DIY Quilter's Ironing Board

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. 

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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!

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Plus, it makes ironing regular clothes so much more fun!

Diy Quilter's Ironing Board

SUPPLIES

TOOLS

Optional

  • washing machine 3
  • iron 4
  • fabric scissors

NOTES

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.

METHOD

Pre-Washing and Ironing (Optional)

  1. Pre-wash batting and let air dry.
  2. Iron batting on a low heat setting.

Ironing Board

  1. Lay one sheet of batting on a smooth surface. I chose to use my tabletop, but a hardwood or tile floor will work too.
  2. Lay wood on top of the batting making sure to center the wood.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.

Enjoy!