Have you ever read a blog and instantly thought of the writer as a sort of celebrity? Well that is the way I have always thought of Jenelle of Echinops & Aster. I am not sure what it is about her & her blog that keeps me ever so enamored but I am! I can tell you how excited I am that she is here…in The Gap!! Ok…before I make a sure-fire idiot of myself, let me hand it over to Jenelle herself. Take it away Jenelle….
Wow! Thanks for such a kind introduction Rhonda. 🙂 I am so happy to be here today and to have the chance to share a tutorial with you that will not only help you conquer your FAL goals, but is also really simple to make and requires no sewing. Yup! You heard right no sewing! I’d like to share with you how I made my very own table top pressing board.
If you quilt, you’ll understand just how important it is to get your seams as flat as possible. Sometimes a regular old ironing board just doesn’t cut it because it doesn’t give quite the right amount of firm support that you need to get a really crisp press. I also struggled with my regular ironing board not being the ideal size and shape to handle yardage or large quilt tops. In all fairness, traditional ironing boards are designed more for ironing clothing than for quilting. So I decided to build an actual pressing board, that is a simple wooden board wrapped in several layers of padding and fabric to provide a firm pressing surface that’s especially great for quilting. Here’s how I did it:
I began by taking the corner of the batting layers and pulling it tautly in towards the center of the board.
I then folded over the extra batting on the short side of the board towards the center, laying it on top of the folded-in corner.
I smoothed the batting and secured it in place using the staple gun.
I then took the extra batting on the long side of the board and folded it in towards the center, lining up the corner crease with the stapled batting edge making a neat mitered corner.
The result was a nice clean edge and carefully wrapped and secured corner. I repeated this process for each of the remaining three corners.
I then smoothed the batting towards the center, in between the corners, on the long and short sides of the board, and placed a few more staples to secure it in place as well
Once I was finished securing the batting, I flipped the board back over and made sure that the top side was also smooth and flat.
I then added my piece of cotton fabric to the top, centered it on the board, and flipped the board back over.
After completing each of the corners, I also then placed a few more staples along the edges of the fabric where I folded it under to secure the fabric on the long and short sided of the board.
I then flipped the board back over to the front to make sure that all the layers were laying smooth and flat. Success!
And speaking of the FAL, Rhonda has also asked me to remind you about the Pre 3rd Quarter Link Party that will start right here on July 8th and run for 7 days. If you don’t get your list in on during this time you won’t qualify for the amazing 3rd quarter prizes!!! Be sure to get ready!!!