Most hardware stores can also precut your wood so you won't even have to worry about bringing home a huge piece of plywood and cutting it down yourself. Look for an Ironing Board cover with lines marking common quilting angles. If you used spray adhesive to hold the foam in place, avoid using a pair of your wife's good scissors to trim the foam. The first photo included with this step shows my plywood ready to be ripped to width on the panel saw. I hope that you will love your board as much as I love making them. I use a LauraStarr iron that only works when it is steaming, the lack of vent holes, if I made yours, would make my quilt squares pretty wet I think. You can see her ironing board, minus its original cover, standing next to the new top in the first picture.
If your base ironing board is a wire mesh, you will need washers under the heads of your screws. No fancy layout or compass work required. Thank you and your husband for doing a great tutorial on putting this together! A firm pressing board is also essential for pressing pieced units like half square triangles and flying geese which can easily distort if the fabric shifts against a squishy surface. A set of metal, over the door hooks, the ironing board hangs on it. This portable ironing board can be used at home by attaching it to your sewing cabinet or table.
By using a firm pressing board, the fabric will remain square and stable and the starch will be forced to bond with the fabric, not with the iron or the pressing board. Thank you so much for the tutorial! This makes it much easier to align the new top each time you have to re-install it because normal laundry needed the old pointy tip of the original ironing board. The plywood top is heavier than before, and my ironing board is larger than before, but the base has held up fine with the extra weight for 2 months and ironing long seams and large pieces of fabric quilt backings! Lay the new top face down on the floor and position the ironing board on top of it. My came up with a clever solution. So, I also used this clever contraption as an ironing table when I wanted to do large tasks, like pressing the full width of fabrics onto a roll. Asking first shows respect, and is the right thing to do.
You can do a few staples here to keep it all in place if you need. The muslin is starting to show some signs of discoloration, so I've been thinking about making a tailored slip cover for it that I can throw in the wash from time to time. Cut your cotton batting the same size as your board. Keep the sander moving so you don't over-sand too badly and don't worry if your corners aren't perfect…the silver reflective cover we'll add later will hide all but the worst flaws. I am so thrilled with how well this modification to my ironing board works for me. The second photo for this step shows a closeup of the threaded insert.
It is adjustable to the height of your cabinet or table. Thread a bodkin or safety pin with a long length of quarter inch or so elastic and pull it all the way through. As I mentioned, you can make these any size you wish. I not sure why you sanded, because it's all covered up. Step 4: Finishing the Back Once the top of your pressing board is all stapled, you can choose to finish the back with felt.
This ironing board will accommodate large pieces of fabric used for quilt backs, but also will be handy for smaller piecing jobs. Thanks so much for the idea!! It is important to use cotton because it will stand up better to the heat. Twist the T-wrench until the threaded insert sits just below the surface of your plywood. By attaching the Work Station Ironing Board to your cabinet or table the ironing board is right were you need it and that eliminates all those trips to the big board. Step 1 — Remove Ironing Board Cover Step 1 — Remove Ironing Board Cover When I removed my ironing board cover, this is what the structure of the top of my ironing board looked like. I hope you enjoy your new Perfect Pressing Board! And I promise that when you start using a hard pressing surface, your blocks will be more accurate.
People that know me well know that I am lazy efficient. Choose duck-cloth or linen fabric. That in itself is fine, I want the antique look, but is it going to distort my binding? I took off the legs and covered it with one layer of thin cotton batting and cotton canvas using a staple gun. You should be able to see the center line in the first photo included with this step. The scraps help you avoid drilling into your workbench.
Find four convenient locations on the underside of your old ironing board that provide enough clearance for the miniature knobs to fit allow a little space for your fingers too. It's much easier to pick a new location for a misplaced threaded insert before you cover the top of plywood in the next step. So, without looking further into the reasoning…. There are a few features to consider, however. Firm surface - You really can't beat this method for creating a super firm, stable surface for pressing fabric. Dritz 82444 Notify me when this product is available Dritz Mighty Travel Steam Iron The perfect size for travel with all the power of a larger iron! I also sanded to ease the edges slightly and because some of the bottom isn't covered, so it gets seen by the folks I've made these for…and handled by them when they're installing or removing their cover.
I seek to help you become excited about every step of the quilting process. I also contemplate using a permanent marker to make some lines on it so that I can press my fabric straight, but haven't don that either. If you were working on the floor for the prior step, add really thick scrap blocks so you don't drill into your floor! Sanded feels nicer to the touch, so it's also part of trying to make a good impression on the customer. A few years ago, I was getting really tired of ironing quilt tops with my regular ironing board. . Cover the surface with cotton batting. Thanks for the tip on the ironing board fabric at JoAnn's.