Does Anyone Still Use Their Ironing Board Like Our Grandmothers Did?

Margaret Powell
by Margaret Powell
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With the addition of a board, padded and covered, an ordinary ironing board becomes a very versatile addition to any craft or sewing room. I had my husband cut a rectangle to be about 4 inches wider and 3 inches longer that my ironing board. It simply lays on top and is not attached in any way.
By simply covering a board and laying it on top of my ironing board, I now have a very usable space to work. Great for pinning and working, This is adjustable in height and makes for a comfortable place to do whatever I want, I have even lowered it to the height of my sewing machine, and used it for pinning items to sew. I have two of these clamps that serve as a third hand and holds items that need a bit of tension,
By simply pinning a tape measure to the edge of the board, it becomes a handy tool that makes measuring very easy without wrestling with a tape.
This board can still be used to press items and can be removed from the ironing board if so desired. I have had this for over two years and not once needed to remove it to iron/press anything. The extra width and length makes pressing large items easier,
I can sit and work with a handy stool. The ironing board raises high enough to make a comfortable work table
I have two of these handy clamps to serve as my third hands. Great for holding things taut to rip stitches. This slides easily from spot to spot in my sewing room. Don't know how I got along without this.
Suggested materials:
  • Thin piece of plywood, padding and fabric to cover.
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  • LibraryKAT LibraryKAT on Jan 17, 2017
    What sort of padding did you use? Did you use the thermal batting? You couldn't use regular polyester batting due to the heat factor. Thanks!

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