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How To Make A Fabric Pin Board With Denim

How to make a fabric pin board out of denim scraps: Pin boards are handy for storing concert tickets, shopping list reminders, and appointment cards.

Pinboards are a great place to keep something safe, like a ticket, while still having it on the show so you don’t forget about it!

They are also a lovely place to show a favourite holiday snap or your child’s cute artwork.

I like my bulletin boards to be fun rather than just plain corkboards, so I tend to make my own. In the past, I’ve made a map magnetic notice board for my travel-loving son.

My youngest son’s pin board had a fun old toys frame and is used to display his sports medals.

How to make denim fabric DIY pin borad

Using Upcycled Denim To Make A Fabric Bulletin Board

With this fabric pin board, I used my favourite fabric to upcycle, which is old jeans. The patchwork look of this bulletin board was an excellent way to show off the different shades of indigo that jeans come in.

I know that denim can be a difficult fabric to sew with, but don’t worry, this was a no-sew jeans project. Fabrics other than denim could be used with this DIY.

This DIY fabric pinboard has two unique features, which make it a bit cooler than your standard fabric noticeboard.

Firstly, using a couple of jeans pockets adds another dimension to the board. The pocket can store things like glasses, membership cards and pens.

Secondly, besides looking good, the hexagon denim patchwork and the shape of the fabric bulletin board can easily be rearranged. The board is actually a collection of 8 mini hexagon pin boards combined together into one big pin board. Hexagons are such a great shape for crafts as they can be arranged in so many cool ways.

I think this DIY would work just as well with printed fabrics like my favourite, Marimekko. The printed fabric may look good, but you would miss out on the fun, unique pockets element of this upcycle. So perhaps a mixture of denim and printed fabrics would be a good compromise.

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What You Need

  • Various denim scraps from old jeans, including a couple of pockets. A combination of indigo denim in shades from light to dark works well with this fabric bulletin board.
Denim scraps
  • Eight plywood hexagons. These were 15-17 cm (6″-7″) in size and 3mm thick. They can bought from Amazon, eBay, or good craft stores.
large wooden hexagons

How To Make A Hexagon Fabric Pin Board

Step 1: First, place one of the hexagons on the foam board and draw around it. Then using a rotary cutter and mat, cut out the foam hexagon.

Glue the foam hexagon on top of the wood hexagon. Repeat with all eight hexagons. This will make using push pins with the finished notice board easier.

cutting the foam hexagons

Step 2: Place the hexagons onto the denim and draw around them. This time, the margin is approximately 2cm all around. Then, using a metal ruler and rotary cutter, cut out the denim hexagon.

You will need eight denim hexagons in total, for a couple of denim hexagons cut around a jeans pocket. I used both the front and back jeans pockets with this project.

cutting denim hexagons
cutting out denim hexagons
Denim hexagons for DIY fabric pin board

Step 3: Use a staple gun to attach the denim pieces to the hexagon. Lay the hexagon foam side down onto a denim hexagon. Then, staple the denim overlap to the wood.

Start by stapling opposite sides of the hexagon. When all thesides are stapled, then fold the denim corners in on themselves before stapling to the wood.

stapling denim to wooden hexagon
stapling hexagons
Denim hexagons

Step 4: Finally, all that is left to do is to play around with the pattern and arrangement of the DIY fabric pin board. Once you are happy with the design, use the Velcro hanging strip to mount them onto the wall.

Denim covered hexagons for a DIY fabric bulletin board
using Velcro mounting strips

The good thing about the Velcro hanging strips it is easy to play around with the arrangement of the fabric pin board. You can add more hexagons if you want a larger notice board.

DIY fabric pin board
DIY fabric pin board
Denim fabric pin board

What I love most about this denim fabric pinboard are the hexagon shapes. You can use other fabrics instead of denim to mix it up a bit. Like I did with my denim patchwork chairs, where I snuck in the odd coloured fabric hexagon. I’ve also made some hexagon patchwork denim placemats.

how to make a denim fabric bulletin board

If you like this denim pin board, you should try some of my other upcycled denim storage ideas, including the very popular denim pocket organizer.

I think the fabric pin board would look great in a den or teen bedroom. You could even make an upcycled blue jean rug to match or some denim pillows.

You could even go the whole hog and cover the desk chair in denim to complete the look.

A personalized map version of this cork board here that uses hexagonal cork tiles.

For more denim wall decor ideas, visit

Amanda C

Sunday 5th of November 2023

Attached to pegboard to this hexagon or styrofoam to as a pinboard and if you couldn’t cut it you could have it cut at haberdashery store and just have denim stylish denim on your walls

Claire Armstrong

Sunday 5th of November 2023

Thanks for the tip.


Sunday 3rd of January 2021

LOVE this!! I have made many things from denim from garage sales. Dog toys, plastic bag holders, braided friendship bracelets, as well as lining wooden boxes for holding treasures(jewelery or marbles...). Thank You for sharing the pics and instructions! :)

Claire Armstrong

Sunday 3rd of January 2021

Thank you, I love to upcycle with denim. You should check out this post for a full alphabet of denim ideas.


Saturday 30th of May 2020

This is a wonderful way to upcycle old jeans. Thank you for sharing at Party In Your PJ's, you are being featured on my blog Tuesday evening.

Claire Armstrong

Sunday 31st of May 2020

Thank you so much, and thanks for hosting.


Saturday 30th of May 2020

I love the way you've used the pockets. Fabulous!

Claire Armstrong

Saturday 30th of May 2020

Thank you, Julie, they are handy.

Eli R.

Wednesday 27th of May 2020

Que bella idea!!!!! Besos

Claire Armstrong

Wednesday 27th of May 2020

Thank you