Saturday, December 31, 2011

How to make your own mini ironing board

For Christmas I got one of those mini Rowenta irons to use in my craft room.

The purpose of the iron was so I could iron fabric and crafts that I do without having to lug the big ironing board and iron to the basement all the time.

I would always forget to take it back upstairs then hubby was having to go to work wrinkly because he didn't want to go all the way to the basement to iron his shirts.

Well, if I have the mini iron, I needed a mini ironing board to go with it.

I look at the mini boards at WalMart and JoAnn Fabrics and they were almost $30.

I told hubby how much they were and he suggested that we just make one.

I had some cabinet plywood left over from my cupboard project.

I went to JoAnn's and got some batting and material.  The material was on clearance for $4 a yard but then when I had it cut, the lady took another 50% off.  I got the yard (which was all I needed) for $2.  The batting was only $7 and I was able to use my 40% off coupon making it  just over $4.

This whole project cost me just a little over $6.

So I got hubby down to the basement to help me with the cutting.

We first did our measurements of how long and wide I wanted the ironing board to be.

We made it 12" wide and 32" long.

We then drew out the tip and drew the angled lines.

After that, hubby got me started cutting the bottom and the sides.

We used a jigsaw to do this.

Once the sides and bottom were cut, we cut out the tip.

Once everything was cut, we sanded down the edges and curved them a little so they wouldn't tear the fabric.

I then layed the batting over the plywood and trimmed it up.

Then I put the material over top of the batting.

We then turned it over so that we could staple the material and batting to the underside of the plywood.

You want to make sure to pull the material very tight and place lots of staples along the perimeter of the plywood.  Make sure not to leave big gaps between staples.

Cut off all the excess fabric.

And there you have your mini ironing board.

We plan to add some feet to it later but we didn't have any on hand.

I love it for ironing small sewing projects.

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  1. Great job, such cute fabric too.

  2. Wow, I can't believe you've made your own mini ironing board. I've made my covers, but not my ironing board itself. Great tutorial, and really like the fabric you chose. Thanks for sharing your creative inspiration over at Sunday's Best.

  3. Cute idea! So creative and thrifty!

    Thanks SO much for linking up your awesome posts @ Feature Friday Free-for-All!

    P.S. I'm your newest subscriber and would be so honored if you'd follow my blogging journey as well (if you don't already! : )).

    ~Abbie (

  4. This is a great idea!! TFS!! Great tutorial!! I'm stopping by from Thirty Homemade Days linky party and your newest follower here and on your Pinterest.

    Here is what I shared this week:



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