Recycled Crafts – Faux Quilted Bulletin Board

by Susan Myers on January 11, 2013

Create a unique quilted look that involves absolutely no sewing at all!  This Faux Quilted Bulletin Board is made with foam and fabric scraps and is a beautiful focal piece for your room!  My tutorial even includes a free pattern for you to download!

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The husband works for a company that gets large parts in daily and they are packaged with styrofoam around them for protection.  So, of course I confiscated some.  I am a huge fan of creating crafts from recycled materials.  I decided to create a bulletin board that gives the look of quilting, but is actually incredibly easy to do.  It is a colorful addition to my sewing room!  Want to know how to make your own?

For this project I used:

One sheet of styrofoam packing material (36″ x 12″ x 1/2″) If you do not have access to packing material, your local craft store sells it in similar size sheets.
*Assorted fabrics, cut in strips for easy handling
free house quilt pattern
Sharpie Pen
Craft Knife
Butter knife or credit card for pushing fabric into the styrofoam
Sheet of foam board
Thumb tacks

*If you would like the same print selection, I used the jelly roll selection called “Mardi Gras” from Discount Sewing Supply, along with some creme colored fabric from my stash.

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My pattern is a 12″ square, so I was able to make three repeats of it across the width of the styrofoam sheet.  I used a pencil and ruler to mark it out, and then used a sharpie pen to darken the lines.

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Once the pattern is complete, I chose a variety of fabrics to use.  My original plan was to go with a wintery look, but after searching through my fabric stash, I was drawn to the warm summery colors.  I chose about 8 different coordinating fabrics, and then cut them in 2- 1/2″ wide strips for easier handling.

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Choose a place to begin and cut a piece of fabric big enough to overlap all four sides of the area by about 1/2″.  Use the craft knife to cut into the styrofoam along the line.  Be careful not to cut entirely through the styrofoam sheet.  You want to go about half way through.

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Use a butter knife or credit card to push the edges of the fabric down into the styrofoam along the cut lines.

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Choose your fabrics as you go and repeat the above steps, pushing the extra fabric into the cracks.

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On the edges, simply overlap the fabric over the edge and push into the crevices made by your craft knife.

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Because the sheet of styrofoam has been compromised, it is a bit weak.  To ensure that it does not break, cut a piece of foam board big enough to glue to the back of the styrofoam using low temp hot glue.  Cut strips of fabric about 2- 1/2″ wide to use as the edging fabric.  Use the low temp hot glue gun to glue the strip along the edges of the back.

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Fold the strip of fabric over the side of the project, fold the edge where it meets the front, and press in place with a thumbtack.  If your thumbtack will not stay in place, use a dot of hot glue on the tip of it before you punch it in.

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And there you have it.  A sunny, colorful bulletin board with the look of a fancy quilt.  A perfect decoration for my sewing room.

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Do you like recycled craft projects?  Then be sure to check out the following!

Faux Metal Wall Art from toilet paper tubes
Faux Tin Tiles from a disposable cookie sheet
Paper Reed Frames from recycled magazines

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{ 20 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Linda March 12, 2015 at 2:23 pm

Suzy, love the tutorial and house quilts. I just love “no-sew” quilt pictures. Back in 2008 I bought several pattern kits from a small company called “Picture It With Fabric” in Minnesota that used this same concept for “no-sew” quilting and a specially treated foam board, fabric, and kitchen knife. I was so intrigued with this concept I decided I had to try it. I made several quilt pictures and inserted mine into wood shadowbox frames that my husband and I made. I posted about what I made here –


2 Susan Myers March 13, 2015 at 8:25 pm

Hi Linda!

Thanks for showing me your wonderful no-sew quilts! They turned out beautiful!



3 Kit June 24, 2013 at 10:46 am

Very creative and very fun!
Oh, and a tip – if you actually intend to use as a bulletin board, take a moment to trace your cuts with Aleene’s foam glue, so that when you push the fabric into the lines they adhere to the foam.
Otherwise your fabric strips will pull out when you *remove* anything you’ve pinned.


4 Anonymous March 28, 2013 at 5:01 pm

I like your idea thank u very much


5 Anonymous January 29, 2013 at 2:03 am

Deneyeceğim güzel bir çalışma


6 filiz January 28, 2013 at 2:09 am

İt is amazing :)


7 Gülsen January 25, 2013 at 10:54 am

Bayıldım çok güzel bir çalışma, tebrik ederim. Sevgiler … :)


8 Jenny Lynn January 18, 2013 at 8:32 am

This is such a great way to use up fabric scraps. Nice job!


9 Lynda January 15, 2013 at 3:15 pm

that is so cool! I’m fixin to go look for Styrofoam out in the shipping dept. haha


10 Laura / The Shed / Pet Scribbles / Socks for Sandy January 12, 2013 at 9:08 am

This is amazing! :)


11 Brenna January 11, 2013 at 4:31 pm

I love it! I’m adding this project to my list.


12 nonny kudel January 11, 2013 at 4:02 pm

i’ve seen this before, but not with your incredible stash!!! tell me you would not realllllly stick pins in it for a bull/board….. NonnyK


13 Beth Parker January 11, 2013 at 3:45 pm

This so incredibly smart and creative. I pinned and shared on facebook. I need more time in my life. I would love to try this one!!!


14 Laura and Valerie January 11, 2013 at 1:47 pm

What a neat idea! Pinning from the pinterest party at online blogcon!


15 Katie January 11, 2013 at 11:28 am

This is so unique! I love this!!!


16 Paula January 11, 2013 at 10:27 am

this is awesome, at first thought it was pieces you had to glue together, this would be easy to do, thanks !!!!


17 Johnnie January 11, 2013 at 9:59 am

This is such a great idea!


18 Kitty Molenaar January 11, 2013 at 9:31 am

Love it! Great project, great job!!


19 Kathy January 11, 2013 at 8:13 am

I love this! Great project for using up small fabric scraps too. Thanks for the inspiration!


20 Athena January 11, 2013 at 7:43 am

What a totally awesome project. Terrific job! Athena


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