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

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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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    Thank you for the responses everyone, and makes me feel like it wasn't such a dumb question after all lol.
    ​Krysti

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    Yep, I put a layer on the board then a layer of batting. Works great!

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    I second Bellaboo's suggestion. I followed Sharon's instructions but used a $10. Oak TV tray from Wal-mart. It sits at an angle to wherever I am working so I can just turn and press. Then I fold it up and it goes with me to sewing group or guild meetings.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Silver Needle View Post
    I second Bellaboo's suggestion. I followed Sharon's instructions but used a $10. Oak TV tray from Wal-mart. It sits at an angle to wherever I am working so I can just turn and press. Then I fold it up and it goes with me to sewing group or guild meetings.
    That is such a good idea! Thank you!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Silver Needle View Post
    I second Bellaboo's suggestion. I followed Sharon's instructions but used a $10. Oak TV tray from Wal-mart. It sits at an angle to wherever I am working so I can just turn and press. Then I fold it up and it goes with me to sewing group or guild meetings.
    Very smart idea! Thanks! I've been needing something like this!

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    I've been wanting to make a large ironing board for pressing quilt tops. You all have inspired me, too. First up, find a board big enough! Guess I could enlist hubby's help....

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    Quote Originally Posted by fleurdelisquilts.com View Post
    I've been wanting to make a large ironing board for pressing quilt tops. You all have inspired me, too. First up, find a board big enough! Guess I could enlist hubby's help....
    There are a couple of threads with instructions for these here on the board.

    I like to wrap insulbrite around an old fabric bolt & cover it all with a layer of cheap, heavy muslin for a portable board. I learned that in a quilting class once & it really works! Light & easy to tote!
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    I agree with BellaBoo. A harder surface works great when pressing blocks. I loved Sharon Schamber's pressing board so much when I made one, I now have three large ones and one small 14" square one to use as a portable pressing surface when just pressing parts of a block. They all work great.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BellaBoo View Post
    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.
    This is what I did

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    It would not hurt to use insulbrite..but it would be fairly expensive. I use cheap batting covered by "why did I buy that " fabric, which I then cover with the silvery ironing board fabric that Joanns sells on bolts. It has gotten pricy too and I'm due to recover mine. Thinking about doing it in muslin this time. What do you all cover yours with?

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    No ,I just wrapped cotton batting around a piece of plywood-works great.

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    ...just wondering if instead of buying insulbrite would a layer of aluminum foil work as well???????

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    I just want to tell you, The only dumb question is, The one you don't ask.

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    Two layers of Insul-brite and outside cover of silver ironing board material.

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    Yes, I covered a large board my husband made with a layer of insulbrite and then a layer of cotton batting. I like a firm pressing surface. Works out great!

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