Ironing Board Covers

fabric for the job

fabric for the job

An ironing board is necessary part of our household kit.

Especially if you sew

But they are pretty boring and not usually very attractive.

I dislike the quality and feel of most commercially available ironing board covers. I’m not that keen on most of the patterns available either.

With very little effort, however, making your own is very easy.

edges formed and ready to take cord

edges formed and cord threaded

Using the old cover as a template, simply measure out your fabric.

Don’t forget to add for your hem (about 2.5cm) which needs to be doubled over and stitched with a double row of top stitch about 1cm away from the edge to make it strong when you tighten  to fit but also to allow your cord to be fed through,

cord clip to hold it tight

cord clip to hold it tight

If you are lucky like I was with my £5 board from the closing down sale at woolies (thanks mum!) it has a cunning little piece of plastic to help you tighten the cord!

board with the trimmed wadding to fit

board with the trimmed wadding to fit

I was going to make the cover in the same fabric as I used to make the cover for my shopping basket but sadly, I have very little left and it certainly isn’t enough to cover my ironing board.

shaped at the iron stand end

shaped at the iron stand end

I like the floral print that I made Millie’s pencil roll out of and I still have a few meters of that left so I decided to use that instead.

I had various lengths of cord spare from doing a bit of picture framing that were long enough to do the job so I only had the wadding to buy (I wouldn’t even have had to do that except I no longer have any left in my stash!!!).

done

done

It didn’t take long at all and now I can iron out the freshly laundered additions to my fabric stash.

washed and ironed car booty fabrics

washed and ironed car booty fabrics