This unusual shaped ironing board has been in my sewing room for many years. It isn’t made anymore, but was great when I was sewing most of my clothing. That hasn’t been the case for the past 15 years, as I have been doing much more quilting. I’ve recovered it twice and did a tutorial on that process (Recovering an Ironing Board), showing the process of getting around all those curves.
The previous cover lasted 3 years, but with pressing piecework, I tend to use the same section over and over. Naturally, it gets very brittle and eventually begins to tear.
The base of the board is metal, and the surface looked to be particle board. Simple screws held it in place. My Sweet Babboo was willing to remake it for me to better suit my needs now.
He removed the old board, and set the frame up to measure the size top board it would support.
I was able to have a 2-foot x 4-foot surface as a replacement. He used MDF (medium density fiberboard) as it is very flat and provides a stable surface. I marked the edges to round them off with a dressmaker’s ruler.
He cut off the corners and smoothed out the edge.
Then he remounted the frame on the top. If you have the old metal mesh style of ironing board, you could attach a larger board to it using screws and large washers through the mesh.
This time, I used two layers of cotton/wool batting with a layer of Insul-Brite between them, and heat resistant fabric on top.
Instead of using the staple gun (which is really difficult to get right) he used tacks, hammering them down while I held the fabric and batting layers in place.
We did the long sides first, pulling the layers taut but not overly so.
Then we did the ends in the same manner.
For the corners, I cut some of the batting away to reduce the bulk.
Then the corner is pulled taut and tacked.
Folding the corner over, a tack was placed to hold it.
Then the second corner is folded over the top and tacked down.
All four corners are done in the same manner.
All done and ready to move into place.
Wow, now I have the perfect ironing surface for quilting! There is a lot of space to use so I won’t always hit the same spot when pressing piecework.
Pressing a binding is now so easy with this large surface and it doesn’t fall off the edges.
Do you have a large ironing space for your projects?
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