Monday, October 15, 2012

Put a Pin In It: Ironing Mat

One of the keys to living in a small house is to maximize your space.

SO, when I saw a quilted ironing mat that fits over your dryer, from Solutions, I knew I needed one.

Cue email to my mom, asking her if she could make me one.


She gathered the following supplies:

1 1/4 yards of Therma-Flec Heat Resistant Cloth, which is approximately $9.00 a yard 
1 yard of Insul-Bright {which is what oven mitts or pot holders are insulated with}, which is approximately $4 a yard
6 strong magnets
Binding


She cut out the Insul-Bright and Therma Flec Heat Resistant Cloth to make a 21 inches wide by 33 inches long mat.

The mat was quilted using cross hatching, to hold the Insul-Bright into place.  Then she added a binding around the edges.


To make sure the mat remained in place even during vigorous ironing, she added 6 heavy duty super strong magnets to the edges.


To be honest, I rarely vigorously iron anything.  Now that I have my own ironing mat cover, I do iron more {mostly crafts} and now the top of my dryer stays clean {this used to be a favorite stacking spot of mine}.

If you want to make your own ironing mat and are looking for a more detailed tutorial, go check out Thrifty Crafty Girl

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25 comments:

  1. What a fantastic idea! It looks great on your dryer. I hardly ever iron either, but I have found I also need it more often for crafting. Headed to check out the tutorial now. :) Megan

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  2. Thanks for the shout-out! I can tell you that the ironing mat I made gets used SOOOO MUCH. I leave it out all the time because it's pretty. And I'm like you, I'm a stacker... now the mat prevents that stack. Of course, there are other stacks, but we won't worry about those today.

    Nice job!

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  3. this is awesome!!!! I really don't iron that much, but this would be just perfect

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  4. I saw one of these on line (but hated the price). I thought it would be more difficult to make one on my own. Thanks for posting this!

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  5. Incredible! Now that is a great solution!

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  6. I have admired those in the catalogs. Leave it to you to DIY it! (Or have someone else DIY it for you ;)

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  7. ORRRR you can put THESE in the Etsy shop and I'll buy one! Yes, I will!

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  8. Your mother did a terrific job on this and I'm sure it's a terrific space saver!

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  9. This is such a great idea. I agree with Danavee above.... Etsy shop candidate. Would your mom like to make more of these? I would buy one, absolutely!

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  10. That's such a great idea! First time I hear of it. You could totally sell these on Etsy... and I definitely would buy one! And hey, I have the same iron!! :D

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  11. Cool Amy! So great how you found a way to work with your small space restrictions AND you had your Mom make it instead of buying one! 5 stars for sure!

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  12. I want this because there is nothing better when the top of the dryer is free and clear! I love this idea!

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  13. Hey Great minds! This was the pin that inspired my Australia's biggest ironing board. It's such a cool idea.

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  14. great idea!! My daughter lives in a studio apt...no room for anything...always looking for spacesavers. thanks!

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  15. Great idea, thanks for sharing.

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  16. This is awesome. While we have a large house, our laundry room is quite small, so my husband (who does the ironing in the family) just irons on top of our washer but with a towel. Well, the towel isn't that great and we have a lovely burn mark on our washer as a result. I need to make this! Thanks for sharing.

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  17. I don't like to iron, but when I do, I usually put a towel on the washer! This looks like it would work so much better.

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  18. I REALLY need one of these:)
    We love having you at Whimsy Wednesday!
    Kelly,
    Smart! School {House}
    www.smartschoolhouse.com

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  19. What a wonderful idea! I need one of these but unfortunately my dryer is in an unfinished basement/cellar and I hate going down there. So I definitely wouldn't go down there to iron, not that I iron that much unless it's wood veneer to edge plywood.

    Holly

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  20. Hmmm, if I ever get the top of my dryer cleared off..it's out in the garage and tends to collect things :)

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  21. What a neat idea! We have a small house so this would be a great space saver. Thanks.
    Would love for you to share this at my very first linky party. My sister and I are working together over at “Think Tank Thursday”…hope to see you there!
    http://www.saving4six.com/2012/10/welcome-to-think-tank-thursday-1.html

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  22. This is a great idea! I also use my dryer to stack stuff, and iron more for sewing/craft projects than my clothes. Thanks for sharing at Terrific Tuesdays.
    Rachel
    adventuresofadiymom.blogspot.com

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  23. Great space saving idea, I'm definitely going to do this as soon as we have our own washer and dryer! Thanks for linking this up to The Fun In Functional!

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  24. Great idea that takes up no extra space! Thanks for linking up last week! We'd love to have you back:
    http://www.joyfulhomemaking.com/2012/10/welcome-to-think-tank-thursday-2.html

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