Oh what I wouldn’t give to have a full size studio dedicated to sewing, crafting and making things! One large enough that I could have two long tables back to back (cutting on one, sewing on another), a desk, cabinets and ceiling high shelving for storage, a couch and chairs for lounging and plenty of windows for natural light. Isn’t that every crafter’s dream? Unfortunately for most of us, it’s not a reality and we have to make due with the limited spaces we do have.
For me that often means dragging my cutting mats out onto the kitchen table, running back into the laundry area to press the fabrics, back to the table for pinning and piecing and then into my small studio area for the actual sewing part. Running all over the house like this isn’t ideal and it definitely isn’t very feng shui. In fact, it often makes sewing feel like another chore rather than something to look forward to.
As soon as I laid eyes on the large rustic pallet from Walnut Hollow a solution for this sewing dilema came to mind. Measuring 23″ x 23,” it would be just the right size to use as the base for a tabletop ironing board. There is plenty of surface area for ironing larger cuts of fabric and there is still enough room on the table to do my cutting there as well.
Think this would be a good solution for you also? Let’s take a look at how simple it is to put this together. It takes about 20 minutes from start to finish. Here’s what you’ll need:
– Large Rustic Pallet
– 100% cotton batting (1 1/2 yards or enough for 2 layers)
– 3/4 yard white canvas or upholstery weight fabric
– staple gun & staples
– optional: rope and drill with router bits for creating a handle for hanging
Lay the batting over the top of the pallet and trim so there is a slight overhang on each of the 4 sides. Repeat with the canvas material, allowing about an extra 3 inches of overhang on each side. Nothing needs to be exact here! Layer the 2 sheets of batting under the canvas material.
Fold under each side of the canvas and staple directly to the pallet. I found it was helpful to start in the center of each side and then staple your way to the edges. This will keep the lumps and bulges to a minimum.
If you choose to, you can also drill the holes at this point and thread the rope through to create the hanging loop you see in the photo below. It’s really that simple. I love a useful project – this one will definitely make my life easier!