I have been tackling some huge projects lately and it was so weird to sit down and actually finish a project from start to finish without being interrupted. That never happens! in fact, it usually takes me days or more often, weeks to complete a project. If you are feeling the need for a quick project or your ironing board looks like it has seen better days grab some cute fabric and give it a whole new look.
Time: 20 Minutes
- Sewing Machine
- Serger (Optional)
- Saftey Pin
- Fabric Marker
1.First things first, pick out some cute fabric. I used Magnolia Homes Berling Ticking Stripe in the color Sand. I have a small tabletop ironing board so a half yard was more than enough fabric for me. If your ironing board is a full size you may need more fabric. They come in all shapes and sizes so measure yours and buy fabric accordingly.
2. Lay your ironing board face down onto your fabric. If you are using a plaid or striped pattern like I am, make sure that the pattern is straight before you trace the outline. To do this I just lined up the straight edge of my ironing board with one of the stripes. Use a seam gauge or ruler to mark 2-3 inches around the perimeter of your ironing board.
Create Cutting Guide
3. Work your way around the edge of your ironing board using your fabric marker and seam gauge to create your cutting line. I made marks about every 1″ to 2″.
Cut Out Ironing Board Cover
4. Next, use fabric scissors to cut along your outline.
Serge The edges
5. Now that your ironing board cover is cut out we need to create an elastic casing. I started by serging the edge, this step is optional but if you have a serger it makes a nice clean edge.
You can always create a traditional hem by folding the edge over 1/2″ and then folding it over again so there is no raw edge showing or you can also zig-zag the raw edge, it will all be hidden so just do what is easiest for you.
Use Pins To Secure A 1″ Hem
6. Next, we will sew the elastic casing. Use pins and a seam gauge to secure a 1″ hem all the way around your ironing board cover.
Sew Elastic Casing
7. Sew 1/2″ from the edge all the way around your ironing board cover. Stop 1/4″ from where you started sewing to leave an opening for threading your elastic through.
8. Attach a safety pin the end of your 1/4″ elastic and insert it into the opening you left in your casing. Work your way around the entire perimeter pushing the safety pin through the casing until you reach where you started.
Tie Off Elastic
9. Pull the elastic tight and tie it off. Trim off the escess and stuff the knot back into the casing.
Sew Opening Closed
10.Finally, sew up the small hole you left open for threading your elastic through and you are done!
Thanks for stopping by to hang out with me for a bit! I hope that you found this quick tutorial helpful and that you are headed off to the fabric store to find some cute fabric to makeover your ironing board. I know that recovering an ironing board isn’t too terribly exciting but it can be a cute part of your laundry room decor. Do a quick search on Pinterest for some inspiration, I know I have seen some really cute ones on there, especially in the vintage farmhouse style decor.