Monthly Archives: August 2012

Multi-functional Traveling TV Tray

To increase the functionality of the traveling TV ironing table, add a cutting mat under the removable ironing board cover and attach a small bag for rotary cutter and ruler, and your ironing board becomes a handy personal cutting table.  Remove cover and cutting mat, add a cup holder clamped to the side and your snack table is ready when you are.  Sewing classes, here we come!

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No More Waiting in Lines for Me…

Sewing Traveling Ironing Board

Wooden TV Tray Is Perfect Traveling Ironing Board

Here is a cool tip I just heard the other day.  I love traveling to take the myriad of sewing classes that I “sew” enjoy, however, packing up the sewing room and organizing all those little essential pieces of equipment is always a challenge.  I always think I will need everything in my sewing room.  To make packing easier, I have worked hard to support my true title – “The Bag Lady”.  I have made bags for everything from the small bobbins to the large serger table top.  I have even made bags to fit inside other bags.  When my car is finally ready to roll, there are so many different bags in the back of my jeep, it is a good thing I am the driver because that is the only bit of space left in the car.   

The problem is, no matter how much “stuff” I take, there is always that one singular item that slows down “in class” progress.  There are never enough ironing boards and irons for all the students.  Over the years I have bought every type of mini iron and folding pressing board I could find in order to avoid having to wait in the long “ironing lines”.  Trouble is, there is never enough table space to open the boards and I am always afraid of burning something (or me) with the hot iron next to my machine.  Problem solved!  A wooden TV tray with padding and a nice cover makes a perfect traveling ironing board.  The TV tray can be set up next to the sewing chair without taking additional table space.  The iron can sit on the TV table without fear of burning anything on the cluttered sewing table.

Sew…this year’s classes will find me packing one more item into my jeep – an $8.00 wooden TV tray with some padding and a cover and I am ready to roll.  Now all I have to do is make another bag to hold the TV tray and the new little traveling steam iron I just purchased for $10.00.  No more waiting in lines for me – and, oh yes, those who take classes with me know I don’t sew in those classes anyway, so that TV tray will double nicely as a lunch/snack table.

Many, many thanks to my friend, Iva, for sharing that wonderful tip for a traveling ironing board.