Step 1: Find a Board & Secure It
I removed just the board itself, and left the metal mechanism in the cabinet. The board was attached to the metal with just one bolt, and a wing nut. Lucky me! I drilled a hole in the top of the old dresser I use for sewing supplies, and attached the board with the bolt, and the wing nut. I wanted a good portion of the board to sit on the dresser while it was turned out, so I made the hole just behind the 1X2 that runs down the inside center of the dresser.
If you don't have a board you can use for this project, or the tools to cut the board, take a trip to the lumber yard. More often than not, the staff at the lumber yard will cut the wood for you. If you don't have a drill to make the holes for the bolt attachment, check to see if your community has a tool library where you can borrow one.
Step 2: Pad the Board
If you don't have batting, cut up an old blanket, or an old pair of sweat pants for the padding.
Step 3: Cover the Board
If you don't have a sewing machine, or serger to finish the raw edges, you turn the raw edges under, and secure with fabric glue, or Steam A Seam. If you don't have a disappearing ink pen, use a light touch with a pencil for light fabrics, or a small sliver of soap for dark fabrics.
Step 4: Are We There Yet?
Because the board sits flush against the dresser top when not in use, I didn't want any bulk underneath the board -- hence the reason I stapled everything to the sides. I can now find a cute fabric, and make a cover with elastic edges that will just slip right on. Perhaps I'll even make a dresser scarf as well to cover the board when not in use.
Here's the part I love. The dresser was something my neighbor gave me, the ironing board came out of my kitchen, the batting came from my daughter's stash, and the cover came from an old pillow case in my linen closet. The only investment I've made in this whole thing so far was the wrapping paper, and Modge Podge I used to decorate the dresser.
From Screaming Mimi's Sewing Room at SewMimi.com