Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Tutorial: Ironing Board Cover

My old ironing board cover was getting cruddy to say the least. Yuck. I don't even like looking at the pictures- but I'll share them with you anyways. So I thought it was time to update it but I didn't want to spend any money or be limited by the selection at the store. So my solution was to create one for myself instead! I took some pictures to show you what I did and I hope I can explain it well enough that you can create one for yourself too. Maybe use that cute fabric you have or match your room d├ęcor?

Skill Level: Intermediate

I began by deconstructing (aka taking apart) the old cover. I took out the elastic cord to reuse in the new cover and I cut apart the old cover and laid it out flat.

My old cover had a thin foam padded layer that I didn't want to reuse and didn't want to mess with taking off. Instead, I used 2 layers of flannel for the padding. I'm sure I could have gone out and bought something but flannel is what I had on hand and it works perfectly well!

Anyways, I began by laying the old cover onto my new flannel and cutting out the new one. I left roughly 1-inch all the way around. I did the same with the top/decorative fabric.

My ironing board cover also has a nose tip, which I cut out with roughly a 1-inch seam allowance all the way around.

I layered all my fabrics and stitched on the nose tip. Trim and zig-zag or serge the edge.

Then zig-zag or serge all the way around the main body of the ironing board cover.

Fold over the edge about an inch- this is for the casing. Stitch near the edge, leaving an opening. Insert your elastic cord and sew the opening closed.

Viola! Enjoy your brand new one-of-a-kind ironing board cover!


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