I’ve been doing a lot of miniature sewing lately, and I thought I’d share my 5 favorite tools for ironing small pieces. It can be so frustrating to figure out how to iron an item with tiny seams. And even worse if you accidently knick your finger with a hot iron while trying. Whether you’re a seasoned crafter or just a beginner, these tools will take your ironing game to the next level.
Clover Mini Iron
First things first. The Mini Iron. One of the essential tools that will greatly enhance your small piece ironing experience is a Mini Iron. Because it’s mini. And having a mini iron means your iron fits onto mini things better. I use this one by Clover. Designed specifically for those hard-to-reach areas, this compact and portable iron will quickly become your go-to tool for tackling delicate fabrics and intricate designs.
The Clover Mini Iron is perfect for pressing seams on small quilting and sewing projects, as well as for ironing appliques, patches, and other small pieces of fabric. Its slim, ergonomic design allows for precise control and maneuverability, ensuring that you can easily navigate around tight corners and intricate details without any hassle.
What sets the Clover Mini Iron apart from traditional irons is its unique shape and size. Its small, pointed tip makes it incredibly easy to reach those tight spaces and crevices, ensuring that you can effectively press every single inch of your small pieces. Additionally, its lightweight construction makes it easy to maneuver.
Whether you’re working on a small sewing project, ironing intricate embroidery designs, or simply want to achieve perfectly pressed seams on your clothes, the Clover Mini Iron is a game-changer.
Mod Podge Finger Caps
When it comes to working on mini projects, such as ironing small pieces, it’s important to keep safetly in mind. That’s where Mod Podge Finger Caps come in handy. These innovative finger caps provide an extra layer of protection while allowing you to maintain a firm grip on your fabric.
The Mod Podge Finger Caps are made from a durable and flexible material, ensuring a snug fit on your fingertips. With their textured surface, these caps provide enhanced traction, preventing slippage and allowing you to maneuver your iron with precision.
One of the main advantages of using Mod Podge Finger Caps is their heat resistance. Whether you’re working with a hot iron or using the Clover Mini Iron, these caps can withstand high temperatures, keeping your fingers safe from burns.
Not only do these finger caps protect your fingertips from heat, but they also shield them from accidental cuts or pricks from pins or needles. This added layer of protection gives you peace of mind, allowing you to focus on the task at hand without worrying about potential injuries.
With your fingers comfortably fitted with Mod Podge Finger Caps, you’ll have the control and confidence to produce perfectly pressed small pieces.
The Chopstick is an unexpected but valuable tool when it comes to ironing small pieces. While you may typically associate chopsticks with enjoying a delicious meal, they can actually serve a practical purpose in your sewing room as well.
One of the challenges of ironing small pieces is trying to maneuver them into the desired position without accidentally burning your fingers. This is where the Chopstick comes in handy. Its slim and elongated shape allows you to reach into tight corners and awkward angles without risking any burns or discomfort.
Additionally, the Chopstick can be used as a handy pressing tool. By wrapping a small piece of fabric around the end, you can create a mini-pressing surface that gives you more control over your ironing. This is especially useful when dealing with delicate fabrics or intricate designs where precision is key.
The Chopstick is a versatile tool that complements the Mod Podge Finger Caps perfectly. While the finger caps provide protection and stability, the Chopstick offers an extra level of precision and dexterity. Together, they form an ironing duo that empowers you to tackle any small piece with confidence and ease.
Wool Ironing Mat
Ok, you’ve got a precise tool and your fingers are protected, let’s move on to another essential tool: the Wool Ironing Mat.
The Wool Ironing Mat is a game-changer when it comes to ironing small pieces. Its unique composition, typically made of dense, felted wool, creates a soft and cushioned surface that allows for precise and even heat distribution. The wool fibers naturally retain heat, ensuring that your ironing is efficient and effective.
I also love that wool ironing mats are available in a variety of sizes, so you can find one that will fit onto your sewing table. I love to have my iron at the ready as I sew, so I don’t have to keep getting up and down to walk over to the ironing board.
Heat-proof Silicone Mat
Now that you’re familiar with the benefits of the Wool Ironing Mat, let’s delve into the next essential tool: the Heat-proof Silicone Mat.
When I first used my mini iron, it was hard to get used to. A larger iron has a natural stand, so that when you place it down on your ironing board, the heat isn’t in contact with anything. A mini iron isn’t quite as simple.
They do often come with a little stand, but I found mine a little finicky and I often just opted to put the iron down on my wool ironing mat instead. The wool mat protected my table from the heat of the iron, but before long I had a couple scortch marks in my wool mat which made me a little sad.
So, in came the heat proof silicone. They have a few option for these, usually made for the kitchen. They have thin mats that are heat resistant. And thicker ones that are to be used as a trivet to protect your counter tops from hot pans. I’ve found having one of these on hand where I can place my mini iron works great. You still have to be very careful, and of course it’s best to put the mini iron on its stand when you are working. But having the heat proof mat has been a great back up for me to make sure nothing else gets in contact with the iron.
These 5 essential tools have really helped me as I learn to sew miniature projects. What tools have you found to help you?