I think I’m now on my 5th sewing space in a third home. This should be my sewing space for years to come, so I’m trying to make sure it’s done the way I like it. I’ve had lots of practice with my other rooms, and I’ve pinned lots of ideas to inspire me. Two things that I really wanted to make were pattern weights and a small ironing surface.
The pattern weights were incredibly easy. I bought some washers at my local hardware store. They measure 2.75″ across and were like 2 for a $1. I used my hot glue gun to attach some ribbon like so.Then I wound the ribbon…Finally I secured it with more hot glue and voila!
I have my beautiful pattern weight! I made lots of them because they’re wonderful, and I always need more!The pattern weights only took about 10 minutes to make, so I was able to get started on the ironing surface project. Of course, five seconds into it I was interrupted by my needy children 😉 so I didn’t finish it for a few days, but here it is, loads of pictures and all.
- One scrap board (I used a shelf we removed from our kitchen cabinet to install organizers. My husband was going to toss it.)
- Duck cloth or canvas for top cover.
- Quilting fabric for bottom.
- Scrap quilt batting
- 505 Spray and Fix (optional)
- Staple gun
- Staples that are 1/2″ long
First I cut the quilting fabric for the back of my board. I cut to the length of the board, and the width was already shorter since it was a scrap. That was ok since my other materials would cover up the edge. I used the 505 spray and fix to attach this fabric to the board. It’s nice because it’s easy and won’t move around while I’m putting everything together. Eventually the staples will hold it in place permanently.
Then I cut a layer of batting and a layer of Insul Bright big enough to wrap slightly over the edges of the board. The batting is necessary because it helps absorb the moisture from ironing. I placed the batting layer first, then the Insul Bright on the outside.I stapled these in place.Finally I cut my duck cloth a couple of inches wider than the scrap wood. I tucked each edge under about an inch or so, then pulled it tightly around the board and stapled it down close to the edge. I tucked the corners in like when wrapping a present, and stapled the ends down too.All done! Now I have a very convenient little ironing surface for those little seams I must press all the time. Very handy for when I’m sewing up quilt blocks.I might add some ribbon or felt over the staples, but for right now I’m fine with it the way it is. The batting and fabric keep the staples from touching my work surface, so I’ll leave it until I’m inspired to pretty it up.Hope you enjoyed my first ever craft tutorial!