This project has got to be one of my favourite because it's just SO simple and easy, but it is just so satisfying. There's just something about taking something utilitarian and a wee bit blah and turning it into something cute and pretty in a few simple steps and without spending a ton of money. This DIY ironing board cover (made from one of my FAVE fabrics right now) was so much fun! Here's how a made a pretty, floral ironing board cover in an afternoon.
Isn't it the cutest? I've taken this boring, inexpensive ironing board and made it super-duper adorable and ready to hang up for all to see in the laundry room. Will I iron on it? Maybe every few months or so. *Grin.*
- 1 ½ yards cotton fabric (I used Waverly Norfolk Rose from OnlineFabricStore.net)
- 1 ½ yards ¼" elastic
- sewing machine
- safety pin + stick pin
- Lay your fabric right-side-down onto the floor and lay your ironing board on it with it's top down. Trace around the board leaving a 3" allowance for the elastic casing.
- Cut the piece out of the fabric and fold it in half lengthwise and trim any unevenness.
- Fold the edge of the cover piece inward about ½" and press. You will have to pleat/gather the corners a little. Fold the edge over again ½" and press, gathering or pleating the corners as needed.
- Sew the casing down, about ⅛" from the folded edge. Leave a 2" opening for the elastic.
- Cut a piece of elastic that measures about half of your ironing board's circumference. Secure a safety pin on one end (secure it well, or you'll be mad when it pops off!) and a stick pin on the other.
- Thread the elastic through the casing you've sewn using the safety pin as a lead. This is the most tedious part, so pour yourself a cup of coffee and watch an episode of Mickey Mouse Clubhouse with the kids while you do this. Once you've pulled the elastic through the casing, sew it together by machine or hand and then sew the opening shut.
Pull your new, pretty cover over your icky old one and admire your newest friend.
It may even entice you to iron more. Maybe.
Here's what the back looks like:
Thanks so much to OnlineFabricStore.net for supplying me with this gorgeous fabric to make my ironing board cover with! I can't wait to share with you what I have planned next for this fabric in my laundry room.