Magnetic Ironing Mat DIY

I don’t think I’m alone in saying that ironing is not one of my favorite tasks. I try to use a steamer on everything I can or just spritz things with water to ease wrinkles, but sometimes you just can’t get around bringing out the ol’ iron for a job. I think part of not wanting to iron is the fact that a full size ironing board usually takes up all of the space in a laundry room (if you even have a separate room for laundry). So you have to cart everything a few rooms away to really have enough space to do the job. If you’ve had that problem, you may have your eye on one of those fold up ironing mats that you put on top of your washer/dryer so you can iron smaller items without having to get out the ironing board. The mats usually have magnets on them and some sort of non-slip bottom layer so it will stay put while you iron, and you can fold it up for easy storage when you’re done. What’s not to love! And being able to make it yourself so you can customize size and color? Double win! This seemed like the perfect project for our ongoing collaboration since I was able to find all the needed supplies in their online .

-1.5 yards of 100% cotton fabric for top layer (I used pattern)
-1.5 yards of 100% cotton fabric for bottom layer (I used this in black)
-1.5 yards of  

-8 (.75 in diameter)

First you’ll want to cut a rectangle of fabric that is 39″ x 18″ from your top fabric, bottom fabric and your Insul-Bright (so you’ll have three rectangles of matching size from each).

NOTE: These dimensions will make a finished mat that is 38″ x 17″. If you need a mat that is longer or shorter to fit your washer, just adjust the measurements accordingly.

Cut two rectangles out of your bottom fabric that are 4.5″ x 18″. Space out four magnets on the lower half of each rectangle and fold the top half down on top of them. Use straight pins around the magnets to keep them in place, and then hand sew closely around the magnet to secure it.

Place one of the fabric magnet strips on the wrong side of your bottom layer of fabric about 3″ from the end. Pin in place. Repeat the process with your second magnet strip on the opposite end. Sew your strips around the outside edges with a sewing machine to secure.

Now you’ll want to layer your three rectangles in a specific order so that when you turn your fabric right side out after sewing, it will be in the correct order. First place your Insul-Bright lining down first (doesn’t matter which side faces up). Then place your bottom layer of fabric on top with the wrong side of the fabric (the side with the magnets) touching the Insul-Bright. Finally, lay down your top layer of fabric with the right side of the fabric facing down. Pin layers together all around the edges.

Sew around the edge with a 1/2″ seam allowance, but make sure to leave a 4″ gap so you can pull your fabric right-side out through that hole later. I would also sew with the Insul-Bright facing up rather than down so it doesn’t get caught in your sewing machine feed.

Use scissors to snip off the corners of your rectangle.

Using the gap you left when sewing the edges, separate the top layer of fabric from the bottom and Insul-Bright layer. Then reach in to grab the fabric and pull it through until the mat is right side out.

Press all your seams with an iron and use a to close the gap by hand. For a non-stick surface, you can also add little dots of puff paint all over the back of your mat before use, and if you want to get really fancy, top stitch a few seams across the top of your mat for a quilted look. Now your mat is done and ready for use!

We tested the mat in Helen’s laundry room and it works perfectly! Takes up way less space for a small job, and you just roll or fold it up when you’re done–perfect for small laundry spaces or apartments. I’m up for anything that can make household chores a little bit easier, so I’m pretty happy with how this turned out. Think you’ll give it a try for your laundry area? xo. Laura

Credits // Author and Photography: Laura Gummerman. Photos edited with .


  • What a fabulous idea! I’m usually ironing on a towel on my breakfast bar because buying an ironing board has never been a top priority to say the least… Love how the fabric coordinates with the cute polka dots and stripes on your washer and dryer. Not only do I need to make an ironing mat – I have to give my washer and dryer a little pizzazz too!

  • What a fabulous idea! I’m usually ironing on a towel on my breakfast bar because buying an ironing board has never been a top priority to say the least… Love how the fabric coordinates with the cute polka dots and stripes on your washer and dryer. Not only do I need to make an ironing mat – I have to give my washer and dryer a little pizzazz too!

  • I love this diy! This is so much more practical, and easy to maneuver than a huge, real ironing board!


  • What a brilliant idea! I usually use the bed as my ironing board, this is way better! Thanks for another great idea!

    Juju Sprinkles

  • this is genius and look so easy! I am so that girl that buys the ironing board but instead puts a towel on top of the washer or the bed and irons clothes on that haha.

  • This. Literally amazing. A game changer!! Life saver!!
    I love it.
    I will do this.

  • Brilliant idea – although as someone who also doesn’t like ironing, can I say a real ironing board makes a HUGE difference. It’s so much easier to manipulate garments around the narrower end (tops of sleeves etc).

  • Guys this is plain genius! It’s nothing too complicated but it’s full on functional. Plus, it’s not hard to pack away either.

  • It’s a great idea. I wonder why the materials list requires 1.5 yards of each fabric when the project only requires a half yard of each?

  • Well, to make my 39″ x 18″ squares I needed over a yard, so I just said a yard and a half. If you had a wide bolt of fabric that could fit it in under a yard, then you wouldn’t need as much 🙂


  • This is an awesome idea! I’m about to get married and need things like this for our apartment!!

  • So smart! And such a cute alternative to an ironing board (especially for smaller spaces 🙂 )

    xx, mel

  • but if I have one of these, I’ll have no excuse for not getting my ironing done! I’ve got a Craft Gossip post scheduled for tomorrow morning that links to your tutorial: –Anne

  • I made something similar for my sewing room to place on top of a large metal rolling cabinet. I left my cutting mat under the ironing cover and it got steamy and warped the mat. Just an FYI for people. It’s still very very useful, just now I use a towel under the ironing cover and remove the mat.

  • Love your blog, I would love it if you could take the time to look at mine its xx

  • Wow, this idea is really smart for when you don’t have much space in your flat! I love it!

  • If u know how to maneuver garments around the board, yes! I DESPERATELY need a lesson on that…i know there are a lot of things I’m doing wrong or putting way too much effort in cuz i dont know the proper way

  • Got ya one better. No insulbrite where I live. Used half of one of the fold up insulated windshield protectors , stitched a cover, turned it, and hit another snag. No puff paint either. Just stitched some used garden hose washers to the back. Works. Not so pretty, but had all I needed to make it with no expense, and no four hour round trip, to get supplies

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