Before & After: DIY Ironing Board Cover

Every day for the past couple of years, I've looked at the drab blue cover that came with the ironing board and thought that someday I'd find something more attractive. That day finally arrived over the weekend when I decided to make my own ironing board cover.

The old ironing board cover was a basic blue cotton that was getting threadbare so it was finally time — not just out of aesthetics but out of necessity — to replace it. As this is an over-the-door ironing board, it was difficult to find a replacement cover so I opted to go the DIY route instead.

First I removed the cover from the ironing board. Then, I started by removing the stitches around the edge of the old cover. This allowed me to remove the drawstring which keeps the cover attached to the ironing board. After I had removed the stitches and the drawstring, I was able to use the old cover as a pattern for the new one. I pinned the old cover to the new fabric and cut.

Once I had the new cover cut out, I pinned the drawstring in. Once pinned, I stitched around the edges. And that, ladies and gentlemen, was all it took to make a new ironing board cover.

When I put the new cover on the ironing board, and especially after experiencing how ridiculously easy it was to make, I wondered why I hadn't done it sooner!

Images: Jason Loper

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