I show you that creating a replacement cover for an ironing board is quick, easy and inexpensive.
I love the convenience of my Ikea JALL table ironingboards which I use in the guest room and in my textile workshops. It was the Simple Sew Sheffield launch which made me stocktake and realise that one ironingboard was really not fit to be seen in public. I’m not sure I really want to “bare all” and show you how tatty it had got here, but in true before and after style, I have decided I will.
Not a pretty sight heh?
Ikea sell replacement covers for their larger ironing boards but not for the table ironingboard. I am really into up-cycling rather than replacing so I set about investigating how to make a replacement cover.
Going to my fabric stash I found a piece of cotton just the right size. It was a remmenant I was offered very cheaply at Economy Fabrics. This project needs 90 x 40 cm of fabric.
Taking the existing cover off, I found the wadding still usable and used it as a pattern, adding 5cm all around
I decided to improve on the single wadding and added some Insul Bright heat resistant wadding. This wadding feels more like felt and contains heat-resistant properties, often Mylar fibre which is used in the space programme. It is ideal for such projects as place mats, cool bags, tea cosies etc. where it is important to keep things hot, keep them cold or protect surfaces from extreme temperatures.
I was glad I did add this extra wadding as the board is not only more padded and so nicer to use, pressing seems quicker too. In order to prevent the two layers of wadding sliding around I sewed them together using a large zig zag stitch.
Binding the Cover
I used pink bias binding, to edge and create a casing to thread some cord through.
I often make my own binding but for speed I used some matching bought binding I had in my stash. This project used 1.8m of binding and 2 m of cord.
Open out the binding and place right side to the wrong side of the fabric, on the edge of the cut out cover fabric. Sew along the fold line. This makes it easy to then turn over to the right side and sew along the egde to secure and form the casing. before turning over the binding and sewing the second line of stitching, clip the seam around the curved parts so that the cover will lie flat.
Finishing the replacement cover
I used a safety pin attached to one end of the new cord to thread it through the pink casing I had made.
Make sure you secure the other end though! You may be able to reuse the existing cord, but mine had weakened too much.
To complete this hack, just lay the cover face down, place the wadding on top (of the wrong side) and then lay the iron board on top. Pull up the cord so the cover gathers up to fit the ironing board. Tie the ends of the cord together.
And voilla, you have made a replacement cover and a good as new, or even better, ironing board.
If this blog post inspires you to investigate updating worn out items, I would love to hear about your projects.