How to Use a Sleeve Board to Iron Shirts

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How to Use a Sleeve Board to Iron Shirts
A sleeve board makes ironing sleeves on shirts simple. (ironing image by jovica antoski from

Teach your kids the lost art of ironing by introducing them to the proper tools: an ironing board, starch, a good quality iron and a sleeve board. Tell your kids a sleeve board is a piece of wood covered with fabric; it is inserted into the sleeve of a shirt to prevent unwanted creases from forming during ironing. Your kids will probably mention one of the many wrinkle-release products on the market; counter by telling them that using an iron guarantees unwrinkled clothes every time.

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Things you need

  • Ironing board
  • Iron
  • Sleeve board
  • Shirt
  • Starch

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  1. 1

    Set up the ironing board. Turn on the iron.

  2. 2

    Slide the sleeve board into the shirt sleeve. The shaped board will help prevent unwanted creases.

  3. 3

    Spray starch on the back of the shirt sleeve. Press the shirt with the iron. Keep the iron moving to avoid scorching the material. Flip the shirt over. Spray the front side of the shirt sleeve with starch. Press the sleeve with the iron. The starch makes the material feel crisp.

  4. 4

    Remove the sleeve board from the shirt sleeve. Place the board into the unironed shirt sleeve. Repeat Step 2.

  5. 5

    Starch and iron the rest of your shirt. Immediately hang up to prevent wrinkles.

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