I didn't get a before/after shot for this one because there was just a cork board on the wall previously and I . . . just forgot to get a photo.
For a while I have been wanting to cut up my color cards, add magnets to the back, and put up some magnet boards so that I could see them every day. I am already using them - the center panel has a few color combos on that I have played around with.
One interesting thing that I hadn't anticipate about making these boards was how much my kids would love them. They come into my sewing room regularly and now almost always spend a few minutes playing around with color. It has been a lot of fun!
I decided to cut up the color cards for the two brands of solids that I use most often - Kona Cotton and Cotton Couture. The Kona card is the easiest to do because each of the fabrics are already individually glued to the cardstock with their names printed under them. Other brands require a little more elbow grease, but it was still easy to make the Cotton Couture swatches. Here are the materials that I used:
Elmer's Jumbo Permanent Glue Stick (bonds better than normal glue sticks)
Lots of craft shops sell color cards and most fabric companies have them for their solids. They might seem a little pricey, but they are actual little squares of fabric and can save you from buying the wrong fabric color. Here are a few places where you can buy them:
Robert Kaufman Kona Cotton
Moda Bella Solids
Riley Blake Confetti Cottons
Michael Miller Cotton Couture
Art Gallery Pure Elements
Robert Kaufman Essex
PBS Fabrics Painter's Palette
American Made Brand
There are tons of tutorials about cutting up color cards and I used a combination of a few of them:
DIY Fabric Swatch Cards at Modern Handcraft
How to Organize Fabric Swatches with Magnets by Angela Bowman Design
Cutting Color Cards by Quilting Jetgirl
While I don't have any immediate plans to continue changing up my sewing space, I am always looking for ideas to make the room more functional. Have you made changes to your sewing room that you loved?