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Thursday, April 26, 2012

Recover Your Ironing Board

A couple of weeks ago I shared this on Destination: Craft.  How to recover your ironing board.  In case you didn't see it, here are all the instructions again.

It was really pretty easy, and I'm wondering why I didn't do it long ago.  I may have lucked out a little, because my cover was all one piece of fabric.  I didn't have to sew pieces together.

1--Remove old cover
2--Remove cord (mine was not stretchy at all) and keep it
3--Find a fabric you like (I scored a cheap cut and paid under $6 for almost 2 yards) 
4--Lay the old cover on top of your new (washed and dryed) fabric and pin it down.  It probably won't lay down nice and flat because it's been all stretched out over the ironing board--just do your best.
5--Cut out your new cover following the old fabric, but cut it out a little larger on all sides. (I didn't do this on the bottom edge, and I wished I did!)

6--Lay the cording down on the edge of the fabric and start stitching over it.  (Don't actually stitch the cord--you want the needle passing over the cord on both sides so that it can slide freely later)  A regular zigzag stitch was too tight, so I used this one and it worked great.

7--I had to pull my cord through a few times while I was sewing, because it wasn't long enough to make the whole perimeter of the piece.
8--When it's all been stitched, lay it out on the ironing board (with the padding underneath it) and by pulling on the cord, tighten up the fabric under the top/front end of the board.  The fabric will gather and get tight.

9--Stretch the fabric of the bottom/end of the board and do the same.  You want the fabric to be gathered underneath the lip of the board, especially around any curved parts, and this will keep it pulled tight over the board.
10-Secure the ends of the cord.  When everything is nice and tight, tie off or pinch (mine had this little metal clip already) the ends so that they aren't pulled back up in the the cover, making it loose.

11--Admire your new board, and possibly even be inspired to iron something!

Hope you found this helpful.  If you end up recovering your board too, be sure to let me know--I'd love to see it!
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  1. Love the re-do of your ironing board cover..looks amazing!

  2. That is an awesome makeover!! Love the fabric! Thanks so much for sharing at Thursday's Temptation.

  3. Love the makeover!! Thanks for the idea :)

  4. very cute. i may have to get an ironing board lol

  5. I sooo need to do this! My cover is becoming quite tattered. Do you need to treat the fabic to make it heat resistant? Will ordinary fabric hold up to the ironing? That's the one thing that's been holding me back to making my own vs buying one.

  6. Hey Stephanie, I enjoyed seeing you & your cute boots at SNAP. What a great blog! I have been looking for a pretty ironing board cover for a while. It never occurred to me to make my own! BRILLIANT! I'd love to feature it in my favorites next Friday if you want to link it up to my par-tay.

    Warmly, Michelle

  7. So simple and pretty. Can't wait to try this out!!