Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Pressed for Space

My cute little sewing nook is upstairs. My unwieldy monster of an ironing board lives downstairs in the laundry room. If I need to press a seam open or fuse some interfacing, as one does when sewing, I don't want to have to run up and down the stairs all the time, nor leave the iron unattended. Nor am I going to haul that ironing board up and down the stairs.

Happily, there are tools designed for such problems.

Here we have some 5-inch pre-cut fabric squares to which I would like to apply some fusible fleece.

And here we have the June Tailor Quilter's Cut 'n' Press, which has a small cutting mat on one side and a pressing surface on the other. It's a baby ironing board! (I don't know nothin' about ironing no babies, so hush; you know what I mean.)

Now we just need some steam. The Steamfast travel and crafting iron should be just the ticket. Let's take it for a spin.

Yep, works great! It gets quite hot, and produces audible and visible steam. That fusible is well-fused.

I crawled into bed with some more crochet cotton and a loooooong sashiko needle. This was the result. I think I'm going to make a little zipper bag out of it. That seems to be my default. Everyone likes a little zipper bag, right?


  1. I have a TV table covered with padding and heavy cover. I use it as a portable ironing board and take it with me when I go to a quilting retreat. I put in next to my table and I don't even have to get up to press a seam. This is Peggy not Richard and I am too lazy to type it over.

  2. That's a good idea! This little Jane Tailor board was a giveaway. I felt a little silly taking it at the time, but now I'm glad I did.