How to make an ironing pad

For a quick ironing job, make an ironing pad you can fold up and store in a drawer. This will be a good size for a quick touch-up on a blouse or to press pattern pieces. Choose a bright cotton fabric for the cover to add a little cheer to an otherwise mundane laundry chore.

Cut the fabric, batting, Insul-Brite and ironing board lining so that each piece measures two feet by three feet. Layer the materials in the following order: ironing board lining, batting, Insul-Brite and top with the cotton fabric, right side up. Ironing board lining is a silvery metallic fabric and Insul-Brite is a heat-proof fabric. You can find both in fabric stores.

Machine quilt the layers together. You can use any quilting pattern you like, from simple lines to diamonds to random squiggles. While the decorative fabric may be the side that attracts the most attention, the side you want up when you iron is the silver side. The layers of batting, Insul-Brite and fabric will protect your table top from scorching.

Bind all edges of the quilting pad with seam binding. For a neat finish, open the binding and lay the right side of the binding against the right side of the ironing pad. Sew a 1/4-inch seam. Fold the binding, right side out, over the edge of the pad and stitch in place by hand with a hem stitch or whip stitch.