By Laurie Russman of NeonKitty Quilts

The goal: To replace this sad sight….with a new and imrpoved Rolling Ironing Table and Fabric Storage Cart.

Rolling Ironing Table and Fabric Storage Cart

Step 1: Measure, Measure, Measure.

I was happy with the length of the ironing board, but not the width. And I could only go so big given the size of my studio. So, roughly 4 feet long…and ideally the width of a fat quarter.  If you have a larger studio, you could opt for more length- although this size feels mighty spacious.

Step 2: order the components!

  1. Metro shelving units are very strong and adjustable; you find them online from a number of sources.  They come in certain increments- we ordered the 48″ x 18″ size: 3 shelves plus wheels. 18″ is the typical width, you can choose longer shelves if you like.
  2. Plywood for the top is very sturdy; we bought two 3/4″ boards, long enough and wide enough to have a small overhang on each side when placed on top. (Remember, you need to plan for a margin around the poles.)
  3. White fiberboard to set into the shelf destined for books (a solid surface is preferable to the wire)
  4. Batting to wrap around the wood…that is the easy part for any quilter!  I used a queen-sized batting so that there would be 4 layers of padding.
  5. 2 yards of heat-resistant fabric (optional)…I have seen quilters use a favorite decorative fabric, but I went for the traditional ironing board surface, available as yardage.

Step 3: Construction!

Before assembling the shelving base, my sweetie glued the two boards together, clamped them, and placed some screws in to secure them. We left them to dry for a day.

Next, he routed holes in one layer of wood to fit the poles so that the top would set down firmly (and the top surface of wood would not be compromised).

Assemble the shelving units and put the wheels on…

Then, place the board top-side down onto the batting…wrap tightly!…staple…and carefully cut holes in the batting at the locations of the holes in the wood.

Repeat process with heat-resistant fabric:

Lift top, invert onto poles, tap into place…ta da!

Step 4: Get organized

As this photo shows, this rolling pressing station is sturdy enough to hold my backup Bernina on the bottom shelf.

Time to have fun deciding which space will be books versus drawers for notions and art supplies!

One last side of the studio was still, hmm, suboptimal…

Part 3 will complete the tale :)!

Love this article?  Be sure to visit the author, Laurie Russman over at NeonKitty Quilts.

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Laurie is a fiber artist who combines her passion for animals and quilting by producing pet portraits through a technique she calls “Pet-Lique.” A frequent teacher at IQF’s Open Studios and the City Quilter in NYC, she has been published in Quilting Arts magazine and The Canadian Quilter. Her art quilts have been juried into special exhibits in Houston, AQS QuiltWeek Paducah and the National Juried Show at Quilt Canada. She sits on the board of the Quilt Alliance and is an enthusiastic member of SAQA. Check out her blog at