Ironing board makeover

This morning my ironing board went from this pitiful look:

to this cheeriness:

I started by reading this ironing board cover tutorial. which suggests using the edge of the old cover and string to avoid some sewing. But I ended up making the casing myself by simply folding over the edge like a hem, leaving an opening for the string.  (I used twine because that’s what I had.)

After pulling the string out of the old cover, I used the cover for a pattern, cutting the new fabric an inch and a half larger all around to allow extra fabric to fold over for the casing.


Before folding it over, I zigzagged the edge of the fabric to keep it from unraveling.  Then I folded the edge over about 3/4 of an inch.  As I sewed around corners for the casing, I made small tucks in the fabric  to keep the edge of the casing lying flat as I sewed. (Click on the picture below to enlarge.)  I just tucked as I sewed, but it’d probably turn out prettier if you pinned it beforehand. 

While I had the cover off the board, I also added a layer of quilt batting between the board and the old flat foam, which gives a nice bit of extra padding.  I’d hesitated over this project for years, thinking I needed to use special heat-proof fabric, but I finally decided there was nothing magical about my old torn cover.  With reasonable caution, I think the new cover will work well, and is certainly much better-looking than the old scorched one we’ve hung onto for years.

The whole project took me an hour, and used barely half a yard of a 3-yard piece that I found at a yard sale for $2.  My little ironing board sits on top of the dryer all the time, and we will all definitely enjoy the face-lift.  I’m very pleased with the improved look.



  1. Love it!!! You go, girl! =)

  2. ohhh thats so pretty, you have shamed me (in a good way) into dealing with mine.
    thanks fro all you share
    Rachel plymouth uk

  3. I bought the ironing board cover recommended by my expensive steam iron, but it is not so pretty as this.

    Same dryer as mine, tho 🙂

  4. I’ve heard that sometimes the fun, bright prints come off of the lighter colored items during ironing. I’d be interested to know if you have any trouble with that.

  5. I didn’t even know ironing boards were still a useful item in homes these days.
    My kids put a couple of towels on the floor or on top of the dryer and iron the item they think needs it otherwise we usually put item in the dryer with a wet wet towel and let it dry for a couple minutes.