Introduction: Fabulous Ironing Board Cover
Make the menial task of ironing something spectacular!!
Cover that cold metal ironing board with something cheerful and lively!!
1 3/4 Yards Cotton or Linen 45" or 60"
1 3/4 Yards Non Fusible Fleece
4 Yards Extra Wide Double Fold Bias Tape
4 Yards 3/8" Elastic
PLEASE NOTE: that all measurements are based on a standard - full size ironing board.
This instructable can easily be altered to fit any ironing board by adjusting the yardage. All steps remain the same.
It is best to use one piece of fabric that has not been pieced together. Natural fibers such as cotton and linen work best.
Please do not use synthetic fibers as your top surface as they could melt while ironing.
Please read through all instructions prior to beginning this project.
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Step 1: Creating Pattern
With the ironing board open, turn upside down and lay on back side of fabric.
Step 2: Mark Fabric
Using a writing utensil that will show on your chosen fabric, make a dashed line 2.5" (6.35 cm) around the perimeter of the of the ironing board.
When complete, draw a line connecting the dots - this is your cutting line.
Step 3: Cut Fabric
Cut along line.
Lay cut out fabric on top of fleece. Using fabric as a template, cut out fleece to same size.
Step 4: Baste Stitch
Baste stitch fleece to back side of fabric.
Step 5: Mark Middle
Fold ironing board cover in half.
Mark middle of the wide side of the board with a pin.
Step 6: Bias Tape
Piece together bia tape (if needed).
Unfold bias tape and stitch ends together.
Step 7: Stitch Bias
Open bias tape.
With fleece side up, line up open edge of tape with edge of cover just to one side of marked middle (pin from step 5).
Curl edge of tape into itself to create a finished edge. Start stitching, using the crease closest to the edge of the cover as a stitching guideline.
Continue all the way around the cover. Just short of the marked middle, cut tape and curl onto itself to created a finished edge on the other side of the pin.
** There should be a gap of approximately 1-2" between finished edges of tape (where you have marked the middle with the pin).
Step 8: Stitch Elastic in Bias
Let the bias tape fold up, curling around the raw edge of the fabric.
With fabric side up on your sewing machine platform,
slide the elastic inside the bias tape, keeping it on the top side of the fabric.
Stitch, creating a tube for the elastic to move in.
Elastic should be able to move freely within bias tape.
Continue to stitch all around the perimeter of the cover.
***IMPORTANT - do not stitch through the elastic while stitching the bias, this will not allow the elastic to function properly.
Step 9: Stitching Elastic
Finish stitching just short of marked middle.
Step 10: Gather Elastic
Pull elastic so edges of cover are gathered making sure not to let the elastic slip inside your bias tunnel.
Step 11: Final Gathered Cover
When finished gathering, cover should look like a shrimp.
Step 12: Add Buttons
Cut excess elastic and hand stitch buttons (or any other accent) to prevent losing elastic in bias.
Step 13: All Done!
Slip over ironing board. Pull alstic to fit cover properly and tie.