Posted by Dory @ Lucky Dorito on Sunday, November 6th, 2011
I’ve been sewing quite a bit lately. Unfortunately, we keep our ironing board and iron upstairs in the master bedroom (because Mr. Lucky uses it DAILY) while my sewing machine is downstairs in the guest room. This means I am forever dragging the iron downstairs and laying a piece of cardboard with a folded sheet over it on the guest bed to use as a makeshift ironing board.
One day recently while doing this I remembered yet another project I saw on Pinterest to assist in this dilemma and immediately set about completing this project.
I found an old folding tv tray for $2 at my favorite antique store (although it’s not quite that old to be considered an antique) and bought some fabric and batting at Hobby Lobby.
I used a piece of cardboard under the batting to keep steam from the iron from ruining the finish on the table top and possibly bleeding through the batting and fabric over time. I don’t really know if that can happen or not but I figured I might as well be safe than sorry.
I originally cut the batting and the fabric the same size but after I tried to fold it over the edge, I realized it would be much simpler to trim the batting to where it only wrapped around the edge of the table, but not all the way to the edge of the fabric.
Then I folded the edge of the fabric over just before I pulled it tight to the back of the table top for stapling.
I began stapling in the center of the short side of the table and then flipped it around and did the other short side, pulling the fabric tight along the way.
On the long sides, I made sure to not staple just at the edge where the folding bar attaches – in case I ever need to detach the legs for something (like painting).
I kept pulling the fabric tight and stapling it all the way around, leaving the corners to do last.
I trimmed the excess fabric and tucked it under until it was smooth.
When all the stapling was finished, the underside looks like this:
It’s coming in handy in my sewing room.