Make a Folding Ironing Board from Cardboard Bolts

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This is a Super Easy Project and a Great Way to Recycle!

You surely are familiar with the cardboard that bolts of fabric are wrapped around, right? They make a wonderful surface for ironing, and can be configured into a folding ironing board. All it takes is three cardboard bolts, batting and about a yard and a half of fabric.

In the following video Rob from Man Sewing walks you through the steps of this easy project. Basically he tapes three cardboard bolts together so they fold like an accordion and encases them in a big batting and fabric pillowcase. The result is an ironing surface that can be folded to take with you.

Make a Folding Ironing Board from Cardboard Bolts

Rob must buy fabric by the bolt because he talks about having the cardboard sitting around the sewing room. If you don’t have any on hand, check your local fabric store. They throw out tons of them and surely will be happy to save a few for you.

Be sure to use cotton batting for this project, as poly will melt with high heat. And, you may want to do what one viewer suggests:

“I think I would cover the boards in heavy weight aluminum foil before you duct tape them – would keep them from getting soggy if you use steam…might last longer as well…”   – Suze N

Regardless, the cardboard will wear out over time but can be easily replaced. One important point to remember is to choose three cardboard bolts from the same manufacturer so they’re all the same thickness.


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