As any of you out there who spend a lot of time in your sewing studio know, your ironing board gets a lot of wear and tear and will eventually need some kind of repair or replacing. Rather than going through a new ironing board every few months, replacing the cover will return it to it's original glory and allow you the choice of fabric so you don't have to resort to any haus frau prints that they always seem to come in. It's easy, here's what you need:
- Roll of paper or some old news paper taped together the long way
- Fabric made from natural fibers such as cotton
- Quilt batting or some other padding material such as foam or even an old wool blanket (Just make sure that what ever materials you use can withstand the heat of your iron at the highest setting!)
If you do not have long rolls of paper that are slightly bigger than your ironing board, tape a few pieces of old newspaper together. Place your ironing board on top of the paper and trace it.
Add 3" to the stencil you just made.
This is now the pattern for your ironing board cover. Take your fabric, pin the pattern into place and cut it out.
Remove 1" from your you paper pattern so that there is a 2" seam allowance left.
Take your quilt batting and use that pattern to cut it to size.
Depending on the type of fabric you are using, you may want to overlock or zigzag around the edges of your fabric if it frays easily. Then, pin the edges of you fabric in by 3/4" with wrong sides together and stitch about 1/8" close to the cut edge. Do the same for your quilt batting (or padding). Now you have created a channel for your drawstring. Make a small incision in your channel for the drawstring in both the cover and the padding.
Using either a bodkin or a safety pin, pull your string through and pull it back out of the same hole you cut. Leave enough of the string so you can comfortably tie a bow with it.
Now comes the fun part. Remove you old ironing board cover and padding and put on your new padding. If you have any hardware on your ironing board like a slot that holds the iron, unscrew it. Pull the drawstring until it fits securely being careful not to tear a bigger hole by the drawstring opening. Tuck the string under.
Now put your new cover over the padding and pull your drawstring until it fits properly. You can now screw your hardware back into place. That's all! Now you should have a new cover for your ironing board and a pattern that you can keep reusing.