Wool pressing mats have come onto the market over the last while and although they are a bit of an investment, they really are a wonderful surface to press your patchwork on. This wool mat is heat resistant and won’t easily melt or burn with a cotton setting from your iron. After receiving one for Christmas a few weeks ago, I now understand the difference these mats can make when pressing fabrics. There are a few different sizes available and are produced by a few manufacturers to select from.
The wool pressing mat helps you press any pieced or embroidered block with ease. The density of this high-quality 100% felted wool mat absorbs seams and stitches, effectively pressing both sides at once. Block knitted projects as well by pinning them directly to the mat.
An added bonus? The texture of the wool stops fabrics from shifting so there is no distortion when pressing.
Here’s a quick video showing this mat in action!
Tips and Tricks
The pressing mat can be used with a dry iron on any surface. If using steam, place the mat on a protected surface since moisture does go through the mat and can harm the surface below.
Never place the mat on a rotary cutting mat when pressing. The heat could warp the cutting mat.
If mat feels damp after use, hang to air-dry before storing.
Wash the mat occasionally by rinsing it in cold water and hanging the mat until dry – especially if using a spray starch.
Safe surfaces include Formica, Corian, stone and metal (an ironing board). Wood and painted surfaces should be avoided.
A wool mat is a handy tool for quick pressing when kept next to your sewing machine. Enjoy!
Awhile back Heather brought in her Seedlings table runner by Kansas Troubles. This is a fun pattern that looks far more complicated than it looks. It is a raw edge curve and is made with both a Charm Pack and Mini Charm Pack plus some additional fabrics.
The button details add a nice touch. Have a closer look.
The finished quilt measures 64 inches x 81 inches and features the lovely French inspired fabric Vin du Jour by 3 Sisters for Moda. Each block finishes at 14″ and is an intermediate to advanced pieced block. Kit includes fabrics for the top, plus binding, and set of patterns. Our regular price is $265.00. Our Thrifty Thursday price is only $132.50 . Click Here to order yours today!
*Thrifty Thursday items are final sale and may not be returned or refunded.
These pillows were made using a pattern by Australian designer Claire Turpin called Pip & Ellie . You saw her work previously on our Sew and Tell section last year (Hen House). When I saw these birds I just fell in love with them. It was the big eyes, long legs and round bodies that were so appealing. Too cute!
The fabrics used were various for the birds (some from Hamel’s, some were from my stash) and the backgrounds/backing of the pillows were from Hamel’s Tone on Tone Collection and Kona solids (we carry the entire Kona Solids collection as a basic in our store).
The pillows were made as book pillows – a pocket was formed on the back of the pillow as a space for the kids to put a book in. The pillow could then be leaned up against their knees as they were lying down to support the book for reading or used to lie on while reading and then of course, store the book for next time. All of the kids love them. I found directions for making a book pillow on Pinterest and used an 18″ pillow form to stuff them with.
The pillow tops were appliqued as per the pattern with a layer of batting and a backing of muslin so that I could free motion quilt each top to have it look a little different for each child. I made each of the birds a little a different and the backing colours were also different for each one so that they could be distinguished easily. No fighting over whose pillow was whose! My grandchildren………never! 😉