Tuesday, April 29, 2008

My old coffee table . . .

. . . is now my new ironing board! Last year I went on a quilt retreat to Karen Bird's at Kimbolton and was very impressed by her very large chest freezer being put to good use as a large ironing surface. Way better than my normal ironing board, an old Suzy brand which is great for clothes but fabric has a tendency to slide off the pointy end. I hardly ever iron clothes. I subscribe to the 'if it needs ironing don't buy it' philosophy of clothing purchases. I'd rather be quilting!

I thought you might like to see how I made my new 'ironing centre". First I pinched a chest of drawers from my spare room. I had these drawers for my clothes when I was a kid, so that makes them 'almost antique'. Funny how they look quite modern even though they are over 40 years old.

The drawers have proved to be a very useful storage space for reels of thread and rolls of fusible webbing, baking paper, lunch paper for tracing, Glad Press 'n' Seal which is now available in New Zealand supermarkets. (when is the freezer paper arriving?)

The old coffee table minus its legs, which were broken from teenage boys standing on the table(!!), sits on the top. I haven't fixed it in place yet so leaning heavily on one end will result in a bit of a surprise.
I covered it first with a layer of thermaldrape lining
Then 2 layers of wool flannel. This is the type that used to be used for babies overnaps. I bought some when 'he of honey bunch fame' was little and never got around to making them. I did use cloth nappies with cloth liners though and I had a few pairs of hand knitted 'bunnies", as the overnaps were called, given to me which I used. So it didn't really matter that I never got around to sewing overnaps using the wool flannel. Much better to use it for padding on the ironing surface :-)
Then a cover of cotton decorator fabric. This is an old Laura Ashley fabric.
The iron cord sits nicely into a holder that came with a second hand ironing board I bought a few years ago so I would have a second iron and board. It holds the cord out of the way and when I unplus I don't have to drop any cords on the fl00r. Saves all that 'using your back like a crane' bending down when plugging and unplugging
Not quite as large as the 'big boards' from USA, but pretty useful all the same.

7 comments:

Tanya said...

I like your ironing board! I'll have to go hunting and see if I can find an old coffee table available. And wool flannel? Hmmm. Not sure where one finds that either. And an old chest of drawers. I may have to go visit a junk yard! But great idea and I've had ironing woes for so long I'd like to do something similar!

Peg - Happy In Quilting said...

What a fnatastic idea....

Jane said...

Very clever. I am impressed.
Happy ironing. Had to buy a new make do one today as my third top of the line Sunbeam died after 18 months. They replace them but it takes time and effort so got the same features for $30. Stupid things I wish I hated Sunbeam but I like the darn iron.

Karol-Ann said...

Very unusual ;0)

loulee1 said...

Great, perfect for ironing yards and yards of fabric. Of course none of us would ever need to do that, but you are prepared for it anyway. ;-)

Sew Create It - Jane said...

What a clever idea. Recycling at it's best!

Nellie's Needles said...

Clever! I got rid of the ironing board in my studio and use a large ironing board cover meant for the big craft tables. It's folded up and stored under that table and is easy to pull out and lay it on the end of the table to iron big pieces or quilts. If a piece of clothing needs a pressing, I have a sleeve board handy for the those shaped parts. Otherwise, the large flat surface works for everything.