This is quickly becoming my favorite word. Well…. really my favorite word wouldn’t come to mind so I had to… there it is again… improvise.
You see, moving is tricky. There are a lot of boxes involved and no matter how well I think I organized and unpacked… THINGS. GO. MISSING. Like my checkbook, stapler and staple gun, computer discs, curtains, hole punch, favorite shoes… must I go on! The list seems to be endless this week as we really “settle” into the farmhouse.
I make multiple trips every day to the garage for those “lost-and-hope-to-be-found” items (to no avail I might add). I lift the garage door and immediately feel that I am trapped in another bad episode of Hoarding: Buried Alive. Oh, how I can’t wait to have everything in its place!
Missing items force us to improvise and be more creative. We learn to live with less and create beyond what we first planned. That is exactly how this DIY project was born.
- The Need = Ironing Board
- Lost? Well, no…. I just can’t fit a regular sized ironing board in my tiny laundry room.
- Plan= Create an ironing board by cutting wood to the exact size of my dryer top. Then cover it with padding and fabric.
- Improvisation = I have no means of cutting the wood and definitely cannot find the staple gun in the garage. Therefore, I will sew a portable, storable, adorable ironing pad instead! This idea came to me instantly! – Like I had to search for the missing pieces, get irritated and then sleep on the idea before deciding how to proceed… almost instant! HA!
Moral of my ramblings = Think outside the box. You might just end up with something much better than your first idea.
Here is how I created an ironing pad for our teeny tiny laundry room.
What you need:
- Fabric – heat-resistant (cotton or a linen would be best – about 1 yard fabric for standard dryers)
- Measurements – width and length of the top of dryer (my dryer was 27 x 20 inches)
- Cabinet liner – for the bottom grip of pad
- Low Loft Quilt Batting – for a soft surface
- Sewing Machine, needle, thread and scissors
1. Measure the top of your dryer to determine the size of the pad. Double the fabric and cut to that size + seam allowance (leave an extra 1/2” on each side for seam allowance.
2. Cut the batting to same size and place on back side of fabric.
3. Bring good sides of fabric together with batting/back side exposed.
4. Sew along three sides of the pad within your seam allowance width.
5. Use the open side to turn the pad right-side-out.
6. Tuck and fold the fabric and padding on open side and pin. Then sew along that side to seal.
7. Iron the pad flat to all edges and seams.
8. Sew along the first three edges again to create a complete border.
9. Cut the cabinet lining to fit the back of pad. Attached the grip padding by hand at the edges along the outside of the pad (I attached at corners and center. This will prevent the pad from moving while you are ironing.
10. Place on top of your dryer for ironing or conveniently roll and tuck it away for easy storage.
MUCH smaller than storing a full-size ironing board!
Improvised! Try it with me!
I’ve learned a few other handy tricks about improvisation this past week. Join the conversation on Facebook!
UPDATE: Check out our entire laundry room reveal HERE!
Thanks for stoppin’ in!
– Rustic Honey