Thursday, August 11, 2011

DIY Mini Ironing Board - GENIUS!!

I'm addicted to Pinterest.

If you don't know what Pinterest is, it's kinda like a categorizing slash bookmarking network. I create virtual "pin boards" and label them, i.e. Sewing Projects, Recipes, Christmas. I then "pin" images to the boards. So if I find a pumpkin bread recipe on the web, I pin it to my Recipes board. What's more, the images I pin are linked to their origin so all I need to do is click on that pumpkin bread image and I'm taken directly to the recipe.

The coolest part of Pinterest is I do not have to scour the web for great ideas or recipes. Because the site is networked, I can just look through other Pinterest user's images/pins/boards. I have spent HOURS looking at images on Pinterest. If it's photographed, it's on Pinterest. So not only is my sense of sight stimulated, all the images are backed up with how to's.

And it goes beyond what I'm explaining here. Crafting and baking is my thing so that's what I look for on Pinterest. Special K got tired of looking over my shoulder when I was "pinning" so he started his own boards. He's all about architecture and landscapes. Some people pin quotes, fashion or gift ideas. I have a board dedicated to just Harry Potter and another to just Star Wars.

So anyway, I found an idea on Pinterest... turn a TV tray into a ironing board. I'm a sewer and the one thing I hate is having to get up from my sewing machine to press a seam. Having the TV tray ironing board allows me to stay seated! mo.honey suggested I move my ironing board closer to my machine but I will still have to stand up and sit down. And before you go and judge me on not wanting to stand up... when you sew, there is a lot of small pressing you do. This idea is like a god-send to sewers.

So I made one! And it's fantastic. I love that I can keep my rhythm and position! I also love how easy it is to fold up and down and I can slide it between the bookcase when I'm not using it. It was so easy to make I wonder why no one else has thought of this. Well maybe someone has and I've been living under a rock.

So here is my mini-ironing board:

And if you are pinterested in making one yourself, here is the linky link: mini-ironing board


mo.honey said...

I may have neglected to tell you. I'm an idiot -- I know jack squat about ironing or sewing. Sorry for the dumb questions around that stuff.. but you are such a clever and forgiving lady!

What I want to know is how much is Pinterest paying you?! OK, so I know you're not getting paid but, you two are so crazy about that site. I might have to check it out one day. :)

RollerScrapper said...

I love the classic look!

Anonymous said...

this link is broken :(

Anonymous said...

I too grabbed a TV tray to iron after sewing, when needed. I use a towel to cover my plastic top TV tray, not pretty, but this is a great idea and I'm going to do it. The next best thing to use is an office chair with rollers under sewing machine table! Thanks!

Nancy from PA said...

I made one of these years ago and after awhile the fabric gets old, scorched, and nasty with starch. I went through my stash and found all the fabric that were ugly or I just didn't like and I cut them into fat quarters. Then I layered them on to the mini ironing board on top of the batting. Then when the top one gets nasty, I take it off and use the next one waiting to be the star.

Anonymous said...

Heh wake up...your link does NOT work. Nice idea but now need to hunt for the best method for making this!

Charlotte O'Bryan said...

The link is and click on projects

Anonymous said...

Great idea seen this a while back now finally got the tv tray. U can buy 1 at walmart for 8 bucks in my area so im going to take and old towel some batting and 100% cotton fabric in that order and staple it to the underneath of the table. So those commenting that the link isnt working....its not that difficult to figure out. Im using a towel down first because batting isn't cheap. This way its thick. Now when piecing a project i can save time.