Ironing pad DIY. Warning, this post is long and has lots of photos. It may take some time to load all of the way.
I accidentally broke my little ironing board right after I made a new cover for it. Goes to show that one must not sew and iron when one hasn’t had any sleep :p
It still works, sort of, but I needed a better solution. I purchased a TV tray table from Wal-Mart for less than $9 to use as an ironing station, table, whatever I need it for. Thankfully it’s foldable so I can slide it in the spot between my side table and sewing station.
The ironing pad itself I debated on how I wanted it. Did I want to have it as a cover that could wrap around with elastic? Did I just want one that I could place on the table then fold up for storage? I decided on one that would not slip and that tied to the table legs. Then I could roll it up and put it away if I needed the table for something else.
And yes I know my iron needs a good cleaning. I will do that once it cools down 🙂
Materials to make your own portable ironing pad.
- Cotton fabric (approx. 1 yard) cut to 2 1/2 inches larger than your table top – Cut 2
- Cotton batting cut to 2 1/2 inches larger than your table top – Cut 2
- Ties (length and width to fold over and sew twice and fold in raw edges)
- Rubber shelf liner
- Sewing maching, thread to match, scissors, measuring tape/tape measure/ruler, something to mark with (pencil, water soluble marker, etc).
- Walking foot…possibly
I didn’t pre-wash my fabric before starting. Since this was the first time I’ve used Cotton batting, I wanted to check on the shrinkage of the batting and fabric after it gets dirty.
Making the Ironing Pad
Fold fabric in half and place your table upside down.
The tray on mine completely removes so the legs aren’t in the way of measuring. Measure 2 1/2 inches wider than your table (1/2 inch seam allowance with a 2 inch overhang.
I traced around the table keeping the pencil straight up then traced around again measuring 2 1/2 inches away from that first tracing. Then cut it out.
Fold the batting in half and lay it down then place the cut fabric on top and cut the batting out using the fabric as a pattern.
Place both pieces of fabric right sides together then place the batting pieces on top and pin around 3 sides.
With batting side up, sew around the three sides you pinned with a 1/2 inch seam allowance.
Ignore the masking tape on my machine. I have that on there for another project that’s in progress.
With the fabric facing up cut the seam allowance close to the stitching but not through the stitching to reduce bulk. Cut the corners but not through the stitching to reduce bulk.
Turn right side out and press with an iron with no steam.
Fold under the open end 1/2 inch to the inside, press and pin.
Move the sewing needle to the right and edge stitch 1/4 inch to 3/8 inch away from needle. Edge stitch all the way around. You may have to switch to a walking foot since this seam is really bulky. Though I didn’t need to change feet that doesn’t mean you won’t. If you don’t have a walking foot use your regular open toed foot and go slow.
Once the edge stitching is complete, give your ironing pad a good press.
Making the ties
Here’s where it gets a little tricky. Each table is different with legs that are different distances and thicknesses.
Place your ironing pad on your table and center it checking the overhang on all four sides. I wrapped my tape measure around the table leg and brought the corner of the pad towards the leg and determined that I needed a length of at least 12 inches. Your measurement may be different than mine.
Cut out four 12 1/2 inch by 2 inch pieces.
1: Fold short ends under 1/4 inch and press.
2: Fold lengthwise with wrong sides together and press.
3: Unfold and take one side and press raw edge toward the center. Do the same for the other side.
4: Fold along the first center crease and press.
5: Stitch close to the edge about 1/8 inch
Repeat steps 1-5 for all four strips.
Fold ties in half lengthwise and press to find the center. Do this for all four ties.
Choose which side of your ironing pad will be the bottom (doesn’t matter it can be reversible). Pin each tie in the corners a little bit in from the edge at an angle and pin in place. Sew back and forth a few times to secure the ties in place. I placed mine on the inside of the top stitching on the pad.
Place a piece of rubber shelf lining on your table. This will help prevent the pad from slipping during ironing.
Place your ironing pad on top of the liner and tie all four ties to the legs and you’re done 🙂