DIY Ironing Board Cover : A Super Exciting Sew!
Here’s my DIY Ironing board cover. This is not an exciting project; the title of this post is dripping with sarcasm. But it only takes an hour! If your ironing board is a hot mess, you might as well quit procrastinating and just do it.
Shameful! As you can see, mine looks like a crime scene. There are stab wounds and stains that I can’t even begin to describe. I’m so lazy that I tried to buy one; but never could find a tabletop sized ironing board cover. So cheap trumps lazy, because I’m not buying a whole new ironing board.
I finally quit crying about my embarrassing, nasty ironing board and made you this tutorial.
Start by marking and cutting 2″ past the edges of your ironing board.
Make a 3″ wide strip long enough to go around the entire circumference of your cover. This will form your casing. Sew the casing to the cover. * I added a strip of fabric rather than just adding more width to the cover because it allows for a tighter pull.*
At the pointy end of your cover, add button holes to your casing.
Iron your casing down. You can use a tailors ham to iron the curvy parts. Stitch.
Insert your cording or ribbon through the buttonholes. Pull tight & tie it off.
Now your DIY ironing board cover is done! I chose a blah brown fabric because stains will be less noticeable. Be careful with light colors, and test your fabric for color bleeding before you sew. Make sure to choose a suitable fabric that can withstand lots of heat. Most quilting cottons will do.
Those of you who know me probably realize how painfully boring it was to sew an ironing board cover. Home dec is not my forte, although I did manage a pillow cover tutorial once. I prefer sewing for fun rather than function. I heard someone say recently,” Asking a seamstress to mend is like asking Picassso to paint a fence.” Ha’
Tell me: what’s the thing you’ve needed to sew forever but don’t want to? Do you procrastinate on projects you don’t enjoy? What are the “sewing chores” that you dread the most?