I decided to sew my own custom made iron board cover because a good iron board cover is hard to find. Iron board covers in stores are usually cheap , do not last long, and don’t fit well. This is why and wanted to share my creation with you. I used a ½ in elastic instead of cording (drawstring) for a tighter fit. It is an easy, inexpensive, and takes less than 2 hours to create.
Fabric and Supplies needed:
- 2 yds of fashion fabric
Recommended Fabrics: Heavy Denim, Cotton Canvas, Muslin, Heavy Linen.
- - Pencil
- - 2 yds of Tru-Grid Graph or Kraft paper (for pattern making)
- - Ruler- A rotary ruler works best.
- - Padding
- - Heat resistant fabric – the original iron board cover can substitute for the heat resistant fabric.
- - 4 ½ yards of ½ in elastic or cording (drawstring)
- - Pins or dressmakers pins
- - Safety Pins
Make the Pattern:
- Lay pattern or craft paper on the floor
- Place ironing board upside down on paper and trace around it with a pencil.
- Add 4 inches to the edges around all sides of the board. (Tip: you can use the ruler to place dotted markings as you measure (at each angle) the around the ironing board.) This will be your cutting line.
- Use the pattern to cut your fabric.
Sew it Up:
- Press the fabric edge ¼” to the wrong side of the fabric.
- Fold from the edge towards the wrong fabric side 1″ and press or pin.
- Stitch close to the edge around the fabric leaving a 1 1/2″ opening at the center back end of the ironing board.
- Guide the elastic or cording with a safety pin through the opening until it comes out of the opposite side of the opening.
- Place padding on iron board the top with heat resistant fabric.
- Place the ironing board cover on top of the ironing board, adjust to fit and pull tightly. Tie cording together. (Attach elastic together with safety pin, remove iron board fabric and stitch both ends of elastic together. Slipstitch fabric opening closed. Adjust to fit on ironing board.)