About 5 years ago, I made my own ironing table. I took a 30″ x 48″ piece of thick MDF, covered it with four layers of batting and some red-striped mattress ticking, and slapped it down on top of three cube storage units (two 3×3 units back-to-back, and a 2×3 on the end). It’s been great! (I only wish I had made it about 30″ x 54″ so I’d have a little more space on the side to rest the iron when I have yardage spread out over it.)
Lately, it’s been looking a little…funky.
Time to re-cover it!
First, I pulled out the old staples from the bottom with my practically-antique Leatherman pliers and removed the old cover from the ironing table.
I started to pull off the batting, but opted to re-use it and cover it with a layer of Insul-Bright before putting the new cover on.
I had several packs of Insul-Bright that I’d picked up on sale, but I only needed a little more than one piece. I cut the second piece down to size, and stapled all around the edges (about every 6-8 inches) with a staple gun. I made sure there was enough to wrap around to the back, because when I only had the batting on top, the corners felt a little sharp.
Next, I laid out the very inexpensive but still fabulous Waverly fabric I’d picked up, and ran an iron over it. I stapled along one of the short edges, then stretched it tight before stapling on the opposite edge.
Then I flipped it over and stapled the short edges on the bottom, pulling the fabric tight the whole time. When I moved to the long sides, I realized I needed to cut the corners of the Insul-Bright to reduce bulk, but I left the fabric intact, doing some weird folding (almost mitering…but not really) to keep from cutting it.
I used my fabulous sparkly hammer (it was my grandmother’s) to tap in the staples that weren’t all the way in. I left a lot of fabric wrapped around the bottom, because the table top is bigger than the shelves it rests on–I wanted all visible surfaces covered.
I flipped it back over, and voilà! A like-new ironing table. My studio looks cleaner and brighter.
What would you like to change about the surface you use for pressing fabric?