DIY Quilting Design Boards

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You Won’t Know How You Quilted Without These Design Boards!

For over 20 years Lori Holt of Bee in Your Bonnet has been making and using ingenious little design boards. They’re easily constructed of foam core, batting and fabric strips. They’re so easy, and handy, that you’ll want to make several.





DIY Quilting Design Boards

The boards are perfect for laying out quilt blocks, and then transferring the blocks from your cutting table to the machine for stitching. The batting holds the pieces in place so you can see at a glance how the blocks go together. You’ll save a lot of time ripping out stitching errors once you have a stack of these boards to work with.

DIY Quilting Design Boards

Photo courtesy of The Homemakery.

Lori lays out several blocks at a time, each on its own board, them stacks them. That way when she has a few minutes she can sit down and stitch together a block without having to remember how the pieces should go together.

DIY Quilting Design Boards

You can make the boards any size you want, but focus on boards that fit the block sizes you commonly work with. 10″ and 18″ boards are popular.

Foam core, which is typically 20″ x 30″, can be found at office supply, craft and dollar stores, and it’s inexpensive. You’ll also need a glue gun, batting, 2 1/2″ fabric strips and a few other items you probably already have on hand.

DIY Quilting Design Boards

The following video shows you exactly how Lori puts these boards together.


The Fat Quarter Shop
has an excellent photo tutorial.

Click here for the Design Board Tutorial from the Fat Quarter Shop.

For a more in-depth tutorial, visit Lori Holt’s version:

Design Board Tutorial Part 1

Design Board Tutorial Part 2