Scrap Happy: Portable Ironing Board

Minor annoyance here: the ironing board is permanently fixed to the hallway wall and I’m ‘le tired‘ of having to walk back and forth between the hallway and the sewing or cutting table. So, I decided to make a small portable ironing board. I’ve seen many tutorials on constructing one and materials have included using a TV tray table, old towels or Insul-Bright insulated batting for padding, foil to increase heat (is this even safe?), and so on…

I had scrap plywood from an earlier school green room project and left over batting and fabric scraps. Scrap Happy Heaven, twofold! πŸ˜€ The tutorial I liked the best (and had the supplies for) is posted by Sarah Lipoff for Popsugar. Materials called for:

  • section of plywood
  • batting scrap
  • fabric scrap
  • ruler & marking pen
  • scissors & rotary cutter
  • staple gun & staples
  • 4 purchased cabinet knobs & screws

Instead of written directions; I’ll let the images instruct:

I just ‘eye-balled’ the measurements – making sure to extend an extra 2-3″ of batting and fabric from the outside edges of the plywood. I did make one purchase: the four wood cabinet knobs. This project took about 30 minutes to complete, is so functional, and has made for a more pleasant sewing experience. Scrap Happy is open to anyone using up scraps of anything and is hosted monthly by Kate and Gun

Have a good day! – – Joanne

10 thoughts on “Scrap Happy: Portable Ironing Board

    1. Thank you. I’ve been wanting to make this for quite some time. So glad that I did as it is a time saver and so convenient!

    1. Haha! You can! If you don’t have a saw, our local hardware box stores (Lowe’s and Home Depot) will cut the wood for you onsite! Which makes this project even easier!

  1. Brilliant scrappiness! I’ve been tempted to make an ironing mat for beside the sewing machine, but it’s good for my backside to get up and walk the three steps to the ironing board. For those who need it, this little ironing table is perfect, though, thanks for posting it to give us inspiration!

    1. Thank you, Kate. I can always use the exercise myself, LOL. I look forward to taking it along to our guild sew days.

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