When I started quilting, which was like... yesterday, I knew immediately that I needed a large ironing board to make handling large pieces of fabric easier. I wanted something portable that would work on just about any surface. I needed something easy to store when not in use. Most importantly, I wanted something easy to clean.
Once again, after a few empty google searches, I decided to make exactly what I needed. It's large enough to iron fabric one yard at a time, and it fits perfectly on my work table. Best of all, I'm using a mini fitted crib sheet (because I had the wood cut to fit that size) as the cover, because it can be removed easily and washed often. Wins all around, and it helps straighten my fabric like a dream!
Plus, it makes ironing regular clothes so much more fun!
Diy Quilter's Ironing Board
- 24 X 36" piece of wood
- 2 pieces of 45x60" natural cotton batting 1
- organic cotton mini crib fitted sheet 2
- staple gun
- industrial staples for staple gun
- washing machine 3
- iron 4
- fabric scissors
1 Any size batting approximately 10" longer in width and height than the dimensions of your wood should work just fine.
2 I purchased a fitted sheet, but you can certainly choose to make your own for a more custom fit.
3 Even though the instructions on my batting package said pre-washing was unnecessary, I did it anyway.
4 I also chose to iron the batting before stapling for the smoothest surface possible.
Pre-Washing and Ironing (Optional)
- Pre-wash batting and let air dry.
- Iron batting on a low heat setting.
- Lay one sheet of batting on a smooth surface. I chose to use my tabletop, but a hardwood or tile floor will work too.
- Lay wood on top of the batting making sure to center the wood.
- If you have excess batting on the edges, you can choose to fold it over and tuck it under the fold like I did (see image #02), or trim it with scissors.
- Using a staple gun, pull the batting taught and staple its edges to the back of the board (image #02). When I got to a corner, I folded the batting just as I would if I was wrapping a Christmas present and continued stapling.
- Repeat steps 1-4 with the second piece of batting. This creates more of a cushion on the top surface and extra padding on the bottom to prevent scuffing your work surface.
- Cover the front with a fitted sheet (image #03).
Hooray! You're all set! Now you can spend the rest of the afternoon coaxing the freshly ironed fabric you just bought. Please tell me I'm not the only one who does that.