I’ve needed to make a new ironing board cover for a few weeks now. I just made one not long ago, but I was trying to be
cheap ummm thrifty and use up some polyester fabric that I bought by mistake. I loved the pattern but I hate polyester fabric. It made a great ironing board cover except that I cut the pad for the board a 1/2″ too short, and then the polyester fabric started to wear out on the sides.
This isn’t really a pattern as I don’t follow a pattern when I make one of these. This is the third ironing board cover I have made so I just wing it, but there are many great tutorials online if you need help.
I like to use 3 layers of cotton quilt batting for my pad. If you have a useable pad then reuse it. I had some odd pieces of quilt batting left over from a quilt project and luckily they fit the ironing board.
I cut my pad too short last time so I needed to make a new one. I lay the quilt batting on the ironing board and cut all around it approx 3″ longer on all sides than the ironing board. I like to sew around the edge so that the layers don’t shift.
I then choose my ironing board cover fabric and do the same thing with it, but leaving approx 4″ around. I fold under a
tiny bit approx 1/4″ of the cover fabric and sew that down.
I then fold over approx. 1 inch of the cover fabric and sew that down. You are making a pocket for the elastic to go though so make sure that you leave approx. 1″ at the end of the ironing board cover that you can put the elastic through.
I use 1/4 inch elastic(you could use elastic cord or whatever you had on hand as long as it was sturdy. I like to tie one end to a locker hook and hold the other end in my hand. I insert the locker hook into one side of the opening that was left at the bottom of the cover.
The locker hook is rigid and makes it super easy to thread the elastic all the way around the cover. When I have finished threading the elastic, I bring the cover over to the ironing board and put it on over the pad. If it looks good and fits well, I tighten the elastic by pulling on it until the cover is on snugly and then I tie the elastic. That’s it, a new ironing board cover that took less than an hour to make and used supplies I already had in the house.