Today I’m sharing a tutorial for the DIY Ironing Station my husband made for me. If you sew frequently you really need one of these 🙂
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Pressing is an essential step in sewing and I used to HATE it. With 2 toddlers in the house I couldn’t ever leave my ironing board out without worrying about them knocking it down and getting clunked in the head with an iron. Not to mention that ironing boards are huge and my office really doesn’t have room for one.
Amazing husband to the rescue! He built a simple shelving unit with a wood ironing surface (MDF) on top. It’s braced underneath the ironing board overhang and bolted into the wall to keep it from tipping. I have a simple iron holder mounted on the wall to keep my iron safely out of reach when not in use. I use the hooks meant for the ironing board for my spray bottle and cord and quite often I hang a pair of scissors there as well.
And no I’m not left-handed but with the layout of my office this was the best way to fit it in (there’s a doorway on the other side and it’s kind of an odd wall). Luckily that hasn’t really bothered me much. Probably from my lack of ironing in the past…no chance to form much of a preference 🙂
If you’re building your own fabric ironing station, you can of course choose whatever dimensions you’d like. My station has shelves that are 17″ wide x 33″ tall x 12″ deep. The ironing surface is 36″ long x 15″ wide. This is a perfect size for most of the pressing I do with children’s clothes and smaller fabric cuts. If you mostly work with larger pieces of fabric you may want a larger work space.
Next I serged my edges and folded over 1/2″ to make a casing. You’ll notice there’s quite a few little tucks and gathers along the corners and that’s fine. It will all be on the underside of the ironing board.
No more excuses for skipping the pressing now 🙂