One of my all-time favorite sewing tools in recent years, is my portable pressing table. It takes up a lot less room than my ironing board in my little sewing space and it’s so easy to keep right next to my sewing machine for easy pressing while I work. I love it!
Today, as part of the Riley Blake Home Dec Love tour, I’m going to share how I updated my pressing table with pretty Home Decorator weight fabric and share some tips for making your own personal pressing board!
Here are the supplies you’ll need to make your own covered pressing table. First of all, a wooden TV table that you can easily find in places like WalMart or Target. Make sure it has a flat surface on the top. In addition you’ll need:
- fabric that measures at least 3″ bigger on all sides than the surface of the TV tray
- at least 3 layers of quilt batting (batting scraps work great) 1 1/2″ bigger than the size of the tray surface
- a layer of of InsulBright batting – not essential, but I recommend it
- a staple gun
- *optional – Spray paint to paint the legs of the TV tray a fun color
When making my original tray, used the TV Tray Pressing Table tutorial from Oh Fransson.
In addition to that tutorial, I used the helpful hints (and in my case helpers) from American Quilting. They used the Oh Fransson tutorial as well, but have added the Insul Bright layer directly under the fabric – this helps reflect the heat away from the table. They also have more photos showing the steps for turning the fabric under and securing it in place – especially those tricky corners.
I made my pressing table a few years ago and it was scorched and starting to get threadbare and shabby. Definitely time for an update. When I made it originally, I used a regular cotton quilting-weight fabric. I’m sure that added to the threadbare status after only a couple of years. (It does look, loved, right?)
And now here’s the new and much-improved version. Using the Home Decorator weight fabric instead of the regular quilting cotton makes such a difference too. I expect this to last much longer and be much more durable.
Plus, it looks cute. I love how cheerful it looks next to my sewing machine. I used the Riley Blake Gray and White Dot from Home Dec Basics. And I only used half of a 5/8 yard (the yardage measures 58″ wide) so there’s lots left over to use for a bag or another fun project.
And luckily for me (and you!), right now there’s lots of great inspiration and tons of projects as part of the Home Dec Love Blog Tour on the Riley Blake Designs website where you can find links to many blogs with a variety of ideas- everything from bags, curtains, placemats, and even a hammock!
Check them out for lots of great inspiration!