Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Ironing Board Slipcover Tutorial

If you are a little like me you have a few areas in your sewing space that are not pretty.
One of mine is the ironing board. I fuse and iron so much that it gets terrible stains all over it.
In order to make it pretty I made a simple slipcover to hide the yucky stains.
2 yards of any fabric (This fabric is Alexander Henry, Sew Much Fun, Mocha. I found it at Fabric Worm!!) , 2 yards, will honestly make two but you need the length. I made a second cover for my Mom. You could always make a second one for a friend!
4 yards of ribbon
My original cover has an elastic binding so I left that on and used the ironing board itself. I added 4” from the edge of the board.
If you do not have a serger you can zig zag stitch over the edge or even turn the raw edge over 1/4” and then a full 1” (step 5).
I am using a button hole foot on my new machine. This is at the base of the ironing board cover.
Be careful not to cut the stitching.
Pin all around the circumference of the slip cover.
Using a 5/8” or larger seam allowance. Remember you have to feed the ribbon through it.
I used ribbon because it was what I had on hand. If you have cord or elastic those would both be great substitutes.
This is what it starts to look like as the ribbon is pushed through the binding.
This is my favorite shot, I am not sure why.
Yeah! It is pretty again and it matches my pick iron! Now it is your turn. Make your own ironing board cover and add it to the "your Sew Spoiled Projects" Flickr group. We would love to see your new ironing covers and other Sew Spoiled projects completed.
Happy Sewing!


Georgi said...

Thanks, Leah! My ironing board cover is a "hot mess" from all the use it gets. :) So at least now I know how to make it pretty!

Twins Squared said...

I love this! Thanks for the tutorial. That fabric is perfect too.

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Zoe said...

Love this- so cute! I just got a new iron, don't love the cover, so i may have to do this!

Kristi~The Slipcover Girl said...

This is so stinkin' cute! Thanks for posting the tutorial. I'm gonna feature you on Friday!

Ginger said...

Love the fabric you choose!

celkalee said...

thanks for this. I am trying to catch up on my favorite blogs and yours always inspires me. I have an over-the-door ironing board in my cutting room (optimistic description, it is the corner of husbands office right now, but I try to remain optimistic) that has lost its cover do due wear and tear. I need to replace it and you have given me a great idea. Love, love, love your fabric choice!

celkalee said...

I wanted to add a little tip, I have finally learned to protect my ironing board cover with a muslin sleeve. I sometimes heavily starch items, fuse others, and use high heat for pressing heavy fabrics. I made a muslin sleeve that just wraps around the center of the board and pin it on. For the new cover I will make a nicer one, perhaps with little buttons!

Sew Spoiled said...

I am glad you like this tutorial. Thank you for the linky love! I love the idea with a muslin sleeve! Brilliant!

candaceandpaul said...

How much to make me one ?? ;)
I don't know how to sew :(
Let me know...


Haylie@haylieDphotography said...

Thanks so much for such an easy to follow tutorial! I just whipped up my new cover in 20 mins, and my ironing looks new again!! I have passed your tutorial link onto my sewing forum!

Thanks again hun!!

Beach Hendersons said...

question...I'm assuming the buttonholes were to thread the ribbon through, right?

Sew Spoiled said...

Yes that is right!

SACİDE said...

Nereden alıyorsunuz.Sevgiler bıraktım.Leah Yaptığınız işler çok güzel.Bu güzel kumaşları

Dana Kowalski said...

Just made this cover for my very old wooden ironing board that was my husbands grandmothers. It looks great! Thanks for sharing your tutorial!

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Marilyn Brandon said...

When choosing your fabric for this project, be sure to choose a cotton or other material that can withstand the very high temperatures of the iron. I recently purchased two ironing board covers on the cheap at a Dollar Tree. Got them home and the first time I used one of them, i burned a hole through the fabric and into my ironing board pad. My iron was set for cotton, but the cover was obviously polyester. Synthetic fabrics do NOT make good ironing board covers.

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for this easy tutorial! I have a tabletop board and the cover is full of holes(was one of those not cotton!)...making one tomorrow. Eva