I learned of this great idea from my friends Mary and Starlyn who made these little ironing tables with their sewing group to take along on retreats. I knew as soon as I saw theirs, that I'd have to make one for me and Labor Day gave me a free day to do it!
It all started with this wooden folding side table that Starlyn found at Walmart. I think I paid $8.50 for mine ~ What a bargain!
You can use any cotton fabric to make your ironing cover, but I decided to use this Ironing Board Cover/Pad that I had. It already had some padding built into it. I found this one at Target, but honestly I've had it a long time and I don't remember what I paid for it. After cutting this to the size I needed to cover the table, I have enough left to replace the cover some time in the future if needed.
Regular cotton batting scraps can be used, but I used a piece of Insul-Bright. It has a silver coating on one side (that you place towards the heat source) to help reflect the heat. I keep this on hand for making pot holders and insulated bags. I know you can get it from Joanne's Fabrics.
This shows the ironing board fabric cover face down (make sure the edges hang over a couple of inches to wrap around the table's edge), the Insul-Bright is between the table and cover with the silver coating toward the cover, and the table is face down on top of these layers.
Then using a staple gun, I fastened down and trimmed up the edges ~ Easy Peesy :)
And Voila...a happy little travel ironing table! Now I just have to get a travel sized iron, and I'll be all ready to go somewhere :)