Monday, November 8, 2010

That Damn Donna Reed

Alex and I live in a teeny, tiny, little apartment. It's cute, and we love it, but there is very little space. Everything has to have a place to be put away, and we don't have a lot of room for appliances or excess furniture.

Two years ago for Christmas, Alex bought me a fancy, high tech iron. I love it. It is so super helpful for sewing. However, pulling the ironing board out of the closet, setting it up, and having it out is a total pain. So, this weekend we took a trip to the fabric store. I purchased some insul-brite and some ironing board material, and made myself a tabletop ironing pad. Of course and ironing board is more precise, but this ironing pad does the trick in a pinch, and doesn't take up half a room while set up.

Tabletop Ironing Pad (from Little Birdie Secrets)

  • 1 yard of insul-brite fabric (a heat-safe material found at most fabric stores)
  • 1 yard of cotton fabric of your choice
  • 1 yard of thin cotton batting
  • 3/4 yard of coordinating ribbon
  • 1 yard of ironing board material (a silver shiny utility fabric found at most fabric stores)


Cut insul-brite, cotton fabric, batting, and ironing board material in half in width so that you have four pieces of material measuring 22" x 36". Take your cotton fabric and find the center of the fabric by folding it in quarters and making a crease with your iron. Sew about one inch of the middle of the ribbon to the middle of your cotton fabric using a zigzag stitch.

Lay out your fabric: ironing board material (right side down), insul-brite, batting, and cotton fabric (right side up.) Pin around all sides of your fabric. Quilt the pieces together, as much or as little as you want with either coordinating or contrasting thread. I simply did some vertical lines every four inches with contrasting thread. Be careful not to sew over your ribbon.

Sew around all of the edges to bind with bias tape.

...and get to your ironing! Lay the cotton side down on your table and the shiny side face up. Iron on the shiny side.

When you are finished, fold in half, roll up, and tie for quick and easy storage.

1 comment:

  1. this is genius! I hate ironing but this would make it much less of a chore. so cute!