DIY – Quilter’s Ironing Board
Have you ever wanted more space to iron on? A nice sturdy space that doesn’t wobble and that you can really press those blocks without the ironing board flexing everywhere? Well after going to a Quilt to You Wilt and the big quilting ironing board was talked about by the ladies and apparently all the rage. I decided it’s time to DIY and make an ironing board. I did look at buying one they mentioned, but this DIY ended up being only about $25 and that was way cheaper than buying one. Translation – more money to spend on fabric. Yeah! Maybe a little more if you need to invest in the stapler and spray adhesive. Plus hey – I have the space to make my own.
This is a super easy project and if you Google quilter’s ironing boards, quilting ironing board or big board you’ll find about a zillion instructions and video. I used this lady’s video as my go to, but I read through a ton of entries. I had seen the Big Board – the ones the ladies raved over, which you can put right on top of your current ironing board, but since I had this spare table that was just being used for storage in my room, I decided it was time to put it to use. I would love to use an old farm table, but haven’t found one yet. You can also use this method for a tray table.
Now if I can do this – anyone can. I’m probably the least handy person.
- Heavy Duty Staple Gun
- 3/4″ heavy duty staples
- Adhesive Spray
- Water Spray bottle
- A good pair of scissors
- A board or surface – I used a birch board that I got at Home Depot 1/4 inch thick 2 ft x 4 ft. Less than $10.
- Duck Cloth – Use a coupon – around $5 and I used a yard.
- Warm and Natural – Use a coupon – around $8 – I bought a yard and have some left over.
- Felt – Again coupon – about $2 and I bought a yard and have a lot left over.
- Hammer – just to pound down the staples if necessary.
So first thing I had to do was flatten the board and give it a new memory. It was just a little bendy – so keep this in mind when picking out a board.
The next night I laid out some paper to protect my table. I then made the sandwich. Now the board will have a smooth side and a not sanded side. Put your Warm and Natural on the not sanded side. I cut it – about 3″ over on the sides I then peeled it back and put a little spray adhesive. Then I layered the Duck Cloth. Once I had the duck cloth on then I flipped it over and re-centered it. Then I started to pull as tight as I could and put the staples in. I pulled and stapled, pulled and stapled tucking the corners in. I put some muscle = the little I have – into this part. Next time I recover this I will trim some off the corners so that it folds a bit better.
Now can you see the wrinkles and how it’s not quite as tight as you or I would like. Well get your spray bottle. Next spray a good layer of water on it and watch the magic happen. Right before your eyes it will shrink up. I then used the iron to speed things along a bit and voilà- nice and smooth.
Now I can iron a whole fat quarter at a time and have space to lay them out while cutting.