How To Make A Large Ironing Board For Quilting? An Ultimate Guide

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Finishing the product
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Have you ever experienced the discomfort of using a small board to iron a big piece of textiles? Do you need to unravel the question “what is the best ironing board for quilters“? If your answer is yes, we bet that you also are seeking a good tool to address this problem effectively instead of snooping around with a mini ironing board.

Thus we offer you some tips on how to make a large ironing board for quilting. Read on.

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Supplies and Tools

  • Typical ironing board
  • Pencil
  • Measuring tape
  • Rounded-shape object (you can use a cup or a bowl)
  • Drill
  • Saw (or you can ask for a favor in the hardware shop to cut in advance for you)
  • Jigsaw machine (or you can ask for a favor in the hardware shop to cut in advance for you)
  • Sandpaper
  • Staple gun
  • Plywood ( size around 4 x 8 feet)
  • Washers
  • Screws
  • Cotton fabric
  • Insulated batting

How To Make A Large Ironing Board For Quilting

You can follow how to make a large iron in the video below…

… or follow the 8 steps tutorial process:

Step 1: Detach Ironing Board Cover

Detaching the ironing board cover is the first stage because you should check which supplies you need to purchase before reaching the hardware shop. For instance, after removing the board cover, you can see whether washers that are placed under the screw tops will be necessary or not.

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Detach a standard Ironing Board Cover

Step 2: Identify Size To Mark Out And Cut From Plywood

Utilize a pencil and a tapeline to create some marks on the long side of the plywood. Then, choose a straight edge to link those marks. In the instruction, we will guide you to generate a rectangle 19 x 55 inches from the 4 x 8 feet plywood.

Step 3: Determine Position For Screws

You should apply the “measure twice, cut once” method for the stage. This will prompt you to check if the marked rectangle’s dimension is fit for the size that you are about to cut out from the plywood or not.

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Determine Position for screws

Therefore, before deciding to take the steps, you need to turn back your ironing board and put it into the measured rectangle before.

There is an essential thing for you to keep in mind: the length of the rectangle ought to be rather long compared to the width of the supporting leg of your ironing board. Thus it would be wiser if you set the top of the board so that it is overhung as much as possible compared to the original board.

Step 4: Create Screw Holes

Unassemble your ironing board from the plywood and drill advance in all marked positions for the screws.

Don’t miss to mark a line downside toward the length of your ironing board.

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Create Screw Holes

Step 5: Cutting Plywood

Cutting plywood following the appropriate size by a saw (should be a circular saw). You can use a round object (such as a cup or a bowl) to draw rounded-shaped corners for your top. Note that you should not keep the corners square; it would be better to round them.

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Cutting plywood following the appropriate size by a saw

Step 6: Point Rounded Corners

You don’t need to worry if the end and the start of your cut are not matched because you may sand these areas smoothly. Besides, remember to do this step on both sides of the plywood.

Step 7: Staple Layers And Fabric

Staple the batting layers and the fabric around the edge of your ironing board following this below order

  • Cotton fabric for the top
  • Insulated batting for the middle part (The bright side towards to upside)
  • Quilt batting for the backside
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Staple layers and fabric

Step 8: Secure (Screw) Ironing Board Base to Plywood Top

Put your board upward down onto the board, and make sure that it’s lined up correctly. Mark which point each screw would be across.

Fasten the washers with the screws in the mesh via the holes. And voila!! You already have a new ironing board to use anytime.

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Secure (Screw) Ironing Board Base to Plywood Top

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Conclusion

We believe that you can now overcome your issue about ironing your big quilts on a standard board by capturing how to make a large ironing board for quilting. We hope that you can apply our instructions to own a helpful device for your life.

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I'm Charlotte Jane, I love quilting. I provide my reviews of the best quilting tools. I hope to help beginners share their love of Quilting with the world.