Monday, June 5

Irony: the Opposite of Wrinkly

how I made my ironing table |
I love this ironing table! I wrote in My Sewing and Craft Studio Redesign: The Work that I used my old cutting table to make this ironing table. Today I'm giving you a closer look. While you might consider this the least "Pin-able" blog post ever, I invite you to take a look anyway. You might find some inspiration!

I groan when I read about how someone created something or decorated a room and find that the particular thing I was interested in was "found at a flea market." Now I am one of those people, and that's because I was watching scrapbooking videos on YouTube. Here's the story.

When I'm scrapbooking or sewing, I like to play YouTube videos on my TV. Sometimes I make a playlist, but usually I just let YouTube decide after I choose the first video. One day recently, a video came up about making page kits for taking to a group crop. I watched the presentation, but thought to myself, "I don't know why I'm watching this. I never go to group crops, they seem like more trouble than they're worth." 

💡 But a few days later, the light came on. I have a lot of patterned papers that I hadn't been using, because when I picked one out, I was thinking only about what solid cardstock would go with it. Then I would decide that the pattern was too bold or busy. I hadn't even been thinking that there were other patterns I could use with it.  I realized that I could go through my papers and make "page kits" by making groups of papers that work together and including coordinating embellishments if I had them. I spent a couple of hours doing just that, and it really paid off. Yesterday I scrapbooked more than a dozen pages!

The bottom line is that, even when something isn't exactly applicable for me, there might be some sort of inspiration or transferable idea that I can use. So, even though you probably won't be able to make the exact same ironing table, you might find some inspiration or idea that you can use. Here is how I "made" my ironing table, starting with the base of my old cutting table.

ironing table |
I had an ironing space like this at the end of one of the leaves of my old cutting table. This was really just a matter of removing the "cutting" part of the table and keeping the ironing part. My old ironing pad was stained and worn, so I bought a new one like this at JoAnn.

binder clip |

This pad is not quite as wide as my table and I needed a way to keep it in place, so I sewed extensions on each side. I made these extensions wide enough to be able to wrap them around the sides of my table. I used extra large binder clips—one in each corner—to hold the pad tightly on the table. Done!

drawer contents |
Here's a view of the binder clips on the left side, and the contents of the drawer: crochet thread and small ironing accessories. I removed the handle part of the clips  so that they wouldn't take up space on my ironing surface. I keep them in this drawer, so I have them handy if I should need to remove the pad or readjust it.

right side |
Here is the right side of the table, with a view of the underside of the table top. You can see that I kept the handles on the binder clips. There is no drawer on this side of the table.

On my old ironing space, I had removed the band of pockets from the pad (see Sew Happy New Year's Day), but when I bought this new one, I kept it on. It's handy for holding press cloths, the water cup for the iron, and scissors. It even has a small pin cushion and a loop on which I hang my spray bottle.

ironing table and yarn storage |
I found plastic storage bins that fit perfectly in the space below. I use them to store my yarn, sorted by type and weight. There are seven bins, since I could stack them four high on the side that doesn't have a drawer. It's kind of a cluttered view, but it's nice to be able to see what I have. It's also a good thing to have limited space to inhibit more yarn shopping! 😉

One last note: This table has a laminate top, which means that it is not damaged by the heat and steam from the iron.

Thanks for reading! I hope that some seed of inspiration was planted for you. Please leave a comment.

Sew happy!

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