Nancy Zieman Sewing With Nancy How To Sew a Chalkboard Roll Up

Whether it is a gift or simply a road-trip-sanity-saver, this Portable Chalkboard Roll-Up will be a hit with the kids, and probably the adults, in your life. Take the chalkboard roll-up on your summer vacation, to a restaurant, church, or anywhere your kiddos might need a quiet project. It rolls up for easy storage and transport.

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The Original Chalkboard Roll-Up

You’ll find detailed sewing instructions in Nancy’s 30 Favorite Gifts to Sew book to sew the original Chalkboard Roll-Up. The featured fabric is laminated cotton and of course, chalkboard fabric.

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Nancy’s Blog Exclusive Tips

In this blog, you’ll find Blog Exclusive ideas to make another option, using double-sided quilted fabric.

  • As an option, purchase 1/2 yard of double-sided quilted fabric.
  • Cut the fabric to 18″ x 32″.
  • Serge the edges of the fabric.
  • Purchase the Chalkboard Fabric and cut to size, as detailed in the book.

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  • On the outside of the fabric, pin and stitch a 5″ strip of Velcro, 10″ from one short end. (We used white sew-on hook-and-loop tape on our project, but you can see the black hook-and-loop tape much easier in the photo).

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  • Instead of using clear vinyl yardage and creating pockets, we purchased two clear vinyl zip-top pouches from an office supply store. We used two 8″ x 10″ pouches.
  • Lay out the chalkboard fabric and vinyl pouches on top of the quilted fabric. Allow 1″ around three sides of the Chalkboard Fabric. Note: We left the paper insert inside the pouches so that you can see that the pouches are staggered in length and overlapped in the width. As you might guess, take out the paper and cut off the extra length of the pockets before sewing. 
  • Find a 1/2 yard of coordinating grosgrain ribbon and place along right edge of chalkboard fabric pockets.

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  • Machine baste or glue stick the chalkboard to the fabric.
  • Stitch the ribbon to cover the raw edges. Insert a size 90 needle to stitch through all the layers. Hint: Adjust the needle position so that the presser foot glides along the ribbon and not the chalkboard fabric. Otherwise, use a Teflon Foot.

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  • Fold under 1″ along each edge. Pinning with Wonder Clips works best since the fabric layers are thick.
  • Edgestitch.

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  • Center and stitch a 2″ Velcro strip to the left short end.
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  • Ta Dah!

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If you are tackling this Portable Chalkboard project but want to practice a few basic sewing skills first, check out my Absolute Easiest Way to Sew series on Sewing With Nancy.

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