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Portable Ironing Table | How-to Furniture Makeover | Whitney Sews | Life Hack

Portable Ironing Table | How-to Furniture Makeover | Whitney Sews | Life Hack


Hi everyone! I’m Whitney and I post sewing and crafting
tutorials here on my youTube channel Whitney Sews. I’ve been working on a lot of smaller sewing
projects lately and got the idea of turning a folding tv table into a portable ironing
surface. That way I can put it next to my sewing machine
when doing a lot of piecing, or I can set it up in my filming area when working on a
new how to. So today I’ll be showing you how to make your
own folding ironing table. But first, if you haven’t already, make sure
to hit that red subscribe button down below so you don’t miss out on any of my future
tutorials. Before I started making my ironing table I
looked and it turns out this has been done many times before, but I still wanted to show
how I did it. I picked my table up at the thrift store for
50% off so it was only $1.50! To start you will need a folding table, batting,
a staple gun and staples, and your fabric of choice. The batting and fabric both need to be a natural
material like cotton. There will be more details about the supplies
along with links to the ones I use over on my website. You will need to cut one piece from your fabric
and three pieces from the batting. I have all the measurements I used listed
on the blog post as well. It’s linked up in the information icon in
the corner of the screen. Stack all your pieces so the fabric is right
sides down and the batting layers are centered on top. Then put the table upside down on top. Begin to pull the layers around the edge of
the table on one side and staple to the underside. You can fold the fabric edge under if you
want. I did on one side to see if I liked it and
it really didn’t make a difference. Add two or three staples in that side the
move on to the opposite side. Repeat by pulling the layers taught, but not
so tight that they are stretched out of shape and staple. Then do the same for the remaining two sides. Continue working your way around the table
until you are only left with the corners unfinished. Fold the fabric at the corner in toward the
center of the table. Then fold in the excess fabric and staple
in whatever way will give yours a nice crisp corner. Do this for all four corners. And that is it, your new ironing table is
complete. Some people include a layer of heat safe material
like you find in over mitts, but I don’t feel like it’s necessary with this particular project. But feel free to use the extra layer if you
want. You can also paint your table before covering
the top, but I liked mine the dark color it already was. But there you have it! Super easy and so handy to have, especially
if you have a small space and don’t have room for a full sized ironing board. If you want to see another furniture makeover
from me there will be one right over there and if you haven’t already subscribed you
can do so by clicking my picture right down there. I post a new video every single Wednesday
so don’t forget to come back next week. Bye 🙂

33 comments found

  1. I have made this. I love it. It's so convenient to have next to you when working on a project with lots of pressing. I have a small press iron to go with it.

  2. I made my small ironing board from a large, thin discard book from the library that I covered like you did. However, I absolutely love this idea and will be sure to make it. You have given me so many ideas over the years. One I use all the time is from your video on sewing brown mailing packages. For Christmas gifts that I'm not mailing, I sew these large envelopes and put gifts securely inside. Thank you for all you do!

  3. Yes! Love this idea! I don't usually iron our clothes, and for craft projects, my ironing setup has been a towel spread out on the coffee table – not good! Love how cute yours turned out, could easily tuck under the couch, or in a closet. 🙂

  4. Thank you for sharing this, I have not seen this before. I'm glad you showed it. This is awesome for me and my daughter in our craft room 🤗.

  5. Great idea! I live in a small apartment and have back issues so I'm not able to stand for any length of time. This will be a great way for me to not only be able to iron the few things I do iron, but I will also be able to do this from a sitting position , unlike standard ironing boards! Love this!

  6. You really should have drilled some vent holes in the table. It will release the steam and keep your top dry. Another thing you might want to keep in mind instead of batting is trying to find an old army blanket. They are 100% wool and awesome for the layers. That is what I have on mine and have used it for the last 20 yrs.

  7. I really like this. Although I do have a sewing room, I sometimes sew in the dining room. This would take up a lot less space in the DR.

  8. I totally need this! I only iron for craft projects, and not our actual clothes, so the size is perfect!!! Great idea!

  9. this has been on my to do list for past 2 years, but I found a iron arm at the thrift store and just been using that. eventually I will be making one of these but having it slide under my desk.

  10. For heaven's sake, how in the world do you come up with these ideas! This is absolute genius!!!! I have a teflon coated cloth I purchased, and this is an excellent use for it. Thanks, Whitney, I can alway find something I need from your channel. I am making this today!

  11. I made one of these and man its sure handy…especially with small triangles and pinwheels…don't have to keep jumping up to iron…..lol   This thing is GREAT!

  12. Thank you … going to make this right now as I cant fit a normal sized ironing board in my sewing room.🙂 Will post a pick on you Stash page 😍

  13. I made me the portable ironing board. I didn't have any problems, except for the fabric. I didn't wide enough. But I am quite satisfied with it.

  14. I know this comment is about a year later than the most recent one but I love this idea, Whitney. I’d never seen this before and it’s genius. Going to make one this weekend. Thanks so much!

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