Two Ironing Board Covers
Spring is here as is spring cleaning. The ironing board cover I have is large, wide and long. Between crafting, sewing and good old fashioned laundry it is in use every day. Although it’s fairly new, the surface had gotten very dirty from applying iron on interfacing. Being an odd size it is impossible to find a pretty cover in town, and I could not finish ironing and hanging of the drapes until I did something with the ironing board.
Small Ironing Board
There is no use in recovering the large ironing board if I just ruin it by crafting again; to get around this I made a small ironing board just for crafting. This should keep the larger ironing board clean. The little ironing board is easy to put together and now that I have one I wish I had made one a long time ago.
You will need:
3/4″ or 1″ plywood
4 flat topped cabinet pulls
Start with a 3/4″ or 1″ piece of plywood. Cut it into any size you prefer, mine is 25″ by 25″. Hubs wasn’t home and I was on a mission so I scrounged in the garage and found the perfect size bit of leftover plywood. It was definitely used and had some blemishes but it was the right size so good enough.
Once you have the plywood cut, drill a small hole in each corner for the legs. Place the hole 1 1/2 inches from both edges in all four corners for the legs.
As the wood was so dirty I sanded it very very well, first with 60, then 120, and finally 220 grit sandpaper. I had some paint left over so I gave it two coats of white paint. This step is not necessary, it just made me feel better to know the used plywood had a fresh clean surface. Once the paint is dry screw in four pretty door pulls for legs.
Make sure the material you use will withstand high heat. I stayed away from synthetics and used a pretty cotton material .
Cut your material two inches wider than the board on each side. For a 25″ by 25″ board I cut the material 29″ by 29″. Fold over the material 1/2″ and then another half inch forming a hem on all sides. Iron to form a crease.
Next cut a piece of quilt batting 25″ by 50″, fold it in half and crease the seam with an iron.
Place the material good size down, center the quilt padding over the material and then add the board. Make sure to center and align everything before you begin stapling.
Pull the material over the board and using a large staple gum place a couple of staples in the center of each side. Continue working from the center towards the corner. Pull the material as tight as possible as you staple.
Finally make some neat folds for around the legs.
Flip the ironing board onto its legs and check that the top surface is tight enough. Add more staples if necessary.
Large Ironing Board Cover
This ironing board cover turned out really pretty because of the super cute material. It is so much nicer than the ugly grey cover it had originally and the ironing surface is clean again.
This particular project did not go as well as it could have. The heating pad portion of the original pad was in good shape, but it was permanently attached to the cover portion. Also, I knew it had a draw string on the bottom but did not realize it was also elastic.
Determined to use the original functional ironing pad. I used the original pad as a general pattern and cut the fabric three inches wider than the old one. I folded the edges over twice and with a needle and thread hand basted the long sides of the ironing pad to the material. I tried doing this with pins and it just wasn’t working for me.
Once that was done I put it back on the ironing board. I continued rolling the material to get a neat hem edge, hand basting and gathering as needed on the corners until the material was all attached. Once I had everything basted on. I took the cover off the ironing board and sewed it with a zig zag stitch along the neatly folded edge.
Its pretty, it works and I was able to reuse the perfectly functional ironing pad. I needed this done quickly so I could get to my drapes and by using the entire original ironing board pad the updated cover cost me $10.
With the money I saved I purchased a small iron for the interfacing. Now I am off to clean my iron well and I should be able to get those darn drapes up today.