|With all the sewing (and pressing) that has been happening her the past few months, my ironing cover has taken a battering. Added to this, my tank iron has decided to leak!! Not a pretty sight .... time for a new cover.|
Ironing board covers would have to be one of the easiest sewing projects. I didn't have a pattern, but I don't think that's essential as really, you're looking to make a custom fit cover anyway.
Firstly, I pulled the old cover, along with the wool underlay off. Next, I turned the ironing board upside down on some pattern paper (I figured I might as well make a pattern at the same time)and traced around the top of the board. Step 3 was to remove the board from the paper, then I added 8cm all the way around the traced line - this gave me ample for sides of the board + an elastic casing.
Once the pattern was made, it was laid on the fabric and cut out.
Next, I overlocked the edge of the fabric. The overlocked edge was turned in 1.5cm to the wrong side and stitched to form a casing for the elastic. (Don't forget to leave an opening to thread the elastic through.)
Finally, 6mm elastic was threaded through the casing. Da! Dah! Finished.
I already had a wool pad for my ironing board, but if needed, you could cut a piece of wool batting the exact size of the ironing board top to go under the new cover.
This was a very easy, quick (took about 40mins) and cheap project, and looks so good ..... now I just need to replace the tank iron.