Monday, July 18, 2016

Oversized ironing board tutorial

I made this a longggg time ago and it somehow never made it to the blog, so today's as good a day as any, right?

I always say that I don't iron clothes -- just fabric (and hair, back in high school when my sister perfected a method for pressing our heads up against the ironing board). 

The thing about sewing is that you need to iron a LOT. I still don't like it, but it's a necessary evil. Ironing fabric before you work with it (sometimes), ironing pieces in progress, ironing quilts, pressing seams, blah. Sometimes I skip it and sometimes I can't.

So ...

Since I only use our ironing board for fabric, I decided to give it a little upgrade and treat myself to a bigger ironing surface! 

Let's get started ... 

Ye olde ironing board (super sturdy and stolen from my mom)

I sprayed it (well, the parts that would be visible) with Krylon's Blue Ocean Breeze.

I snagged a leftover piece of melamine countertop-y board (from my DIY desk) and traced the ironing board onto it with a pencil.

I marked the spots where screws could fit through the grates and pre-drilled holes. (Apologies for the dark photos -- this was a spur-of-the-moment DIY conducted late at night.)

I spread fabric out on the floor ("Beautiful Garden Girl" by Studio E fabrics from Atlantic Fabrics -- also used for my daughter's bucket hat), added two layers of quilt batting, and set the board on top to make sure it would fit.


Then I bolted the ironing board to the white board, set the whole (HEAVY) thing back down on the batting, and got to work wrapping and stapling the edges.

When I was done stapling, here's how it looked from underneath (not so pretty, but who cares about the bottom?)

Oh, but wait! I had a weird end jutting out. Hmm, I guess the board wasn't long enough? What's a DIY-er to do? ... 

A shelf! I can add a shelf! (Another stolen chunk of a wood from a scrap pile, screwed through the grates of the ironing board). 

I slapped on a couple of coats of glam gold paint (Fusion Mineral Paint) ...

... and then Mod Podged-on a little gold glitter for extra bling! (Notice the Christmas lights in the background? I told you this was a seriously old DIY.)

The finished ironing board is HUGE and I can easily iron a yard/metre of fabric without having to shift it around a million times. It's also amazing when I'm quilting

And even though it's huge, it still folds down when I'm not using it just like a regular ironing board.

Tell me this doesn't make you want a GIGANTIC ironing board. Imagine the hair (fabric) you could iron on this sucker!

xo

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