Monday, June 7, 2010

Make Your Own Ironing Board Cover

Here is a very simplified tutorial of making a cover for your ironing board. Mine was only a year old, but looked like a century old because of the cheap padding and cover that came with it. Plus I've learned that when you sew a lot, you iron a lot. But the actual structure of the board is in great condition. So here was my attempt to make a new cover and it turned out great, I love it.

First you will need some cute fabric, I bought mine in the decorators fabric on clearance at Jo-Ann's. You will need elastic cording (I only needed one package), and Insul-Bright for the padding.

Insul-Bright is meant to be used with high heat. You could probably use something else, but I think this is probably the best.

These steps to cover the ironing board are the same for the Insul-Bright and your outside fabric. Do all the steps with the Insul-Bright first, then repeat using your outside fabric.

Lay your ironing board on top of the Insul-Bright or fabric and cut around leaving enough to hem and roll around underneath to cover the edges about 4 to 4.5 inches. (I just left on my old cover).

Hem using about 3/4" seam. Make sure you leave an opening for your cording to go through. You should back stitch at your opening. I made my opening off to the top side.

Feed your cording all the way around trying to evenly disperse the elastic cording as you pull it through.

Pull the cording from both ends tightly so you get a nice snug fitting all the way around. After it's pulled tight and you have a good fit, tie the two ends together. Clip the excess cording, leaving a little extra.

Now that you have finished making your padding cover, you repeat the same exact steps to make your fabric cover for the top.

You are finished and ready to iron. I love it, I don't feel the metal underneath anymore or have to look at all the ugly brown stains. Good luck!

1 comment:

  1. That turned out wonderful. Great job Christine. Thanks for sharing how easy it is to make.