Citrus Slice Bulletin Board

Glide back into the sixties and seventies with this fruit-themed bulletin board.

| May 2018

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    After cutting out all of the fruit, simply hand-sew all of the citrus circles to the preselected fabric, and wrap the board with the fabric.
    Photo by Meiko Takechi Arquillos
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    Vintage Craft Workshop by Cathy Callahan, is the perfect DIY craft book for anyone looking for vintage style crafts and ideas from the 60ā€™s and 70ā€™s.
    Courtesy of Chronicle Books

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Vintage Craft Workshop (Chronicle Books, 2011), by Cathy Callahan, is filled with crafty ideas from the sixties and seventies, readers may even find some of the crafts bring back memories near and dear to them. Find the craft that speaks to you and get started today! This excerpt is from Chapter 4: Craft Trends of the 60’s and 70’s.

Nicole’s inspiration: Felt fruit projects from McCall’s Needlework & Crafts. Used with permission from Meredith Corporation. All rights reserved. 

Along with flowers, fruit themes have always been a big favorite in popular crafts. Being California girls, Nicole and I loved the idea of using citrus shapes in her project. Nicole is an amazing seamstress and teacher, but she decided to abandon her sewing machine for this project. Inspired here by the bold fruit themes of the ’70s, Nicole hand-appliquéd the citrus slices. A few tips: While this is a bulletin board, it can also function as a wall hanging. Also, try to find tonal fabrics in as many textures as you can. Think shiny vs. matte, smooth vs. rough, etc. You can use scraps for this project, but if you are purchasing yardage, 1/4-yd/23-cm cuts should be fine.


  • Drafting compass
  • Fabric scissors
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Tailor’s chalk or air-soluble fabric marker
  • Scrap paper
  • Needle threader
  • Embroidery needle, size 7 or 9
  • Large embroidery hoop
  • Staple gun with staples
  • Sobo Craft & Fabric Glue


  • 1/2 yd/46 cm green linen
  • 1-1/4 yd/1 m Heat ’n Bond Ultra or other double-sided fusible web
  • Embroidery floss, in white, yellow, light orange, light pink, bright orange, bright pink, and green 3 assorted white buttons (sew through, not shank style)
  • 16-x-24-in/40.5-x-61-cm corkboard in a wood frame
  • 2-1/4 yd/2 m 7⁄8-in/2.5-cm grosgrain ribbon, in green

For the Lemon Slice

  • One 9-in/23-cm square cotton twill, in yellow
  • One 9-in/23-cm square cotton twill, in white
  • One 9-x-12-in/23-x-30.5-cm piece wool felt, in yellow

For the Grapefruit Slice

  • One 9-in/23-cm square silk Dupioni, in pink
  • One 9-in/23-cm square cotton twill, in white, or the leftovers from the lemon’s white cotton twill
  • One 9-in/23-cm square cotton twill, in pink

For the Orange Slice:

  • One 11-in/28-cm square linen, in orange
  • One 9-in/23-cm square cotton twill, in white, or the leftovers from the lemon’s white cotton twill
  • One 9-in/23-cm square burlap, in orange


  1. Cut the piece of green linen to 18 x 26 in/46 x 66 cm.
  2. Cut out nine 9-in/23-cm squares of double-sided fusible web. Fuse each piece to the back of 1 each of the lemon, grapefruit, and orange slice fabrics, following manufacturer's directions.
  3. Lemon Slice: Cut an 8-1/4in/21-cm circle from yellow twill, a 7-1/2in/19-cm circle from white twill, and a 7-in/ 18-cm circle from yellow felt. Fuse the white twill circle to the yellow twill circle. Using the chalk or marker, draw the lemon segments on the felt circle: the easiest way is to divide the circle into 8 to 10 segments and then take a little off each segment to make them irregular (please see sketch). Cut apart the segments. Arrange the lemon segments and fuse them to the white twill circle. If things are a little off center, that is just fine—it actually looks better if it's imperfect.
  4. Grapefruit Slice: Cut an 8-1/4in/21-cm circle from pink silk, a 7-1/2in/19-cm circle from white twill, and a 7-in/18-cm circle from pink twill. Fuse the white twill circle to the pink silk circle. Draw and cut apart the grapefruit segments from the pink twill circle (as detailed in step 3), then arrange the segments and fuse them to the white twill circle.
  5. Orange Slice: The orange slice is a little different, as it will be only a partial circle. Draw a template circle on scrap paper that is 10-1/2 in/26.5 cm in diameter. Cut off the top 2 in/5 cm of the circle and the left 2 in/5 cm. This is the basic template for the orange. Trace and cut this shape onto the orange linen. Then trace and cut the shape onto the white twill, and trim 1/2 in/12 mm off the curved edge. Trace and cut the shape onto the orange burlap, and trim 3/4 in/2 cm off the curved edge. Fuse the white twill shape to the orange linen shape. Draw the orange segments on the orange burlap circle, and cut them apart (as detailed in step 3), then arrange and fuse them to the white twill shape.
  6. Thread the embroidery needle with white floss. Use a running stitch or backstitch to embroider around the edge of the white twill portion of each fruit, slightly overlapping the “slices” (see photo).
  7. Thread the embroidery needle with yellow floss and stitch down the center of each lemon segment. You can use a running stitch or just 1 big stitch for each segment. Repeat with light orange floss for the orange segments and light pink floss for the grapefruit segments.
  8. Draw random circles on the green linen using the chalk or marker, varying the size and placement. Some may go off the edge—that’s fine.
  9. Place the green linen in the embroidery hoop and stitch over the circles drawn in step 8, using a running stitch or backstitch. Use a different color of floss for each circle.
  10. Remove the embroidery hoop and lay the green linen flat. Arrange the citrus slices in a pleasing way on the linen, leaving a 1-in/2.5-cm border all the way around, and fuse them into place.
  11. Thread your embroidery needle with bright orange floss. Use a running stitch or backstitch to embroider around the edge of the orange slice to secure it to the green linen. Repeat with bright pink floss for the grapefruit and yellow floss for the lemon. Sew a button onto the center of each slice using green floss.
  12. Wrap the linen tightly around the corkboard and staple it to the back of the board into the wood frame. Glue the green ribbon around the edge of the frame to finish it off nicely and to hide any


More from Vintage Craft Workshop:

Nicole Vasbinder designs the accessory line Queen Puff Puff and sells her retro-flavored handbags and accessories throughout the United States and beyond. Nicole also owns StitchCraft, a sewing and craft studio in Petaluma, California, and co-produces the popular Petaluma Downtown Craft Mart. She has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Adorn Magazine, Craft Stylish, CROQ Zine, Venus Zine, and Craft. Find more of her work at and

Reprinted with Permission from Vintage Craft Workshop and Published by Chronicle Books.



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