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How to Make a Patchwork Memo Board


 I know that the memo board idea has been around for a while, but I thought this was a fun new twist on it. It is a great way to show off the beautiful Eva fabric and a perfect project if you are a beginning quilter. (the ribbon will hide your seams *grin*).
The charm pack is perfect to use with this since you will get to use a large variety of fabrics to add interest and color to your board. I designed this board with cork so that it could do double duty. You could use it as a memo board or a pin board.


1 Eva Charm Pack

1/4″ wide ribbon
Buttons of various sizes
1 piece of foam core (buy it at your local craft store)
1 package of cork tile squares
fusible fleece


Spray Paint

I designed my memo board to fit in a 12×16 frame that I already had (I spray painted it to match the fabric). This is the layout that I came up with to fit best in the frame. It seems like you will have extra squares, but you need to have enough give to wrap around the back of the cork and secure to the back of the frame.

Sew the squares together like this. Use 1/4″ seams.
Next assemble your board base.
Cut a piece of foam core to 12×16. Double check that it fits in your frame, it needs to be a bit loose to allow room for the fabric.
To cut the foam core just use your rotary cutter and ruler… use an old blade since it will dull your blade.
Cut and piece the cork squares to fit on the foam core pieces. You can also use your rotary cutter to cut the cork. Using hot glue secure at the corners. Cover the entire piece of foam core.


Next cut 2 pieces of fusible fleece the same size as the foam core. You are making a sandwich. It will look like this from the side. You will have foam core, cork board, 2 layers fusible fleece then your fabric.

If you wish, at this point add a monogram or applique image to one of the squares of your memo board.
Then, iron the fusible fleece onto the backside of your charm square piece on the section of it that you want to SHOW in your frame. DOUBLE CHECK it is in the right spot before you iron it on.
Next trim the fabric so that it is 2″ wider than the fusible fleece on all sides.
Now you will begin to lay out your ribbon. Begin at one corner and working diagonally, start by pinning ribbon the width of your fabric along the seams.
Next, start laying ribbon in the opposite direction. Every place that the ribbon overlaps place a pin. You will put a button here later. (make sure the ribbon is taught)
Using your sewing machine, stitch the ends of each piece of ribbon down. This will prevent it slipping when you hand sew on your buttons.
Using buttons of random sizes, begin hand sewing them on. You will sew them on each place the ribbon overlaps that will show in the frame.
Take your fabric piece and lay it over the cork/foam core piece. Using a hot glue gun, generoulsy glue the fabric and ribbon to the back. Make sure that you put a dot of glue under the ends of each piece of ribbon.

Flip it over and it will look like this! When you are done slip it into your frame and secure. Hang it up and enjoy!


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  1. Every Mom needs to make one of those to celebrate “Back to School” Thanks for posting the project over at the Moda Bake Shop.


  2. Love it! Thank you! I’ve been going to make one for my daughters room, but never do! I’m motivated to do it now!
    Thank you!

  3. Very Cute!!! Moda sent me some of this fabric, which I totally love. I’m just having a real rough time coming up with a tutorial for it!

  4. Thanks for posting this — my daughter wants me to make a memo board with her and I’ve been delaying it because I didn’t have the instructions — now I do thanks to you!

    The fabric you used is so pretty — can you tell me if the darker color is more burgundy, or, purplish?

    Thanks again… Linda

  5. Should have known it was you!! I don;t know anyone’s real name!! So making one of these this week with my friend! I will send you a pic when it is done!

  6. I really want this. In fact, I’ve been tempted to buy a wanna-be from Kids Company Store.
    I’m not gonna do it. I AM gonna make this. LOVE it!

  7. Of all the projects you’ve posted at the Moda Bake Shop, this is my definite favorite. I found it today through a shop on the FabShopHop and am glad I found you too. Thanks!

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