Quilter's Ironing Pad

                                        

Hello, I hope that you enjoy this tutorial on how to make a quilter's ironing pad.  My inspiration for this project came after getting annoyed with having to drag out my big ironing board every time I just needed to iron a few seams.  This project is great for ironing quilting projects, it stores easily, and it is very portable.  Hopefully this project will save you some time and ironing board frustration.  It would make a great gift too!




16 Charm Squares (I used Sugar Pop by Liz Scott)
1/8 Yard of Coordinating Fabric (for binding)
1/2 Yard of Thermal Fabric (ironing board fabric)
1/2 Yard of batting (or insulated batting--preferably heat resistant)
   
Step One:  Layout out your 16 charm squares in a 4 by 4 square.  Maintaining the order of your pattern, take the two charm squares of the first row and align them together with right sides facing each other.  Align the other two charm squares in the same fashion and repeat for the remaining three rows.  Sew each set of two charm squares on one side using a 1/4 seam allowance (all seams will be 1/4 inch throughout).  You should now have 8 sets of two charm squares sewn together.

























Step Two:  Press open seams.

























Step Three:  With right sides together, sew one set of two charm squares to another set of two charm squares to make a row of four charm squares.





Step Four:  Press open seams.  With right sides together sew one set of four charm squares to another set of four charm squares.







Step Five:  Press open seams and then with right sides together, sew one set of eight charm squares to the other set of eight charm squares to complete your back of the ironing pad.  Press open seams.

Step Six:  Cut a piece of thermal fabric to match the size of the back you just made.

























Step Seven: Cut a piece of the batting to match the back as well.











Step Eight:  With the wrong side of the back facing up, place the batting on top of the back.  Be careful to line up the edges.  Then place the thermal fabric on top, right side facing up, and line up all edges then pin.










 Step Nine:  Sew the entire perimeter of the new stack with a 1/4 inch seam allowance.












Step Ten:  Add a binding using your favorite method or try my binding tutorial.

Presto!!! You are done!!!  Enjoy your new ironing pad and the relief from not having to drag out the old ironing board just to iron a seam or two.




One ironing pad to either use for your own quilting needs or to give to a fellow quilter.

Thanks for looking!  

Kathy Davis



34 comments:

Shruti said...

I loved this idea! I made mine from an old picture frame, but this one is perfect to tote around!

Kirsten N said...

This is such a great idea - I usually just grab an old towel to put on the table but this is so much nicer!!

Elzaan said...

Supurb idea! This will work great with my applique pieces and "steam-a-seam" I need to steam for a moment or two.

Sylvie BG said...

Such a very great idea ! I love it !

AMKreations said...

Lovely tutorial! Thank you!

Sasha said...

That's a great idea!! Thank you for the tutorial!

KatheG said...

Love the idea - love the tutorial but I think one step may be missing - how does the beautiful cat work in on this (lol)?

The Tulip Patch said...

I go to a craft group every month and I hate all the lugging involved. This would be so lightweight and perfect. Where do you get the thermal fabric? I know about insulbrite but I don't think I've seen the silver fabric you used.

Thanks for the great idea!

Nicole Morris said...

Great idea! Step 6a, disentangle cat from rotary cutter. I love it!

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CosmoQuilts said...

Thank you all for the nice comments! Someone asked about the silver ironing fabric... There are a couple different brands out there. One is called Therma-Flec and can be found on www.fabric.com
I bought mine at a Hancock Fabric store.

Paul said...

This is a GREAT Idea!! I may have to make one of these. Who am I kidding, I need to make several of these, they would be great swap package items.

Paul
www.OutnumberedQuilter.com

Sandra said...

Wow! This is a great idea and is sure to make pressing easier.

Jane J. said...

Great idea. I get my thermal fabric for other projects at JoAnn's. Love the cat. Of course cats and quilts go together!

Lynne said...

Fantastic idea - thank you; think I'll have to make me one!

Susan said...

You missed a bit in the instructions...

'Wrestle rotary cutter away from cat'

This looks like a great idea, thank you.

Quiltjane said...

Thanks for the great tutorial. Such a bright addition for my quilting room.

Beth said...

what a great idea! I really need to make one, or a few. I have lots of charm squares so I am part of the way there.
Thanks for the great tutorial

cdc said...

I love it and certainly think I will soon give this a try.

Anonymous said...

This is such a good idea and will be a great project for my next guild retreat-a mini-class! I see that you have a "helper" too. Mine's a sable Burmese!!!! Thanks for the tutorial.
Carole.

susiloci said...

Un trabajo maravilloso!!!!!!!

Barbara said...

Thanks so much for the tutorial! This is so simple and so practical! I have moved my ironing station a million times trying to get it "right"...this project solves the problem! Love your little helper!

Jovanna said...

Great idea for making gifts! I may have to make myself one and my other quilting friends. Is the finished size 16" x 16"?

CosmoQuilts said...

The finished size is about 18" x 18"

Heike's quilts and socks said...

This in wonderful. I love it. Thank you so much!
Heike

Anonymous said...

Fantastic! I am going to share your idea at the next guild meeting.

Gwen

Karen said...

This would be a great idea for a college student, or someone just moving into a small apartment! It's a great idea. Or traveling? ......lots of ideas!

Anonymous said...

I've been thinking of making one since I'm moving into a 5th wheel travel trailer!

Vicki said...

I want one! What a great little project, so clever.

Melissa said...

I think I will be making one of these for sure! Super Cute. You iron with the silver side down?

Thanks!
~melissa

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ckwarr said...

This is great! I was looking for an alternative to dragging my ironing board out for little projects. What kind of batting did you use? I see there is a therma flec heavy cotton batting availabe. Would that work in place of both the batting and the thermal fabric? Thanks for this tutorial.

CosmoQuilts said...

The batting that i used was a thicker pre-quilted batting that I found next to the therma fabric. The thermal batting may work... but just incase you might want to test it first.