Why do I need to stick pins in my ironing board? I use them to secure the first piece of fabric to the pattern when I am doing paperless paper piecing. I also find pins invaluable for aligning seams and points when I am sewing a main seam together. I stick pins through matching points straight up and down into the ironing board, and I stick pins here and there to match seamlines. Then I glue baste the main seam allowances together, press and sew. I generally get great results with only the occasional need to rip and redo. I know, I am very fussy, but I like to be able to show my quilts and these details are important in that venue.
Sharon Schamber has a great video on making your own pressing board. I have watched it a couple of times, but the board she uses is not meant for sticking pins into. I got the brilliant idea of placing cork board on top of my DH-built ironing table (22" x 60"), and placing the covering over that. I did some research and found that it is heat resistant, absorbing heat without emitting fumes. It is slightly rough, which grips the covering fabric enough to keep it in place.
|Corkboard on top of plywood table surface (to the left is a small platform|
for setting stuff on - not part of the ironing surface)
TIP: In my research I found that you should not use particle board. It does not hold up when exposed to moisture. I do not use a steam iron, but do occasionally use water in a spray bottle and/or starch. I didn't find anything about cork and moisture so I am keeping my fingers crossed, but I don't think it is an issue. DH says it will be fine.
I am covering the cork board with cotton batting and canvas. I am using Quilters Dream Request (low loft), which I have on hand so I am using two layers. If I were using Quilters Dream Select I would use only one layer.
|Batting on of cork board.|
TIP: Pre-shrink your canvas if you are using it for an ironing board cover. Duh!
|Waiting for the canvas to dry (my dryer is the mountain wind).|
Sew some happy seams today. I wish you no shrinkage this week.