Here is my ironing board before its makeover:
Yeah, I know, that is NOT pretty and I felt bad for husband who likes to iron his very WHITE dress shirts on my hot mess of an ironing board.
Here is my ironing board now:
Isn't it pretty? SOO much better! If you would like to make your own cover that you can take off and throw into the washing machine, come with me through this tutorial which is perfect for folks with a little sewing experience!
Materials and Tools Needed:
- 2 yards of a cotton woven fabric (I used a quilter's cotton print)
- 2 yards of 1/4" elastic
- 2 packages of single fold bias tape
- small ruler
- chalk or something to mark your fabric with
- basic sewing supplies like a sewing machine, scissors, safety pin or bodkin
This is the fabric that I will be using. A white print on a black background. I am hoping to hide some of the ironing board goop in the black.
I will be using a small 6" ruler and white chalk.
The first thing you want to do is lay out your fabric with the wrong side facing up. I used a large folding table to lay it all out on but you could use a dining room table or a hard floor. Next lay your ironing board on top of the fabric.
You have probably noticed by now that I left a cover on the ironing board. This cover has a thin pad on it and I still wanted padding on my board so I am going to keep it on under my new cover.
Next, use your ruler and measure about how much fabric you will need from the top of the ironing board and then for it to wrap underneath.
I used my existing pad/cover as a guide and I decided to go with 2.5" all around the board. I did make that measurement more (3.5") at the point of the ironing board since my pad/cover has more coverage up there and I am sure there is a good reason for that.
Go around the ironing board and draw a line 2.5" on the fabric from the board.
Make sure to make that measurement a little larger when you get to the point.
Here is the whole board with the chalk outline around it.
Next, go ahead and cut right on that line with your scissors.
If it isn't perfect don't worry about it! This is a very forgiving project!
Next take your single fold bias tape and open up the package. This project will take about one and a half packages of the tape. I am using this red striped bias tape as it is easy to see to sew on but you won't see it in the end. The reason why we use bias tape in this project is because it works very well on projects with curves and this project definitely has those.
Two side edges are folded in on one side of the tape. Go ahead and unfold one of the edges. We are going to sew this edge to the RIGHT or pretty side of the fabric. I know that seems odd, but trust me that it will all work out in the end.
I would start sewing just past the top of the tape leaving a little loose (you will see why in a minute). You want to sew right in that crease of the bias tape closest to the edge of your fabric. The edge of your fabric and bias tape should be aligned.
Go ahead and sew the bias tape all the way around your fabric. At some point, you will need to stop and join the two packs of bias tape together. I just sew the two ends together and then keep going. Sorry that I forgot to take a picture of that. If you have trouble with this step, let me know and I can walk you through it. Once you get back to the beginning, sew the two ends together there as well (this is why I had you leave some of the bias tape loose at the beginning.
Now take your fabric over to the iron (another reason why I left one of the old pad/covers on) and fold the bias tape to the wrong side of the fabric. You are folding and ironing it under.
You won't see it from the pretty side of the fabric once it is all ironed under as seen here.
You will now sew down the other edge of the bias tape. Try to stay as close as you can to that edge so that the elastic has as much room as possible down the center of the bias tape (it is going to be like a little tunnel for the elastic).
When you come to the area where you started sewing, leave about an inch or so, open. This will be where we insert the elastic.
Using a small safety pin or a bodkin, we will now thread the elastic through the casing made by the bias tape. If you are not familiar with what a bodkin is, here is a picture of mine:
It looks like a pair of tweezers but you put one end of the elastic in between the pinchers and then slide the tightener up until tight so that it has a firm grip on the elastic. HERE is a tutorial that I did just on the bodkin in case you want to know more. I love using mine more so than a safety which tends to open up inside of casing on me. You can find bodkins at most stores that carry sewing notions or you purchase one HERE.
I used a 2 yard length of elastic initially to get it all the way through the casing and then I put it on my ironing board and tightened the elastic by pulling each end until I was comfortable with how it fit. I ended up using about 1.5 yards of elastic on mine. When you get the elastic to where it fits snugly on the ironing board, take the two ends of the elastic (and the fabric) to the sewing machine and sew across the ends together several times to secure them on place. Then you can cut off the excess elastic.
Tuck the elastic inside of the casing and sew up the little hole and you are done! Put it on your ironing board and enjoy how nice (and clean) it looks!