You might be looking for an ironing mat for multiple reasons from not having enough space on your ironing board or your simply wanting a small tabletop ironing station while you sew.
You can find a number of styles from laundry mats made of fabric or wool ironing mats which are more suited to patchwork and quilting.
With so many ironing mats on the market, it can be overwhelming to pick the best one for your needs. I have taken care of the research for you and am providing you with the top 5 best ironing mats for sewing. Before purchasing an ironing mat, look at these fantastic options!
1. Super Soft 4 Layer Turbo Ironing Mat
This Smart & Gentle ironing mat is made in Germany and is the perfect non-slip mat for steam irons.
This mat provides excellent heat protection for your table with four layers (cotton, Molton, aluminium, and foam) and a steam barrier.
Additionally, it has a non-slip texture on the bottom that prevents the mat from slipping and sliding during use.
With a 2-year warranty, this ironing mat’s quality is well-insured. Easily foldable and perfect for storage at home or in your suitcase for travel, this ironing mat is an ideal choice.
The mat comes in smaller sizes from small to 3XL with the smallest dimensions at 110 by 30cm and the largest measuring 140 by 45cm. You can also use the cover on a big ironing board as an extra layer or new cover.
- Steam reflection
- Non-slip technology
- Tabletop safe
- Can be fitted to a regular ironing board
- Comes with a band to fit on an ironing board which can be in the way when used on a tabletop.
2. Ossian Iron Anywhere Travel Ironing Mat
This ironing mat has a convenient magnetic feature that allows you to iron right on top of your washer, dryer, or any other flat, metallic surface.
The magnets prevent the mat from moving while ironing, ensuring an enjoyable ironing experience. These mats offer a convenient, versatile tool you can use at home or while travelling.
The Ossian Iron Anywhere Travel Ironing Mat features a metallised titanium cover that reflects heat, giving you a quick, even press every time.
At 68 cm x 48 cm (27 in x 19 in), this mat is the perfect size for a wide variety of ironing tasks.
An added benefit is that this mat is one of the most cost-effective ironing mats I have found, making it perfect for the budget-minded crafter!
- Magnetic /non-slip
- Reflects heat
- Easy transportable
- Not suitable for non-metallic surfaces
3. Encasa Homes Ironing Mat
The Encasa Homes Ironing Mat is an excellent choice for someone who loves extra features. This mat comes with a handy silicone iron rest and 3 mm (0.12 in) quality cotton fabric nd fibre padding.
The extra large size of this mat makes it a fantastic choice for larger pieces of fabric or garments, at 120 cm x 70 cm (47 in x 28 in).
This size mat works well on a dining room table or another large surface. This mat is large enough to provide even more ironing space than your typical ironing board without the hassle of bulky storage.
This mat is machine washable and scorch-resistant. It washes well, holds its color, and comes in a fun, daisy-print design.
- 10 different prints to choose from
- Large size for clothing and large projects
- Machine washable
- Easy to roll up and store
- Comes with a silicone iron pad
- Can wrinkle fast
- Not very thick – not suitable for all surfaces
- The silicone iron pad is fixed in place
- Exposed wadding backing – no lining of backing
- Not non slip
4. Nisorpa Wool Pressing Mat
Nisorpa’s wool pressing mat is a fantastic, high-quality pressing mat that is ideal for quilting and sewing.
At 43 cm x 61 cm (17 in x 24 in), the size is small enough for convenience yet large enough to complete basic ironing tasks.
The heat-absorbing wool structure of this mat eliminates the need for steam and speeds up the ironing process, as the fabric is heated and pressed from both sides.
Additionally, the texture of the wool prevents the material from slipping while being ironed, creating an easy ironing experience.
- New Zealand wool mat
- No need for spray or steam
- Holds your fabric in place
- Suitable for most surfaces
- Not suitable for folding or rolling
5. Brabantia Ironing Blanket
This rollable, foldable ironing blanket is super convenient with a binding cord and hanging loop for easy storage. With a fun mint leaf design, this blanket offers functionality and style.
Brabantia’s ironing mat comprises six layers of heat-resistant, moisture-resistant cotton, felt, and foam.
With a 2-year product guarantee, this ironing mat will meet your needs. It is available in 120 cm x 60 cm (47 in x 24 in), an ideal size for any project!
The ironing mat comes with a handy hanging loop so you can hang it up out of the way and it makes the perfect portable ironing mat.
- 6-Layer Resilient Foam
- Reflective top layer
- Easy to fold and store
- Non-slip base
- Not big enough for adult clothing
- Needs to be moved from the table top after every use
6. Minky Table Top Ironing Pad
Minky are a household name for many with amazing cleaning supplies and handy gadgets to make life easier it is no surprise they have a handy ironing pad too.
The ironing pad is easy to use and foldable making it perfect for home with tight space, quick projects or sewing rooms.
As the ironing pad is easily foldable or rollable it is easy to transport on holiday or to sewing clubs to pull out and set up in a matter of minutes.
The outer layer of the mat is a metalised surface which allows the heat to be reflected back to help remove creases and iron the fabric.
The product dimensions are 70cm x 60cm.
- Easy to roll & fold
- Easy to transport
- Decent size for small sewing projects
- Large ironing surface
- Not to be used on porous surfaces such as wood or plastic
7. Milward 100% Wool Pressing Ironing Mat
The Milward Wool Pressing Mat is the perfect companion to any sewing room as it is tough, easy to use and is perfect for pressing seams.
Due to the wool technology, the heat is reflected back up to the surface onto the fabric so there is a dual-sided heat which creates crisp seams.
The wool ironing mat needs to be used on a flat surface to achieve the best results.
There are two sizes available measuring 30.5 by 30.5cm (12 by 12 inches) or 42 by 29.7cm (11.5 by 16.5 inches).
The biggest benefit of using the wool mat is that you can pin your fabric in place to ensure best results along with easy blocking for quilting projects.
New Zealand wool is the best wool to use for a wool ironing pad especially for sewing as it is breathable and it creates crisp fabric. The Wool iron pad is perfect for quilt blocks, small projects and pressing seams.
You can find New Zealand wool pressing mats in many different sizes.
- Perfect for patchwork & quilting
- Easy to pin to
- Heat reflective
- Holds fabric in place
- Can get very hot with steam
- Easily burns and marks
- Doesn’t fold or roll to be stored
8. Wool Pressing Mat 100% Natural New Zealand
The 100% Natural New Zealand Wool Pressing Mat is another perfect sewing room companion.
The natural wool mat allows the heat to pass through and be reflected to push heat from both sides of the fabric to really remove creases and lines.
You don’t necessarily need to use steam or pressure to get flat seams out as the heat and wool work together to do this for you.
You can achieve great results with the wool gripping your fabric and blocks while ironing so you don’t have to worry about your work moving while you work.
The pressing mat is really light and easy to move from place to place for ease of use, it is also easy to carry and transport to sewing groups or when travelling but does not fold or roll.
The mat measures 36 X 18 inches giving you plenty of space for your quilting blocks or larger projects. This is the perfect ironing mat for a sewing table or small spaces as it is compact and practical.
- Large for bigger projects
- No need for steam
- Can use with any iron
- 100% New Zealand Wool
- Heat resistant
- Cannot be folded or rolled for easy storage
- Can get very hot to touch