How To Sew Your Own Ironing Board Cover...
Making a new ironing board cover can be really a great idea;
My Reasons for wanting to make one myself;
I wanted a certain fabric to match my new sewing room that had pink in it
And as we know most fabrics used in ironing board covers are so modern looking.
I must admit I was a bit intimidated over the idea,
Firstly, may I suggest using the old cover as a pattern.
Measure how much length of material will be needed to cover your board
All ironing boards are not the same size or width!
Purchase a fabric that you love in color and design
Make sure it has a sturdy feel to it and will wear the use well.
Buy two packages of single bias tape to use for the draw string.
Purchase a color that matches your fabric
Purchase one package of Velcro Tape.
This will be put on the underside of the cover to keep it in place;
While on your ironing board.
Buy enough draw string cord to go completely around the cover,
Once again measure from your old cover for the length needed!
But buy at lease 12 inches longer to tie a good knot or bow,
And to assure not running short of the amount needed!
(You can buy all these things from the fabric store)
And of course you will need thread and a good pair of scissors!
Now lay out your fabric and lay the old ironing cover on top;
Measure twice, then start cutting around it and leave at least two inches extra!
Now lay this fabric on your board to check to see if it will be too large;
Or just right, that is why we add a bit extra.
Now, Add your bias tape,
Slowly start pinning it to the fabric, starting at the bottom flat edge of cover;
You will be leaving a small opening to add your draw string!
Once again refer to your old ironing board cover.
Pin the bias tape completely in place first!
Remember to keep the tape even so your draw string will go through it!
Have your pins facing into the cover so as you sew, you can remove them.
Start sewing from the flat bottom (remember to leave your space)
Go completely around the cover!
when you start and finish to back stitch your stitches! reenforce
string, use a safety pin and tie one end of string to it; add the draw
Then start pulling it through the bias tape that is sewn on your fabric.
Once it is all pulled through, make sure the other end does not come out.
Now lay this over your ironing board, start allowing it to contour to the board.
Pull it gently to you get a nice fit!
Then, once I make sure all fits well, Now, I sew into the backsides some
Velcro tape to keep it in place and it does not slip or move around!
I place the Velcro tape in about three places, but two places might be sufficient.
When I had my sewing room painted our son put in an ironing board unit
A cover that would fit properly, but also I wanted a pretty one!
These Hide A Boards are really nice...
So because of this unique size needed it inspired me to make my own!
I am really glad I did as it was a fun and not really that hard!
I always leave the old cover and padding on as I like the extra padding
A new ironing board cover!
A few years back, I purchased from Etsy a new ironing board cover for myself
So I guess it won't be long and I will be making a new one for that board also!
I enjoy ironing and find it quite relaxing;
Also, I use it while crafting as a table for my items!
A good quality ironing board is a wise investment, just like a good pair of scissors!
My kids knew not to touch my good scissors (smile)
Hope you enjoyed seeing how I made mine;
Sometimes we need to try our hand at something different!
Also, I think this would make a nice item for stay at home Moms to make and sell!