Pin It I am not like some other lucky women who have a whole separate sewing/craft room ... I envy those women sooo much!
My sewing table is my kitchen table, my fabric is stored on the top shelves of my pantry, my sewing machine has a special place on the floor and my cutting mat is kept neatly slid behind the china cabinet ..... and I have NO room for an ironing board.
Our kitchen counter is a large island. The microwave, telephone and my latte machine (a Christmas gift from my son and it is the love of my life) are the only items that have a permanent residence on the kitchen counter. Everything else is banned! Having a cluttered kitchen counter is one of my pet peeves and since it is also my ironing, cutting and measuring surface when I sew, I insist it stays cleared.
In the past I have laid down a kitchen towel if I ever needed to iron. That method worked well until the other day when I was cleaning up my fabric stash and I decided it was time for a change. I found a large piece of very heavy fabric that I had NO clue what I would ever use it for and decided to make my own ironing pad to protect my beloved countertop.
This fabric almost looks vintage .... I vaguely recall picking up a large box of miscellaneous fabric at a yard sale last summer that was marked 'free' and this piece was part of the contents. It is heavy like denim. There was approximately a yard and a half of the stuff and figured it would be perfect for the ironing pad I had envisioned.
I measured and cut so the pad would be four layers thick. I decided on a double french seam so it will lay flat while I iron.
The finished pad is 22 inches by 28 inches and it is perfect for my needs and it is protecting my countertop. I am enjoying the task of ironing once again!
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