DIY – Tutorial – Travel Ironing Board Out of Recycled Wood

DIY Travel Ironing Board

Do you ever go to a sewing retreat or sewing class and have to wait for the iron station? Do you have or willing to buy a little travel iron? I can show you how in a few simple steps you can make a travel ironing board with things you might have lying around your house! Then no more waiting on the iron!

Materials to Collect

  • A piece of wood
    • This can be an old entertainment center shelf or even from a bookcase, an old wooden puzzle or the top of a wooden tv tray!
  • Staple Gun & Staples
  • One fat quarter of 100% cotton (2 for optional lining)
  • 100% cotton batting

Let’s Create!

Step 1 – Collect your supplies

Collect your supplies
Collect your supplies

Step 2 – Take your recycled wood and cotton batting.

Lay the cotton batting onto a hard surface, I used 2 layers of 100% cotton batting.

Then set your piece of wood upside down on centered on the batting.

Starting at either the top or bottom, fold the fabric over the edge and staple in place.

Repeat this on all sides and then also try to make your corners clean and cut away extra fabric to cut bulk.

diy ironing board

Step 3 – Now take your fabric and do the same, taking care to keep everything tight and wrinkle free.

Step 4 – You’re done!!! **UNLESS you want the back to look as nice as the front!

Step 5 – *Optional* For a professional finish

Using another fat quarter of fabric, fold the raw edges under to the wrong side of the fabric, iron.

Then using the staple gun, attach to the backside to cover the board completely to finish the back nicely.

You could use flannel on this side and make it a quilt design board!

Now you are able to use this awesome travel ironing station, take it to your guild meetings, your sewing lessons or any retreat! This will help you be efficient and quick! Also, this is great to have on your sewing desk for when you are working on smaller projects!

Thank you for reading! Let me know what other tutorials you would like to see!

Happy St. Patty’s Day!


The owner of Needle, Ink and Thread, Located in Beavercreek, Ohio. I love teaching, it really is my passion. The "lightbulb" moments are my favorite! I am so excited to share my passion of sewing, design, and art with you! I was also a former co-owner of Sew Dayton.

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