If you’ve seen my sewing space than you know there isn’t much of it… My work space is also my business space. It’s not practical to leave my large ironing board set up all the time, and it’s a pain to haul it out and put it away daily when I’m using it for setting seams while I piece a quilt top together.
I needed a more condensed version. I looked at the Ikea table top ones; too long (again very limited space). I looked at a fold-able ironing pad; not gonna work as my work surface isn’t perfectly flat. I had to come up with something. A few more frustrating days later I had an epiphany, I could make my own table top ironing board! Read on for instructions.
Time needed: 20 – 40 mins
1 board (dimensions of your choosing)
4 feet (I used wooden drawer knobs)
1 fabric top (I used an iron pad from Walmart)
Determine the size of board you need. Cut wood accordingly. I went with, 11 1/4” x 15” based on my available table top surface. Be sure to sand the edges and top if necessary.
Measure where your feet will go. You want to make sure that your board will be stable, and you have enough space to secure your fabric. I inset my feet 1 ½”. They could have been placed inside slightly more and still worked well.
Pre-drill your holes.
I used a countersink bit to make my holes. You want to make sure that the top of the screw is inset so there are no bumps on your ironing surface.
Attach your table feet.
Attach the fabric. Lay out your fabric good side down. Lay board upside down on fabric. Make sure it’s centered with enough fabric on all sides to wrap over the edge and secure it.
Start with the four corners and fold them up and secure with a staple, then go around the sides, pulling your fabric tight as you staple it down.
Voila you have a tabletop ironing board!
What have you made out of necessity to make your life easier? I’d love to see them! Post your pics in the comments or share them in our Facebook group, Skunk Hollow Social.