How to make an ironing board for quilters

How to make an ironing board for quilters

Most people do not like to iron clothes. For them, it is difficult, time-consuming, and energy draining. An ironing board, for them, is a sign of this daunting task. But this is not the case for quilters. It is one of the most useful tools in quilting rooms. Unfortunately, a typical ironing board is not large enough for quilting.

Here is an article on how to make an ironing board for quilters.

The purpose of pressing and starching fabric is to bind the starch to the fabric fibers. To keep the fabric square and stable and the starch to bond with the fabric, you need to firmly press it against a pressing board that is stronger than the ironing board.

A quilt is a multilayered textile, usually made of three layers of fiber- a woven back, a woven cloth top, and a layer of batting. It is done by sewing these layers together. It comes in different patterns that appear to be one piece of fabric. It is used as decoration, bedding,  a form of artistic expression, provided as gifts or as prizes for fundraisers, and much more.

The art of quilting is a popular tradition in the United States. It is often a communal activity that involves girls and women. Today, many people are into it as a fun hobby. Make quilting easier with a customized ironing board. Here is how to do it:

How to make an ironing board for quilters

Building your own quilting ironing board has a lot of benefits compared to buying a premade pressing board. It is an affordable and easy project. You can reuse materials or find them at the hardware store. It has firmer, durable surface and you can fully customize it according to your quilting needs and preference.

You need an old ironing board as the sturdy support. Or you can convert your present ironing board into a quilter’s ironing board. Here are the materials that you need:

  • 5/8 inch plywood
  • 4 1miniature knobs with 0.5 inch studs
  • 4 ¼ inch washers
  • Heat resistant ironing board cover
  • Tape

Prepare the tools:

  • Drill with 3/8 inch diameter
  • Tape measure
  • Jig saw
  • Table saw
  • Sander
  • Permanent marker
  • Pencil
  • Tarp or old newspaper
  • Dust mask
  • Razor knife
  • Staple gun

You might need help on steps below:

  1. Measure the top of your ironing board. Ironing boards dimensions vary but the typical is 54 inches long by 14 inches wide.
  2. Cut the plywood according to the needed size. However, the size does not need to be exact. Split for width, reset the saw, and then place the plywood to cut the length.
  3. Once you are done cutting the plywood, you notice that the edges are sharp. Make these edges soft by rounding them and sanding the faces. You can cut the edges as a big quarter circle using the jigsaw, and sand all the cut corners using the sandpaper. Make sure that you are wearing a dust mask while you do it.
  4. At this stage, you now have a new ironing board top. Lay it on the floor. Take the cover of the ironing board off; place the ironing board on top of the newly cut board top.

Then, mark the middle line and drilling locations. Choose four suitable locations on the underside of the old ironing board; these locations should have sufficient space for the miniature knobs to fit.

  1. Remove the old ironing board from the new ironing board top. Slip a scrap block below each pencil mark before you drill. Then, drill through the marks using the 3/8 inch diameter bit. Install the threaded inserts just below the surface of the plywood, avoiding too it to be installed too deep.
  2. Test the fit for the new board to the old ironing board. Make adjustments by choosing a new location for a misplaced threaded insert before going to the next step. Repeat steps 5 and 6 until the four holes are all lined up so you can fasten the knobs.
  3. Now that the new board and the old ironing board are secured, you can now cover the new board top. Determine how much padding you like for your quilting activity. The cover should be layers of reflective material, thin cotton, and foam. Attach the layers properly to secure them in place.

Now you have your customized ironing board for quilting that is more durable and firmer than a premade pressing board. Quilting now becomes more convenient and fun!

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