How To: Easy Portable Ironing Table Tutorial

Crafty Cupboard  DIY Portable Ironing Table

Now that the baby lives in my sewing room, my sewing “room” is a little part of my bedroom.  And while I like having a big, open window in front of me while I sew (which has made me keep our room pretty clean!), I was having to walk a long way to use the iron.  And working on my spider web quilt, that was a lot of time jumping up and down just to press a few seams. The solution?  A Portable ironing board!

Want to make one too?

You need:

TV Tray (mine is cheap from Walmart, it would be ADORABLE if you painted it a fun color)

Home Décor Weight Fabric (larger than your tray table by about 3” all around)

3 Pieces Cotton Quilt Batting (larger than your tray table by about 1 1/2” all around)

1 Piece Insulated Batting (Like Insul-Bright, larger than your tray table by about 1 1/2” all around)

Hand-held Stapler and Staples

Ironing Board Materials 2

You are ready to begin!

Layer materials

1.  On a flat, sturdy surface, lay out your fabric right side down, then center your 3 layers cotton batting and 1 layer insulated batting on the fabric.  With your tray table assembled, flip it upside-down and center the table on your batting/fabric layers.

Ironing Board Clip corners

2.  Trim the corners by cutting a square out of each one to eliminate the bulk when it is all folded over.

Ironing Board Fold fabric

3.  Fold the edge of your fabric over to hide your raw edges, but make sure there is still enough to reach the table top.

Ironing Board Staple on fold

4.  Pull the fabric up and over so it is tight against the underside of the table.  Use your Stapler to keep it in place.  Repeat on all the sides, making sure to pull the fabric taught as you go.

Ironing Board fold corners

5.  For the corners, fold the corners in to hide your raw edges.  Pull the edge up and over the table’s edge and staple it to keep it in place.

Ironing Board pinch and fold

6.  Now, pinch the fabric that you have remaining, and tightly pull it towards the corner, keeping it taught and working out any extra folds or excess fabric.  Once you get it how you want it, staple it down.

Finish with staples

7.  Repeat on all the corners, and add any staples where you think the fabric needs to be a little tighter or more secure.

Finished down

8.  Flip your table over, and you are done!

Crafty Cupboard_ DIY Portable Ironing Table

No longer a regular ol’ TV tray!  It still has its qualities though-

Folded up and put away

…like the ability to fold up and put away when not in use. 

Crafty Cupboard_DIY Ironing Portable Ironing Table

Mine fits perfectly between my husband’s dresser and my sewing machine table (given to me by Tracy– thanks so much Tracy!!! It is perfect!), and when I am working, I’ll just have it close enough that I only have to turn in my chair to use it. If I needed to, I could take it with me wherever I go to have a craft night or to help people with projects.  Much better than hauling around my old, huge, stained ironing board, which I’d never do anyway!

For the curious minds out there, I am not planning on using steam with this table for sustained, extended periods of time.  If the table did happen to warp a little with time, I don’t think it would even matter, since it is covered and just made for ironing small projects. :)

Let me know if you try it out!  My girls are way impressed (at least the older two are, the baby is thus far indifferent) and think it is sooo cute! And life is just about impressing small women around here 😉

Thanks for stopping by, I hope you all have a great weekend!

Back to Blog


Leave a reply

CommentLuv badge

Back to Blog