada’, are ideal. Pick out an interesting background or spot colour and choose a co-ordinating cotton tape or satin ribbon to weave the grid.

To hang your board on a wall
Secure it in place with metal picture plates so that it lies flat . If you want to display it as here, propped against a shelf or on top of a fireplace , be sure to fix a couple of screws or a strip of wood in front of it, so that it won’t slip forward and fall off.

THE LIBERTY BOOK OF HOME SEWING by LIBERTY, published by Quadrille (£20)

Photos © KRISTIN PERERS; Illustrations ©RICHARD MERRITT

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