Refresh an Old Ironing Board with a New Cover!

Hi Friends,

Today I finally got around to sewing a new cover for my ironing board.  We’ve been getting so many cute, cute fabrics into the shop that I had to use one of these (or two!) to make this new cover!

First off, let’s take a look at the fabrics I chose!  That’s always the most fun right?  These two fabrics are both Amy Butler.  The blue is called Chyrsanthemum and the green is called Delhi Blossoms!DSCF0353


Uggh…now let’s take a look at the really horrible condition of my current cover!  Yikes!  This thing has seen A LOT of use over the years!


I’ve put a towel over it just to cover it up!  Then it got this hole…DSCF0244

…which has to be dealt with.  So first things first, let’s get this cover OFF.  I peel off the cover…


…and reveal two sets of padding…

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…before I finally get down to the actual frame of the ironing board.

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Both of these pads had a wadding layer and a foam layer.  The rounded edges had sleeves to slip over the edges of the board to help keep it in place…

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But both you and I know that foam deteriorates over time and holy cow!  Look at all this foam debris!


Uggh!  I decided to toss one of the pads and the other one would get the full restoration treatment.  I wasn’t up for making a new pad and this one had three layers, a fiberglass, a cotton batt and a foam layer.  There was probably no way I was going to find that fiberglass layer so this one is getting restored!

Now.  I know what you are thinking.  Why would I even Want to restore an old, tired, ugly ironing board foam pad and make a new cover for it?  Right?  Isn’t that what you were thinking?  I can hear it right now.  Just go to the store and buy a new one, right?

Ah.  Well.  I’ve done that.  Going to the store and looking for a new cover I mean.  I found one at Walmart and one at Target but both were made from fairly cheep and crappy, not to mention seriously ugly, material, cost $18-$20 and I’d still have to find the padding.

For that much why not get what you want and make it yourself?  So that’s my story, my reasoning and I’m sticking to it.  And you know what?  Now that I’ve made one and have a pattern I can make many more in the future!

Okay…so let’s get back to the restoration.

I peeled back all that foam.  Carefully keeping it together and putting it into the trash…


To get ALL of the foam I was going to have to remove this binding.  Fortunately this was put on using a  chain stitch machine and it came off easily…


…the threads pulled right out…

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…the binding…OFF!

The sleeves.  I kept these to make a pattern.


Oh look!  This was from SEARS!  Where “America Shops for Value”!


Carefully, I vacuumed all the remaining foam crumbs.


Next.  I ironed those sleeve pieces and created new ones using some scrap fabric.

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I sewed the new sleeves to the batting…

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Then made some bias tape, also using some old scrap fabric…


Pressed it up real good!  Ha!


And attached it to the old pad.  Nice huh?

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Next up is getting the pattern for the cover.  For this step, I removed the cinch cording from the old cover.  Just worked it out…


Then I made a pattern from the original cover and cut out my chosen fabric!  I used the Chrysanthemum for the cover and Delhi Blooms for the binding.  The bias binding is a 2 inch wide bias cut piece of fabric, pieced where needed and run through my bias maker.  Both fabrics are currently in the Shop!

Then it was just a matter of sewing the bias binding to the cover.  I used a zig zag stitch (cleaner that way!)…

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At the beginning and ending I folded the edges under and just butted these edges together.  I need to have a place to insert the cord.  This is a great alternative to button holes and yet leaves a clean finish!


The cord gets re-inserted.  I used a safety-pin but a bodkin would work too.  Then I re-used the cord-lock from my old cover to keep everything taught!


A photo of the underside…someday when the weather turns warmer I’d like to paint this board a wonderful Chartreuse!


And here are the after photos!

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Ahh!  Much better don’t you think?

Happy Sewing everyone!


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