My next project for myself was an ironing mat for when I am sewing. I have been wanting one of these so I don’t have to pull the whole ironing board out. I bought the insulated ironing mat batting stuff months and months ago, then just never had time to do something with it– until now! This is a very quick & easy project that is definitely attainable in an hour or so.
- 25 x 37 inches two different cotton fabrics (the yellow floral is from Joanne Fabrics and the black and white is Summersville by Moda)
- 25 x 37 inches each cotton batting and insulated ironing board batting (something like this or this)
After you pick your fabrics and cut them and your batting to size,
layer the different pieces: cotton batting on bottom, insulated batting next with silver side up, then wrong side down cotton fabric, followed by right side down cotton fabric (the silver side of the insulated batting should be up when you iron, to reflect the heat away from your table surface, so I will be ironing on the yellow fabric side of my finished mat, since this is the fabric on the silver side of the insulated batting).
Pin all the way around the edges.
Sew the layers together along four sides, leaving an opening for turning right side out. Use a half inch seam allowance.
Trim your edges and corners.
Turn right side out, using a bamboo stick or something similar to make sure the corners are poked crisp.
Then use the ladder stitch to sewing your open closed and top stitch all around the four edges. I used a zigzag stitch for fun.
Then start ironing anywhere!