How to make an ironing blanket

How to make an ironing blanket

When you live in a small apartment or room you find yourself having to give up certain things in life simply because you don’t have space. If you don’t own an ironing board and wouldn’t have room for one even if you did, that poses a problem. People have burned carpeting and ruined towels by trying to use them for ironing boards.

What you really need is an ironing blanket. The pad is made to place on top of the dryer or a table while ironing. The blanket makes it not only easier to iron but protects the surface of the table or countertop. This project is extremely simple for those who are just learning to sew and will be a breeze for a seasoned stitcher.

What you really need for this project is a piece of one-eighth or one-quarter thick foam. The foam will prevent the pad from sliding around while you iron. Try a fabric department, craft store, or home improvement store to find the foam. It can also be purchased from most upholstery shops or ordered online. You’ll need a piece which is about 20″X30″.

The fabric that you use for the top of the pad is very important. Dark colors hold heat and aren’t suitable for the pad. Some other fabrics, like nylons, melt when they are touched with an iron. Choose a light-colored, lightweight linen or cotton. Do not choose heavyweight fabrics like denim, corduroy or flannel.

Cut the fabric to be 22″X31″. Align the cloth on to the foam piece. Sew around the perimeter of the fabric. Don’t try to sew the piece with the foam side down since it’s nearly impossible for the foam to slide forward while stitching. After you’ve completely stitched around the fabric, stop, and clip threads. Turn pad over with foam side up.

Turn the fabric edge over a half inch and press. Now turn the remainder of the fabric over the backside of the foam. The fold of the fabric should be right next to the edge of the foam. Pin into place. Sew around the perimeter of the pad, starting at one side but never a corner. When you get to the corner fold the next side up and continue stitching. Keep the stitches a mere quarter-inch from the edge of the pad.

Add seam binding to the edges of the pad for a more professional look. Start at one side of the pad and fold the tape over the edge. Make sure an equal amount of binding tape is under and over the edge of the pad. Use a zig-zag stitch to attach the binding. When you approach a corner it may be necessary to make a tiny pleat at the top and bottom of the binding tape before continuing.

To prevent this you can round off the corners of the fabric piece and foam before stitching begins. When you round off the ends of the pad the binding tape falls right into place. Continue sewing around the pad until finished then cut off the excess binding tape and tack the end.

You can eliminate the foam if you don’t have any and make the pad with fabric on both sides. The pad may slip around a little on the dryer but will possibly stay in place on a table or counter. Use thick fabrics if you’ll be eliminating the foam or you won’t have enough padding for ironing.

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