Tuesday, May 13, 2014
Sleeve Ironing Board
Before I married and still lived at home with my mom, I had the advantage of using all of her sewing supplies. When I married there where some of her tools I really missed, one of them was mom's sleeve ironing board. A sleeve ironing board is handy for pressing small detail work, but is especially handy for pressing sleeve seams, as the sleeve fits right over the board!
My mom knew that I missed using her sleeve board and decided she would like to give me one for my birthday (which was back in January). She found this challenging as sleeve boards are not commonly available today. JoAnn's had a sort of sleeve board, but it was not very sturdy. Mom's board was purchased back in the '80's and was made of wood. So mom began looking on-line and found this delightful board on ebay! As you can see in the photo above it is wood and has a neat "Handy Ann" stamp. I would guess it may be from the '50's or '60's.
It came with a simple cream cover and no padding, so before presenting me with this lovely gift on my birthday mom made a new cover from calico and added padding.
Soon after my birthday in January I was not feeling up to sewing and did not have a chance to use this wonderful gift for while. But now that I am sewing again I am enjoying my sleeve ironing board immensely! Not only is is functional, it is pretty and vintage!