Ironing Board Makeover

By: Bolt Neighborhood
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Use this sewing tutorial to make a cover for your ironing board so you don't have to look at the dirty, old cover anymore. With these step-by-step instructions you can learn how to sew an ironing cover that will give the tool a refreshed look. Choose a fabric that coordinates with the room where you store your ironing board, or opt for something totally out-of-the-blue for you. Who knows? An Ironing Board Makeover might just motivate you to complete more ironing, too!

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What a super simple tutorial for something that seems difficult to do! I am thrilled I came across this pattern. I have a Big Board on top of my ironing board and it looks just awful. I washed it once and it shrunk as was terribly hard to get back on. I wonder if this pattern would work the same for that board? I am going to try it! I love the easy way the author speaks to the reader in this blog post as well.

My ironing board could certainly use a new cover. Easy to follow tutorial. Since I did not have the suggested 4 yards of inch elastic or draw string but only 2 yards of each, I cut the draw string in half and attached them to the ends of the elastic to acquire the length needed. Great easy to do project and needed!

This looks so easy - and I think making two is so sensible, it is annoying that after a while your cover looks grubby. With two, I could just whip it off, and throw it in the machine. Thank you.

Whenever I make a new cover, I add a new pad made of thin cotton quilt batting and leave the old one on. I also stand my ironing board backwards so the wide end is on my left. Then the wide end of pants (waist end) fits on the board. I started doing that also when dh was in the military because his uniform shoulders fit on the wide end best.

My mother and Grandmother always said to leave the old pad and cover on the board. A well padded board makes ironing easier and faster. When I got my daughter her own, I used 3 new covers and pads.

You are right on the money! My mother told me the same thing. I am retired military from the starched-to-stand days. My uniforms looked better than some that were done by the laundry. It has something to do with trapping the steam and sending it back from the under side.


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