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Date: 4/22/13 9:15 AM

Well I did two DIY projects this weekend. Make a light box and a design board and it only cost me $12.

When I was cleaning out the basement, I had found one of those wooden crates you can get at Joanns. So I had a small light I got for $7 at Walmart. Popped the lid off it and put it in the crate and feed the plug out through the handle in the crate and just put my glass cutting board over top. Perfect light box. Cost nothing.

Brought a cardboard folding cutting mat at Joanns used 40% off coupon $12. Got it home then covered the folds with duct tape, covered with 80/20 batting folded it so it's 4 layers thick. secured on back with duct tape. I was going to cover it with another piece of flannel but it really doesn't need it cotton sticks to it just fine. So it's light and movable. I also folded in the two ends of the board to make it more stable so not as big as it could be. Also the duct tape worked ok to prevent folding, could be better though. I would suggest taping over toothpicks across the folds that would have really prevent it from folding. Of course didn't think of that until the batting was on it. It will work just fine for what I need. I can also pin to it. Necessary is the mother of invention.

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Date: 4/22/13 10:01 AM

Good for you Wolf!

I am very interested in a light box, but we don't have a glass table or cutting board. I like the small thin portable one someone posted a few days ago, but it's low on my list of wants. I could wait til Christmas for that.

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Date: 4/22/13 10:18 AM

Good for you! Pictures, please!

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Date: 4/22/13 11:12 AM

What do you use a light box for? I have seen them, but have not clue what to do with it except sit near it from October through Feb. During those months I need more light near me, or I can get SAD.

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Date: 4/22/13 11:30 AM

For tracing and placement. For sprouts after you've cut out the pieces need to place them and if you place your piece of fabric over the pattern over a light box you can see where to put them. When I get some extra money I'm going to buy one as I really like applique so it will get used. You can make ones as I did although temporary. Or you could use a window. Or a glass table which I don't have.

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Date: 4/22/13 1:20 PM

I'm also using the cardboard cutting mat as the basis for a portable design wall. To keep the board from folding, I attached a curtain rod - the type that is pressure mounted, the ends slide out and you turn a screw to keep the rod at the length you want - using medium-sized paper bulldog clips. I store the board behind the sewing room door, leaning up against the wall, and its easily visible. I can move the board around and it does not collapse, the clips keep the rod well attached to the cardboard and the whole thing is not heavy.

I love it when I can make something useful out of stuff laying around the house.

As some folks here say -- leaves more money available for fabric!

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