Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Burlap Ironing Board Memo Board

 Last night my mom and stepdad stopped over for a bit of supper.
The meal was a bribe.

Our toilet has been running and running and running.

After a couple of attempts to fix it,
the decision was made to call in my stepdad.

He can fix most anything.

In only about ten minutes,
much of that time even was devoted to fighting with an old water valve,
he had the leak fixed.


They had also brought some goodies for me -
SEVENTEEN burlap sacks!


I have plans for these.
Some little footstools are going to get reupholstered.

I also have some old grungy looking tabletop ironing boards ($1)
 that I've been picking up at the thrift store.
Initially, I was hoping to make them into shelves,
but the plan had been changed to make them into memo boards.

The old covering was removed.
(and tossed, it was icky).
The burlap was folded around the board and stapled.

A tab was stapled to the back of the board,
so that it can easily be hung on the wall.

What do you think?

There are four of these boards in total,
but I ran about ten shy on my staples and have one more board to finish.

While picking up more staples, I'll be grabbing some thumbtacks.

With a little hot glue and some vintage buttons,
we'll have some unique pushpins to add to the memo boards.

The memo boards are heading to my booth at the antique mall.
Our annual Fall Color Drive is this weekend.

The Old Block House

I am hoping to be busy, busy, busy.

I am also hoping my booth is empty, empty, empty.

On 11-1, my first booth will be moving in next to my second booth.
This will be much more convenient.

An empty booth would also make the move so much easier.

Filling my booths and filling my shop are next week's projects.
Does your area have an annual fall event?

I've had a couple of emails inquiring about this project.
You don't have to have an ironing board on hand to make this.
You can make it out of any board, cardboard, foam, etc
that you think would be suitable for a memo board.
Simply cut the material you're working with into the desired shape.
Cover with desired material.
Staple material into place.


  1. We had a fall event and was disappointed you didn't make it. Richard from My Old Historic House.

  2. Hi, I’m a new Follower of your blog and I just gave you a Versatile Blogger Award over at Craft Wannabe. Please stop by & see who else got the award & maybe become my newest follower. Thanks!

  3. I love these memo boards! Very creative and the burlap sacks are to die for!

  4. Genius!! You are a very bad enabler! Now I want to go find those iron boards that I've been passing up at garage sales all summer long! I have one cool potato sack. Is there a way to get the smell out of them?

  5. l.o.v.e. are you selling these by chance? lol

  6. cute!!! i LOVE burlap. did you know you can run
    it through your printer?
    thanks for sharing!
    -amber @ defrumpme.com

  7. what a brilliant fix

    you should link this up to fridays unfolded!


  8. Love this idea--the ironing boards are perfect. And, your burlap is awesome.

  9. Very cute, such great graphic and textural quality! Thanks for linking up at Beyond the Picket Fence.

  10. I really adore this! Stopping by from Family Ever After link party.

  11. brilliant idea. so charming and functional!

    come visit anytime.


  12. I absolutely love them! What a great idea and I love the burlap bags. I've been hanging on to 2 bags, but since they are scratchy, I didn't want to use them on furniture, so I have been thinking about using them with a memo board on a wooden tray insert from an antique steamer-style trunk.

    I hope you'll link up this great project to Knick of Time Tuesday (it's still open from last week). I'm have a drawing for a Tattered Book Stack to one lucky winner who links up!

    Angie@Knick of Time

  13. I love you burlap boards! Where did they get those awesome burlap bags? I want some! Great project!

  14. What a cute idea!! I just love it and am thankful that you shared it with us for Treasure Hunt Thursday! Hope your week started off well!

  15. That is awesome!!!

    Stopping by from Handmade Wednedsday to follow and let you know you're the 10/19 Blog Co-Host! So email me if you want the information to add the linky to your blog for Wednesday! cori@blueeyedblessings.com .


  16. Great idea! Erika here, dropping in from Handmade Wednesday Erika Price Designs Blog

  17. New fan here from the Blog hop!
    I'd love a follow back at

  18. Just wanted to let ya know I featured ya this week!:)

  19. I think they're awesome! I'm now following. : D

  20. Great idea and great project too! I love burlap. I am actually planning to go to our local coffee shop and ask if he has coffee sacks to cover "something" project in mind.

    I am a new follower. Hope you can drop by and visit my blog and follow along too.

  21. what an awesome idea! thanks for the inspiration. love those sacks...very cool.

  22. I love anything made with old burlap bags. Great job!

  23. They are beautiful! How lucky to get these beautiful burlap sacks. They'll be a hit for sure.

  24. This is fantastic - awesome idea! I gotta thing for burlap... Thanks for sharing!
    Drop by:

  25. Clever burlap project! Thanks for linking up to the burlap party at WhisperWood Cottage!

  26. Hi there, what a fab idea. The burlap bags really do the trick. Thanks for sharing. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris


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