DIY, simple, no sew walls for vintage markets

Now that I have several shows under my belt, and I can see how we work with the set up and take down process, we are trying to make things simpler and more efficient.
Working smarter, not harder.

The challenge is, having "walls" for your booth space that are small and compact for storing at home, lightweight for the set up and take down process, and still cute.

I see lots of amazing spaces at vintage markets with chippy old doors used as walls, but you know what?  Old doors are super heavy.
And they take up a lot of space when you have a small two car garage for storing inventory.
Like me.

So, if you're also looking for an idea that will make life easier at shows, here's what I came up with:

Screens are not something you see a lot of any more, but I've come across about 4 this past year.
I really liked this one because it was in good condition, and it had these funky leather straps for the hinges.
I figured it would be easy to make some new fabric panels and we'd be on our way.

Except I wasn't taking into account that the wood dowels that hold the fabric panels aren't removable.  So how do you get your fabric on there?

I thought of a couple ideas initially, but it involved a needle and thread and some tedious work.

Using a cotton fabric, (like the kind you would use for quilting- this makes it easy for the entire project) 
I tore my fabric panels just slightly longer than the inside of the screen area.  

(**Helpful tip on tearing fabric: If you want straight panels and you're using the tear method, use 100% cotton.  Cut a notch starting point at the edge of the fabric.  Tear what will be the top of your panel.  You will see an odd shaped triangular piece, from where the original cut edge is, to where the new torn edge is.  That is squaring up your fabric so you don't have a lop sided panel.  Once your top edge is torn, measure out your length, and cut a notch at the bottom and tear the fabric across.)

I wanted the fabric to have a ruffle on the top and bottom.   I planned for about 6" extra past the bottom of the dowel.
Using a large box of safety pins, I began pinning the side ends of the fabric to hold it in place while I ruched and pinned the rest of the fabric.  I used one medium / large safety pin about every 3 inches, checking my length of the ruffle with each new pin.

Once all my pins were in place on the top, I tore strips of cream cotton (about 3/4" wide, 12 -  15" long) and tied them into bows through the middle of each pinned safety pin.
You can make your strips wider for a fluffier bow if you want.  

With a little fluffing, each bow hides the safety pin that is holding the panel in place.

For the bottom of the fabric panel, I just used the same method, (minus the bows) and made sure that the length was enough to flop over the safety pins.  
Another ruffle at the base!

This project was super easy and I now have a lightweight, pretty, compact wall for my booth.
Plus, the panels are removable if they ever get dirty and I need to wash them.

I have another screen that has shuttered walls, so that one is already good to go.  

As a final thought, some of you may be thinking, what about bi-fold closet doors as walls?

I have a few of those, but they are also pretty heavy for the most part.  
I use them for the back corners of my booth space, but we have learned that they're a bit cumbersome like the vintage doors we've decided against.

I hope this gives you a fresh idea on an easy use for your booth space!

I'll be adding some chicken wire to the backs of these so I can also flip these around if I want, and be able to hang items from the wire!

The Farmhouse Show is in just 2 weeks, so I'm in last minute go mode for prep!
Have a  great day!

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  1. Those are so pretty and light (in more than one sense of the word).

  2. This is exactly what I need for my bedroom! Thanks for the idea and for the tutorial!


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