DIY Ironing Board
Everyone knows of the old metal ironing boards that are useful for pressing pleats but terribly difficult to store. In order to save some space and also stream line the ironing process, I decided it would be a great idea to find a way to turn the top of my front loading washer into an ironing board. The best part? It was SO easy and all done for under $20.
Supplies needed for a DIY Ironing Board:
- Plywood cut to the size of your washer or dryer (typically home improvement stores will give the first cut or two for free)
- Quilting batting
- Quilting cotton
- Staple gun
How to make a DIY Ironing Board
- Cut your quilting batting so that there are 3-4 inches extra on all sides of the wood
- Fold sides of the batting up like you would the ends of wrapping paper when wrapping presents and using your staple gun, staple the batting into place.
- Repeat step two for all four corners and add extra staples to the straight edges to ensure that batting is fit snugly to the wood.
- Measure out quilting cotton so that there are 4-4.5 inches of extra material on all sides of the wood covered with batting.
- Fold the corners in like you did in step two and staple down the material. You will want to make sure that corners are neat and the fabric is pulled taught around the edges since this is the layer that will be visible and you will be working on.
Once everything is stapled down, I decided to put my project to the test and ironed the top of the board on low heat to make sure all the wrinkles were out of the fabric.
This was a super simple DIY project but one that has made getting my ironing done so much easier. I love being able to pull my clothes out of the dryer and iron them right on top of the washer. Plus it saves me space because I no longer have to worry about where to store my ironing board. It sits right where I need it and the cute fabric just begs me to get some wrinkly clothes out and iron them smooth!
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