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Thread: Making Your Own Ironing Board--Did you use canvas or silver ironing fabric?

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    Making Your Own Ironing Board--Did you use canvas or silver ironing fabric?

    I am getting ready to make my own custom ironing board that will fit on my kitchen island (3 feet by 4 feet). I purchased a few yards of silver ironing board fabric from Joann's but have seen on a number of blogs and "how to" videos that most people are using canvas.

    Is there a reason to use one or the other? I thought the silver fabric stays cooler so you don't burn your hands as much when picking up the pressed blocks, etc.? The silver fabric I got is pretty thin though so I'm not sure if I should look for a higher quality one somewhere else. I'm thinking I'll make a small iron pad first to see how it works.

    If you made your own iron board/pad, did you use one, two or more thicknesses of batting? Sharon Shamber used only one thin layer of batting for hers--she says it is best to have a hard surface. However, I saw lots of other blogs/video use 3 to even 5 layers of batting.

    If I decide to use canvas, is there a particular kind I should search for (or quality type)?? Thanks.

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    Super Member Scissor Queen's Avatar
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    I have taken a couple of classes from nationally known teachers and they all say to take that silver stuff off your ironing board because it's slippery. I have cotton duck on my board and it grips nicely so I don't get distortion when I press. It has one layer of a felted type cotton padding that's not much thicker than one layer of cotton batting.

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    I covered mine with the silver stuff but I cover that with an old sheet so I can take it off and wash it when it gets stiff from all the starch I use, been working good for about 5 years now. I tie a piece of elastic around the sheet on the table to hold it in place.

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    I put one layer of warm & natural and then one layer of the insulbrite and then topped it with a heavy cotton twill for my "big board" and it works great. Mine is all stapled onto a sheet of plywood & sits over my regular ironing board. IF the top gets too discoloured, I will just add another layer of the cotton twill. I don't like a really soft surface to iron on and this is perfect for me. Good luck with yours!

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    I used a layer of Warm n Natural and covered that with duck cloth (unwashed). Mine is stapled on; I would not use duck cloth if you are making a cover that will be taken off and washed.

    I think Sharon Schamber is correct and a hard surface works better for quilting. You can get the seams flatter. Cushioning is more important for embroidery.

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    Super Member Jan in VA's Avatar
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    Central Virginia in the Foothills of the Blue Ridge Mtns.
    Thin plywood 38" x 28".
    Covered with plastic garbage bag - one layer.
    One layer Warm and Natural batting.
    One layer silver ironing board fabric.
    Jan in VA
    Living in the foothills
    peacefully colors my world.

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    I have one layer of cotton batt over plywood. I covered it with good quality muslin but I need to replace it. I have ironed so much on the surface that the fabric is brown and cracking off. I have used freezer paper ironed to my surface to extend the use and that works well. If you already have the silver stuff, I would use it. You can always replace it later if you don't like it.

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    Senior Member omaluvs2quilt's Avatar
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    My mom used the silver stuff and its now lifting off onto her fabric when she starches. I used the canvas with 1 layer of 100% cotton batting and it works great! It does grip your blocks to help cut down on distortion while pressing.

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    I used 2 layers of warm and natural - and made a pillowcase out of cotton duck that fits snugly, but can be taken off and washed if I want - I just did it with a 2x2 piece of underlayment - not too big, but big enough .

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    Super Member leatheflea's Avatar
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    martinsville Indiana
    plywood, cotton batting, and canvas on mine.

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