DIY Ironing Board Cover

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Since I never (like never ever) iron I’m not quite sure why I took on this little makeover project.

But now my unused ironing board looks so pretty hanging on my newly painted laundry room wall.  It just makes me happy (partly because I never have to use it.)

ironing-board-makeoverTo make this pretty ironing board cover for yourself you will need:

  • 1 yard of fabric
  • old ironing board
  • the foam from the old ironing board
  • spray adhesive
  • the string from the old ironing board (don’t cut it when removing it)
  • coordinating thread
  • sewing machine

simple-ironing-board-makeoverFor my cover I used 3 different fabrics (I wanted a patchwork kind of look). But it would be even easier if you used just one fabric.

laundry-room-makeoverRemove the old cover (I was shocked at how dirty mine was, I mean I never even use it how did it get so dirty?) Use the spray adhesive to attach the foam to the top of the ironing board.

pretty-ironing-boardFlip ironing board over and cut the fabric all the way around. Leaving a 2-3 inch seam allowance all around.

laundry-room-makeoverIf you are making a patch work style cover, be sure to sew your pieces together (right sides together).

Now here is when you should iron the seams down. But of course I didn’t. Ironic don’t you think?

chevron-ironing-boardLay the string around the outside of the fabric and pin down. I only pinned it down in about 7 spots.  Just enough so that it doesn’t more around when sewing it.

heather-bailey-ironing-board-coverSet your sewing machine to the largest zigzag stitch possible and sew over top of the string.  Be careful not to catch the string while sewing.  You do not want the string to be attached to the fabric.  We will be pulling the string closed in the next step, so it needs to be free and move.

polka-dot-ironing-boardNow pull the string and tighten the cover around the ironing board. Once the cover is fitted you can tie a knot in the string.

Flip over and admire your hard work.


24 thoughts on “DIY Ironing Board Cover

  1. I agree with you. Who ever invented iron. I will be recovering my iron board as my husband is the one to use it more often.

  2. Thanks for the tutorial only thing I did different was the string (just hooked a small safety pin to one end and wiggled it through. I also made a pattern of the board for the next time I need to redo it. I have an antique ironing board that is about 1/2″ bigger than my new (flimsey one) but the same pattern can be used as that string draws it in also I use a lot of padding. Researching I noted that some people cut old wool army blankets for padding. Just sharing.

  3. Thank you so much, I have a large ironing board and have not been able to find a reasonably priced new cover. This worked out great. I used an old curtain I had made for my grandsons room.

  4. Love this idea! I’m going to make one yet tonight, since my ironing board cover is disgusting. I’m sure I have some muslin I can use – or at least a nice light color.

  5. Brilliant!…One caveat though, be sure the fabric you choose is colourfast or you may get colour transfer when you use steam…not good!

      • how do you know of your fabric is?!? Is there anything to spray on it? I just bought a cute cheap fabric from Walmart…. I’m assuming it is probably not :(

        • You can test for colorfastness by wetting the fabric and then wringing it out on something white….like the washing machine.

  6. Hi Danielle! I must be one of the rare breeds that love to iron and I love it! I iron everything from clothes to pillow cases and flat sheets (not the fitted sheets). I have been sewing since I was 9 years old so ironing has always been part of my life. Your ironing board cover is beautiful; however, you should mention that your “patch work style” ironing board cover should be used for decoration only. It would not work for ironing because the seams would leave crease marks and/or indentations on the item being ironed. For ironing, the ironing board cover has to be completely smooth. Your pictures and instructions for making are excellent! But, for non-sewers/crafters it would be helpful to indicate about how far from the edge of the fabric you placed the string e.g. “Lay the string around the outside of the fabric about 2″ from outer edge and pin down.”

  7. Cute! I really need to make me one of these. That is such a great tutorial.

    Thanks for you sweet comment about my robot quilt. I really appreciate that!

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  9. I love this Danielle! And of course you couldn’t press open the seams because your ironing board was upside down. lol. I skip that step too many times and then curse myself for skipping it!
    I need to do this – I never even thought about it looking cute hanging on the wall!

  10. oh very cute! if i owned an ironing board i would totally do this!
    stopping by from the grow your blog blog hop! thanks for sharing!

    Trish @ Tales from …

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