I bought this velcro fabric by the yard 18 years ago at a conference on children's literature and story telling. They were advertising the fabric to make story telling aprons. But, of course, my teacher lightbulb turned on, and I was wondering what it would be like as bulletin board background? It was expensive, about $10.00 a yard, but I decided to bite the bullet and try it! What a great investment. This fabric never fades, never looks old, and is still as bright as the day I bought it. The picture below show the fabric with 18 years of wear. Perfect, right? Does not show any staple holes, tears, chips, fold, tears, etc that can be seen on traditional bulletin board coverings.
This year I decided it was time to purchase another 3 yards and do another bulletin board. I found
Industrial Webbing on line and I thought I would give them a try. (I just googled velcro fabric, there are were other sellers of this product as well). The total for 3 yards with shipping was $109.00. Now that sounds expensive for a bulletin board, but remember, my original purchase is 18 years old and still looks brand new. When I add up the countless rolls of fadeless paper that I have bought in the last 18 years for my other boards, it makes the velcro fabric seem like a deal. (And it is fire marshall friendly).
My new bulletin board is up, and I am thrilled. The blue is a little duller than my original bright blue, but it is great. Here it is up on the board ready to be my word wall. (The old fabric is now on my poetry center board, I can hardly wait for the difference it will make there). The fabric works perfect for my words. I simply put a dab of velcro on the back and viola! They are ready to stick where you need them. The words easily pull off to hand kids that need a close look, and easy to rearrange when you need to alphabetize a new word.
Yep! Velcro material for my bulletin boards, probably one of my best teacher investments!