Design boards


Difficulty: Beginner

These cute little design boards are such handy tools. They allow you to lay out your block or project to audition fabrics and colors before you start sewing. They also help you keep all the pieces of a block facing the correct way as you sew and press.

They are much more portable than a large design wall and are perfect for intricate blocks or bringing a stack of pre-prepared blocks to a retreat! If you make several boards you can lay out your entire quilt, one block per board, and then sew the blocks on the stack of boards without having to get up and down, taking pieces from your design wall as you sew.

As a bonus they are hand washable if they get dirty. They will last you many years and many, many quilts!
You can choose to make any one of the three different sizes I describe, or you can make them any size you like:

  • Bitty board (8″ square), for 4″ and 6″ blocks
  • Basic board (12″ square) for 8″, 9″, and 10″ blocks
  • Burly board (16″ square) for 12″ and 14″ blocks

The Bitty board is the same as the portable design board that is included with the Sew it goes tote pattern, and tucks into the tote for travel.

This is a digital PDF pattern. After purchase, you will get an email with a link enabling you to download the pattern. This link will expire after 30 days.