Make your own Ironing Table!

Ironing tableMy small but perfectly formed sewing room is upstairs, overflowing somewhat onto the landing, which luckily is pretty big! Our ironing board lives downstairs, so whenever I’m sewing I’m up and down those stairs every time I need to press something, which lets face it, is nearly  every seam!

A few months ago I saw an ironing table on facebook that someone had made from a TV dinner table. It was just what I needed. First find your wooden tv table…I finally found one for £12 at Poundstretcher, the only downside with this one is that I would have preferred one with a wooden top rather than melamine.Ironing table


I looked through my stash and found a remnant of furnishing weight fabric, I bought it to make bags only to find it was one of those annoying script fabrics where the words don’t follow the grainline, very obvious on a square bag! It was just the right size to cover the table.

Ironing Table

To pad the table I used one layer of fleece and two layers of quilting batting, it gives a nice firm but cushioned top. I turned it under and tacked it down with 1cm tacks. Melamine is hard! You know I never really realised the difference between hard woods and soft woods until I did upholstery, I learnt very quickly when trying to hammer tacks in!!! The corners were a bit fiddly as they are curved, I cut some of the bulk away and turned the corner in first before neatening up the sides.

Time will tell how secure the tacks are, as they didn’t all go in perfectly, if needed I might borrow my OH’s staple gun!

I used my new ironing table last night when I was doing some quilting and it was perfect, big enough and sturdy too. If I’m making a big garment I might still need the downstairs ironing board but this one is very handy. I even treated myself to a new iron for upstairs, purple of course! I decided I needed one with an automatic cut-off as I have a bit of a habit of forgetting it!

Ironing Table

About craftycreeky

I live in a busy market town in Yorkshire with my husband, kids, dogs and chickens. I love trying new crafts, rediscovering old ones, gardening, walking...anything creative really I started this blog after my New Year resolution worked so well. My resolution (the first one I've ever kept!) was to post a photograph of my garden on Facebook every day. My hope was that I would then see what was good in the garden and not just weeds and work, which was my tendency. The unexpected side-effect was that I have enjoyed many more hours in the garden. I am hoping that 'The Crafty Creek' will have the same effect. Happy creating!
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2 Responses to Make your own Ironing Table!

  1. lovelucie1 says:

    Now that is a fabulous idea! I really dislike having the ironing board out in the kitchen as I run up and down the stairs to press. Occasionally I bring the ironing board upstairs to my daughter’s bedroom if I’m sewing, but she’s not too keen on that either.
    It would be so handy for all those little presses you need at the start of a garment.

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  2. Trisha says:

    Good idea, l made one similar just using a piece of mdf, also guilty of leaving the iron on, all day and overnight, but don’t tell my husband!!


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