Thursday, September 24, 2015

Ironing Station

My ironing board has been annoying me lately. Not only is it one of the standard skinny ones, but it has recently developed a bulge so it isn't flat anymore. I thought about building something out of wood so I could have a nice wide top to iron a half yard of fabric at one time. I'm super handy and like building stuff in addition to sewing, however I wasn't feeling a woodworking project right now. 

When my husband and I were cleaning out the garage this past weekend, I realized I already had something that would work! I had this 2'x4' plastic folding table that had seen better days. It is one of those that you can adjust the height on, so I put it at the tallest setting, making it around 34". Perfect ironing height!!!


I added 2" foam and a bunch of layers of batting (including thermal batting you use for potholders) and topped it with some natural colored canvas I already had.


After contemplating how to sew this mass of stuff on on...I decided to strap it onto the table from underneath using an abundance of mitten clips and elastic I had been hoarding. Yay for using my craft stash!


Then I pulled out some Better Homes and Garden home decor fabric I also already had. 


And viola! An awesome new ironing station for around $15! I only had to buy the thermal batting and a little bit of cotton batting.


It is PERFECT and fits my IKEA rolling unit with flat drawers. Plus, I have room for my silhouette and a few bolts of interfacing on the sides inside the legs. I used it tonight to sew some burp cloth baby gifts for some coworkers, and it works great!


I can't wait to use it more!

Until later, happy sewing!
Jamie

4 comments:

  1. What a great idea! Love that you used what you had on hand to make this ironing station. It looks fabulous!

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  2. This is a great idea! I am always a little frustrated when I try to press a big quilt top on my regular ironing board.

    :) Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation

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  3. Do you know the name of the fabric you used? Love it!

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