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!|
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!
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