This weekend’s very mundane makeover was another unbeautiful object that appears in most homes across the land.
The ironing board.
It is a rather wide ironing board; best for zooming through work and school shirts and blouses. So, if you can find one, the choice of new ironing board covers is limited. I’ve gone through a number of unlovely covers over the years; it never occurred to me to make one.
So I upgraded this
In brief this is how I did it.
I laid my chosen fabric face down on the floor and placed a thin wadding on top. Laying my ironing board face down, I cut out the fabric and the wadding 5cm larger than the ironing board all the way round.
Then I tacked all the way round to keep the fabric and wadding from moving around as I did the next bit.
Next I opened out one of the folds of some bias binding and pinned it all around the edge of the cover (on the wadding side). I started at the centre of the top straight section of the board cover.
Using my machine I sewed along the ditch like so
Then I trimmed around the edge; both the wadding and the fabric, so it was nice and neat.
I folded the bias over the edge and sewed it down.
It now looked like this
Next job was to thread some butchers twine through the channel I had made with the bias binding.
And with the tacking stitch out, it was done. All ready to lay onto the board and pull the thread tight.
It is a pity an ironing board cover doesn’t lend itself to embellishment but it least now I can dream away a trip around the world whilst doing the ironing.
Total cost for 1/2m of fabric and 1/2m of wadding and 3m of bias binding £8.80.
Love, Lucie xx
Great. Very proffesional looking. Xx
Thank you. I almost enjoy using it!
Definitely worth doing then!!
At least I’ll smile when I have to get it out.
That’s brilliant, I love the map fabric.
I’ve been wanting to make a new ironing board cover for a while (mine is a Brabantia one, which you would think would be nice, but no, it is outrageously ugly…) so I’m interested to see how you’ve done it. The only trouble is, I’m terrified of bias binding!
It was suprisingly very straight forward to do. I’ve only ever used bias binding once before. I think you need to (as the book title goes) ‘feel the fear and do it anyway’!
Really great idea, I keep looking at the thing on my board and wondering whether to get a new one – feeling a bit inspired to choose something more interesting now!
I was looking at the spots and the stripes in the fabric shop, but when I saw the map fabric, that was that.
LOVED the fabric! We home school and this would be so “at home” for us! 😉
However, I have seen covers made of normal fabric that scorch very easily. Was this treated fabric? Just curious about what type of fabric to buy…
AND–I have seen covers with a 3″ ruffle sewn around into the biased binding, and that edged with a bit of lace was quite lovely when the board was set up.
Have fun with your new chore! 🙂
It is just an ordinary heavy cotton that you would use for curtains or cushions. I have ironed cotton shirts on the highest setting and ok so far. I never leave my iron face down like I know folks do for a few seconds. I shall trial it for a while and report back.
It’s a lovely change from the usual boring selection.
Oh yes, lovey. And if I remember right, the scorched variety I have seen were part polyester. That would be the dif, right?
Possibly. I think they all scorch eventually. But I would be pleased with a couple of years use.
Lovely cover – it might even tempt me into getting the ironing board out a bit more!
Thank you. I wouldn’t go that far! 😉
I never ever thought I would love anything, whatsoever, to do with ironing!!! I have a cupboard full of fabric and a really rough ironing board…that’s this afternoon sorted out then…
I hope you went through with it! My ironing board is in need off another cover now. It’s looking slightly grubby from interfacing glue.
Where did you get that amazing fabric??