August 13, 2012

Make Your Own Travel Size Craft Ironing Board

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.
After the Insul Bright was securely fastened, with what felt like a million staples, I then covered it with a green home dec weight fabric. The key is pulling the layers extremely tight while stapling.
This craft ironing board was completed about a month ago. Since then, I've used it on three occasions with three very different types of projects. Once I even brought it over to my mom's house for project - the travel size is so convenient!  The board's held up great and I couldn't be more happy with my homemade solution.


  1. Great idea and project! I like the print you used too. Laura

  2. Great idea! It's nice to know the Insul Bright works well. I have a standard fold-up ironing board in need of a new cover and pad and was wondering how Insul Bright would work.

  3. That is brilliant. I often find myself crafting on the floor, so this would be perfect for me. Great tutorial!

  4. That's such a good idea! My ironing board isn't build in, but it's too big to fit in my sewing room.
    Your's turned out really cute!

  5. This is a great idea! Makes me want to make one for my craft room

  6. What a great post! The tip on the insul bright is good to know. Saving that scrap wood is always a good idea. Just went back and checked out a bunch of your previous posts. Lots of cute and clever ideas. Thanks for stopping over and checking out my mosquito potion :) at Quirky Vistas and for commenting. Sweet!

  7. I love this project idea. I have been thinking about getting an ironing board but space is an issue here and if I can make something easily instead of buying something larger it would be great. I like your choice of covers for it too. I have never used the Insul-Bright before. Could you use any scrap wood if you use the Insul-Bright? I see people are always throwing out old entertainment stands and desks and stuff and it would be really easy to just take a board off something like that but I wasn't sure if it had to be or should be a certain type of wood or a certain thickness or anything. Any comments would be appreciated. Thanks.

    1. The insul-bright is great stuff that is made for oven mitts, ironing board covers, etc. You can use it to wrap around any piece of scrap wood - Mine was a scrap board from an old desks my parents were throwing out! Good luck making your own. I think you will love the convenience of the compact size :)