* ironing board cover

Posted on April 25th, 2006 by maitreya. Filed under Projects with Instructions, Sewing/Fabric Crafts.

I really hate my ironing board. It’s dingy and flimsy and too small and it bows in the middle. I’ve been looking around for a new one, but I refuse to buy another flimsy one, and the nice sturdy ones are more expensive than I’m willing to pay at the moment. It seems like it should be a classic yard sale find, some ancient, indestructible ironing board that I will use forever. So, until I find this mythical ironing board, I can at least stop hating my poor current one.

First, I tore off the old cover, and the disintegrating foam underneath, both of which were attached to the particle board base with staples. After trying to pry out a few of the staples, I decided that it would be just fine if I left the darn things in. I put a length of not-too-lofty quilt batting down the center to pad where it bows, and wrapped the whole thing in another layer of batting that was long enough to wrap under the bottom by about 2 inches all around. Next, I flipped it over and used a staple gun to pull it tight. Then I did the same thing with this sweet cotton that was on the sale rack at Joann’s (a pink version of the green fabric I used for the fabric envelope from a while back). The old cover had a piece of seam binding stapled over the raw edges to finish, but I didn’t bother. It’s *much* better now, not just aesthetically but practically as well. I hadn’t even noticed how the lack of good padding was making my ironing life harder.


19 Responses to “ironing board cover”

  1. Regina Says:

    Fabulous idea! A ironing board make-over. Hadn’t thought of making my own cover!

  2. Cynthia Says:

    Hey! We have not one, but two (!!) sturdy, indestructible ironing boards at home you’re welcome to next time you visit. Alex only wears what he calls “self ironing” shirts (not worth arguing with him about), and depending on whether I’m teaching, I alternate between dry-clean only and jeans-and-Tshirts. So they’re going to waste.

  3. Nancy Says:

    What a great way to rehabilitate your ironing board– it looks so pretty.

  4. tammie Says:

    i really need to do this – i have screenprint ink, melted fusible web and who knows what else all over my poor little tabletop iron-
    quite pathetic
    this project would cheer me (and my iron) up tremendously

  5. holly Says:

    i just bought 2 yards of that fabric yesterday – it’s so sweet.

  6. Deborah Says:

    GREAT IDEA! I hate my ironing board cover. It is always popping off, and I never even thought about the lack of padding. You have inspired me to create a new cover this weekend! Maybe with this new cover I might actually iron from time to time!

  7. maize Says:

    I was just reading my new Cath Kidson book yesterday and an idea she had was to have an ironing table. Just cover an old table with padding and then a fabric cover. It’s up all the time (if you have the room) and you can also use it for folding clothes.

    It’s what I’m planning to do in our laundry room when we remodel our home.

    Love the fabric by the way.

  8. kelly Says:

    so good that you managed to refurbish your existing board… last year I spent way too much $$$ (I think it was $80) on a new, “deluxe” ironing board, and I hate it! Still wobbly, still bows in the center… I’m thinking I need to beg my grandma for her old, all-wood ironing board that she doesn’t use anymore! What do we have to do to get a sturdy, stable ironing board?

  9. Allie Says:

    Love the fabric!

  10. vegasandvenice Says:

    Love it Love it Love it!

  11. molly Says:

    what a great solution. I bet it gives new motivation to get your ironing done, too!

  12. Meg Says:

    Love the fabric. Even with an ironing board looking so pretty, I’d still pretend I was allergic to ironing.

  13. sue Says:

    wait a minute here, you are going to use a staple gun to attach the fabric to the ironing board?????????? i assume this ironing board is disposable???? cause i have removed staples before, and this is gonna be terrible to try to remove it once its stained, etc. i don’t like to just lay another cover over it either. so i guess, this is kinda good idea, but makes your ironing board “throw away.”

  14. Maitreya Says:

    Whatever. Note the part in the post about the previous cover also being stapled on, that this ironing board is totally falling apart and bowing, and the comment where my sister in law is going to give me her extra one. And I will state for the record that I got this one because my neighbor was giving it away. Don’t call throwaway culture on a craftblog without reading, seriously.

  15. Ftaylor Says:

    I am working on the idea of creating an ironing board cover that actually fits and remains in place. I would like some ideas on what type of fabric has worked best: cotton, heat resistant, etc. Which ironing board cover has worked best for you? What suggestions do you have? What would you like to see in an ironing board cover in terms of improvements on existing covers?

  16. marie Says:

    Can or does anyone make a standing ironing board between 36″ and 40″? It would be perfect for small quarters. Any board longer than 40″ is too long, useless, and takes up too much space.

    Information would be appreciated. Thank you.

  17. marie Says:

    Can or does anyone make a standing ironing board between 36″ and 40″? It would be perfect for small quarters. Any board longer than 40″ is too long, useless, and takes up too much space.

    Information would be appreciated. Thank you.

  18. sewnso Says:

    I am just in the process of making my ironing board more useful for my needs. As a quilter I have trouble with the “torpedo” end. Today I purchased a “good one side” piece of 1/2 plywood. Using 5/8″ wood screws and a washer I attached the board to the ironing surface. Now I have an ironing board that is 24″ wide and 48″ long. I started with 48″ x 18″. Now I think I will cover the board with tin foil to prevent any moisture from going into the board. Next I am going to put an old wool blanket then I believe I will put a silver colored fabric used for making pot holders. I will just staple this to the board and hopefully it will be much easier to iron my fq’s and other quilting fabric. Just thought I’d share if anyone else is interested.

  19. sewnso Says:

    Just to clarify…The screws are put in from the bottom of the ironing board. This way there are no screws heads on top of the wood. The staples will go onto the under side of the board to keep the blanket and fabric tight as well.


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