It is wondrous for so many reasons:
- It comes in a gazillion colors and patterns.
- It doesn't fade.
- It self-corrects when you remove staples or pins.
- You can stretch it over your board to remove all wrinkles and creases, leaving only a beautifully smooth and vibrant background.
- It can be cheaper than fadeless paper, especially if you use coupons.
I purchased all my fabric at Walmart back when ours still had a fabric section. It is basic quilt fabric and was $2 a yard. If I was patient, I probably could have found fabric at Jo-Anns in the clearance section and used a coupon for **really** cheap fabric.
My boards happen to about 47 inches from top to bottom, which is perfect for a basic bolt of fabric. Fabric usually comes in a width of 45 inches, so I don't have to trim the fabric on the top and bottom of the boards. I just make sure it's centered so my boarder covers the edges.
My mother-in-law gave me the best tip for hanging paper when I first started teaching and this tip is the best for using fabric. Use push-pins to hold the fabric and stretch it before stapling it in place. I usually start by pinning the top left corner. Then I stretch the fabric tight at the top and pin the top right corner. Then I do the same with the other two corners. Finally, I go along all four sides and stretch and pin every few inches. Last, I follow with the stapler. Yes, it takes a little time, but trust me. The results are beautiful. Plus, I have purposely chosen colors that I can keep up all year long, so I don't have to worry about removing the staples every few weeks.
I have had all my fabric up since I moved into my current room four years ago. I don't even remove it in the summer. It still looks like it did the day I put it up. See for yourself...
I just love how the fabric adds a bright and cheery pop of color to my classroom. And since I did choose basic colors instead of prints, it's easy for me to change up my boards all year long.