chalkboard fabric

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I bought some chalkboard fabric this week, slightly spur of the moment,
on holiday, had my kids with me etc. I've been thinking a bit more what
to do with it and I have two questions.

First is that as the chalkboard section won't be quilted, how to I make
sure there isn't a disaster with the batting? Fusible?

Secondly, it's pretty thick, any tips for sewing it? What about it
wearing against the adjacent fabrics? The result will be a kind of wall
hanging, but the idea is that they will get used!

Cheers
Anne

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I have made a couple of placemats. I just put a dark children's fabric about
two inches wide. front and back, like a frame.   The little girl who goes
with her Mom to adult lunch meetings occasionally, enjoys her chalkboard
placemat.  I don't think a wall hanging blackboard should be quilted, or
even backed with batting, just back it with denim or something heavyweight,
to give it some body. Kay  Fl



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That's interesting, I'm about 99% sure the display ones in the shop (and
they had 3 or 4) did have batting. They were mostly of a design which
had about a 12inch square of chalkboard fabric and a border of at least
4 inches, one side border was bigger and had a pocket on it that was big
enough for a box of chalk.

I wonder if I'm aiming too big, I have half a yard of the stuff and it's
47" wide,  so I was going to do 15"*18" approx as I want to do 3.

Cheers
Anne

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Prime the fabric before framing with fabric is my advice.  Priming is
done with a stick of chalk and covering the surface - then cleaning
off with a rag - not water.  This makes it ready to accept artwork
when the child starts to use it.  I tried this after the item was
finished and of course, the chalk dust wouldn't brush off the fabric.
I used a needle-punched type of interlining - chalkboard fabric is
vinyl based and does not like an iron.  jennellh

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Anne, three of my DGSs have now made placemats with that fabric, and
there hasn't been any problem with the results. :) We used "regular"
batting (Hobbs 80/20, since that's what I have around most of the time).
The placemats have been washed repeatedly (one for about three years
now, the other two for most of a year) with very good outcomes.

That said, the area of blackboard fabric wasn't that large -- probably
about 9" x 11" at most; I wouldn't want to have much more than that in
any one unquilted spot.

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