The ironing board in our house lives in a built-in, fold-out ironing station located in our basement laundry room. This is a convenient location for pressing freshly laundered shirts, but its fixed location is quite a pain when working on craft/sewing projects in my upper level craft room.
A sewing project becomes a workout when you must repeatedly climb up and down two and a half flights of stairs to sew, press, sew, press, etc. during the crafting process.
Okay, maybe I'm exaggerating a little, but it IS a nuisance.
Initially, I thought about buying a little table top ironing board to solve this annoyance. They are pretty cheap (unless you upgrade to a Steady Betty). But then it dawned on me, that using supplies I already owned, I could easily make my own custom craft ironing board.
Remember my desk to bench failure earlier this summer?
Well, not all of the desk pieces ended up in the trash. A few of the pieces were saved - because you never know when you'll need a solid piece of scrap wood :)
Using the same technique you'd use to reupholster a chair, I covered my scrap wood first with Insul-Bright. If you've never used it, Insul-Bright is a heat resistant batting specifically made for oven mitts, ironing boards, etc. I had a ton of it left over from an earlier project.
linked: Kurtz Corner, Crafty Texas Girls, Someday Crafts, Sew Much Ado, My Repurposed Life, Sugarbee Crafts