I don't know about you, but I find that it's sometimes difficult to press my fabrics on my ironing board. It's just the wrong shape. It should be rectangular and long enough so I can open up my fabric and press across the width of fabric, not the funny recta-triangle shape of a typical ironing board. I could, of course, purchase a specialty ironing board, but I really don't want to spend that much money on one. So, I decided to make one myself.
If you'd like to make yourself a portable pressing board, you'll need:
Piece of OSB or melamine in the desired size (I used melamine and it was 24" x 48")
Cotton batting (don't use a poly blend, just good old cotton batting, such as Warm and Natural)
Gripper shelf liner
First, I cut out two strips of the gripper shelf liner, wide enough to cover the width of the melamine (24" in my case) and about 10" wide and then stapled one strip to the top part of the melamine, on the back, and the other strip to the bottom of the melamine, on the back. This will help keep the board in place, on your counter, on your cutting table, wherever you decide to put it.
|Close up of gripper shelf liner|
|Gripper shelf liner strips attached to back of melamine board|
|Batting measured and partially stapled to back of melamine board|
Note that the batting covers one raw edge of the gripper shelf liner
|Detail of mitered batting corner|
Okay, so far, so good. I then did the same thing with the cotton fabric. I used an older fabric that I had in my stash and probably was never going to use in a quilt project, but it was perfect for this.
|Batting all stapled down; cotton fabric being measured|
|Cotton fabric stapled to back of melamine board|
|Detail of mitered fabric corner|
|Finished pressing board, already in use!|
Notice the sad, not-used-anymore ironing board in the background