Ironing Board Cover
Want to ditch your ugly ironing board cover in favor of a cute one?
In this project, you’ll be using the ugly ironing board cover that came with your board to make a pattern for a new one.
old ironing board cover & any padding underneath
drawstring from old ironing board cover OR skinny elastic
cute fabric the length of your old ironing board cover
fleece the length of your ironing board
Remove your old ironing board cover.
Lay fleece on top of your bare ironing board, and cut it to the shape of your board. You can have a smidge extra hanging over the edges if you want them slightly padded.
To cut your cute fabric
to the appropriate shape, lay it out, right side down,
on a long table. Then lay your old ironing board cover
out on top of it very smoothly.
Now trace around it
with a fabric pencil or fabric marker, then cut it out
adding at least 1/2" extra all the way around the edges.
Remove the old ugly
cover and throw that thing away! Look how grody mine
was!! I always thought it was rather bland. Then one day
I didn't realize I'd cut my finger and got blood smudges
on it, which was the last straw that pushed me to make a
Sew a rolled edge hem
all the way around the new cover.
Now fold the rolled
edge over all the way around the edges to make a casing,
giving yourself enough room to string some skinny
Sew the casing closed
all the way around except for the last inch or so,
leaving yourself an opening to insert the drawstring
into. In hindsight, I think it'd be nicest to have the
opening at the curved end of the
If you have a
drawstring from your old board, I think that's easiest.
But, if you don't you can use skinny elastic. You can
attach a safety pin to one end of the drawstring or
elastic to make it easier to work through the casing.
Insert it through the casing.
Layer on your ironing
board: any old padding under your old cover, your piece
of fleece, then your new cover on top. Pet it smooth.
Use the drawstring or elastic to pull the new cover very
snug. At this point you can tie it in a good knot OR if
you have a draw string tightener thingy (the old board
had one on it), I'd recommend using it so you can
re-tighten it as needed in the future.
That's it! Good job! :)
Last, if you decided to
do this project yourself, please send me a photo of it
with your name and what state you're from! I've recently
decided to start featuring my readers' finished results.