Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Ironing board cover

I'm one of those people who enjoys ironing. 
It can be a satisfying task if you have a good iron and a well padded ironing board.  The key is in the padding. I've never been able to find a good ironing board cover that doesn't cost an arm and a leg, so I  make my own.  This one took about an hour to whip up.  I used a very old quilted cotton bed spread for the padding (two layers of it) and a very old cotton tablecloth.  I've heard that old woolen army blankets work well for the pad, too.  You want a natural fiber that will absorb the steam from the iron. 
Using the ironing board for a pattern, I cut the two pieces of quilting and the tablecloth about two inches larger. I sewed them all together into one layer. Using bias tape, I made a casing for a drawstring, just around the ends. When I put the cover on, I just had to pull the strings and tie them tightly on the underside of the board. The cover stays on nice and tight. You could do it the "right way" and use elastic, but I was using materials I had on hand and I find it easier to make a bias casing than to work with elastic.  That's just me.

I like that the cover looks old and vintage, like something my mother or grandmother would have.  

What about you, do you like to iron?

10 comments:

Sharon said...

Way to go, Karen....you are so creative and follow through well on your projects.

We grew up ironing almost EVERYTHING, as most clothing were cotton only, dryers did not do permanent press yet, etc. When very young, we would start with handkerchiefs, doilies and pillow cases. We'd then graduate to shirts & pants, blouses, skirts and dresses. Back in August, as my son prepared to usher at his friend's wedding, he brought his shirt for me to iron, knowing that I do a bang-up job on shirts;)

Judy said...

Oh! I LOVE it!

Becky said...

I HATE to iron. But I would find it more tolerable with a pretty cover like that. Great idea!

Susanne said...

Aren't you a handy girl! I love the vintage look too. I've got lots of ironing if you want to come over. I'll keep you well supplied with coffee or that tea you like! :v)

Country Dreaming said...

No not really but if i had a lovely cover like yours maybe I would enjy it better. My cover is a sad affair. Maybe I'll have to try this.
Have a wonderful Wednesday.

Melinda

kari said...

wow, it only took you an hour! I'm impressed.
I think you are absolutely right, the padding on the ironing board makes all the difference in the ironing.
I like the material you used.

Rizzi said...

HI KAREN,
I LOVE IRONING, EVEN AS A CHILD I IRONED. MY MOTHER, YOUR GRANDMOTHER WITH HAVING SEVEN CHILDREN, SHE IRONED EVERYTHING. THEY DID IN THOSE DAYS, EVEN UNDERWEAR. THAT IS WHERE I LEARNED TO IRON.
NOW......
IF I IRON I HAVE AN IRONING PAD, IT IS NICE AND STIFF AND I PUT IT ON MY TABLE, SIT DOWN AND IRON.
JACKIE STILL IRONS TOO. LOVE, AUNT RIZ

Paula {Salad in a Jar} said...

I inherited my grandmother's old ironing board--it's so sturdy. Now I need a cover like you've described. Do you think the vintage pattern would make me like to iron more?

Bill said...

It's so timely, reading this now, because I was in a hotel Sunday night and ironed a shirt. Great iron, terrible ironing board cover.
I like to iron shirts, but hate to iron pants...which is why I take most of my washable pants to the dry cleaners.
Your project looks spiffy. You are amazing!

fruitfulwords said...

Great idea. I really need a new ironing board cover ever since my daughter ironed something sticky on it.

I don't know if I will be brave enough to make my own cover. But I sure like your cost better than a brand new one.