Tableside Pressing Pad

Posted by deonnstott on Monday, December 10th, 2012

Let's make a customized mini pressing pad to keep next to the sewing machine!
Featuring Solid Pumpkin and Linen Basic Shade by RBD Designs
plus a little Avignon by Emily Taylor for Riley Blake Designs.
Course Instructor:
Deonn Stott @ Quiltscapes
Course Supplies: 
 1 Fat Quarter
Two  8" squares (optional)
Stapler with staples, or hammer and upholstery tacks
3/8" plywood, cut into a 14" x 18" rectangle
(see if the lumberyard will cut it for you!)
Three layers of batting, each cut to 18" x 21":
 ~ 2 pieces @ 100% cotton batting
  ~ 1 piece @ Insulbright or other heat-reflective batting
Course Instructions: 
1)  Piece the outer cover 
 Now, this step is OPTIONAL, but since I had these blocks lying around 
 from this recent VIDEO (Sewing Triangles) I thought we could use them!
Watch the video, or follow this TUTORIAL
to make EIGHT Quarter-Square (Hourglass) blocks at the same time!  
 Square up the blocks to 3"
Next, alternate each unit and stitch them together in a row.
Cut your fat quarter at about 14" over from the selvage.
STITCH to insert the pieced strip between the cuts,
using 1/4" seam allowances.  Trim to 18" x 22" rectangle.  
You may want to finish the raw edges by serging
or turn under 1/4" and zig-zagging edges.
2) Stack the cover and batting as follows:
Fat Quarter (finished/right side down)
Heat-reflective batting
2 layers of cotton batting
 Trim off batting corners, about 3/8" from the corner of the wood.
3)  Staple cover to plywood
 Bring a corner of the fabric up over the plywood
and staple or tack to the wood. 
 Form miters on the corners by folding the fabric around the batting,
then staple to secure.
Pull tightly and staple your fabric to the back of the plywood.  
I finished the corners first, then anchored each side at the centers,
and filled in with staples all the way around to secure.
Here are some of my tools... plus the phone to call my husband
to have him pick up more staples at the hardware store...
 My dear husband suggested that I put something on the back to
 cover the staples and prevent scratches or splinters. (Thanks, honey!)
I used a light piece of fusible interfacing and just ironed it on! 
Ready for any "pressing" matter...
This is just another fun "Snippet" from my sewing room to yours.  Great for classes or retreats, too!  Stop by Quiltscapes to see more simple project tutorials, gift ideas and handmade doo-dads using Riley Blake Designs' sweet fabrics and notions (including the popular "UFO to GO" portable design wall!)
I just love playing with Riley Blake fabrics, don't you?  This little pressing pad could be made with a coordinating strip of fabric, or even without blocks.  I thought it was a fun way to use up these extras.  Plus, they coordinate with a sewing kit ensemble I'm putting together... Shhhh, don't tell, it's a surprise!
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Categories: Quilts, Sewing Basics


  1. Great idea, great tutorial!! I'll be sewing in a camper this winter, and one of these might be just the ticket!!
    by kaholly
    December 10th, 2012 at 4:28 a.m.
  2. THANK YOU! This is going to be a real time saver for me.
    by vickeyb
    December 10th, 2012 at 6:13 p.m.
  3. What a fantastic idea! My sewing room is soooo small and the ironing board takes up soooo much room! I could use this when working on smaller projects and leave the ironing board put away until I actually need it! Thanks!
    by Teri
    December 28th, 2012 at 9:16 a.m.

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