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Portable Iron Pad

Source: Martha Stewart Living Television


Pressing seams, marking hems, and smoothing fabric to determine its exact shape and size are all tasks that are essential for any sewing project. But it may not be convenient for you to leave your sewing table to go to the ironing board while you're working, or even to keep the bulky board set up at all times. This iron pad offers an ideal solution. It is a portable ironing surface that can be used anywhere, will protect the work surface beneath it, and can even be packed for travel use.

The pad is made of three layers of Teflon-coated fabric, which is both heat- and moisture-resistant for even the hottest steam iron. A heavy, durable English table flannel, also called bump, is used as padding.

The instructions below are for a 19-by-27-inch finished pad, but you can adapt the measurements to any size you like. Just be sure to add an inch to both the length and width when you cut the fabric pieces, for seam allowances.



  • 3 pieces Teflon fabric, 20 by 28 inches

  • 1 piece muslin, 20 by 28 inches

  • 2 pieces bump (English table flannel), 18 3/4 by 26 3/4 inches

  • Pinking shears

  • Twill tape ties (optional)


  1. Stack the three layers of Teflon fabric with the right sides all facing the same direction, and pin to the muslin.

  2. Sew around the perimeter, using a 1/2-inch seam allowance. Leave a 10-inch opening on one side through which you'll turn the pad right side out.

  3. Trim seams with pinking shears, and clip corners diagonally. Turn right side out, and press.

  4. Tack the two layers of bump together at each corner. Then fold the two layers together in thirds, like a letter. Insert it into the opening, and unfold it: Reach inside the case to flatten out the bump and make sure it meets the corners.

  5. Handstitch the opening of the pad closed. Topstitch around the entire perimeter of the pad, 1/2-inch in from the edge. This will secure the bump to the outer layers of the pad.

  6. If desired, sew twill tapes onto one seam so that you can roll the pad and tie it up for easy storage and travel.

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