Sunday, July 25, 2010

Fleamarket Finds


I haven't been anywhere near the oppy this week, but I did receive something lovely.

My mum found this little sleeve press at a garage sale in the country. It still had all of the padded covering, but she said that it was in really bad condition, so she took it off and cleaned up the wood for me.

It's hard to tell from the photo, but it's quite a bit smaller than my other vintage sleeve press.

I have a question though - what should I cover it with? Any ideas?

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19 comments:

Screamstress said...

Love it! Can't resist having a touch and a smell of lovely old wood.

willywagtail said...

This reminds me of my Mum. I think you would cover it just the same as any other ironing board. You could buy the full size padding or if you have some left over natural fibre wadding that would also do the trick. I would make a casing aroung the top cover with a button hole at the back end for string to pul it all together with. Cherrie

willywagtail said...

PS old wool balnket is probably more authentic, covered with calico. Teheehee.

moose and bird said...

What a lovely treasure your Mum found. Mum's are the best aren't they? xo

yardage girl said...

Lovely - I would probably cover it in gingham (with some padding underneath) for a country feel.

Christina said...

I'm with Nic! Gingham was my first thought too. Any excuse for gingham on householdy type things I say. :)

Knicky Knacks said...

Not sure what to cover it with - I'll leave the expert sewers to help you with that one. Love your finds and must of missed your old post about Winchelsea. I was there a month or so back and couldn't get enough of those bric a brac stores. Too much for a girl to handle really. Think its time I paid them a visit again!

Ady said...

Wow! I've always wanted one of these sleeve pressing boards. Lucky you! I'll watch for this project with interest as I'm thinking of asking somewhat handy hubby to make me one.

♥ w o o l f ♥ said...

shame you have to cover it, in a sense... you could just look at it! saves you the trouble of using it... :)

Ulla said...

Beautiful thing! The better fabric shops here sell felt for ironing boards,oven mittens and potholders, so I would use that, two layers. An old wool blanket would be even better. Be sure the top fabric is washed so the colours won't stain your sewing projects when you iron them with steam.

Swirlyarts said...

Ooooh - what a nice mum you have!

Thea said...

Industrial felt would be good as it lasts and then covered with some pretty fabric as suggested.

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mylittlebirdie said...

what a beautiful find from a beautiful mum! its lovely! : )

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Gypsy said...

What a fab find! You're very lucky, my mum probably wouldn't know a sleeve press if it jumped up and did the macarena in front of her!
I'd love to see it covered in 'curlypops' fabric, would it hold up on a press?

Emma said...

ooo gorgeous or wot! I'd go for a covering of natural linen to withstand the heat, or otherwise some really outrageous print on cotton or cotton/linen blend. I think both concepts would look awesome depending on if you want a cool calm look or to be cheered up every time you see it... x

Steph said...

What a great find!! I think some yummy vintage sheet fabric would be in keeping with that delicious wood. Hope you're having a lovely week :)

Cherie said...

Ohhh what a treasure. I'd say cover it with whatever your heart desires, maybe make a couple of elasticed covers so you can change every now and then! Gorgeous! See you next week. xo.