My ironing board has been looking rather sad and sorry for itself for a while now and it’s been in the back of my head to recover it in some funky fabric, then when Mr Plush informed me that our current ironing board cover was made by the same company which have caused us such a headache over the word minky I decided urgent action was needed! (For some of the back story see this post. The iron-y (boom boom!) that we have one of their covers
Sad cover 😦 Needs to be a happy cover 🙂
I hate ironing, passionately, so anything to ease the pain and make it a better experience for me is a winner. I need all the help I can get. With this in mind I decided to use a layer of Insul-Bright which is a reflective fabric so the heat from the iron will get reflected back to the reverse of the garment so it should make ironing easier. I also added a layer of polar fleece for an extra bit of cushioning.
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You will need the following (I have added approximate measures for the materials as the exact amount needed will depend on the size of your ironing board)
1/2m – 1.5m approx. 100% cotton, depending on the width of your fabric and whether the pattern has a direction (I used an Alexander Henry fabric as his cotton sheeting is a little bit heavier weight than other other quilting cottons)
1/2m approx. Insul-Bright insulating fabric
1/2m approx. polar fleece (optional)
2.5m approx. 25mm Fold Over Elastic
Make it easier with:
A walking foot
Lay out your fabric and place your ironing board on top
Draw around your ironing board, I used a 3 inch guide but you may want more or less depending on the height of your board
Cut around your line so you have something that looks like this
If using polar fleece (I think this extra layer helps to stop the metal mesh marks from the board transferring on to your garment when ironing, but it does make it trickier to sew) Use a temporary fabric spray adhesive (I used 505 Spray) between each layer of fabric to help stop it shifting whilst sewing and then trim around all 3 layers so the edges are all even.
Pin the layers, or use these clips which are awesome when sewing layers!
Sew the fold over elastic to the edge. NB, a walking foot on your machine will make this much easier.
The best way to do this is to fold the elastic in half and then place the layers in the middle of the elastic making sure the edges of your fabric are at the half way fold of the elastic.
Using a 3 step zig-zag stitch on your machine sew a few stitches to start off and then, with your needle in the down position, pull the elastic as taught as it will go and sew all the layers together, keeping the edges of the fabric butted up to the mid point fold in the fold over elastic.
Sew the elastic all the way around. Where the ends meet just over-sew so the 2 ends of elastic so the over lap.
Your cover should have a gather where the elastic pulls the fabric in and it should fit your ironing board snuggly!
Voila! Here is the finished result, the best looking ironing board cover in town!