Sewing, Refashioning, Repurposing & Thrifting Through Life

How to Make an Ironing Board Cover

on December 5, 2015

Picked up a second hand ironing board for Miss Restyle but the cover was dirty and the corresponding padding was just too flimsy. Rather than go out and buy a brand new pad and cover (which never quite fit properly), I decided it would be fun to make my own. I found a great tutorial from a blogger named Crazy Mom Quilts. You can find it here. I basically followed her directions with a few variations.

I found some cute, inexpensive sunflower patterned fabric to use for the cover and luckily, had an old wool blanket that we weren’t using. I thought the blanket would be good for the padding. You could also use cotton batting for the pad.

I wanted the padding to be fairly thick so I double layered it and lay the ironing board on top.


With some tailor’s chalk, I drew the outline and pinned the 2 layers together as I cut.


I ended up with this.


Next, I stitched the 2 layers together so that they wouldn’t shift around. Just quickly stitched this using my machine.

For the cover, I decided to outline the board the same way i did with the padding material. Next, I measured 2 1/2″ all the way around the outline. If I had to do this again (and I probably will as I have enough fabric to make a new cover for my own board) I think I will add 2 3/4″ instead of 2 1/2.” It was a bit of a guessing game the first time around because I was worried I’d have too much bulk at the end. You can see that I have the portion of the board that the iron sits on and there’s a small gap in which to insert the fabric. I didn’t want it bunching up in this spot.


Next, I cut a few long strips 2 1/2″ wide that I would use as a binding on the edge. The binding would also act as a casing for the elastic. I just joined them together the same way you would make bias binding. There are lots of tutorials on the internet on how to make bias binding. It comes in so handy and it’s so easy to make!


After the strips were joined together, I folded them in half wrong sides together and pressed them down. Next, with the binding still folded together, I stitched the raw wedge to the edge of the cover piece all the way around in the same manner as the other blogger and followed her instructions to make the casing. The only thing I did differently is omit the topstitching step. I needed to get this done. My daughter is away at school and I haven’t seen her in a couple of months. We are visiting this weekend and I want to bring this new board and cover over to her!

The last step is to insert the elastic into the casing, lay the cover on your board and adjust it to make sure it’s as nice and snug as you like it. I like mine to be pretty snug. Here is the end result.



This was super simple to do and much more tailored than buying new. You control the exact size and snugness. Don’t settle for board covers that don’t fit right or covers that have seen better days. Toss that dirty cover away and make a new one!



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