Penny the Traveling Clothespin Doll shares her adventures at home and abroad.

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I recently learned from a friend how to make one of these padded bulletin boards with ribbons.  I invited some of Penny’s people-friends to come make some too.  We had a delightful day crafting together, and each had a lovely keepsake to put into use that we made ourselves.  Maybe you would like to try this too.

For the base, we used a sheet of 1/2″ insulation board.  This is a neat option because you can stick push pins straight into it, or just tuck your papers or photos behind the ribbons.

Here, Thabeh uses a utility knife to cut this sheet down to the size she would like.

 

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Next, we layered our choice of fabric, (generously sized), face down;

Then the layer of quilt batting (the same size as the insulation board);

Then on top, the insulation board:

 

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Then we folded the fabric over onto the insulation board and hot glued it into place.  This will be the back.

 

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On the front, we marked the very center with a pencil and drew lines 5 inches apart to mark where the ribbon will lay.

 

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The girls enjoyed being creative with the ribbon colors, and we pinned them in place wherever they crossed.

 

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We each enjoyed picking out a variety of buttons from our big button jar, that was the fun part!

 

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Here is the HUGE Button Jar!!

 

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You know, its always best to dump them all out so you can dig through them properly.

 

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Old buttons are so fascinating!

 

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Here is a string of little buttons I once put together for a bracelet.  Penny loved those best.

 

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I sewed my buttons on with a strong thread, right through the insulation board.  But on one board, we just used the glue gun to hold them in place, just to be quicker.  Thanks for helping, Penny.

 

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Smiles from Cici and Thabeh…

 

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 At the last minute, we decided to glue on some silk flowers, a very pretty touch.

Here is a close up of Thabeh and Adama’s smaller boards.

 

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Thabeh and Adama’s big smiles, eager to go put their memory boards to work.

 

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And Cici’s too!

 

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Here is a bit of artwork from a friend that I tucked into mine once it was hung on my wall.

I had cut my insulation board to fit this 18 x 24″ frame that I had.

 

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We made fun memories by crafting together today.  Good-bye girls!!

They said, “Let us know when you find another fun craft like this.”

And Cici wants to go start a button box of her own.

 

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