Hello friends. It’s been pretty much forever since I posted. Sorry. Life seems busy. In any case, I’m happy to finally post a tutorial! Since we moved, I had to get rid of my old amazing sewing table because our whole house now is the size of my old sewing room. I wanted an ironing board that would be portable (in case I want to iron in front of the tv), small enough to tuck out of the way when not in use, but big enough to actually iron stuff on, and not expensive. I looked on amazon but couldn’t find anything good, so Brian said we should just make one! We made mine the size of my cutting mat which is 2’x3′ (i.e. 24″x36″) but you could make one any size using the same method.
- Heavy duty material for the covering that won’t freak out when you iron hot stuff on it. I got 1 yard of duck cloth.
- Some wood cut to the size you want your board to be. Mine was 24″x36″. Mine is 3/4″ thickness.
- Cotton Batting in crib size package. Most batting is polyester or a poly blend, but I recommend the cotton for this because it’ll stand up to the heat better.
- Staple gun. It doesn’t have to be an intense one, the craft store kind works just great.
Step 1: Cut your wood to size, or beg some guy at home depot to do it for you. Then use a rasp or file to dull the corners a bit, we don’t want anything stubby. My, what masculine hands I have. Oh wait, those are Brian’s.
Step 2: Cut your fabric’s a few inches bigger than your board. My board is 24″x36″ so I cut my fabrics to be 27″x39″. I cut one rectangle out of the duck cloth and two out of the batting for extra fluffiness.
Step 3: Serge around the outside edge of the duck cloth to help it avoid fraying. If you don’t have a serger you could zig zag around the edge.
Step 3: Lay out your layers. First lay down the duck cloth, then the two layers of batting on top.
Then place the board on top, centered on top of the fabrics.
Step 4: Using a staple gun, pull the extra fabric around to the back of the board and staple in place. Make sure to pull tightly so that you don’t have any weird lumps or wrinkles on the front. If there are any staples that don’t go all the way in, use a hammer to help them lay flush, you don’t want any weird things poking out and scratching you or your table.
You’re done. Enjoy!