How to Make a Design Wall the Easy Way.

Quilters make design “walls” from a variety of materials. The walls are actually hung or attached to a studio wall and covered in a material that allows fabric to stick to the surface without pins.

Design Wall

Like an easel, the design wall allows an artist to step back and view their work from a distance. The distance helps an artist detect compositional problems and the ‘stickiness’ lets the artist quickly move components to experiment with new ideas.

Although design walls are used for fabric, the concept can be used by collage and mixed media artists. There is also a bonus for those artists who want to photograph their work, because the neutral surface of the wall can be used as an ideal backdrop.


I made a design wall in less using three  simple materials: Supplies






  1. 1 in. x 2 ft. x 4 ft. Insulation (Home Depot $3.56)

  2. Pins – T pins, fine pins and pins with heads

  3. Cotton Batting

Position the panel on the wall. Then press the t-pin into the middle edge of an panel. Use firm and steady pressure so the pin does not bend.

Hint: Use the heal of your hand with a folded piece of scrap fabric to press pin through to the drywall.

 I place 3 pins on each side of the panel at the top, middle and side about an inch from the edge.

Cut cotton batting longer and  slightly wider than the panel. Fold the batting over an inch at the top and pin to top side of the panel with a pin with a head on it. (I use daisy pins.).

Panels up

Using fine pins gently stretch the batting over the panel from top down. Pin every 4 to 6 inches on the face of the panel close to the edge. Trim the bottom panel.  Using the pins with the head ,fold and pin to the bottom edge.

Wrap the excess batting and pin to the outside edges for a finished look.

You’re done!

ps. You can add as many panels as you need.