Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Is Your Ironing Board Toxic?

 The other day when I took Sharon Schamber's Workshop
she mentioned that many quilters are using 
Ironing Boards that emit toxic fumes.
I had never considered the possibility,
but now that I think of it, 
it makes complete sense.
Do you ever 
get headaches
become dizzy
or smell fumes as you iron?
The inner
chemical ridden  Polyurethane Foam
Teflon coating
may be a contributor.
I'd be quite happy to give up ironing my clothes,
but as a quilter,
 NEED (yes need!) to press fabrics 
on a daily basis.
I've found several solutions that can help.
 I purchased a pre-made
14" X 19"
from Sharon's daughter Christy (Purple Daisies)
There are a lot of perks to this pressing board
including the fact that they are non-toxic,
 and made with 100% Cotton Canvas exterior
with Warm and Natural Batting underneath.
(the back)
Added features include
the use of a hard surface that helps in accuracy
by not distorting the size of your piece.
* see additional features 
Or, if you would like to make your own
Pressing Board
Sharon offers a
Free Tutorial 
on You Tube
Thanks Sharon!
And if you would like to recover your 
ironing boards 
with non-toxic materials
Rachel Hauser (Stitched In Color)
offers a great Tutorial
*and my friend Cathy Underhill from Australia
(Cabbage Quilts)
recently did a post
on how she made a large
Pressing Board 
(using Sharon Schamber's Tutorial)
to fit the top of a
green sideboard in her new
quilting studio.


LynCC said...

Oh my gosh!! Thank you for this post. I never even *thought* about the ironing board and Teflon toxins. As a Lupus person with increased cancer susceptibility I thank you for this post. :) ::going downstairs to strip that Teflon cover off the board and find stuff to recover it with::

Needled Mom said...

I never thought about it, but I will now. Guess it's time to change my ironing board cover.

Cathy Underhill said...

Thank you for the linky love Nedra, I'm so thrilled with my large pressing board, I never want to go back to my old rickety one! xo