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Question for (Sewing) crafters--

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Does anyone know an alternative to using batting for a home-made miniature ironing board? I can't believe how expensive it is, and I only need a piece that's about 20"x 14". Batting by the yard starts at over $7...and packaged batting is often more expensive...and I'd probably never use any more of it. (I'm truly not a "cheap" person. I make many many dolls which I donate, and I pay for all the materials. Sometimes it gets very expensive, and we live strictly on social security. So I think I'm just trying to be frugal).

I love the idea of having a small ironing table and miniature (travel) iron handy when I'm sewing my little dolls. What a help it would be!

I plan to hit all the thrift shops in town after the snow clears. Perhaps someone has a small piece I could buy. (I have the same problem with material. Nobody sells actual small material scraps).

So here's a picture of what I'd love to make. I have this exact t.v. tray already!

And if anyone is interested in doing this, here's the link!
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    I always check the local thrift shops for sewing scraps, etc. when I am running errands.

    1523 days ago
    In the fabric stores there is a "felt-like" fabric that we use to shape jacket shoulder areas. It is white and dense but is not made of wool. I'm up in Canada, so our prices are probably different than yours.

    Another fabric I use often is heat deflecting and I use it inside tea cosies. I don't know the cost per yard in America.

    Best of luck in your ironing board building!
    1524 days ago
    What you can do is take some use/ old clothes (that you dont care about and cut them to the size of the top of the table, layer them on your board area and then cover it with a "dollar" iron board cover that you cut down to the size of your ironing table. Its cheaper than buying a new ironing board cover at Walmart. One dollar. Most dollar stores sell them, least they did the last time i bought one. Theya re thin but for a small tabel, cheap! (I too am on social security and knwo how hard it is to live off of it!) I am very frugal! When you cut it down to size and tack it down with the old clothes under it, tacking it down under the table its apermanent tacking. Better yet, make a one inch hem around the ironing board cover after you cut it down to the size of your table and put elastic in it and fold and hem it, and roll tightly over the tabel top when finsihed. Make sure your Batting of old clothes is thick enough so as not to warp the wood, so you can still use the table to eat on. Good luck. I love the idea and may do it to oen of my small lunch tables. susana
    1524 days ago
    How about a towel?
    1524 days ago
  • DEE107
    try a girl scout troop they could use it when they make dolls etc
    1524 days ago
    I posted a pattern similar to this on active crafters and united stitches I might have some quilt batting left upstairs in my spare room. How much do you want, exactly 20 x 14 or a bit more

    I got some with a coupon from the arts and crafts store so it does not hurt so mucj

    1524 days ago
    Find yourself a local quilter, I'm sure they would have some leftover and be willing to donate it.

    1524 days ago
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