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,



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.