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Thursday, December 09, 2010

Do-it-yourself ironing board cover

As I’ve been spending so much time in my sewing room, I’ve found myself staring at my grungy ironing board cover a lot.    It just so happened that Craftiness is Not Optional felt the same way and posted a tutorial for a quick and easy new cover.  I knew just the fabric that I wanted to use for my own.

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My local craft store had a Robert Kaufman dress form pattern that recently arrived. So cute!  I picked up two yards for my full sized ironing board.  I plan on using the rest for some other crafts including a sewing machine cover.
I followed the steps of the tutorial exactly:
First, I laid out the fabric under my ironing board and traced and cut about 2.5 inches around it.  

Measured and cut 2.5" around the board.

Laid out over the board just to confirm the size.

Then I folded over the edge about half an inch and stitched it in place, leaving a small opening at one end.  I took a 4 yard piece of 1/8” elastic (it came packed as 4 yards... I probably only used 3), attached a safety pin to one edge and began to snake it through the edge of the of the fabric. Once I made my way to the start, I placed the cover over the board and shaped it in place.  Then I pulled the elastic tight until the board was snugly covered.  I tied the two ends of the elastic in a couple of knots, and trimmed the ends off.  Voila! Instant new ironing board cover.


View of the edge once the cover was completed.


  1. Anonymous6:59 PM

    I love the fabric you chose. I need to make one of these. Unfortunately, my ironing board is forever marked by a fusible interfacing mishap.

  2. It was so easy! It was probably a 15-20 minute project. And I have enough fabric left over to make some project bags and other fun goodies.

  3. I'm inspired by your ironing board cover! Next time mine needs one, it will be home made!!


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