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Monday, July 4, 2011

Baseball, Apple Pie, and Ironing!

Happy 4th of July!  Today we are going to celebrate in a big way!  First, allow me to reintroduce myself, I'm Nan of Pots and Pins, and I'm as lit up as a firecracker to be Guest posting today - thanks Samm, it's always a holiday for me when I'm here!



In my neck of the woods the kids are busy decorating their bikes and wagons so they can "march" in the neighborhood parade...and later on, I'll be in the kitchen trying to strategically arrange raspberries and blueberries into an American flag pattern on top of my freshly baked cake...something of a tradition around here. But in the meantime, life goes on...there are beds to be made, dishes to wash and if Publisher's Clearing House doesn't come knock on my door to tell me I've won a million dollars in the next hour or so, I'm going to have to force myself into my laundry room!  And that's just what I want to talk to you about today...laundry...well, ironing...more specifically, how to make an Ironing Board Cover!

This is my pitiful OLD ironing board cover...No one should have to suffer through the pain of IRONING while having to look at something like this! 


Ironing is one of those necessary evils in life (as some of you may remember, I am not a fan of ironing as I sew - it's such a time waster in my feeble mind) and unless you're willing to walk around in wrinkled clothes or stand by your dryer to remove "NO PRESS" pants (ha!  As if!) the minute the cycle ends, then occasionally you are going to have to plug in the iron.  To help me with my ironing issues, I decided to purchase a new ironing board cover...the one shown above, which used to be nice and much brighter.  I happened to mention to a friend that I purchased an ironing board cover, she laughed - out loud - and said, "WHY?!?"  Why indeed!  My workroom could qualify as a small fabric store/garbage dump on any given day so why, with all the fabric I had at my fingertips was I buying an ironing board cover?!?  So when my red and white polka dot cover was nearly dead, my friend's words echoed in my head...I set about making me a new one...allow me to show you!



First, I removed the old red and white cover, you can see how much it had faded!  And underneath was another cover, stained and totally disgusting...I removed that, too. (There was padding underneath the 2nd old cover and I left it on.)  I then used the old cover as my pattern...genius!  What can I say, the acorn fell far, far from the tree!


I put a clean piece of batting over my ironing board (you can only have too much padding on your back side, not your ironing board), not really worrying about the overhang, because it all gets trimmed later.



I found some darling "domestic" fabric (the plaid fabric pictured above was a cover I made for a friend, she chose that fabric...not nearly as cute as mine!) that I wanted to use as my new cover, unfortunately I only had 3 fat quarters, but it was plenty - I sewed them end to end to make one long piece.  I'm not going to give measurements here because really, you don't need them and because not all ironing boards are created equal - the Constitution does not apply to them.

  
So, using your old cover as a pattern, cut yourself a new one.   If your old cover has an elastic cord running through it, just remove it and lay the fabric flat, or as flat as you can, it will have been stretched out a bit.  Cut your new ironing board cover 1 1/2-inches inches larger, all the way around.  (My ironing board is only 16-inches wide at the widest part so a fat quarter, being 18-inches wide, worked for me.)


I gave myself a generous 1-inch fold-over, which I then stitched down, all the way around, leaving a small opening so I could insert a large safety pin with a very strong string tied to it.  No need for elastic, unless you're a glutton for punishment.  And there is no need to make a proper casing, by folding the edge under a half-inch, stitching and then folding over again...no one is going to see the underside!  At least, not in my laundry room! 
Place your new cover over your ironing board and pull the strings tightly, so the fabric shrinks around the board.  Secure by tying strings into a knot; tucking strings underneath cover.  Turn the board over and trim any big pieces of batting, if you have any.  And that's it!  My ironing board is 60-inches long, requiring less than two yards of fabric and covering it took less than 30 minutes!  It almost makes me want to get in there and have myself a hot flash...oh please, doesn't everyone get hot flashes while ironing?!

Here's a shot of my laundry room...I have a nice view of the forest, through the trees and yes, that IS a "life-like" replica of James Brown, the Godfather of Soul, on my dryer...I gave him to the mister years ago for Christmas as the mister loves James Brown and sometimes, after spending a few hours with his good friend Jack (Daniels) he will try to dance like James Brown did...you know, with his feet swishing every which way...so it seemed a fitting gift.  But I ended up liking James more than the mister liked him...and when I'm doing laundry I push the button on ol' James and he belts out I Feel Good....Like I knew that I would now...I feel good...like I knew that I would now...So good! (womp!  womp!) So good!  (womp!  womp!) I've got You babe! 


I wish you all had someone to sing to you while you do laundry - it's the only way to wash!  Today I hope you celebrate in style...but tomorrow, when reality rears her ugly head, make yourself a new ironing board cover - and swing your hips while you sing...So good!  (womp!  womp!)  So good!  (womp!)  I've got a new ironing board cover!  Oh Yeahhhhhhhhhhhh!

Happy Fourth and happy ironing...come visit me anytime at Pots and Pins - I serve up great recipes almost daily and you can click on my Quilting/Pins tab to find see my latest adventures with fabric...Thanks Samm!  As always, I remain your humble servant, Nan

34 comments:

  1. Cute post! Love your James Brown figure. You have a fun laundry room. I've been thinking of making a cover for my ironing board, too. I have some bright striped fabric that would be perfect for this. Thanks for the reminder to do this!!! Happy Independence Day to you and hope that cake turns out just fine!

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  2. Excellent... I have been needing to do my ironing board for ages... thanks... and such fun to read you... I'm so pleased to hear other people get hot flashes whilst doing the ironing!!
    Hugz

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  3. Very cool, Nan!! Thank you so much for sharing ... I gotta make my new ironing board a cover ... icky ol' tan one that came with it is just too blah! :) I really like the paint color of your laundry room too and the window! You be rockin' babe! You and James that is :) Thank you for sharing!!

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  4. Great post, Nan....and I already follow your blog! Love your recipes....they are all great!

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  5. Thank you so much for sharing this one! I think I can even manage to do it...am sorely on need of a new one, I sure am going to try! What a great idea!

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  6. I love the fabric you've covered the ironing board. You couldn't get any better. Looks great! I really should recover my ironing board.

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  7. Oh you are so hilarious! LOLO I need a new cover too - have just put it off.. You make it sound so easy, guess I should dive right in and make mine. I've had my eye on a PINK one at Bed Bath & Beyond - just haven't been there to get it..I could really save if I made my own...Good idea. Have a HAPPY 4th.. God Bless America.

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  8. I have a table top ironing board - should liven it up, but find I like to put a towel on it when I iron so pieces don't slip. Maybe a terry cloth cover? Thank you for your humor and insight.

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  9. Great cover, mine badly needs one too!

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  10. Very cool! I don't iron, except when I sewing quilt tops, and I don't iron enough then, either. If I can get away with finger(nail) pressing, I do. As for my clothing, I don't dry slacks, shirts or blouses in the dryer. I have a curtain rod secured upside down to the floor joists in my basement above my washer and dryer. I put slacks, shirts and blouses in the dryer for about 5 minutes, then I shake them, and hang them on hangers above the washer and dryer. When they are dry, they need no ironing, and are ready to hang in the closet.

    Loved your post. Have a great 4th!
    Blessings, Michelle

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  11. thanks for this it is just a week too late for me !!!i bought a new one but i will be making my own the next time love your domestic fabric .

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  12. I need a new ironing board cover! thanks for the inspiration and tutuorial! happy 4th everyone!

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  13. I feel good just reading your inspirational post! Happy Fourth of July!!

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  14. Thanks Nan, great post, as always. I too need a new cover so this is very timely.
    Happy 4th.
    God bless America indeed. (we need it!)

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  15. We packed alot into this holiday weekend. I may need another vacation. But before that I must tackle the laundry. Thanks for sharing a way to recover, the iron that is!
    Enjoy a wonderful 4th!

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  16. What a fun post! Thank you for the morning chuckle!

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  17. I was just thinking I needed to find a pattern or something to create my own ironing board cover -- thank you! Happy 4th! :)

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  18. Good Morning Sweet Nan,...and nobody just nobody can serve up as a funny of a post like you...YOU make searching for that right fabric for an ironing board cover seem like fun...Of course with James Brown joining you...it must be a party...I sew worry about you....in that room alone, with James Brown and hot flashes..I don't get them...and I don't have an ironing board..I have table top thingamagigs...I need you here to help me find one...not a hot flash an ironing board...luv ya dear.. May the 4th be with you...xx

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  19. Such a fun post Nan! And a great reminder that I need to make a new ironing board cover....later. blessings, marlene

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  20. Now I need a new ironing board cover! So cute! (womp! womp!) So cute!(womp! womp!)

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  21. Thanks Nan for showing just how easy making an ironing board cover can be. Mine is looking quite shabby (ok pretty gross actually) but I didn't want to buy one because I don't like what I find in the stores. I'll be making my own now. Who knows... maybe one for every season. =)

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  22. Great idea. Mine's good for now, but this is one great idea for the future!

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  23. Thanks for sharing - I love to make my "own" covers - so much opportunity to have fun cloth on your ironing board. Thanks Nan from Judy C

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  24. Forgot to add - if you want an oversized ironing board I found the wide ironing board from WalMart is perfect. Just thought you might want to know. Judy C

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  25. Great post! Earlier this year I made myself a new ironing board cover with cute little owls on it. Ironing can be fun!

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  26. Great post. My husband likes James Brown also.
    Love your blog.

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  27. hahaha...enjoyed your post!!! I recovered my board with an ME ironing board panel a couple of years ago, but when it needs dumping I'll sure keep this in mind.

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  28. Nan, you are always good for a laugh...as funny as ever....I do need a new ironing board cover to go with my new ironing board.....yes it is only 3 months old but the cover is U G L Y.....I do need to brighten it up.... thanks for the chuckle and sharing with us today!!!

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  29. (Picking self up off the floor, still giggling) Nan, what a great post! Hilarious - but so great to see that I can totally re-do my yuckky ironing board in no time at all! Love it!
    Jacque in SC
    quiltnsrep(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  30. Great tutorial. I have made one cover for my ironing board. Thank you for all the pictures. How funny. Maybe if James Brown sang to me evertime I did laundry I would do it more often.

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  31. I need a new ironing board cover. Excellent tutorial. Thanks!

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  32. So cool, so cool, Nan. I recently took a class locally to make myself a new ironing board cover. It turned out well though it was more work than yours did but it looks wonderful. We did use fusible batting and ironed it to the material - that was a real plus. Thanks.

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