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Thread: This might be a dumb question, but......

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    Senior Member krysti's Avatar
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    This might be a dumb question, but......

    For those of you who have made your own pressing board, or pressing mat, have any of you ever used insulbrite? I was just thinking--we use them on potholders to reflect heat away, so....? Just curious.
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    I didn't, I just used 2 layers of cotton batting with a cotton cover. I wasn't concerned about the heat since it doesn't stay localized in one spot for a long period of time.

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    there are lots of tutorials for making your own pressing surfaces- big ironing boards, portables, mini's...and some people do use insulbrite- you can purchase the teflon (silver ironing board cover fabric) from joannes- you can also purchase canvas with a 1" grid on it---lots of options- warm & natural is sometimes used along with a layer of insulbrite- check out the tutorials to see more tips & hints.
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    Yes, I used 2 layers of Insul-Bright, topped with a layer of cotton duck.

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    I use batting and duck cloth for my large pressing board. I have a smaller one that I have put the ironing board fabric on. It is silver and helps hold the shape of my fabric.

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    Yea I used it for mine, perfect.
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    Yes, I used Insulbrite and Warm & Natural in my pressing mat and it works wonderfully!! I love it!
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    OK. now you have all inspired me to make a pressing board to use when I travel.
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    I just used several layers of muslin I wasn't going to use for anything else. I have worn out many coverings over the years. This is for my tabletop wooden ironing board. I have discovered Connecting Threads sales the insulbrite and will buy some when I get an order together.
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    A hard non sinkable surface is better for pressing blocks. Too soft surface and your blocks will sink in when pressing and can make the block distorted. I used one layer of thin cotton batting and one layer of cotton canvas. I wet the canvas after stapling it to the board and let it dry. It shrank to a very tight firm fit. This is Sharon Schamber's recommended way to make a pressing board.
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