Monday, November 4, 2013

Ironing Board

I decided that I could make better use of my space by making my own ironing board that would fit on top of one of my shelf units.  I wanted something firmer than a regular ironing board for better pressing.

I bought a piece of wood 16" x 36".  I believe it was roughly 1/2" thick, possibly 3/4".  I took 2 layers of cotton batting (about 2" larger on each side), and wrapped it around the top of the board to the back.  Most directions that I found online used staples to fasten it, but since I didn't have any, I thought I would be creative and use some pink duct tape that my hubby bought for me.  It worked perfectly for the job!

Next I chose a piece of fabric that I would like for the cover.  I knew that I would like a neutral print since I was a little worried about colors on some prints possibly rubbing off on whatever I would be pressing.  I was a little limited since I really collect a lot of fat quarters rather than yardage.  I found the perfect piece with enough yardage, with some to spare.  I wrapped the fabric around the board tautly and folded the edge of the fabric in at the end and overlapped the beginning of the fabric where I had started from.  Clear as mud?!  That way I had no raw edges.  Now since I had no staples, I decided to use my quilt basting safety pins to fasten the edge of the back in place.  I actually laid awake the night before planning how I would do this!  I brought the sides around to the back and pinned them in place too.

Voila!  A wonderful new ironing surface that fits perfectly on the top of my shelf!  And I used what I had on hand except for the board!

Happy Sewing,

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