Monday, April 11, 2011

Recover an Ironing Board

How many of you have an ironing board cover that looks old and dingy? Maybe something similar to this?
That is my old one. It needed a makeover in a big way.
Bright, vibrant and much more full of life! I love it!!! Plus, it matches my laundry room so much better.
This is a really fast and simple project, and here’s how I went about doing it.

First, I removed the old ironing cover, grabbed my seam ripper, and took the entire thing apart.
The bias tape and elastic cording were still good, so I decided to reuse those. The old fabric pieces became my pattern pieces. If you don’t already have the bias tape and cording, you will need 4 yds of bias tape and 1 1/2 yds of the elastic cording.

You will need at least 1 3/4 yds of fabric, however if you want to save money, you can get two of these out of 2 yards of fabric. So find a friend that wants to make one as well and split the cost.
My fabric is "Gypsy, Music in Red" by Felicity Miller.

I ironed the fabric pieces from my old cover, pinned those to my new fabric, and cut them out.
Lay your two pieces RST (right sides together) and pin in place. They won’t lay flat. Just be sure to line up your edges.
Using a 1/4” seam, stitch the two pieces together. Finish the seam with either a serger or zig-zag stitch. My serger is being serviced right now, so I did the zig-zag stitch.
Turn the fabric right side out. Iron your bias tape and pin it around the entire thing, covering up all the raw edges. Edgestitch the bias tape to your fabric, but be sure to leave a small opening that we will use to feed the elastic through. Since I used the bias tape from my old cover, I just followed the old stitchline.
Attach a safety pin to one end of your elastic cording and feed through the bias tape, making sure the other end doesn’t get pulled in.
Once the elastic has been fed through the entire thing, overlap the two ends of the elastic cording and stitch together. I probably stitched over mine 20 times because I wanted to make sure it wasn’t going to EVER come apart.
Overlap the bias tape and sew the opening shut. All done, now go slip your new cover over your ironing board and admire your handiwork! I kept my previous padding on my ironing board.
Coming up later this week I plan on unveiling the rest of the laundry room, so I hope you’ll stick around!


  1. I don't have an ironing board that looks similar to that...I have the EXACT SAME Ironing board cover! :D

  2. Just what I need to do! Your old cover looks fabulous compared to mine! Ick! Did you use just regular quilting cotton for the new cover, or something heavier? Your new one is so fun!


  3. Hi Tam, I just did a make over to my laundry room and am in dyer need of a new ironing board cover! This is a great tutorial! Thanks for sharing! Hope your pregnancy is going well!

  4. Mary Grace McNamara- I did just use regular quilting cotton and kept the previous padding under the cover.

  5. Very cute!! My ironing board cover had an episode with fusible interfacing awhile back, so I've had an extra piece of fabric over the one end for awhile now. Great idea, I'm going to have to do this!!

  6. Really cute! I love the fabric choice.

  7. i want to sew a new ironing board cover ~ for a fresh new clean look :)

  8. After preparing for a tutorial this weekend on my blog for a project that required pictures of my ironing board this is exactly what I needed. My ironing board looks frighteningly scary.

  9. I really need to do this. looks pretty easy, i could probably handle it :)

  10. I so need to redo mine! Looks fabulous!

  11. I so need to recover my ironing board! Yours looks great!

  12. Looks great! Mine is definitely ready for a re-do as well!! Nice tutorial too!

  13. Great tutorial! Like the others in the comments my board needs some help too. Will be doing this soon. Thanks for sharing!



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