Pressing on a 100% Wool Pressing Mat
Pressing on a 100% Wool Pressing Mat

Welcome to SewVeryEasy, my name is Laura. Today, let’s test out a wool pressing mat. This wool pressing mat is from Quilt in a Day. It’s 12″ by 18″ and it’s ½” thick. It’s a pressed wool. It’s a very very firm pressing surface, and it’s 100% wool. Wool is naturally fire-resistant. It doesn’t melt and it doesn’t burn. It can absorb a lot of moisture. Wool whisks away moisture and adjusts well to temperature. Wool is a natural product. It has a lanolin in it. Let’s try it for some pressing. This block has been pressed on a regular ironing surface. On the regular ironing surface, blocks have a tendency to move because it’s usually a cotton top on top of the surface, so the blocks can slide. But a wool surface grips the block. So if you’ve laid your block out and then smoothed it with your hand, it’s going to stay in that position. You can see with me pushing the iron instead of pressing, that the block is really not moving very much so it’s not going to stretch and distort. It definitely has pressed it very well. It is definitely a lot flatter. The board is just nice and warm. It’s not hot at all. Let’s try to press some other fabrics. I have a very soft nylon with heavy beaded embroidery along the bottom. I’m going to take the beads and face them down. I’m going to iron the fabric as I would normally with any surface. It is perfectly flat. This area is the pressed area and this is not. No wrinkles in the fabric and the embroidery is perfectly flat. Here you can see that it’s still sticking up. Let’s try some linen. I’m going to lay this out as flat as I can. Now, let’s press it. It’s been a very nice pressing surface for the linen. I have a little bit of moisture underneath from that steam, but not very much. I have no heat really from the underside yet. 100% cotton eyelet. I definitely like to add starch, so let’s see what the starch is like. I’m going to starch the item. I’m also going to starch the mat. Let’s see what we have. It dries it quite nice. Let’s try the mat. I’ve had no white flaking off of the mat. Definitely has a nice finish. There is no line from my seam underneath. This is a medium-weight cotton and it has heavy embroidery with little cutouts. It was “store boughten” but you can see how it’s not laying nice and flat. It really is holding the fabric and not moving the fabric. And that definitely is nice and flat. Velvet. I will put a pressing sheet on this. I can really feel that that fabric is not slipping underneath. It is perfectly pressed and it did not crush the velvet. I really like the idea that the wool holds the fabric onto the pressing surface, which means I’m not going to have any shifting as I’m ironing. No shifting means less distorting as I’m quilting. You can get wool pressing mats in many different sizes. I do hope that answers a lot of the questions on What can I press on a wool pressing mat? And as always, Thank you for joining me today on SewVeryEasy. Feel free to subscribe and come on back. Let’s see what we’re sewing next time
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42 thoughts on “Pressing on a 100% Wool Pressing Mat”

  1. Denise Stilling says:

    Good idea.

  2. Margaret-Mary says:

    I have one and love it. Sure flattens my blocks out nicely.

  3. sandpiperca says:

    Heh Laura. We met in Houston. I did bring one of these mats home with me. Note. They do burn. Oh dear they stink too. I have an oliso iron that I use usually. But I recently purchased a tiny iron that doesn’t lift itself like the oliso. I’ve been trained by oliso not to lift the iron😢 and I forgot to stand that little sucker up. It started smelling of burnt hair, scorched a big brown spot of which most of the burn rubbed off luckily. So over it goes to the good side….only to have me do it again😭. I’m trained now. But be very careful. And please share that fact with others. Yes it will scorch and burn. Darn oliso makes it so easy and it is sometimes difficult to retrain this old bird back to the days of pressing pre oliso.

  4. Joan Elkins says:

    I love mine, using it right now!

  5. V Higgins says:

    Loved the demo and wondered how you like your iron.  Does it hold the heat long enough to complete a shirt?  Also that navy linen top you ironed is beautiful and was curious if that was fabric you brought and made the blouse.  I love linen but would appreciate a good source with pattern instead of plain.

  6. Jennie Lynn Schlageter says:

    I have to get this now!!! Thanks Laura!

  7. Dora McCrite says:

    Thank you for the info I just ordered mine

  8. MsMazzariti says:

    I saw you using this mat in one of your videos and meant to follow it up….now I will. Thankyou 🙂

  9. Debra Graham says:

    Apparently they are really good for pressing wool applique pieces as it will not flatten them but leave the dimension and definition.

  10. blt sews says:

    Thank you for sharing. I didn't think about other fabrics. Nice to know. I just bought this last week from QIAD's store in California for my quilting. Love your videos. Keep them coming.

  11. Chris B says:

    I love my wool pressing mats! Especially for my applique both wool and cotton. The applique does not flatten. I bought the smaller size you showed for traveling to classes and I bought the larger one for home. Thanks for your review.

  12. Lady Hamilton says:

    Wow, thanks. I could really use that. It takes care of all the fabrics. great. I will be looking for this pressing mat.

  13. carolina monsalve says:

    Would it stretch HST or bias cuts while ironing?

  14. Morgan Roper says:

    I have had mine for about 2 months now and I love it.

  15. Linda Daniels says:

    Hi Laura, I love the idea of these pressing mats. The problem is that they don't come large enough and if they did, they would be cost prohibitive. Regardless, would you recommend combining more than one together or would they not stay together properly?

  16. Tanya99503 says:

    I ordered this today. What type of fabric did you use for a pressing sheet?

  17. Di Jones says:

    Fantastic pressing mat …what fabric was your pressing cloth Laura?

  18. Wacky Jacky says:

    Love my wool pressing mat

  19. Cindy McFarland says:

    I currently use Steady Betty.  Has anyone tried both and do you have a preference?  I really like my Steady Betty.  I also use an Oliso and I love it.

  20. Viddy says:

    I was interested in this until I found out about the paca mat made by a farmer and recommended by Bonny Hunter. I think paca ( alpaca is better ). 15 x 15 inches.

  21. warialdasue says:

    I think it’s too small

  22. Sandra Newton says:

    What is the see thru pressing cloth you’re using? It looks like a fragile fabric, that wouldn’t normally be used for steam and high heat.

  23. Sallie Pearson says:

    Does Laura answer these questions? I would be interested in the answers. Do you not post for all to see?

  24. me k says:

    I'm glad you made this video. I was telling my husband about the mats this morning. I told him I was going to wait to buy one until I found out a little more about them. Now I can order one. Haha. Thanks once again for bringing me so much useful info.

  25. Stitchscape says:

    But most unfinished traditional blocks are 12.5 inches and this is only 12 inches. An unusual size for a pressing mat

  26. izabeau1953 says:

    Never knew about this wool pressing square…..nice , going to try and find one. ❤️🌹❤️🌹

  27. Deborah Fitzer says:

    I have a large size wool mat and I love it. I keep it on a wood tray table right by my machine and just have to turn to the right to press my projects.

  28. Thebluebungalow Thebluebungalow says:

    Does the wool retain too much heat that when glue basting, the glue would dry too fast?

  29. Tanya99503 says:

    Love my new pressing pad, it came in very quickly and it does shorten my pressing time. So glad I bought it

  30. Nan Jacoby says:

    I was very excited to use my new mat. Unfortunately, I placed it by my machine on my cutting mat. A short time later, I realized that my very expensive 28×58 cutting mat was ruined. The cutting mat was warped. DO NOT place this on your cutting mat. When I contacted the store that sold it to me, their reply was that it was meant to be used on your ironing board, however nowhere did it indicate that on the packaging or in this video.

  31. KCQuilting says:

    If you're looking to purchase one of these WONDERFUL woolly felted mats, I sell them in my store (I'm Sew Happy) and have 3 sizes available 🙂

  32. BeatlesFanSonia says:

    I would love one of those but I checked the prices and found they were very expensive!

  33. twinstar9 says:


  34. spicen1sugar says:

    I'm not a fan of wool pressing mats. They smell awful and will warp your table underneath due to moisture. I may try the Paca Pressing Mat instead.

  35. Kathleen Hassink says:

    My wool pressing mat is on its way but I was wondering, do you have to use steam or do you get the same result using a dry iron?

  36. zazmau says:

    I have ordered a mat but it hasn't been delivered yet. I am concerned about starch build up over time. Will it discolor the mat and eventually ruin it? Maybe transfering residue from the mat to a light colored fabric?

  37. John Smith says:

    Absolutely new and exclusively on Amazon The Lovely Home Wool Ironing Pad For Quilters

  38. rockin' Robin says:

    Do you have tips for storing correctly?

  39. Jeanne Brinkman says:

    Very helpful! I ordered mine☺️

  40. Irene Humphries says:

    Are you still liking and using your wool pressing mat?

  41. Needleworknut says:

    Thank you Laura. I needed informative answers to my questions of whether or not purchase a wool pressing mat. Pat-South Padre Island, Texas

  42. b0sseslady1 says:

    Thank you for an excellent informative demonstration

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