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    Thank you for sharing. God bless. penny

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    At the last quilt show I was at there was a guy selling home made boards like this for $75!! I told my DH, we can do it for about $12. We're going to do it this Fall..too busy till then, but wish we had it made already!!

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    Thank you for this wonderful tute :D:D:D

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    That was a great ideal thank you for sharing it with us. Hubby may have another item on his to do list. I wonder if I could sneak it on his list without him noticing it. :?

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    hi say good for you so bob villa ,i think i may give you a call

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    Whoo hoo! Went into Goodwill Wed. and found a fairly new, clean, working ironing board for $1.25! I don't even need to repaint her. Just wash her up.
    Now need to get to Lowes for the board and make her. Yeah!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yarn or Fabric
    It's easy peasy...
    I took a piece of plywood, cut to the length I wanted and I rounded the corners so they weren't so pokey. I cut mine originally at 24x48" and found the 24" to be too deep for me so I cut it down to 18 or 20. I don't remember exactly the number and I'll admit it - I'm too lazy to get the tape measure out. I only did 48" as I bought a half sheet of plywood from Home Depot so that's what it was going to be for me. If I could do it again, I might go a wee bit longer but then with my ironing board I'm still able to use the handy dandy iron rest which is sweet too...


    Thanks so much!!!!

    okay.. onward with the directions...
    Lay your cotton material (I used stripes cause I had it in canvas and it was fun to look at) that is about 3-4" bigger than your board on each side.

    Put 2 thicknesses of cotton batting on that,
    Lay your board on that.
    Take a staple gun and wrap around the fabric and staple... all the way on one side - then do the other side, stretching the material as you go.

    Then do the short ends the same way - pulling, and stretching to get it tight.

    I then took pieces of 1x2" boards, cut in to 4 pieces,
    Lay your ironing board on top and mark where you should put your cut pieces of wood - I put one on each side of the length of it and one on each side of where the ironing board tapers... then nail them in place.

    Bam! You got a kickin' ironing board that other quilters are jealous of! I know that my sewing group loves my ironing board!

    Here's a pic of the back side of the board - and one of it on the ironing board - okay, you'll have to use your imagination on how it would look when the ironing board is in its upright position.. I'm just not that tall to get an overhead shot without standing on a chair lol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yarn or Fabric
    It's easy peasy...
    I took a piece of plywood, cut to the length I wanted and I rounded the corners so they weren't so pokey. I cut mine originally at 24x48" and found the 24" to be too deep for me so I cut it down to 18 or 20. I don't remember exactly the number and I'll admit it - I'm too lazy to get the tape measure out. I only did 48" as I bought a half sheet of plywood from Home Depot so that's what it was going to be for me. If I could do it again, I might go a wee bit longer but then with my ironing board I'm still able to use the handy dandy iron rest which is sweet too...


    okay.. onward with the directions...
    Lay your cotton material (I used stripes cause I had it in canvas and it was fun to look at) that is about 3-4" bigger than your board on each side.

    Put 2 thicknesses of cotton batting on that,
    Lay your board on that.
    Take a staple gun and wrap around the fabric and staple... all the way on one side - then do the other side, stretching the material as you go.

    Then do the short ends the same way - pulling, and stretching to get it tight.

    I then took pieces of 1x2" boards, cut in to 4 pieces,
    Lay your ironing board on top and mark where you should put your cut pieces of wood - I put one on each side of the length of it and one on each side of where the ironing board tapers... then nail them in place.

    Bam! You got a kickin' ironing board that other quilters are jealous of! I know that my sewing group loves my ironing board!

    Here's a pic of the back side of the board - and one of it on the ironing board - okay, you'll have to use your imagination on how it would look when the ironing board is in its upright position.. I'm just not that tall to get an overhead shot without standing on a chair lol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Randa
    Quote Originally Posted by Yarn or Fabric
    It's easy peasy...
    I took a piece of plywood, cut to the length I wanted and I rounded the corners so they weren't so pokey. I cut mine originally at 24x48" and found the 24" to be too deep for me so I cut it down to 18 or 20. I don't remember exactly the number and I'll admit it - I'm too lazy to get the tape measure out. I only did 48" as I bought a half sheet of plywood from Home Depot so that's what it was going to be for me. If I could do it again, I might go a wee bit longer but then with my ironing board I'm still able to use the handy dandy iron rest which is sweet too...


    okay.. onward with the directions...
    Lay your cotton material (I used stripes cause I had it in canvas and it was fun to look at) that is about 3-4" bigger than your board on each side.

    Put 2 thicknesses of cotton batting on that,
    Lay your board on that.
    Take a staple gun and wrap around the fabric and staple... all the way on one side - then do the other side, stretching the material as you go.

    Then do the short ends the same way - pulling, and stretching to get it tight.

    I then took pieces of 1x2" boards, cut in to 4 pieces,
    Lay your ironing board on top and mark where you should put your cut pieces of wood - I put one on each side of the length of it and one on each side of where the ironing board tapers... then nail them in place.

    Bam! You got a kickin' ironing board that other quilters are jealous of! I know that my sewing group loves my ironing board!

    Here's a pic of the back side of the board - and one of it on the ironing board - okay, you'll have to use your imagination on how it would look when the ironing board is in its upright position.. I'm just not that tall to get an overhead shot without standing on a chair lol.
    I saw one of these in the Clotilde catalog and decided my hubby could make one....he did, I covered it, he put the "guides" on the back to fit over my ironing board, and voila!! Saved a ton of money and then decided I needed a stand for the left front corner, due to a "tipsy" feeling so looked in the catalog again and they used PVC pipe and a flange so off to Farm Fleet and found these pieces and made my own "leg"!

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    DH made my first one using a hollow core door. I told him what I wanted. The reason we used the hollow core door is bc I had used if for my first HQ and didn't need it anymore. It sat on top of the ironing board. Now I have plywood on top of a kitchen cabinet that we got free on Craigslist. No holes drilled in either and I've never had any problems. I use one layer of batting then the silcone fabric, stapled on the underneath side. Someone had suggested using muslin or duck for the ironing surface, but I didn't like it and went back to the silcone fabric.

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