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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

How to Make a Quilter's Ironing Board Table

I've been busy spring cleaning. One of my projects was to replace the fabric on my ironing board table. I made this ironing board table when I first started to quilt. I've recovered it twice so I decided it needed to be torn apart and recovered again.

MATERIALS:
2' x 4' MDF wood or a size to your requirement
1 1/2 yards insul-bright (heat resistant batting) required for 2' x 4' board
1 1/2 yards batting ( I used a crib size pre-packaged batting)
1 1/2 yards duck fabric
1 1/2 yards decorative fabric (this will be the final layer of your cover)
staple gun
1/4" staples and 1/2" staples
non-flammable temporary spray adhesive
scissors
small hammer

Note about MDF wood: I use steam frequently and I haven't had a problem with the wood warping.

INSTRUCTIONS:
First decide how big you want to make your ironing table. I wanted mine to be 2' x 4'. Home Depot has MDF in stock already cut to this size.



 I wanted 12 inches to extend past my table to make my work surface longer. I screwed a small board under my ironing board so that it would hold it steady to the edge of the table.


I cut the insul-bright to extend 2 1/2 inches past the edges of the board. I smoothed it down and attached the insul-bright to the bottom of the ironing table one edge at a time pulling it tight as I stapled.  I used 1/4" staples.



 I then cut the batting the same size and attached it to the table with the staple gun. Pulling it tight as I stapled.


I also wrote a note on the exposed wood on the bottom of the board specifying how much fabric I would need for recovering next time.




Next I cut a piece of duck fabric the same size and stapled it to the table. At this point I needed to switch to 1/2" staples.




This step is optional. I applied a non-flammable spray adhesive to the duck cloth then I positioned my decorative cover fabric on top. I smoothed out all the wrinkles and laid it fabric side down to allow it to set for a few minutes.



I trimmed the fabric and proceeded to staple it to the back of the board as I pulled the fabric along the way.



At the corners I stapled the fabric from both sides and stapled the fabric at the folded miter. As I stapled, I tucked the excess fabric under the folded miter.

  
Finished and ready to use for ironing. Next project will be a table skirt to hide my storage area underneath!


18 comments:

  1. Where did you purchase the insul-bright?

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  2. Joann, Fabric Depot and a zillion on line fabric perveyors all sell it.. Just check locally and you'll find it! : )

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  3. Where did you get your shelving unit and what are the measurements of that unit?

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  4. The board actually sits on top of a table, see the third picture in my blog. I used a wire shelving unit I bought at Meijer. That sits under the 12 inch over hang to prop it up.

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  5. Sorry for the silly question. What is "duck" fabric? I have never heard of that before. Thanks from Australia

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    1. duck canvas, is a heavy, plain woven cotton fabric. Duck canvas differs from plain canvas in that the threads in the former are more tightly woven.

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  6. Why so many layers? I had saw another demo for a big ironing surface and it was only batting and the duck cloth. I made it and it has worked great. So I was just wondering if there are any advantages to more layers...

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    1. Just my personal preference. I also use it as a work surface. I like the extra thickness so I can stick pins or embroidery needles in it.

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  7. Does this stay in place well and not shift as you are moving fabric around to iron? I've seen where others place the small wooden bar around all 4 sides. I assumed it was to keep the board from shifting around when Ironing large yardage.

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    1. It it is heavy wood so it doesn't shift much. The wood bracket underneath does stay snug against the table. It does slip sometimes when I lean against the long side when ironing but ironing long fabric doesn't make it shift. Could put an extra piece of wood at a right angle on the side you stand to iron to eliminate that shift. Good question.

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  8. Wonderful idea! May I ask the dimensions of the table/tables you used to support the ironing board top - height & width? Do you have the table/tables on locking casters to make everything moveable? Are the shelves I see in the pictures a part of the table or separate shelving you keep under the table?
    Thank you so much for your tutorial. You did a great job with pictures & instructions. I am currently remodeling my sewing studio space & would love to have a large quilting ironing board like yours.

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  9. I can't really tell which end you added the extra board to underneath..But your photos are great

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  10. Shouldn't the batting be under insul brite batting since regular batting can burn?

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    1. Not if the batting is 100% cotton like the batting shown in the picture. It won’t burn and is used as a layer in many standard commercial padded ironing board covers.

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