Tuesday, September 18, 2012

A great idea


I just had to share this super fantastic idea I found over at The Crafty Cupboard.  Do you ever attend workshops where an iron is needed and they say, 'will provide 4 ironing boards to share'?  I love my fellow workshop quilters, but I do detest waiting in line to use the iron.  I do have one of those mini ironing boards, but I swear mine is only 3" wide.   

My problem is now solved, thanks to this fantastic tutorial.  It uses a tv tray!   How brilliant is that?



I used a heavy canvas fabric from Ikea to cover it.   Then I really got thinking.... every holiday I bring out these tv trays to hold the excess food that won't fit on the table due to all the company I have.   It is always a pain as only salads and buns can go on there, but now because of the insulated batting, I can put anything on there.   Wait, if I am worried I may get a spill on my fancy workshop ironing board, I am just going to put a seasonal placemat on the top so I am super stylish and preserving my board!   

So when you see me at the next workshop, don't worry I won't be holding up the line waiting for the ironing board!


One last thing, it took me 23 minutes to make, and 9 of those minutes were spent finding my husband's staple gun.
What do you think?


16 comments:

Lynn said...

I have one of these too. I love mine!

Gene Black said...

I think it is brilliant, but I wiil need to buy a TV tray first.

Sherrie Spangler said...

What a great idea! I'm going to make one as soon as I get a TV table. Thanks!

sew.darn.quilt said...

You clever puss! Ingenious! =)

Mama Pea said...

I think you need your OWN staple gun! LOL. I got tired of my hubby getting on me when I wanted to use his tool. So, I went and got my own. ha!

I love these. Have seen the tutorial and have seen them in real life. But I have never gotten around to making one.

Anonymous said...

I love mine! I found my tv tray at wal mart. Cheap! Works wonderful for flat seams.

Gill said...

What a great idea!
I hate waiting for the iron too!

Brooke said...

love it and especially LOVE the fabric - you go girl!

Mary Ann said...

I think it's brilliant:)

Mrs.Pickles said...

great idea!

Linda said...

Awesome idea! Thanks for sharing this.

sandra said...

Hi Jackie I have one of these two, my husband made it for me. I like your idea about putting place mat on it so you can use it at Christmas. That is about the only time I use them to.

Kit Lang said...

That IS a great idea!

Linda said...

What a wonderful idea! And the fabric really makes it pop!

M-R said...

Love it! I think it could be handy in the studio as a mini board right by my sewing machine. Thanks for sharing this, Jackie!

Rolanda said...

I love it. I have the tray, batting and fabric from Ikea. I'm on this tomorrow....lol. Great idea.