My youngest daughter is 6 1/2 and she LOVES to iron. I'm always so hesitant to let her use my iron because, well, it's an iron and it's hot and she's 6. My ironing board is kind of tall and her nose is about level with it so when the iron is in use the steam is level with her head and therefore I'm a nervous wreck standing right over her ready to jerk that heavy iron out of the way if I need to. Now that she has her own sewing machine and is constantly coming up with a new creation she is constantly asking me to come stand beside her while she irons. I'm glad that she knows she needs supervision but sometimes I just want to sit and sew for a minute without being asked to get up and go to the iron, manly because once I sit back down to sew it takes me a minute to remember what I was about to do before being called away. I think I have memory issues! ha!
I was walking around Target the other night and saw a little TV tray and something in my mind triggered this tutorial by Oh, Fransson! and a solution to my dilemma was born.
I went straight home and made the perfect ironing board just for her and the fabric on it matches my ironing board. I even bought her the lightest weight iron that Target had and now I've created a monster. She has tried to iron everything in my house. She even takes my fabric scraps and wads them up to wrinkle them just so she can iron them.
We spent the whole weekend ironing everything in sight...over and over again. I'm thinking this could work to my advantage though, I can sew my blocks and she can iron them for me. I'll let you know how that works out!