Are you dissatisfied with your ironing board or pressing surface? Long ago I became very tired of pressing my blocks on pressing mats that were soft and squishy. It's much better to press blocks on a firm surface rather than a padded one. I knew that my blocks always turned out nicer when I pressed on my smooth kitchen counters (which are made of heat-resistant soapstone) and I loved pressing there. Awhile ago I found a great tutorial on Cristy's blog for a firm, portable pressing board and have been eager to try making one of these for myself to fit nicely on one side of the cutting table in my (small) sewing area.
I have to smile as I press and look at the sweet birdies.
If you're looking to change and enhance your pressing surface, check out her tutorial and make one of these cool boards for yourself in any size you like. It's very simple - all you need is the board, fabric, cotton batting (NOT polyester), a staple gun and glue. I bought the inexpensive OSB (engineered wood board) at Home Depot and had them cut it 18" x 24". These would also be perfect in a smaller size for taking along to classes. I still have a large portion of the board left over from what they cut so I may make another and keep it somewhere else.
The perfect pressing board Thanks, Cristy, for the great tutorial. Here's a link to a video made by Sharon Schamber (Cristy's mother).
It's the perfect size for pressing my small blocks and my small quilts and much better than a large ironing board or pressing mat. The ironing board is tucked away nearby if I need it for borders or larger quilts : )