Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Big Ironing Board

   Super Sized Ironing Board

 Quilter will love this!
If you would like to be able to lay a ½ yard of fabric out and iron it all at one time without having to move the fabric; you are going to love this!  I ran across an ironing board similar to this and thought “WOW that would great to have...I bet I can  make one of those.”  It is one of my favorite tool/items in my sewing room.  You can make one of these too, and you'll be surprised how easy it all comes together.  Easy enough!

(Yes, that's a 15 inch ruler laying on that ironing board with room
all around it)

I am fairly new to blogging .
                                                 Here is a list of supplies you need: 
Your existing Ironing board    or a thrift find. I found one for $4 today                                                    (with old cover removed)

*Tape Measure, pencil, saw, drill with smaller than wood screw drill bit, staple gun w/staples and a screw driver, hammer and/or brad nail gun.

A piece of ¾ inch plywood cut 20 inches wide about 63 long or 6 inches beyond the length of your ironing board CLOSED. 
(my example is for a standard ironing board and it’s cut 63 inches x 20inches) You can make your board any size you like.

*7 fender washers & 7 wood screws

*2 (10 ft) sticks of
¾ by ¾ inch wood (for finishing)
*100% Cotton Batting    (I used scraps I already had)
* 2 Yards Heat Resistant Insulated Lining ( For making pot holders)
*2 yards of Thick Fabric (You can choose whatever color you want…Dress it up or dress it down)
*Finishing Nails 1 ½ long amount varies.  
Okay Let’s begin assembly. First mark the top of your board and lay it face down.

Lay ironing board face down on top of the plywood. 
Center ironing board on plywood and mark where you will be 
mounting the wood screws to the ironing board.
(I marked 7 total-  one at the tip…and 3 along each side of ironing board) 

(Mark the ironing board also,... a lot easier to realign later.)
         Now remove ironing board and pre-drill your holes…
this step makes securing it easier to at the end.
(if you drill all the way worries, you will be
covering it up with fabric

Next … Take your  ¾ x ¾ inch sticks of wood, measure and cut the lengths to match the plywood length.   From the left over cuts, measure and cut for the short lengths to fit in between the long sides… IMPORTANT >> DO NOT ATTACH YET!  Put aside for finishing! 

Next…Cut 4 layers of batting an inch or so larger than the
size of your plywood.  
The extra will wrap over the sides and give a cushion along
the edge of your ironing board

(I notched the corners of two layers so that I wouldn’t have super bulky corners.  I hope you can see that in the picture… it was a sunny day)   

Now…Clear off your table and lay your fabric so that the
Right Side is facing DOWN.
You’ll want enough fabric to hold onto  when pulling and stapling. 
 That way you will get a tight fit across the board.

Next lay your batting layers on top of the fabric…
 lay your plywood so that the side marked TOP is face DOWN.
Pull the fabric over the plywood just like you are upholstering
a chair and staple.
(Be careful to not shift your batting)
Staple the fabric about ¾ of an inch from the edge. 
Remember you will be covering the staples with
the sticks you cut previously. 
 When you work into a corner, fold the fabric like you are wrapping a present. 
Once you have the fabric securely stapled, trim excess off. 
(Be sure to not trim too close to staples)  
When all the fabric is trimmed, go thru with a hammer and give each
staple an extra tap to ensure that each staple lays as flat as possible.
Now you are ready to attach the ¾ inch by ¾ inch pieces. 
Lay the sticks on top of the staples. 
Be careful not to hit a staple when finishing. 
 You can use a brad nailer or finishing nails. It was quick and simple,
but if you don't...
 tack the stick’s down with a hammer. 
Now that the edges are attached...
You are ready for the last step.  (Are you excited yet??)
Position the ironing board over the pre drilled
holes that were made earlier.
Secure your new cover to the ironing board with a wood screw
and fender washer in each of the pre-drilled holes.
You are now ready to flip over your ironing board and enjoy
how much bigger it is. 

You now have an  "Supersized" Ironing Board that
everyone you know - who sews - will be jealous of. 
Be may have to make one of these for a friend, I did.
   Stay creative and come back soon to see what I am up to.

P.S. Two of  my  finished quilts coming soon!

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