Ironing Board Tutorial

Posted on October 06, 2014
Archive : October 2014
Category : Tutorials

Having been so very busy recently Iíve neglected the state of the studio ironing boards and itís about time I changed them. I donít know about yours but mine get A LOT of use, (well the ones in the studio do, I wonít mention my sadly neglected one at home).

I wanted to try and improve on the design as I HATE that horrid string that goes around the cover and never gets tied quite tight enough. So I have made mine with elastic! Easy to stretch on and off when you need to change it.

So hereís what I didÖ

Take off your old cover and flatten it out on top of the new fabric. If you put a towel over your ironing board you can give the old cover a quick press.
I wanted mine to go under the board a bit more and to allow for the elastic casing. So I drew around the old cover allowing an extra 5cm, then cut out the new shape.

To make the elastic casing I used ordinary bias binding. You can of course make your own to match the ironing board fabric if you wish. But frankly lifeís too short!

Starting at the flatter end of the ironing board cover, unfold the edges of the bias binding. Now fold up and over 1cm on the short edge of the bias to neaten the end. Lay the bias flat along the edge of your fabric so the raw edges are level. Stitch in the channel left by the fold all the way round.
Remember to stretch the bias slightly when you go around the curved edges.
When you get all the way round and back to the starting point, fold back 1cm and butt this folded edge up to the other one. This will give you the gap you need to thread the elastic through.
Press the bias binding back over the seam and onto the cover. You may need to steam it a bit to get it to sit flat around the curved edges. Edge-stitch the bias casing in place, leaving plenty of room to feed the elastic through.
Youíll need about 1m of elastic, depending on the length of your board. A Top Tip for threading elastic is to double over the end before poking the safety pin through. That way the pin wonít pull through between the ridges of rubber. Top Tip Number 2 for threading elastic is to pin the other end to the casing so you donít accidently pull it though and lose it inside the casing.
As my ironing boards get rather a lot of use I decided not to stitch the elastic once Iíd threaded it through. Instead Iíve folded over and overlapped the ends of elastic and just safety pinned them together. That way I can just whip out the elastic whenever the board covers need changing again!
Just wiggle the pin back in to hide inside the casing when youíre done.
And Hey Presto! Beautifcation of the ironing board has occurred.
Happy Sewing!
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