Friday, July 1, 2011

Quilter's Ironing Pad Tutorial

I finally got fed up with having to pull out the big old ironing board everytime I wanted to flatten out a seem... so I decided to create a smaller ironing pad that I could unfold onto any table or work surface.

Materials you will need:
  • 1/2 yard of Therma Flex (ironing board material) this is generous but necessar to get the right shape for the pad... you'll probably have enough for two ironing pads and more. I found mine at Hancock fabrics and paid about 4-5 dollars
  • 16 charm squares or 16- 5" squares of fabric
  • 1/8 yard of fabric for the binding
  • 1/2 yard of thermal batting or other quilt batting that is heat resistant.  I found mine by the therma flex material and it was appx. 2-3 dollars
  • Pins and Thread
**Use a 1/4 inch seam**
1.  Take two squares and line them up with right sides together.  Sew together with a 1/4 inch seam on one side.  Repeat until you have 8 sets of two squares. 

2.  Open up each set of two and iron seams open.
3.  with right sides together sew two sets together to make a row of four squares.

4.  Press open seams.  With right sides together sew one set of four squares to another set of four squares.
5.  Press open seams and then with right sides together sew one set of 8 to the other set of 8 to complete your back of the ironing pad.  Press open seams.
6.  Cut a piece of ironing fabric/Thermal Fabric to match the size of the back you just made.
7.  Cut a piece of the batting to match the back as well.
8.  With the wrong side of the back facing up, place the batting on top of it.  Be careful to lign up the edges.  Then place the thermal fabric on top, right side facing up, and line up all edges and pin.
9.  Sew the entire perimiter of the new stack with a 1/4 inch seam allowance.
10.  Add a binding using the binding tutorial.
Presto--- You are done :)


  1. Nice one, Cosmo - definitely need to make myself an ironing pad!!

  2. Love that! Yes, I hate getting out the ironing board. To be honest, I'm not even sure where it is right now. *blushes*

  3. Great idea! Thanks for linking up to {Sew} Modern Monday!

  4. This is a brilliant idea!! TFS!! Stopping by from Sew Modern Monday link party and your newest follower.

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  5. How clever is that! Nice! Thanks for sharing.

  6. Oooo what a great idea! Thanks so much for the tutorial...will definitely have to make one of these!