Tuesday, August 12, 2008

DIY "Big Board" and a couple more giveaways!

I am on a quest to make a big board for ironing completed tops, backing and large pieces of fabric. I went to Home Depot to buy a sheet of 1/2" plywood (sanded, but not necessary), and have it cut. I wanted a piece 30" x 60" because I want my "big board" to be a little bigger than the original one sold in quilt shops.

Now I am off to JoAnn's to purchase batting and muslin to staple on. I plan to just screw this into my old ironing board for now. I am wrapping the plywood with heavy duty aluminum foil for protection. I don't know if that is necessary, but I don't want to take a chance.

I also saw a couple more giveaways for patterns. Check out Melly and Me and Rosalie Quinlan blogs for details.

Happy Sewing,

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5 comments:

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

I'm interested in this project. Will you place it over your regular ironing board or on a table? I will watch for details and pictures.

Deb said...

You'll love the big board. My DH made one for me a few years ago, with plywood, and I stapled batting and the silver ironing surface fabric from JoAnn's. My husband put cleats (4) on the underside to keep it in place on the ironing boeard, but I can take it off when I need to move it.

Where in Florida are you?? I'm in Punta Gorda

Catherine said...

I'm really interested in your project too -- can't wait to see a picture of the finished object.

Penny said...

ooohhhh, let me know how it turns out! I love to iron and a bigger ironing space would be fabulous!

Rose Marie said...

I made a big board as well and it just lays on top of my ironing board. It is so heavy that it doesn't move and if I need to use my regular ironing board, I just lift the big board off and I'm good to go.

You will find a big difference in ironing fabric and extra wide is a breeze to do.