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Ironing Board Cover & Pad
Ironing Board Cover, Wool Padding
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Date: 12/9/13 4:21 PM

I want to make a little French jacket.

I want to make a little French jacket and I don't have all the right tools I need. I think I can fit myself all right without a dressform, and I have an awesome ironing board and iron. I ordered some pressing aids from StitchNerd and they will come in a few weeks.

But my ironing board is old, and I've never replaced the pad. I noticed that the wire grid is imprinting on the surface of the ironing board now. So it feels like a good time to make a new one so that when I'm ready to put everything together, I have all the right stuff in place.

There are a couple threads on PR that discuss ironing board covers and padding, and I found a great mini tutorial on Artisan's Square that I think I will use.

PR Thread #1

PR Thread #2

Artisan's Square Thread

I think what I will do is make a cover with the pad (wool quilt batting, three layers), and then a pretty decorative cover "for show". The pad cover is going to be cotton duck on top (with the 3.5" margin), the three layers of batting in the middle, and a layer of cotton muslin on the bottom (all the same size as the board). I feel like I should probably do something to finish the edges of the muslin to contain everything in case I ever want to wash it.

I don't think there is a need to extend the batting layers to the edge of the cover, but is there a reason why they should be over the edge of the board? It seems like some people use the edge as a pressing tool of sorts, and the padded edge could be nice to have for that. I don't really use the edge of mine.

Then a pretty decorative cover with fold-over elastic on top.

It's a Cadillac style of doing things, but I want to get it right the first time and not have to worry about it again. It's so I have a good tool for the pretty French jacket, after all!

Any thoughts? I know a lot of people use the surplus wool blankets, but I don't have any at my disposal and the batting was only $15. I've heard of people using cotton batting, but never wool. I think the three layers would be sufficient for padding; I guess I'll find out when my order gets in!

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Date: 12/9/13 7:00 PM

You won't really want to launder the padding partů cover it with cotton drill or duck. Then an easily removable cover - the pretty one if you will -- that you can launder. I simply change out the top layer from time to time - toss it out when it is no longer serviceable either from starch buildup, or that fusing accident, or you just have something you would like better. Build a nice foundation and recover as necessary.

Personally I would pad over the edge. No need to accidentally iron in a crease of any kindů a soft edge would be best I believe.

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Date: 12/10/13 1:36 AM

Just the other day I posted a review on making a reversible ironing board cover. Here are 26 ways to make 26 different kinds of them from PR members! I personally like a very padded board that goes over the edges.

Ironing Board Covers

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Date: 12/10/13 10:46 AM

I agree with the wool and some type of cotton or the fabric that reflects heat for the cover. I have also had a piece of plywood cut oblong to fit over my ironing board with small pieces of wood attached to the bottom to hold it in place and keep it from shifting. I LOVE this and find that when I do need the pointed edge of an ironing board that the small portable sleeve board is ideal. Plus the large board can be lifted off if you just want to use the ironing board by itself.

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Date: 12/10/13 2:49 PM

Robbie,

I did exactly the same thing with my ironing board. I made it about a foot longer than it was. I'd really like to make another one - this time even longer, but with the same pointy end as I do miss it a lot when ironing shirts. It would have a longer area with the wide section, but it would have the point for ironing blouses and shirts. Something tells me it could be 6 feet long and I'm not sure I have that much space! LOL

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Date: 12/10/13 2:49 PM

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Date: 12/10/13 2:55 PM

As long as you're making a pretty cover, think about making two. I always seem to find a stain or spot on the cover just when I'm ready to iron something delicate. Having a second cover makes it easy to whip off the first one and throw it in the wash without delaying the ironing mood.

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Date: 12/10/13 5:54 PM

Thank you for all the replies and ideas!

I love the idea of setting up an extra board that fits over the ironing board; something for the next (larger) sewing space I suppose.

I'll probably make more than one decorative cover; I just ordered enough to make one to test out the process I had in mind. If it works, great. If not, I'll try something else. I'm not a big fan of casings for some reason (I like sewing the elastic directly to the fabric), so I'll avoid the casing unless I absolutely have to do it.

I'll extend the padding an inch on all sides so the edge can be softly padded. That way I won't get bulk on the other side (where I don't need it!). When I get the whole thing put together I'll add it to PR and link it here.

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