Portable Ironing Table Tutorial

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I am thinking that most of us have our ‘own’ spaces for sewing, but even when we do we travel with out sewing goodies….often it is sometimes just to the next room.  That wouldn’t be because we have to many sewing items? of course not! So, without looking further into the reasoning….let’s just assume that we are all wealthy sewers who get to go on a lot of sewing retreats or have our own in our home and we need something that is portable and moveable…..but most importantly Customizable and Usable!!

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Materials needed:

  • wood board 1/2 inch – 3/4 inch thick {not to thick or it will be heavy}
  • batting
  • muslin, duckcloth or canvas
  • staple gun or hammer and tacks

Portable Ironing Board Tutorial~

1) Find a piece of scrap wood {i just look into the honeys garage for mine} You might want to hit a lumber store {stinky store, named by the kids} and get yourself one. You definitly want something that is not treated, but it doesn’t have to be perfectly smooth- you will be covering it. 

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Cut it to the size you would like.   Mine is cut 36″ X 36″ I wanted it to fit in the crossbars of my quilting machine. I use it every time i sew. I don’t have space for an ironing board. as you saw earlier in Where Bloggers Create post :)

2) Wrap your batting.  Taking the measurement of the board cut the same size out of your batting. If you would like you can wrap the sides a bit to help cushion those edges. You need this batting to be just a bit thick, so if it is thin– you might want to double it.  If it is wider than your board– no biggie girls, just tuck it under.  You will be pulling the fabric tight and this will help flatten it down a bit.  If it bothers you– trim it so it wraps the sides, but no the back or other side.  You can do a few staples here to keep it all in place if you need.


3)  Wrap your fabric.  Taking the measurement of the board cut the fabric that you have chose about 4 inches larger than board on 3 sides and double the length size on one side.

  • With your batting in place, put the fabric on the board and wrap that long tail around the board to the other side. Take the 3 other sides and fold over.  {this is where a budy crafter is nice to have around}
  • Hold these sides down {tuck in the raw edges} and start stapling them into place.


  • Staple a few in one side –go to the opposite side and staple a few there, pulling it a bit tight.  Then do the other 2 sides the same way.  iron5-1
  • Those are the sides that are shorter….the long side you do last.   This cover the whole backside and gets stapled at the other end and along the sides. Makes the back all pretty like. See:


4)  Now, you can Use it!!  I wrapped my first fabric with muslin, but with about 3 years of use— i have an additional ‘new’ piece of duckcloth that is layed on top. Sometimes I iron messy things and it gets on the fabric.

When the girls come over to sew I take this little board on downstairs to the kitchen drainboard.  I have never had a problem with any burns, warping or whatever else on them.  My mom is using hers in her sewing room on a dresser top —so far so good!

I think my favorite part is the customability of them.  Make them the size you really need. They are wider than a typical block and a typical ironing board too– so everything fits when you are ironing it!! I love that.

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