Proverbs 31:27, NASB: "She looks well to the ways of her household, and does not eat the bread of idleness."
My weeks are pretty typical, with work and housework and fun on the weekend. Every week, my Fridays, which I am fortunate to have off, are usually my housework days, when I accomplish the housework that I don't feel like doing during the week, but want to get done before the weekend's festivities. This always includes a pile of ironing to do for my husband. I hate ironing--it's right up there with cleaning the bathroom on my list of Worst Hated Housework Jobs. I've known for a while that my ironing board cover was on its last threads, so to speak, but today confirmed that it is time to either get or make a new cover.
|My foam stalactites|
|Cute little foam diamond|
The cover is maybe a few years old. The board, probably a few years older. Still, not that old. I think I got it from Wal-Mart, and it's pretty sturdy, so I don't want to get a new board, nor do I need to replace it, because it's in good shape. And, I'd like to mention here, it's a standard-sized board. So, when I looked at Wal-Mart for a replacement cover, I found it strange that the standard covers that they carry are made to fit standard boards, which are not the size that I own. The dimensions aren't off by much, but it's enough to make the cover impossible to iron on, because the standard covers are actually larger than my board (which, as I said, is not that old). I've looked at other chain stores, and they all carry the same standard size ironing board covers, which don't fit my standard-sized board. Insert sad music here. Which leaves me only one option: to get my craft on!
I've wanted to create a pattern specific to my board for a while, but procrastination or other projects always seemed to steal me away. Now with the disintegration of my current cover, it seems to be a great time to do this. I thought that perhaps others might be in the same boat, so I wanted to share my process for creating a new cover!
Let me start by saying that I have two patterns from McCall's or Simplicity or Butterick or something in my cabinet. I like to buy patterns when they go on sale for 99 cents at the local craft stores. I have no intention of using them, though. I will be doing this my way.
* Home decor fabric of your choice (you can use lighter weight fabric, but home decor fabric is made to stand up to more wear and tear, so it should last longer)
*Package of 72" x 90" cotton batting
*Heat reflecting fabric (I purchased 7/8 yd. of 44" wide fabric)
* 1/2" wide, 4.5 yard package elastic
I had a piece of pattern paper that was slightly smaller in length than the ironing board, which I worked around. I laid out the paper on the floor, and collapsed my board flat. I turned it upside down and laid it on the pattern paper.
While at the fabric store, the fabric cutter asked me what I was making. When I told her, she started giving me suggestions about what else I would need, and what could be subbed for the foam. It was her suggestion to add the heat-reflective fabric and the cotton batting, since both were on sale. Thanks you, fabric cutter at Jo Ann Fabrics. These are great (and more cost-effective) solutions!
Cut out along the 1" marks you just made, and set your batting aside for now.
Then cut the heat reflective fabric in half width-wise, into two 22" wide by 16" long pieces. Pin the two ends together, making sure to account for the 5/8" seam that will be made when you sew the two pieces together.
|Me staring at the fabric with fear and dread.|
|Wow, the colors are waaay off in this picture. I think because of the window. The wall looks peach, but is actually a cheerful yellow.|
Now, sew the seam into the heat-resistant fabric. Iron the seam open.
|Because I had an exposed edge, and the fabric was prone to fraying, I sewed a zigzag stitch along the entire edge.|
Once you have your casing sewn, this is where a bodkin (I think that's what these are called--I usually call it a threader) comes in handy.
Once you get the elastic through the casing, you need to try the cover on the board with the batting underneath. Use a safety pin to hold the elastic together and keep it from slipping into the casing, and stretch the cover over the board. Then take your elastic and pull it as tightly as you want it to be, making sure that it will securely hold the cover in place while you are ironing. Remove your safety pin and re-pin the elastic where you have tightened it. This will mark where you will sew the elastic together.
Hand-stitch or machine sew the casing closed where the elastic was inserted. You're done!
Ironing is fun again!