Heat-Reflective Fabric For Large Ironing Surfaces

| Date posted: April 9th, 2013


Many of us have heat-reflective fabric lining our off-the-rack raincoats, winter insoles, or pizza delivery bags and flexible coolers. That said, few home sewing enthusiasts know that they can purchase this fabric in fabric stores, and use it for a ton of neat insulating applications.

A project that might be of particular interest to domestic seamsters is a table-sized ironing board. Many of us dread pressing in the first place, and so fighting with a few yards of fabric as we are trying to press it on a tiny ironing board before cutting out pattern pieces can be enough of a hassle for us to give up on the project for the evening, pour ourselves a cup of tea (or something stronger), and retreat to a less combative activity.

A few yards of heat-reflective fabric and three or four old blankets can solve that hassle. If you have a table that you don’t mind converting into an ironing board permanently, and enough space to keep it out all the time, you can lay the old blankets (or 3-4 layers of quilt batting, if you’d prefer) over the table, spread the heat-reflective fabric (shiny side up) over top, smooth it all out, and use a staple gun to attach both layers of fabric to the bottom of the table. If you’re non-committal, or just don’t have the space to keep a gigantic ironing board up at your place all the time, you can simply leave out the final step of stapling, and remove and store the layers of fabric between uses. A bit of the heat and steam will come through the reflective fabric, which is why I recommend putting a few layers of batting or quilts between it and the table, if only to protect the surface of your table from becoming warped from the steam over time.

You can spot-clean the reflective fabric using mild soap and a cloth. I like to wipe mine down and let it air dry before each use, just to get rid of any dust that may have settled.

Your local fabric store representatives should be able to help you find appropriate heat-reflective fabric for this kind of project. Avoid using a quilted fabric, as it will result in little quilted patterns showing up all over the fabric you are trying to iron.


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Caylie joined the LoveSewing community in early 2011, when she began interning at The Sewing Studio Toronto while working on her master's in museum studies at the University of Toronto. In fall 2011, she began...

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