Wednesday, February 16

Little makeover

Recently, I stumbled upon an Etsy store that sells ironing board covers. Looking at those cute covers make me more painfully aware about my ironing board being in great need of a makeover.

OK ... it's eww, not from dirt but from a couple of burn marks and goop from Wonderunder, hem tape and other interfacing oopsies. That doesn't wash off. Paying $15 for an ugly new ironing board cover.... nope, paying $25 for a cute one, I don't think so. So I made one. 

I just used the ugly one as a pattern and cut 2 layers of cotton quilt batting and the top fabric to the same size.  I then stitched all 3 layers together and then used a left over 3" strip from a quilt binding to make the channel. Then I made a cord out of green bias tape stitched together lengthwise that I threaded through the channel and tada this is the new look : 

Not as fancy as those I saw on Etsy, but prettier than a store bought one and  a vast improvement over the sad look of the previous cover 
Bonus: only took an hour. Oh and it cost under $2. 
- Left over cotton batting for padding : $0.50
- Left over green stripped for channel : $1.25
- Donated pink stripped fabric - free
- Donated green bias tape - free
- Donated thread
Oh I so like friend sewer/quilters that de-stash after finishing a project. And I like my ironing board a lot more too. 

One last time side by side : 

And here it is in action with my latest project 
Yes a new quilt is brewing
120 blocks at the ready


  1. yes...a vast improvement! thanks for the idea.


    stuff and nonsense

  2. Good for you using what you already had on hand! And the new one looks so much better!
    Thanks for sharing!

  3. Shoot. You called me out. Mine is bad ... I suppose I better get sewing.

  4. oh wow what a difference, I'd be more willing to iron if my board looked that pretty.

    Can't wait to see your finished quilt. I have yet to try quilting. It looks like so much fun, one day I'll be able to try it.

    Hope you're having a great week!

  5. This is a great reminder I need a new iron cover. Great job!

  6. for a minute i was wondering how you got a picture of my ironing board! This is a great project, just the inspiration I need to get one done.

  7. Love this idea but I don't use it much:) Thanks for posting I may do it!

  8. How cute! My ironing board cover looks like a twin to your old one! I have been thinking of making a new one. Thanks for the inspiration!

  9. Ah! I need to do this! I wish I could understand your directions...I'm that sewing-illiterate! I'll have to try it, though. I love your fabric---and the fact that it was free and easy for you! Great job!

  10. you did a nice job on this very pretty

  11. Love it! I was actually thinking I need to make my own ironing board covers for my store (Sewtropolis). The covers I have now are the ones that came with it when I bought it and they are a little embarrassing. :-{

  12. Too lazy to iron here, but if I owned an ironing board...ummm...sorry, that was beginning to get too depressing!

    Really, this turned out wonderfully :)

  13. Oh my cover looks 10 x worse than your before! I so need to do this plus spray paint the blue legs!

  14. Looks great! My ironing board has a burn on it courtesy of my husband. My mom doesn't believe me and says I did it. Thanks mom. Either way, I need to make one of these! Thanks for shsaring.

  15. My ironing borad cover is pathetic. Thanks for the push to make a new one!

  16. Hi, Caroline! thanks for linking up last week! hope to see you again this week! have a nice weekend!

  17. What a Great idea! We are in the middle of prettifying our laundry room.Stopping by from 504 Main :)

  18. A new cover on a simple household necessity can do so much for the spirits!


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