How to Make an Ironing Mat

An ironing mat is a great addition to a sewing or craft space, and is sometimes more convenient than an ironing board. You can make it any size you want with the cotton fabric of your choice, and the heat resistant fabric will protect your table top. When not in use simply roll up the mat and tie it for easy storage.

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How to Make an Ironing Mat - Materials



Step 1: Measure & cut the fabric

Cut the cotton fabric to the size you want. Add an extra inch to the width and length for the seam allowance. My ironing mat will be 25″ by 35″ when finished, so I’m cutting it to be 26″ by 36″.

Then cut the heat resistant fabric to the same size.

The bump interlining should be cut to the dimensions of your finished ironing mat.

Step 2: Sew together

With right sides facing, pin the cotton and heat resistant fabrics together.

Starting in the middle of one of the sides, sew around the edges with a 1/2″ seam allowance. Leave a gap of about 6″.

Clip the corners and turn the fabric right side out through the opening.

Poke out the corners and iron to flatten the edges.

It helps to fold the interlining before inserting so it’s easier to unfold afterwards.

Fold in the fabric at the opening and iron.

Insert the bump interlining through the opening.

Sew around the entire mat about a 1/2″ from the edge. This prevents the interlining from moving around.

Use an invisible stitch to hand sew the opening closed.

Click here to see our invisible stitch tutorial.

Step 3: Add twill tape or ribbon (optional)

If you want to be able to roll up your ironing mat for storage, add twill tape or ribbon to tie it.

Roll up the mat and figure out how much ribbon you need.


Double-fold and sew the ends of the ribbon frays.

Pin the ribbon to the middle of one of the sides of the heat resistant fabric.

Sew on the ribbon so the stitches match up with the top stitching. and the ironing mat is done.

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