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Big-Stitch Bulletin Board

Designer: Sherri K. Falls


This bulletin board is sure to make waves with its simple running-stitch border. Embroider the fabric, then attach it to a corkboard from an office supplies store.



  • 14x17" piece of solid cream fabric
  • 11x14" corkboard
  • Water-soluble marking pen
  • Embroidery floss: blue and coral
  • Spray bottle filled with water
  • Staple gun
  • Hot-glue gun and glue sticks
  • 4— 7/8"-diameter buttons: coral



Assemble the Bulletin Board:

1. Lay solid cream fabric right side up on work surface. Center corkboard on top of fabric. Using the water-soluble marking pen, trace around corkboard onto fabric.


2. Download the embroidery pattern at the end of this blog. Using a water-soluble marking pen, trace wave pattern approximately 1/2" inside traced outline from Step 1. Trace pattern along each side and along top and bottom, adjusting length as needed by overlapping pattern to fit length of each side.


3. Use a running stitch and six strands of embroidery floss to stitch pattern lines. For top and bottom borders, stitch two outer wavy lines with blue floss and center wavy line with coral floss. For the two side borders, stitch two outer wavy lines with coral floss and the center wavy line with blue floss. See tips for working with embroidery floss here.


4. Lightly mist fabric with water to remove visible water-soluble marking pen lines. Let fabric dry. Press dry fabric with an iron set to a no-steam setting.


5. Wrap embroidered fabric around corkboard, aligning embroidered borders so they run parallel to corkboard edges. Wrap excess fabric around to back, pulling fabric taut. Staple fabric to back.



6. Hot-glue a button at each corner, over each intersection of wavy border lines.


wavy line embroidery pattern