Toiles were originally throw-away fabrics used to test a pattern created by a designer. They were commonly made from cheap materials, as often many were required to perfect a single design. However, it was not until the decorating pattern 'toile de jouy' was applied, making the design surge to popularity in the mid-18th century, and reviving in the 2000s to feature on assortments of furniture, wallpapers and clothing.
To compliment my toile de jouy bedcovers, I decided to create my own noticeboard with the same pattern, and post it on here so that you can try it out too!
It's a fairly easy process and can be completed in a few hours. You will need:
* Toile de jouy fabric (make sure it isn't too heavy, as it will be difficult to manipulate)
* A staple gun or nail gun
* A plain corkboard or a frame measuring around A2 size
* An A2 piece of cardboard or firm backing (only if you're using a frame instead of a corkboard)
* At least five metres of centimetre-wide ribbon in your choice of colour
* A variety of small buttons
* A roll of cotton wool (available from Boots)
* Two picture frame brackets with screws (available from Homebase)
* A screwdriver
* A needle and thread
1. If you're using a canvas frame, remove the canvas to leave the bare wood. If you're using a corkboard, skip step number two.
2. Place the frame over a piece of card board or other strong backing.
3. Roll your cotton wool over the surface of your board at least three times over. If you're using a frame, roll the cotton over with the frame facing up.
4. This is the hard bit. Place your fabric over the top of the cotton wool and flip the whole thing over. Secure the fabric by pulling it tight over the edges and fixing it into the back using your nail gun or staple gun. Make sure the fabric is tight, otherwise it'll end up bulging. Fold the corners in carefully to create a neat edge. This may require two people to keep the fabric tight at all times!
5. Your board should look a bit like this from the back; sides folded over neatly and fixed into place with staples or nails.
6. Lay out your ribbon in an even criss cross design over the front of the board. Sew your ribbon into the fabric on the back of the board at each end - again, make sure the ribbon is tight so that it hold in your notices properly!
7. Sew in your buttons where each ribbon meets another.
8. Attach your picture brackets onto the back of the board with your screwdriver - or skip this step if you want your notice board to stand on the floor or a table!
Let me know if you attempt this or have created something like this!