Ironing Board Cover

Please don’t judge me.

I’m about to show you my sewing secret.

Ironing Board ConfessionsI have the worst looking ironing board. The cover isn’t even that old but I guess using it almost daily with all my sewing has had a toll on it.


Even Buster is a little disgusted with me over this.

Beyond the Backyard Fabric

When I came across this beautiful cheery fabric on the Minerva website, I knew immediately it was time to update my ironing board cover.

This is a quick project that can easily be completed in the afternoon. All you need is two meters of cotton fabric and the same amount of 1/4 inch or thicker elastic.

Ironing Board CoverFirst thing is to lay your fabric down on a flat surface and place your ironing board over top. If you are lucky, you will have a helper to hold down your fabric for you.

Ironing Board Cover

Next, trace around the ironing board using a five inch allowance. 

Ironing Board Cover

And then cut out the fabric using the pattern you just traced.

Ironing Board CoverCreate a 1/2 inch fold around all sides of the cut fabric and press with a steam iron. Then fold fabric up another 1/2 inch and press to create a nice finished edge.

Sew the seam to create a channel for the elastic making sure to keep a one inch opening to insert elastic.

Feed elastic through the edge you just created. I pin a safety pin to the start and use that to guide the elastic through. Take care to secure the other end so you don’t accidentally pull it through.

Before you secure the ends of the elastic together, place new cover on the ironing board.

Ironing Board Cover

If your new cover is darker in colour that the previous, you can just place it over top without even removing the old one (which is what I did here). To finish your cover, pull the elastic taunt so that it has just enough give to remove and wash, if needed, but enough so it fits snugly over the the ironing board.

Ironing Board Cover This cheery new cover actually makes me want to do a little ironing again!

What’s your sewing secret? 

5 thoughts on “Ironing Board Cover

    1. admin Post author

      Hi Brenda! Yes, just one layer of fabric, placed over the “old” cover (that has all the extra batting). Double sided sounds like a great idea and would be an easy modification!

    1. admin Post author

      I’m all about efficiency! LOL! No one sees the one underneath. And even if your new cover wasn’t dark enough to place overtop, all you need to replace is the cover, not the batting part of the cover. Hope you’re getting in a lot of sewing these days, Jill!!

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