Friday, August 14, 2009

stories can now take place (and a giveaway)

To tell flannel board stories you need a board of some sort.
It doesn't have to be fancy at all or hard to make.
After all, I did say this would be a no-sew project... see previous post
I was telling the truth.
But of course I have to cheat a bit and add sewing to mine.

For a no-sew board. Cut your cardboard to desired size and wrap one side in flannel and pull to back and glue on the back to hold in place. You can also use wood or an artist canvas and wrap the flannel on one side then staple on the back side to secure it.

I did want my board to be cute though, and not your plain Jane flannel board.
So here's what I did.

I choose a light blue flannel fabric that will serve as a sky in most stories and will be a good neutral color. I wanted a board that would close in, so that the flannel side will keep it's static and the story pieces will stick well. I also wanted a re-movable cover in case the cardboard I have gets bent and I have to re-cut more, and can also be washed if it gets dirty.
I laid my board on the flannel and cut the fabric 1/2 inch larger for the seam allowance.
My board is 33 " X 17". This gives me plenty of room for the characters I plan to make for more stories.

If you recall my cardboard was from a Huggies diaper box. I didn't want the pictures to show on the back, I know, I'm a bit of a perfectionist. So I decided to make my cover a pillow case type, where the cardboard can be slid into the cover and the back diaper pictures would not be seen
For the back of the cover I pieced random red fabrics together. Then added it in between some left over natural color denim I had from my couch.
flannel board back

I sewed all around three sides leaving the 4th open for the cardboard to be inserted. I hemmed that 4th side and added Velcro for it to close.

I did sew the Velcro on before the cardboard was slid inside, but forgot to take the picture until after. Sliding the cardboard in was tricky because I made the cover so that it would be tight when on with no wrinkles.

Here is my finished board. The back,
flannel board back

flannel board inside

In use on the first story made.
flannel board stories

And all closed up with the ties to hold it shut. Front,
flannel board closed


Now you can make your own flannel board with one of the ways mentioned, sew, glue or staple. Have fun!

If you would rather not make your own board then you are in luck.
I decided my first flannel board journey give away would be a cover to slip on your own cardboard.

Who knows, maybe I'm the only one excited about this~

I will make the lucky winner a flannel board cover with your choice of color pieced on the back. It can be any size you want (smaller than 33" X17") so if the cardboard you find is smaller than mine it can be sized to fit.
Just leave a comment if you want to enter here. I will leave it open until Wednesday night, then I'll post the winner Thursday morning the 20th. Feel free to pass the word along to friends you think may be interested.
Good Luck!


  1. I'd love to win your flannel board cover. You actually got me interested, and I have the book you recommended on hold at the library.

  2. very cool! I've been thinking about doing a preschool out of my home and this would be a perfect thing for that!

  3. I would LOVE to be entered in the giveaway!

    Cute idea to add some fabric to the back to give it some detail :)

  4. I do remember these growing up:) wow cute, I bet Jenner would love this.

  5. I would LOVE to win a flannel board cover! You did a great job! Looks wonderful!!

  6. Count me in! I don't know how you have the time and energy to get so much done!!

  7. I'd love to enter this give away! I just found you from ASPTL and think this is such a creative idea! Thanks for sharing.

  8. Yeah since your flannel board post, I've had this in my head too! I would love to win. If I don't, I'll definitely be using this tutorial. THANKS!