If your ironing board is starting to show stains or burns, making a new cover is a quick and easy sewing project that will give it a fresh look. This works for most ironing boards, including table top and full-sized. By making your own ironing board cover, you’ll be sure of a good fit and, compared to commercial covers, you’ll have so many more choices of fabric to brighten up your laundry or sewing space.
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When choosing a fabric, a quilting cotton is fine, or you can use a more durable cotton drapery fabric. Consider the color as well. A darker color or at least something without a lot of white is best for hiding stains.
Lay your ironing board face down on the fabric. Mark 3” out from the ironing board using a sewing gauge or ruler.
Then cut out the shape.
Attach a safety pin to the end of the elastic and guide it through the channel. When you come out the other end, attach the safety pin to the fabric so it doesn’t get pulled back in.
Adjust the fabric to make it looser. Fit it over the ironing board and tighten the elastic. Overlap the ends, pin them together, and take the cover off.
Use a zigzag stitch to sew the elastic together. Sew back and forth a couple of times to secure it, and trim the ends.