I love my big ironing boards and so do the people who sew in my studio. And they aren't that difficult to make!
Here's what you need:
- Particle Board: this works because it doesn't have a grain. The grain will raise when heat/steam is applied so don't use anything with a grain. Some wood like plywood will warp when steam is applied. I had mine cut to 36" x 48" at the store.
- Batting: I used Warm and Natural and Bump (which isn't easy to find - it's a heavy interlining that is used in drapes. I managed to find some at Calico Corners). If you can't find any, use two layers of Warm & Natural.
- Fabric: I used cotton quilting fabric.
- Staples and a Staple Gun: Here's some great info on stapling.
Then I followed the directions from Martha Stewart!
I purchased six baskets that hold scraps of fabric. Eventually I'll get around to labeling them.
I've had these for three years and they get used A LOT. I've changed the fabric covers only once. As much as I like the pink, I'll go back to tan tones because they hide the stains better.