Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Ironing Board Makeover!

I just couldn't take it any longer!  I was in the mood to craft or sew or just something!  So, I set out to "pretty up" my ironing board!  Yes, my ironing board.  I guess I had put this off for a while because I really didn't want to spend a lot of time on it.  But, it was such a quick and easy project!

You know how you see something and think, "Wow, that's cool - why didn't I think of that?"  I never thought about making a new cover until I saw Jona's post.  Well, duh!  So, I bought the fabric and set out to do it.  But, when I started pulling the cover off of mine to use as a pattern, I saw how mine was made and just copied it's design.  Jona's is waaaay prettier and has a more polished look, but I was going for a quick fix of "craft" and this is what I did:

Goodies you'll need for a compact/table top ironing board:

1/2 yard Cotton or decorator weight fabric
1/2 yard Ironing board material (silver, also used in potholders)
3 yards drapery cording
upholstery needle

What to do:

1.  Pre-wash your fabric, dry it, then iron it nice and smooth (one last time on that old cover!).

2.  Using your old cover as a pattern, lay it on top of your material and cut around it leaving about 1/2 to 5/8 inch.  If your old cover has elastic sewn in to it, either take out the elastic to flatten it out, or just lay your ironing board on top of the material and cut around it leaving several inches (after serging about 1/2" off, you should still be able to wrap it over the edges.)

3.  Using your new material as a pattern, cut another piece from the ironing board material that is about 1/2 inch smaller than the top cover.

4.  Serge around the entire piece using a 4-thread overlock.  When you get to the beginning, just serge off with a tail, tie a good knot in the end, and cut off the excess.  (I did not serge the ironing board material with the top piece.)


5.  Using an upholstery needle or one with an eye large enough to pass the drapery cording through, thread the cording through the serger threads on the underside of the material.  I found the middle of the cording and at the back of the ironing board I started threading that half of cording around to the front of the cover.  Then, I did the same with the other side.  This keeps you from having to pull large amounts of cording all the way around.  (I used a plastic needle that came in one of my children's felt sewing projects!)

6.  Lay the top piece right side to the table, lay the ironing board material right side down on top of that, and then lay the ironing board over the two layered pieces.  (I left one of my old covers on for extra padding.)

7.  Cinch up the cording real tight and tie it off.  You may need someone to help you hold the cording while you tie it.

That's it - voila!


I just love it when a project actually takes less time and works out the way you want!!  

Happy ironing!

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  1. Mona,
    It looks great. I will have to try that on mine. I have a really old cover that needs attention.
    Thanks so much,
    Carolyn xxoo

  2. Hi Mona,
    That is just too pretty to iron on!!! I looked at mine yesterday and it is looking very sad!

    You have inspired me.

    Thank you for visiting my blog and leaving a nice comment. Now, I know about you and I have signed to follow you.

    I will be back to see you often.


  3. what a great tutorial!!! You have me inspired to dress up mine. I go through a lot of covers!!!

  4. Very sweet! I don't sew -- by hand or by machine. I wish I had learned when I was younger. One day I am gonna try something by hand. Have a great day! Tammy

  5. Good job! Thanks for sharing too. I really need a new "real sized" ironing board, LOL. Meantime, the one I have like this one needs some serious help.