ScrapHappy November 2020

For some time now I’ve had a project in mind and finally this month, with the assistance of Mr Snail, it came to fruition.

One of the things that often delays me whilst I’m sewing is having to get out the ironing board and iron to press open a little seam or apply a bit of interfacing. Ages ago one of you lovely scrap happy contributors (and for the life of me I can’t remember who nor find the post) described making a little ironing board for just such jobs and I thought ‘I need one of those’. It remained just a good idea until now, although earlier in the year I did buy myself a little steam travel iron in anticipation of the great day when I had a little board to iron on.

I discussed it with Mr Snail (read his take on it here) and he sorted out an appropriate piece of wood for me to use, plus he removed some old upholstery pins from a very tatty chair that I have long intended to resurrect.

For the padding, I used half an old towel, left over from making a scrappy head towel last year . I doubled this and secured it with the old upholstery pins:

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A double layer of old towel around a bit of old shelf, secured with old nails

Then I covered it with a piece of an unwanted “real” ironing board cover. At this point is did have to resort to some new upholstery pins as we’d run out of useable old ones:

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Add a layer of actual ironing board cover (bought in error a while ago)

And, voila, a little table top ironing board:

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Ready to use

We discussed adding feet, but it’s nice and stable and I don’t think there is any need. I’m very pleased with this new addition to my rearranged workroom – it has already come in useful.

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I’ve been inspired to write this (and future) ScrapHappy posts by Kate,  Tall Tales from Chiconia. On the fifteenth of every month lots of folks often publish a ScrapHappy post, do check them out:

Kate (me!)Gun, TittiHelรฉneEvaSue, Nanette, Lynn, Lynda,
Birthe, Turid, Susan, Cathy, Debbierose, Tracy, Jill, Claire, Jan,
Moira, SandraLindaChrisNancyAlysKerryClaireJean,
Joanne, Jon, HayleyDawnGwen, Connie, Bekki, PaulineSue L,
Sunny and Kjerstin

If you fancy joining, contact Kate and she’ll add you to the list. It would be lovely to see more non-sewing posts, but any use of scraps is welcome.

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  1. I can’t remember who it was either, but personally, I use a sleeve board when I need a tiny ironing board (in the caravan, for example). It’s perfect for just doing single seams. Yours, however, has the advantage of being scrappy, to make us happy! And the use of new upholstery pins is perfectly acceptable, just as one uses new thread to sew scraps of fabric together. Plus โ€“ bonus feature! โ€“ it got Mr Snail scraphappying too ๐Ÿ™‚

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  2. Brilliant idea, I’m imPRESSed ๐Ÿ™‚

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  3. Great solution to a problem that annoys me too. I love the dinky little iron.

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    • I have been trying to identify the things that stop me sewing and this was one of them. Now my sewing space is arranged better and I have this little ironing station I’m hoping I will be more productive.

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  4. Very useful – I use something similar for piecing small bits of patchwork.

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  5. That looks great and very useful – is that a mini-iron too?

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  6. You’re a crafty little snail ain’t yer! ๐ŸŒ

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  7. Excellent duel scrappy project. I’m lucky enough that there is room in the craft room if I (frequently) forget to put the ironing board away.
    Talking of ironing boards, ours had a split cover. Mended twice with that sticky fabric stuff, but the fabric is so very fragile it did not work. I was gifted some bedding (for another project) which included a valance sheet with a thin white sheet over the mattress bit. Enough to make a double thickness cover, and voila! The ironing board lives!

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  8. A brilliant idea! You might find you have an imitator!

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  9. It is brilliant, but now you will need a new excuse for not sewing- that would be me anyway.

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  10. What a good idea! I think Iโ€™ll try the same thing for my sewing space. Makes a lot of sense!

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  11. great work. I could do with something similar – and my big ironing board needs a new cover. You’ve inspired me to get on with it.

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  12. Very creative!

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  13. Great little ironing thingy – and probably quite easy to tidy away when not in use.

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