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If you do any amount of sewing, one thing you learn is that if you want your finished product to look great, you need to press as you go.  If you have a small area for sewing, you will end up doing like I’ve done, and set your ironing board and iron in the other room. That means, sewing, getting up and moving to the other room to press, then return to sew some more, again go press, etc., etc., etc.   I find myself skipping the ironing part whenever possible.  Then I saw the idea for a mini pressing table on pintrest.  Found here:  http://www.ohfransson.com/oh_fransson/2010/01/a-woman-a-plan-an-inexpensive-tv-tray-new-pressing-board.html. She used a wood TV tray.  I have a TV tray that I rescued from the in-laws front porch, (everyone else, wanted to toss it, but I knew it had potential).  So, here is how I rescued an old TV tray and turned it into a Mini Ironing Table to go beside my sewing machine.

Step 1:

Supplies:
A wood TV tray (rescue one from a yard sale or second hand store or +/- $9 new)
1 yard Warm and Natural 100 % cotton batting (+/- $6 a yard)
½ yard 100% cotton fabric (+/- $10 a yard, your choice of colors)
Medium size piece of cardboard
Tape measure
Yard stick
Pencil
Pinking shears (+/- $20)
Fabric shears (mine are Ginghers, +/-$30)
Box knife
Staple gun with staples (your choice of style and cost)
Hey, odd question, I'm wondering what the purpose was of staining the top if stapling the stuff over it? <br>I love this idea though! Plus it looks so pretty!
I did this Instructable for a furniture contest and staining was one of the things encouraged, so I stained the top. It wasn't necessary, but fun!.
Nice job. Great Instructable. <br>A suggestion : ) <br>Perhaps a layer of heavy duty aluminum foil on top of the cardboard might have been nice to deflect the heat but even more importantly to keep the steam away from the wood underneath. <br>Thanks for the Instructable. <br>
Thanks for the comment and suggestion. When I get to the point where I redo this project I will add that step. Thank you!
I have been giving this some additional thought. I frequently put pins in my ironing board when I am working. This would puncture the aluminum foil if it were on top of the cardboard. With that in mind, perhaps placing the aluminum foil under the card board would protect the wood, seal out the steam and still allow for pins to hold something in place while you press it. Additionally, perhaps several layers of cardboard would be nice if you like to use pins to hold things down like I do. Just thinking out loud here. You could also use a casing around the edge and draw string to hold the cover in place so it could be removed easily and cleaned, and cardboard replaced as it wears of degrades from steam. These are some of my ideas on the subject and are meant to be helpful and certainly not critical. Your instructable is great. Love the idea. Will look forward to passing it along.
No offence taken. Why don't you take your ideas and create an Instructable applying those ideas. Thanks for commenting.
Beautiful upcycle, great tool!
Yep, need to make one of these. Very smart!

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