March 30, 2014

Pressing Table Tutorial...

 After Handsome and I did a little Sunday DIY in the Flying Cloud, I was inspired
to do one more small project before putting up my feet for the rest of the day.
I have been wanting to make a small, portable pressing table for a while.

Many of you have probably seen one of these projects before in Blogland,
but just. in. case. you've missed it, I'm going to share the process with you.

Supplies include:
• one folding tv table
• Insul-Bright batting
• cotton or wool batting
• reflective ironing board fabric
• permanent spray adhesive
• staple gun and staples
• scissors 
 • Oh, and one Corgi supervisor (or breed of your choice)
 Insul-Bright is a special batting used in potholders or wherever you want
to have a protective layer between your surface (skin or otherwise) and heat.
There's a reflective, metallic material that has been "needled" with batting
 on both sides. You still need to add more batting to each side if you're
 creating potholders, but this is what really keeps the heat away from your hands.
Cut a piece of Insul-Bright large enough to overlap the top of the
table on all sides by about 2 inches. After cutting, set it aside.
 I purchased my tv table at Wal-mart for $8.97, plus state sales tax.
The finish on the top is really crappy, so I never would have bought it to
use for its intended purpose, but it's going to work great for this. I know
 it looks dusty, but this really is the finish they expect you to live with!

Start by standing upwind and spray the permanent adhesive all over 
the top of the table. ("Upwind" means that any breeze is behind you so
that the adhesive doesn't blow back all over your clothing - or your dog.)
 Before the adhesive dries, place the Insul-Bright on top and smooth
onto the table. You have a little leeway to lift it up if you do it right
away. If you're not confident placing it on the first try, cut a larger 
piece of batting so that you can trim it to the right size after gluing.
 Trim all around and cut an angle at the corner, still leaving enough to
fold completely to the back side of the table top. On to the next step...
 Cut a piece of regular cotton (or wool) batting and place a single
layer over the top of the Insul-Bright layer. No adhesive is needed.
The batting will stay in place on its own without the spray adhesive.

Then cut a piece of the heat-reflective ironing board fabric the same
size and smooth on top of the other layers. I have mine on the bolt
so it doesn't wrinkle, and I use it to also cover my applique' boards.
 Hold onto the whole padding assembly and flip the table over onto
a flat surface for the next step. You need to staple everthing in place.
 Staple across one side and then spin it around to pull the opposite side
 taught and staple that down, too. Then staple the "end", pulling slightly,
 finishing up on the final side. Remember to give the fabric just a little
 tug to make sure there are no wrinkles on the top. I do my corners last.
 Stop for a little break to admire the handsome Corgi supervisor.

Then, turn the angled corner over the edge and fold each side as
you would a miter. I staple at each step so it's nice, tight and flat.
Repeat this process on all four corners. It's really that simple.
 Flip your table over and admire your handywork.
 It took less than an hour to finish this pressing table project and
it's going to come in so handy in the studio. Especially when I'm
working on my Farmer's Wife or Pineapple Blocks as they require
pressing after nearly every seam. Now, all I'll need to do is swivel
my chair a bit, rather than stretching to the ironing board. Lazy me!
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Lesley said...

What a fabulous idea! Love the portably of the table as I often move my sewing machine from my sewing corner to the dining room table. This would work for me!

Createology said...

Tag did a wonderful job of supervising. Donna this is an excellent tutorial. Thank you for such a great idea too. You must have a fabric store in your studio...on the bolt! I would have a small piece all folded up, if I had any at all. Ahhh...
Marvelous Monday Dear...

Sewing In CT said...

Thank you for sharing this. I have a small portable that my sister gave me but it needs to be recovered. :) This is very informative about the materials.

Thistle Cove Farm said...

Don't know about the lazy part but I do know about the smart part...well done!

Threadlady said...

Great post on making a pressing board. Can you tell me what you mean by "applique board". I have never heard of this. Thanks for all your posts. I enjoy reading your blog every day.

Sherry said...

Thanks so much for sharing this tutorial.

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