Introduction: Mini Pressing Board

I love to have this handy tool right beside me when I am sewing and pressing small quilt pieces.

Step 1: Materials Needed

1. A small wooden carving board with a grooved channel. This is one item to be sure to purchase new so that it is grease free.
2. Batting.
3. Staple gun.
4. Pencil and paper for template.
5. Muslin or other smooth fabric at least six inches longer and wider than the cutting board.
6. Cardboard or felt for base.
7. Glue gun.
8. Scissors.
9. Pins.

Step 2: Prepare Base

Lay the cutting board on the cardboard or felt and trace around it with pencil. Draw a second line 1/8" inside the trace line and cut out base on this line.

Step 3: Make Pattern Template

Lay cutting board on paper, trace around it and cut out.

Step 4: Prepare Batting

1. Layer three pieces of batting. Pin template on stack. Cut.
2. Cut another piece of batting at least six inches longer and wider than the cutting board.

Step 5: Prepare Padding and Cover

Press fabric for cover and lay it right side down on your work surface. Centre the larger piece of batting on top of the muslin. Centre stack of batting on top of these two layers. Lay cutting board, groove side up,on top of all of these layers.

Tip: Remove any errant threads from the batting before layering.

Step 6: Attach Cover

1. First draw up just the larger piece of batting over the sides to the back of the board, easing in the fullness around the corners and pressing the batting into the groove with your fingers. The batting will extend beyond the groove.
2. Next draw up the fabric in the centre on one long side of the board. Holding the fabric gently but firmly in place smooth out any wrinkles and secure with a staple into the side of the groove.
3. Repeat in the centre of the opposite side.
4. Repeat for the centre of both ends.
5. Repeat in the centre of one of the corners, ease in the fullness of the batting and fabric and carefully staple in place.
6. Repeat for the opposite corner and then repeat for the other two corners.
7. Working evenly, continue to ease in the fullness and secure the fabric and batting with staples.

Step 7: Trim Fabric

Keeping scissor blades parallel to the back of the board trim batting and fabric flush with the edge of the groove.

Step 8: Attaching Base

Lay a line of hot glue 1/4" inside the edge of the base and add a flourish of glue to the centre for added security. Carefully centre and attach base to the bottom of the board.

Comments

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gibbergiest (author)2016-02-19

I just finished making this! It turned out better than I imagined. Thank you for this instructable!!

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lucidpsycho (author)2014-11-08

Where did you get the tiny iron?

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drgnfly447 (author)2014-08-14

I would like to know about the mini iron you are using. This is an awesome project.

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HollyHarken (author)drgnfly4472014-08-14

So would I!! I've never seen such a small iron. Great instructable. I might have to make one so that I have a small ironing board for small projects.

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drgnfly447 (author)HollyHarken2014-08-16

Amazon.com has it for about 25.00. This little iron steams too.

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Linda1956 (author)drgnfly4472014-08-14

They have them at JoAnn's, Hancock fabrics and Walmart.

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agulesin (author)Linda19562014-08-14

Thanks for the info but don't forget that not everyone on here has access to those stores ;-)

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Linda1956 (author)agulesin2014-08-16

No Walmart?

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acaig (author)agulesin2014-08-15

The mini iron is called a mini iron and is made by prym or antler and occasionally other companies I just got an antler one off eBay and it's half the price of prym but identical other places to look are Amazon or if in UK John Lewis (they do ship international )

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Jingles2 (author)2014-08-15

I bought the small iron at Walmart and it was almost totally useless. I think if I got another I would get one more like yours some place else.

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ooohlaa (author)2014-08-14

How bout also using this iron for small details like little ruffles and small areas ... I notice when I iron one section it makes creases somewhere else and I did not know they made these small ones. thanx

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Linda1956 (author)2014-08-14

They sell fabric just for ironing boards at JoAnn's or Handcock fabrics that is silver and reflects the heat. My Hubby made me an ironing table that's rolls under my sewing table and has a flip-up extension, four pull-out shelves. I LOVE IT!

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BetsyFartBlossom (author)2014-08-14

Yes, I agree that this is a super project and just where did you get that iron? I would love to have one.

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HagridsMom (author)2014-08-14

Very cool! A tiny one would be great for paper piecing too. I have the tv tray table covered but the cats think it's another place for them to shed .... What a good idea - thanks for sharing this!

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CrystalDyes (author)2014-08-14

Pretty cool design & very useful. I'm a quilter too. You could use a small or large board for taking to class or guild.

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f5mando (author)2014-08-14

Excellent! Thanks for this!

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MicioGatta (author)2014-08-12

Nice!

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sunshiine (author)2014-08-11

Thanks so much for sharing this. I can see how useful it is when ironing small projects and quilting! Have a splendorous day!

sunshiine