This is a project that I've been wanting to make for a while now. We had a small tv tray (is that what other people call them?!?) whose top had seen better days. MisterStitches wanted to get rid of it, but I knew that I wanted to re-purpose it.
First of all, for my fabric I chose Whispering Grass by HarmonyArt. Choosing the fabric did take a little thought. I knew that I wanted a print, but nothing too bright. Certainly not a red fabric which might bleed onto whatever I was ironing! Whispering Grass, as are all of Harmony's fabrics, is organic, and it's such a pleasant print.
I used one layer of batting and one layer of Insulbrite to cushion the fabric. I simply cut the fabric and both battings a few inches bigger than the tray. Then it was time to call in the staple gun! I started by stapling in the middle of one side, then stretching the fabric tight and stapling in the middle of the opposite side. Repeated for the other two sides, then I stapled all around the edges. It was important to keep the fabric stretched while I was doing this.
I just did a sloppy sort of miter at the corners. It did the trick!
The bottom of the tray is not going to win any beauty prizes. No finished edges. Uneven edges. Questionable corner treatment. But, ask me if I care!!
I love my new little ironing table. I took it to our guild retreat with me in February and got lots of compliments on it. In the past I've always taken my small ironing surface with me to classes, etc. It works fine, but this way I can free up a little bit more of my table space. Besides, it's very pretty!