Larger presseing surface

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Rhenious posted on Wed, Jul 8 2015 8:06 AM

I found a project on Pinterest where you take an ordinary ironing board, measure it, go to the lumber store to get a board cut to size, & gather batting & fabric to make a large pressing surface for quilting. I would like to try it but I'm concerned. I tested my ironing board by pressing on it as if I was pressing a quilt block & it didn't feel sturdy. Any tips on that?

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I've been using a "Big Board" that I purchased a few years ago.   It does make the ironing board a little shaky but I haven't had any problem with that. I just have to make sure I don't put too much pressure on the parts that hang over the edges of the ironing board.



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I don't have much room so I had to combine a pressing surface with storage. I bought a couple of those storage units at Lowes, covered a piece of board and attached it securely to the top. Works great and is rock solid. You can make it as large as you wish, mine is small, 36 x 18, because of limited space. I put those felt stick on's to the bottom and it's easy to slide around.

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Kris replied on Thu, Jul 9 2015 1:30 AM

I use a Sullivan's Home Hobby Table I don't have a lot of space so I bought the ironing cover for it. I iron on one side and my cutting mat is on the other side. When I have very large pieces of fabric to cut I simply remove the cutting mat.

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Judi replied on Thu, Jul 9 2015 8:31 AM

I bought one that I put on my regular ironing board. It comes with "feet" which makes it easy to use on any table or counter top.  It is east to store and not too heavy but verybsturdy. I cannot remember the name of the vendor but he was at the PA Extravaganza and also makes custom seeing anfpd other furniture. 

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