Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Ironing Mat and Caddy

Monday evening at quilt group, we made this ironing mat and caddy. The idea is that you can use this mat as a pressing surface when you're away from home for a retreat or a workshop. At the end of the day when you're done, you can draw up the cords around the mat with the iron inside to carry it home and not have to worry about transporting a hot iron. I thought it was brilliant.

The pressing surface is a teflon coated, quilted fabric, and you add a cotton fabric on the other side. The tabs around the outside of the mat are sandwiched in between the layers and sewn together. Then a cotton cord is inserted through the tabs. We added cord locks to the ends of the tabs. The mat measures about 20" x 28".

Isn't this fabric cute, with the little quilts all over it? I started making a thread case a while back with the same fabric. That project is now officially a UFO; but I dug it back out after I finished the ironing mat, and now I'd like to get that finished.


Pat said...

Sue, I LOVE that idea! I never know what to do with the hot iron. Is there a pattern you are able to share?

BitnByAQuiltingBug said...

What a great idea. Thanks for the nice comment you left me. I need to make one of these!

Exuberant Color said...

Neat! I am going to have to make one of those.