I have to admit that one of my least favorite household chores is ironing. I would wash a pile of dirty dishes before I would volunteer to iron a dress shirt, and my aversion to ironing isn’t made any better by the fact that I’m in desperate need of a cute ironing board cover.
It’s been so hard for me to find one I like that I decided it was time to make my own. The funny thing about it is that I was putting it off for so long, but it really was one of the easiest sewing DIYs I’ve ever attempted—no really!
1. Remove the existing cover on your ironing board. Lay your fabric right side down on the floor and lay your ironing board upside down on top of your fabric. Use your scissors to cut the fabric around the ironing board about 3 inches from the board edge.
2. Fold a 1 inch hem all the way around the fabric edge and secure with straight pins. Sew around the edge leaving a 1/2 inch seam allowance, but leave a 1 inch opening so you can insert your elastic into the hem.
3. Attach a large safety pin to the beginning of your elastic and use this to thread your elastic all the way around your hem and out the other end (just feel for the safety pin in the hem and push it forward from the outside).
4. Once you’ve gone all the way around with your elastic, pull the elastic sides tight and make a knot with the two strands. Trim your extra elastic. You want the elastic to be tight enough to keep the cover taut, but loose enough to remove the cover for washing, etc.
So how easy was that?? Answer: so easy. Not only do I have a new ironing board cover in a fraction of the time I thought it would take, I may actually now be excited to iron something. Whoa. Things are getting pretty crazy around here. xo. Laura