Wool Pressing Mat Alternative

Have you tried these? It seems they are the latest gadget to take the quilting world by storm. Here’s one of many I found on Amazon.

The reviews are great. They all say it is like pressing your pieces from both sides at the same time because of the way the wool holds the heat.

I’ve considered buying one, but they are a bit pricy. Then someone I follow on IG suggested buying a saddle pad for a horse. They are the exact same material, half inch thick and 100%wool. Hmmm…. I did a bit of research and bought one from State Line Tack.

This one measures a whopping 30 by 30. There was a coupon code for a first purchase so I got this shipped for about $30. I plan to cut mine into one 20 x 30 piece and then have one or two smaller bits for travel or to put by my machine.

And how did it work?

The seams are very flat. I compared this to a block ironed on my regular table and I do feel this gives a better result.

I think this is a gadget that will live up to the hype. It does have a bit of a wooly smell, but that seems to be lessening already.

No affiliation here. Just a happy customer so far.

Have a great day!


About katyquilts

I am a wife, mom of four amazing adult kids, and a former librarian. I love making everything from traditional quilts to art quilts. I am thankful to God my Father and Creator for the gift of creativity!
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12 Responses to Wool Pressing Mat Alternative

  1. jean fletcher says:

    I’ve used an old thick wool army blanket on one of my ironing boards… will have to dig that blanket out some day, we’ve moved since then. I had it covered by an old sheet pinned under the chrome and ’60’s table top. It was too low for comfort. Did not use it (the blanket) when I got a better surface to iron on, a plywood topped folding banquet table with dowels in its legs to get it to the right height. Great for ironing the lengths of fabric that I buy and when not ironing can put my cutting mat on top.

  2. Zenia Rene says:

    Thanks for the info! I ordered two. One for me and one to add to my next year’s giveaway!

  3. Deb McCleary says:

    So, I have the same from Stateline Tack. After reading about how great these pads are for a horses back I’m using it on my horse, LOL. I did find a smaller grey wool pad for a pony, 20″ x 20″, Mayatex brand. The smaller size works for me. I’m thinking the smell is from oils naturally found in sheep wool. I never thought to blog about it, but will.

  4. Shasta says:

    That is a great idea! I figured there would be a better alternative. I got one as a gift because it is pricey.

  5. Tami Von Zalez says:

    I love the alternatives to overpriced quilting supplies. Thank you for posting! Oh, one that makes me grin, bought magnetized bowls from Harbor Freight for next to nothing. The pretty “painted” ones I’ve seen retail for $20-$25.

  6. Malinda says:

    What a great idea! I’ll be interested to hear what you think of it after using it for a while. Thanks for the info!

  7. Donette says:

    I am using an army blanket, works perfect! It is 100%wool.

  8. Becky Turner says:

    oh my goodness!!!
    And this my friends is why I love to read blogs….
    Headed to the ranch supply store when it opens this morning.

  9. Kristi says:

    Great information! Thanks!

  10. Lorid @ Humble Quilts says:

    The “quilt” ones stink too. Great alternative. Mine was a gift, but would never purchase one myself for that price.

  11. I have a wool pressing mat – using it on top of my ironing board to press a large number of block parts resulted in staining from the steam through the wool onto the ironing board cover – that is the only problem I’ve encountered with mine. The smell reminds me of winter in Michigan . . . wet wooly mittens.

  12. rl2b2017 says:

    Hi Katy! Well, isn’t that just clever. I have a Farm & Fleet by me – I’ll bet they have one. I’ll let you know – no shipping, if so. ~smile~ Roseanne

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