One of my most popular blog posts is on How To Make A Press Cloth. Four years (four years!) later, my silk organza press cloth was sorely in need of replacement. Scorched by the iron, torn, and with the little button broken it was time to cut out a new piece of silk organza.
So, here is my updated guide with a couple of lessons I have learnt for improvement.
Oblong, not square
My original press cloth was square; my new one is a rectangle – 11 x 21 inches (28 x 53cm). It’s a much better shape for pressing key details such as waistbands and hems without having to constantly reposition my press cloth.
Hem or overlock your edges
I originally pinked the edges of my press cloth. No good. They quickly began to fray.
I then took the original velvet ribbon hanging loop from my first press cloth and sewed it to the new silk, along with a button that allows me to remember what is the right side of the press cloth. Every press cloth needs a right and wrong side, because the glue from fusible interfacings really sticks. Not convinced? You should see my ironing board cover.
My new press cloth becomes part of my essential triumvirate of pressing tools, that always live within reach of my ironing board. A press cloth, a tailor’s ham and a wooden clapper.