Another ugly to lovely

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Another ugly to lovely

This weekend’s very mundane makeover was another unbeautiful object that appears in most homes across the land.

The ironing board.

It is a rather wide ironing board; best for zooming through work and school shirts and blouses. So, if you can find one, the choice of new ironing board covers is limited. I’ve gone through a number of unlovely covers over the years; it never occurred to me to make one.

So I upgraded this

Old stained ironing board cover

Old stained ironing board cover

To this

New ironing board cover

New ironing board cover

In brief this is how I did it.
I laid my chosen fabric face down on the floor and placed a thin wadding on top. Laying  my ironing board face down, I cut out the fabric and the wadding 5cm larger than the ironing board all the way round.
ironing board cover made to measure
Then I tacked all the way round to keep the fabric and wadding from moving around as I did the next bit.
ironing board cover made to measure
Next I opened out one of the folds of some bias binding and pinned it all around the edge of the cover (on the wadding side). I started at the centre of the top straight section of the board cover.
ironing board cover made to measure
Using my machine I sewed along the ditch like so
ironing board cover made to measure
Then I trimmed around the edge; both the wadding and the fabric, so it was nice and neat.
I folded the bias over the edge and sewed it down.
ironing board cover made to measure
It now looked like this
ironing board cover made to measure
Next job was to thread some butchers twine through the channel I had made with the bias binding.
ironing board cover made to measureironing board cover made to measure
And with the tacking stitch out, it was done. All ready to lay onto the board and pull the thread tight.
ironing board cover made to measureironing board cover made to measure

New ironing board cover

New ironing board cover

It is a pity an ironing board cover doesn’t lend itself to embellishment but it least now I can dream away a trip around the world whilst doing the ironing.

Total cost for 1/2m of fabric and 1/2m of wadding and 3m of bias binding £8.80.

Love, Lucie xx

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About lovelucie1

I cannot sit without something in my hands to sew, crochet, sketch etc. This becoming something of an addiction. In fact, I start to get twitchy if I am stationary somewhere, waiting for an appointment, waiting for my daughter, away with work, without some project to keep my hands busy. Minutes wasted make me anxious. This blog logs my progress to raise funds through my creations to feed my textile habbit.

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  1. Great. Very proffesional looking. Xx

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  2. That’s brilliant, I love the map fabric.

    I’ve been wanting to make a new ironing board cover for a while (mine is a Brabantia one, which you would think would be nice, but no, it is outrageously ugly…) so I’m interested to see how you’ve done it. The only trouble is, I’m terrified of bias binding!

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    • It was suprisingly very straight forward to do. I’ve only ever used bias binding once before. I think you need to (as the book title goes) ‘feel the fear and do it anyway’!

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  3. Really great idea, I keep looking at the thing on my board and wondering whether to get a new one – feeling a bit inspired to choose something more interesting now!

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  5. LOVED the fabric! We home school and this would be so “at home” for us! 😉
    However, I have seen covers made of normal fabric that scorch very easily. Was this treated fabric? Just curious about what type of fabric to buy…
    AND–I have seen covers with a 3″ ruffle sewn around into the biased binding, and that edged with a bit of lace was quite lovely when the board was set up.
    Have fun with your new chore! 🙂

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  6. Lovely cover – it might even tempt me into getting the ironing board out a bit more!

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  8. I never ever thought I would love anything, whatsoever, to do with ironing!!! I have a cupboard full of fabric and a really rough ironing board…that’s this afternoon sorted out then…

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  9. Where did you get that amazing fabric??

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