How to Make a Sleeve Board

How to Make a Sleeve Board | Finished Board

A sleeve board is a very small ironing board that allows you to iron sleeves ‘in the round’. You put the sleeve over the board and you can iron one side without crushing the other. This will prevent iron creases at the edges.

Sleeves should be pressed to retain their round shape. The don’t look their best when they are pressed flat with creases on the top and bottom. A sleeve board makes quick work of pressing them properly and they don’t take up much space.

I’ve had a couple different sleeve boards in the past. My last one folded up for storage. Unfortunately, it also folded up whenever it felt like it, including when I was ironing with it. It also made the most awful squeaking noise as the metal lost its finish.

My old board was also much shorter than my husbands sleeves. Lovingly referred to as monkey arms, he has very long sleeves. I decided I wanted a new board, but I wanted a good one that was plenty long.

Since there was no way I was going to find one to purchase with all my requirements, I decided to make one. It was really easy and I’ve shown you how to make a sleeve board for yourself in the video below.

Download all the patterns and instructions. This zip file includes:

  • Sleeve Board Base Pattern
  • Sleeve Board Support Pattern
  • Sleeve Board Top Pattern
  • Sleeve Board Instructions

How to Make a Sleeve Board Video

Emily’s Board

Emily visited my site and downloaded instructions for the sleeve board. Her husband made it for her and included a handy hole in the end so it could be hung on pegboard. What a smart addition!

Emily's Sleeve Board
Emily’s Sleeve Board

Patricia’s Board

Patricia contacted me after completing her sleeveboard. She had a problem with the pine boards snapping and went with 5 ply the second time around. Here are some pictures that she shared.

Another Sleeveboard in Process
Another Sleeveboard in Process
Patricia's Board in Progress
Patricia’s Board in Progress
Patricia's Sleeve Board
Patricia’s Sleeve Board
Patricia's Finished Board
Patricia’s Finished Board
16 responses...

How do you cover the sleeve board??? What do you use for padding?? How do I keep the padding from slipping.

The board instructions include all the information for the cover that I made.

Hi Lori, I am having trouble getting the sleeve board pattern, could you email the pattern to me please, so i can make it. Regards Rosemary

Thankyou Lori, for the sleeve board pattern i will be busy making it now regards Rosemary

Great project! I’m trying to get motivated to make one myself – but the fact that I hate ironing sleeves just keeps discouraging me :).
A woodworking note: Wood is more likely to fail along the grain (like the first photo of Patricia’s). You need to orient the board before cutting so that the grain runs the opposite way (so you need to buy a wide enough plank.) Even then, I would do like “dig”/”straighjacketmuse” and double the width of the bridge (but I wouldn’t then route it narrower as I see in her photos. It is the weakest section and needs all its strength. And I would use screws to hold the pieces together while the glue sets – that is standard woodworking technique.)

Anyway, thanks for doing this. I think it is absolutely great.

You’ll be pleased to hear that your board pattern is the basis for yet another happy new sleeve board! Since I’m Canadian, I made mine out of hard maple (sugar maple – what could be more Canadian than a glorious sugar maple?). I modified the bridge by doubling its thickness (two maple planks glued together) for more stability and to provide more surface to which to bond the boards, since I didn’t want to use screws. I also modified the base to serve as a second ironing surface. You can see the results of the woodworking part, faces not yet covered with cotton, on my blog here:
Thank you for this very useful pattern!

That’s not a sleeveboard, that’s a work of art! You’ve done a beautiful job. I contemplated making the base another working surface, too. Thank you so much for sharing your work.

I have just finished making my board from your pattern which i downloaded a week ago. I had a little mentoring from my partner in how to use a jigsaw but it was almost all my own work. I am feeling very proud of my achievement so thank you so much for your you tube video and for being so generous with the pattern.

That’s fantastic. It’s such a wonderful feeling to make things for yourself. Jigsaws are great tools and you can do many things with them. You don’t have to spend a lot of money to get started in woodworking. You should be very proud of yourself. Now make some more things!

Hi! How could I get the pattern for this lovely sleeve board? Also, the piece in the middle of the board, the one that attaches the top to the bottom, it looks like you could use it as a tailor board, the piece used to iron open seams.

The pattern for the sleeveboard and the instructions are in the store here on the site. They are free. I agree, the center support does look like a tailor’s board.

Pls can you help me out on with reliable pdf files that can help me make my own sleeve board for suits in my laundry business on my email
Thanks in anticipation

I can’t seem to open the PDFs for the sleeveboard. I get an Error 500 message each time. My husband is purchasing the wood as I am writing this. Is there any way for you to email me the PDFs? I really like your board.

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