Monday, January 23, 2012

Recovering Your Ironing Board

I don't know about you, but I am definitely one of those "out of sight, out of mind" kind of people.  I just don't think about ironing unless the ironing board is handy.  The more I sew, too, the more I realize that ironing is a must for good results.  Realizing this a few years ago, I brought the ironing board out of the cupboard, dusted it off, and put it out.  I quickly realized that the fabric they used to make the original cover was, in my opinion, a) hideous and b) hideous in my room.   Fortunately, I saw this tutorial for recovering an ironing board and had the fabulous results I shared here.  It has been three years since I recovered both my big ironing board and my desktop ironing board and with the "mango madness" orange transformed to "celery sprig" green, the fabrics I loved so much then do not make me smile now.  Still, I'm using my ironing boards a lot, so they need to stay out.  Finally, as my beloved Superman commented, they stand out like a sore thumb in the serenity of my "new" space. 

Orange really isn't the look I was going for here...
 Clearly, a change was needed.  I headed out to Hancock Fabric and found a fabric that would make me smile.  (Yeah, the smiling thing...if I have to look at something all the time, I want to like looking at it.)  Now, I could have done like before and reused the casing the the strings from the original board covers.  (See it here?  You can see the blue and white on the edge...)

The blue and white fabric, the blue plastic thingy, and the white string
are remnants of the original ironing board cover.  Buh-bye!
 Instead, I got brave and decided to begin fresh this time.  It really isn't a big deal...I did both ironing boards in one evening.  I thought I'd share with you just how easy it is to recover your ironing board.

See the chalk outline?  It is just that simple to get the right size.
First, flip your ironing board on its back and trace the shape of the board onto your new fabric.  Add approximately three inches all around to all for the new casing and the wrap around the board.

See?  I just traced with fabric chalk and cut it out.  Truly, I just eye-balled the
entire thing.

Cut out your fabric.

I didn't even double over the casing...just a down and dirty hem. 
It is going to be on the underside and the inside of your ironing board.
Just remember to leave an opening to thread your elastic through.
 Fold over one inch and iron for the casing.

See the elastic?  I tied it in a knot and trimmed it close AFTER I took this picture.

Sew the casing, leaving an opening to thread elastic through the entire thing.  Making sure you keep both ends of the elastic from slipping into the casing, try your ironing board cover on for size.  Fiddle with it until you get it just right and tie it off when you have it taut.  That's're done!

There you have it.  A new ironing board cover...pretty simple, right?  I've used them both since I recovered them and they do make me smile.  Mission accomplished!


Andrea @ said...

I love the new fabric! And I love that you have them somewhere useful and not hidden in a closet =)

Sew Ducky said...

lol awesome! I go through so many of the covers (I leave the iron on too much) that I just buy cheap ones. Yours looks a lot better than mine for sure!

Clark said...

Way to go! That was a great fabric choice. They really blend in to the rest of the room.

Julie Bagamary said...

Great tutorial. I'm planning on covering my over the door one soon.