Easy Ironing Board Cover – DIY tutorial for a simple padded one

When you buy an ironing board it comes with a beautiful cover. Then the inevitable happens. Age catches up with it. The hot iron helps a lot. In a short time you have a cover which you wouldn’t want on an enemy’s house. I know from experience – the scorched yellow stains from overzealous ironing is an eyesore.

And then when you look for a cover they are all way over priced or not the colour you want on your interior ; and  when they do come from the store it is slightly loose or slightly tight or not the colour you saw on the computer screen. It is time for another DIY – a surprisingly easy DIY

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What do you need to make a padded ironing board cover

Padding –  I am using a big  old terrycotton towel. The towel should be the length of the ironing board’s top surface of course.You can use cotton batting or thick decorator fabric; anything that will pad the metallic surface adequately .

Cotton Fabric – About 1.5 meter ( I.65 yard) cotton fabric, depending on the length of your ironing board with some extra 6 inches or so .

You may want to simply use a heavier weight fabric in one layer or choose to use thinner cotton fabric in many layers. I have used 2 layers of cotton fabric above the padding; then you need that much more ie 1.5 meter of each fabric layer.

4 meters of cord

How to sew the ironing board cover

Step 1 Cut the padding.

Keep the ironing board face down on the floor over the padding.( as in the picture below). Trace the shape on the twelling cloth( which I am using as the padding). I have used a sketch pen to draw all around the outer edge of the top surface of the board

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Remove the board. Cut the padding fabric along the marked line

Step 2 Cut the outer fabric

Measure the depth of the table. Mine is 2.5 inch. Add 1.5 inch to this  This is for the seam allowance for attaching a fabric strip for the casing and a little to the inside.

Another alternative – You can simply  turn under the edge and make the casing, in which case you need to leave about 2.5 inch extra all around in addition to the depth of the table. I donot however recommend this because it makes a mess when you turn around the edge, because of the curvy shape of the board. To make (a somewhat ) neat casing for the cord, you should use the facing method.

I am using a strip of fabric sewn to the edge of the fabric and then turn under to make the casing for the drawstring cord.

Cut the outer fabric this way . If you are using more layers treat them all as one, when you are making casing for the drawstring

Step 3 Stitch the padding in place

Keep the towelling/ padding in the middle of the wrong side of the ironing board cover fabric and stitch in place.


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You will have to pin the padding in place first and then stitch along the outer edge ( the red line in the picture above). As you stitch around the towelling you may have to adjust the pin  so that there are no wrinkles in the fabric underneath – I had to. If you have basted it right with plenty of pins and properly stretching the cloth you maynot have to.

Remember to iron the fabric beforehand ; also to remove the pins ater stitching.

Step 4 Make the casing for the drawstring cord

Stitch the casing. Turn under the edges if you have left the extra 2 inches for that or stitch the facing fabric strip ( long enough to go all around the outer edge). Leave  1″ unstitched for threading the cord

Thread the drawstring with the cord with a safety pin.

Step 5

Now place the cover on the ironing table. Tighten the cord under the table and tie it tightly . Distribute the the gathers to the back of the table as well.Done

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Comments 3

  1. I have owned Dry Cleaners & Commercial Laundries and the professional ironing board covers come with the drawstring underneath and also sharp like fishing hooks and springs to create the tension needed so the cover does not roll when pulling fabrics across the ironing board. Now that I am retired I use elastic and safety pins across the bottom of my cover in places on the board where I iron the most.

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