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Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Personal Ironing Stand

Hey guys! With our second Saturday Sew coming up this weekend, I thought I would show you a quick tutorial on making a personal ironing stand! I've seen this around on the web several places, but I cannot remember exactly where (if you know, please let me know in the comments). I also saw it done during a demonstration at the Garland Quilt Guild. I think it's really quick and easy, and should help cut down on the lines at the ironing board on Saturday!

First, you need this little fella.

I got this TV tray for $9 at Target.

You will also need some extra batting, fabric, scissors and a staple gun. I used leftover batting and some cheap muslin laying around in my stash. You can use any type of fabric you want, just make sure you have a large enough piece to cover the top of the TV tray plus a few inches extra. If you are using a colored fabric, I would recommend washing it first, especially if it is dark. I'm not sure if this helps, but better safe than sorry!

I laid out my muslin (doubled because it is cheap and thin) and then laid my batting on top of it. I doubled it because I don't have high loft batting, so it was pretty thin as well. Then I placed my tray upside-down on top of the batting, making sure there were a few inches showing on each side.
Then trim your fabric/batting to the desired length!

I obviously had to trim mine so it stopped short of the pieces of wood sticking out of the bottom. I then started to staple!

Woo hoo! I love to staple things!

I used at least 3 staples on each side.

Once you have the first side stapled, I recommend stapling the opposite side next, instead of the next one. This helps keep things nice and straight. You will want to pull the second side as tight as possible while stapling.

Then do the third and fourth sides. The corners required additional staples, but I just folded them over and stapled them down. Those staple guns are pretty handy!

Flip it over, and there you have it! A 5 minute project for under $10 . . . who could resist!

I'll bring mine for Saturday Sew this weekend, in case you have any questions.

Also, this is my first tutorial, so any comments you have would be greatly appreciated!

See ya!


  1. Great idea! I will enjoy having this in my sewing room, because I share with the playroom, and space is an issue. Thanks for the tutorial!

    Probably won't make it Saturday - our lives are ruled by soccer.