Sewing Enthusiast’s Divider

By  Roxi Phillips  for  Krylon

size: varies


  • Three-paneled hinged room divider with wooden frame
  • Hardboard, 1/8” thick, cut to fit each panel
  • Painter’s canvas drop cloth, 6’x10’ or larger
  • Low-loft batting, to fit two panels
  • Ribbon, 5/8”, 15 yds.


  • Die-cutting machine with thread spool and needle patterns
  • Krylon Color Master Enamel Paints: Gloss Ivy Leaf (51515), White Primer (53115), Satin Leather Brown (53566): Black Chalkboard Paint (807); Short Cuts Pens, Gloss White (SCP-913), Gloss Black (SCP-914)
  • Wax-coated freezer paper
  • Sewing machine and thread
  • Hot glue gun and sticks

Basic Supplies

  • scissors, paper and masking tape, iron, pencil, straight pins, yardstick, screwdriver, chalk
  • 1. Remove hinges from screen; set aside. (Note: Sketch drawing of position of each panel for easier reassembly.)
  • 2. Paint screen frames on all sides with primer; let dry. Repeat using Ivy Leaf. Let dry. Paint one hardboard panel with Black chalkboard paint.
  • 3. Cut two pieces of batting same size as hardboard panels. Adhere batting to front side of two remaining panels using hot glue.
  • 4. Measure panel (width x height). Add 6" to both panel measurements. Panel width + 6" = A; panel length + 6" = B. Cut canvas panel to AxB. Position canvas over one batted panel; turn face down. Pulling canvas tightly over panel, secure to panel back using hot glue. (Note: Canvas should be taut.) Let dry; set aside.
  • 5. Cut second canvas panel to Ax10'. Measure 9" from top of panel; mark with pencil or pins. Measure 22-1/2" from top of panel; crease. Fold crease up to 9" mark; pin in place. Measure 13-1/2" from top of first pocket; crease. Fold up to create next pocket; pin in place. Repeat down length of canvas, leaving bottom 18" of canvas without pockets. Machine topstitch along top of each pocket.
  • 6. Position pocket panel over remaining batted panel. Position canvas over batted panel; turn face down. Pulling canvas over panel, secure to panel back using hot glue.
  • 7. Die cut needle and spool stencils from freezer paper. Press stencils in place on panels with dry iron. Mask off all areas not being painted.
  • 8. Paint stencils Leather Brown; let dry. Lay panels side-by-side, leaving same space between panels as would be with frame. Hand-draw thread on spool, across panels and through needle with paint pens as shown.
  • 9. Lightly mark 9" increments down both sides of plain-covered panel. Criss-cross lengths of ribbon from each of these marks as shown; pin to secure. Trim ribbon, leaving 2" on each end to wrap to back side of panel. Lay panel face down; wrap ribbon ends onto back and secure using hot glue.
  • 10. Secure panels into frames on back of panel using hot glue.