Just call me Edna*

OK, Edna Turnblad and I have more in common than I’m comfortable admitting in public…

so… yeah………………

But I’ll be completely open about one thing; we both spend a lot of time ironing. I don’t mind. I’ve been known to iron just for the fun of it…which probably says something rather tragic about the state of my social life, but no matter. I love ironing!

One thing I don’t love though is those skimpy little ironing board covers they sell. And nothing can take the fun out of ironing like those thin little foam rubber pads that come with them…they slip all over the place and aren’t thick enough to do the job. One can’t do a good job if one doesn’t have good tools, or so says my dad.

Soo, I decided to quit griping and make myself a fun ironing board cover and pad set. I started with this oddly off-kilter fuschia gingham print in a midweight cotton, washed and dried it to within an inch of its life. I then restrained myself from switching projects midstream and making an apron out of the fabric instead- c’mon now girls, wouldn’t this look cute over my mod squad housedress?

Focus Diane! Focus!

errmmm, ironing board cover, yes, back to the ironing board cover… I made my main pattern piece by tracing the surface of the ironing board and adding a generous 6 inches all around. I cut out one piece of the printed fabric and, to give the finished cover substance, two more of plain cotton muslin. All three were layered together and bias trim was stitched around the entire perimeter.

The bias trim functions as a casing for a cord which pulls the fabric tightly around the board. See all the extra fabric? This baby isn’t going to shift out of place no-way-no-how! That makes me happy.

I also made a pad out of this waffle weave cotton fabric… six layers thick and finished with matching bias trim. Using a darning needle, I took floss and tied the pad down to the board surface through the vent holes. You can also see the floss coming through the underside of the board in the picture above. So the pad won’t move around when I’m ironing. Have I mentioned how much I hate that?

Seriously now, ladies…..does life get any fun-ner than this??

*originally posted January 27, 2008

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17 Responses to Just call me Edna*

  1. 1
    Becky K. says:

    Sorry, Ironing is not my thing… I blame it on my mother. She loves to iron and would hog all of the "good/interesting" ironing to herself, leaving me with 100's of my Dad's white Handkerchieves.

    Really.

    I remember this fun post, though.
    So creative you are.

    Becky K.

  2. 2
    Emily says:

    You're just too cute! :) Yay for you and ironing! I'm more of a wrinkle release in the dryer kind myself. I only iron if it's absolutely necessary! Have a blessed day!

  3. 3
    Tasha says:

    Oh how neat Diane. I too hate those flimsy iron board covers. Hmmmm, may have to make this one of my projects.

    Thank you for your sweet comment on my post yesterday. I do thank you from the bottom of my heart.

    Have a blessed day!

  4. 4
    Valerie says:

    I have really enjoyed reading your blog…we homeschool our four children…and I am a SAHM. It is so nice to read of others who are keeping mother culture alive and well! :) I just had to let you know that reading your blog has been an inspiration. Love the ironing board cover by the way! Makes me wish I knew how to sew.
    Fellow homeschooling mom,
    Valerie

  5. 5
    Jo Flemings says:

    Diane, you are so inspiring! And even though you are WAY younger than my deceased grandmother, her name was Edna- you totally have her geist- lots of love through homearts! You inspire me through the beauty you find in the ordinary and everyday. (And I am just so envious of your gorgeous hair!)

  6. 6
    Diane says:

    awww poor becky, you just don't know how to have fun! hehehe

    emily… wrinkle release? blasphemy! ;)

    tasha my dear, you are such a blessing:) oh, and i need to email you about something i have been pondering!

    how sweet you are valerie! thanks so much for visiting and taking the time to stop and leave a comment… i love meeting new friends:)

    jo hon, you say the most encouraging things…. seriously my dear, your comments just make my day. love ya((hugs))

  7. 7
    Mama Sewing says:

    Oh, Diane, I am SO with you on this!! Ironing covers that slip and slide are just the worst, and an old, stained cover (which is what I have now) without enough padding is worse than the worst!
    I love your new cover, and I love to iron! Maybe we can have an ironing party some day! (with plenty of coffee, chocolate and the like to keep us going!)

  8. 8
    ellen b. says:

    You are cracking me up. Love that photo of you. Oh do I hate the slippy cover and pad deal that happens with the ironing board. Your creation looks very nice!!

  9. 9
    Barbara H. says:

    Clever! I still don't know that I would think ironing fun, though. But a good ironing board cover would help!

  10. 10
    Rachel says:

    Um,Diane…if I were to, oh, say, send you some fabric…and, perhaps, say, some money…and, oh, buy an ironing board to put it on…would you make me one? LOL

    Yes, I'm sad. I rarely ever iron (as in, only when I absolutely, positively, have NO other choice). So rarely that I got rid of my ironing board, *and* my iron years ago. I just bought a new iron a year or so ago. I've used it…twice? I think? I *want* to iron. I like the way things look when they are ironed. And I am sure that DH would love some shirts ironed. But since I have a lovely metal topped kitchen table (the old porcelain coated enamel? yeah. I snagged a beautiful one several years ago), I've been using that.

    But a cover like the one you made, might actually persuade me to pull the iron out and use it. Really. On my napkins. And tablecloths. And pillowcases. And sheets. And maybe a shirt or two for DH ;-) .

    (I've got tons of fabric. The problem is, which one for aprons, and which one for ironing board cover? HMMMMMmmmmMMMMmmmmmMMMM).

  11. 11
    SMJ says:

    My hubby jokes that my ironing board is just for looks since I rarely use it yet insist it have a cute cover. I can't help it! I hangs on the outside of a closet door upstairs next to the laundry room. Maybe my next one will be home made…and maybe it will match for the holidays….hehehe

  12. 12
    Sondra says:

    What a cute comparison :) My mom irons for fun too! You aren't the only one :)

  13. 13
    Mrs. Lady Sofia says:

    LOL! This was a fun post, but I have to admit that ironing is not one of my "fun" homemaking chores to do. It ranks just above dusting (smiles). Honestly, I'd rather do bathrooms than iron. I like to clean bathrooms because I like how everything is "shinny and sparkly" after a good cleaning (smiles).

    I like your ironing board cover. You did a fancy one. I don't like the covers they sell in the stores either (they are cheaply made and cost too much money).

    What I did for my ironing board cover was take an old queen size sheet and draped it around the ironing board several times (this gives the board a nice thick padding). Then, I used some safety pins to pin the sheet down to the board so it won't slip off. My mother did this on her ironing board, and it works even though it doesn't look "pretty."

    Anyway, this is only the second time I have posted/visited your blog. I need to "visit" you more often (smiles). Take care and have a blessed day.

  14. 14
    Bethany Hudson says:

    I love Hairspray! Your ironing cover looks great. I don't do much ironing myself; most of our clothes come out wrinkle-free with some hang-drying, but I enjoy it when I do do it. It's so calming.

  15. 15
    vivian says:

    I iron everyday too Diane! I wouldnt be caught dead in a wrinkle! drives my girls nuts! YOu are so resourceful and talented!
    How about next wednesday for lunch? say, at elsewheres? at 1:00?? if thats good for you.. would you send me a little blog message reminder on tuesday night? I would hate for you to be sitting there waiting for me while I'm sitting at my office in oblivion! They didnt used to call my vivian oblivion for nothing ya know!
    hugs!
    vivian

  16. 16
    Lisateresa says:

    I love that dress on you – it caught my eye as soon as I saw that photo. I have a very nice ironing board cover, but I hope I'll remember where I saw how to make one, whenever mine quits. You're very clever.

  17. 17
    Diane says:

    mamasew… ya know what? that seriously sounds like fun to me- hey maybe we could do a jane austen marathon while we're at it! woohoo! do we know how to have a good time or what?

    ellen… happy to have given you a wee bit o'a smile dear;)

    barbara.. i know it helps me to see the bright happy colors:)

    rachel… why, how about an ironing board cover and matching apron? whoo baby, you'd be stylin' then! hee hee

    sweet mama…. oh my. holiday themed ironing board covers. the mind positively reels with posibilities.

    sondra.. your mama sounds like a very fine woman;)

    lady sophia… i am so pleased that you came to visit. and did i see that you are 'following' me now? well, i am looking forward to getting to know each other:)

    bethany… i really do love that character, and we really do have a great deal in common, as embarrassed as i am to admit it, lol.

    viv… i would love to do lunch next week, and elsewheres would be great, but wednesdays are such a busy day for us. could we possibly do tues… or thurs? i'll comment over at your place:)

    lisateresa… it's so nice to see you over here, dear! and thanks for the compliment on the dress.. i think i just might wear it today;)

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just call me Edna…

OK, Edna Turnblad and I have more in common than I’m comfortable admitting in public…

… yeah………………

But I’ll be completely open about one thing… we both spend a lot of time ironing. I don’t mind. I’ve been known to iron just for the fun of it…which probably says something rather tragic about the state of my social life, but no matter. I love ironing!

One thing I don’t love though is those skimpy little ironing board covers they sell. And nothing can take the fun out of ironing like those thin little foam rubber pads that come with them…they slip all over the place and aren’t thick enough to do the job. One can’t do a good job if one doesn’t have good tools, or so says my dad.

Soo, I decided to quit griping and make myself a fun ironing board cover and pad set. I started with this oddly off-kilter fuschia gingham print in a midweight cotton, washed and dried it to within an inch of its life. I then restrained myself from switching projects midstream and making an apron out of the fabric instead- c’mon now girls, wouldn’t this look cute over my mod squad housedress?

Focus Diane! Focus!

errmmm, ironing board cover, yes, back to the ironing board cover… I made my main pattern piece by tracing the surface of the ironing board and adding a generous 6 inches all around. I cut out one piece of the printed fabric and, to give the finished cover substance, two more of plain cotton muslin. All three were layered together and bias trim was stitched around the entire perimeter.

The bias trim functions as a casing for a cord which pulls the fabric tightly around the board…see all the extra fabric? This baby isn’t going to shift out of place no-how… that makes me happy.

I also made a pad out of this waffle weave cotton fabric… six layers thick and finished with matching bias trim. Using a darning needle, I took floss and tied the pad down to the board surface through the vent holes… you can also see the floss coming through the underside of the board in the picture above. So the pad won’t move around when I’m ironing. Have I mentioned how much I hate that?

Seriously now, ladies…..does life get any fun-ner than this??

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27 Responses to just call me Edna…

  1. 18
    Becky K. says:

    Sorry, Ironing is not my thing… I blame it on my mother. She loves to iron and would hog all of the "good/interesting" ironing to herself, leaving me with 100's of my Dad's white Handkerchieves.

    Really.

    I remember this fun post, though.
    So creative you are.

    Becky K.

  2. 19
    Emily says:

    You're just too cute! :) Yay for you and ironing! I'm more of a wrinkle release in the dryer kind myself. I only iron if it's absolutely necessary! Have a blessed day!

  3. 20
    Tasha says:

    Oh how neat Diane. I too hate those flimsy iron board covers. Hmmmm, may have to make this one of my projects.

    Thank you for your sweet comment on my post yesterday. I do thank you from the bottom of my heart.

    Have a blessed day!

  4. 21
    Valerie says:

    I have really enjoyed reading your blog…we homeschool our four children…and I am a SAHM. It is so nice to read of others who are keeping mother culture alive and well! :) I just had to let you know that reading your blog has been an inspiration. Love the ironing board cover by the way! Makes me wish I knew how to sew.
    Fellow homeschooling mom,
    Valerie

  5. 22
    Jo Flemings says:

    Diane, you are so inspiring! And even though you are WAY younger than my deceased grandmother, her name was Edna- you totally have her geist- lots of love through homearts! You inspire me through the beauty you find in the ordinary and everyday. (And I am just so envious of your gorgeous hair!)

  6. 23
    Diane says:

    awww poor becky, you just don't know how to have fun! hehehe

    emily… wrinkle release? blasphemy! ;)

    tasha my dear, you are such a blessing:) oh, and i need to email you about something i have been pondering!

    how sweet you are valerie! thanks so much for visiting and taking the time to stop and leave a comment… i love meeting new friends:)

    jo hon, you say the most encouraging things…. seriously my dear, your comments just make my day. love ya((hugs))

  7. 24
    Mama Sewing says:

    Oh, Diane, I am SO with you on this!! Ironing covers that slip and slide are just the worst, and an old, stained cover (which is what I have now) without enough padding is worse than the worst!
    I love your new cover, and I love to iron! Maybe we can have an ironing party some day! (with plenty of coffee, chocolate and the like to keep us going!)

  8. 25
    ellen b. says:

    You are cracking me up. Love that photo of you. Oh do I hate the slippy cover and pad deal that happens with the ironing board. Your creation looks very nice!!

  9. 26
    Barbara H. says:

    Clever! I still don't know that I would think ironing fun, though. But a good ironing board cover would help!

  10. 27
    Rachel says:

    Um,Diane…if I were to, oh, say, send you some fabric…and, perhaps, say, some money…and, oh, buy an ironing board to put it on…would you make me one? LOL

    Yes, I'm sad. I rarely ever iron (as in, only when I absolutely, positively, have NO other choice). So rarely that I got rid of my ironing board, *and* my iron years ago. I just bought a new iron a year or so ago. I've used it…twice? I think? I *want* to iron. I like the way things look when they are ironed. And I am sure that DH would love some shirts ironed. But since I have a lovely metal topped kitchen table (the old porcelain coated enamel? yeah. I snagged a beautiful one several years ago), I've been using that.

    But a cover like the one you made, might actually persuade me to pull the iron out and use it. Really. On my napkins. And tablecloths. And pillowcases. And sheets. And maybe a shirt or two for DH ;-) .

    (I've got tons of fabric. The problem is, which one for aprons, and which one for ironing board cover? HMMMMMmmmmMMMMmmmmmMMMM).

  11. 28
    SMJ says:

    My hubby jokes that my ironing board is just for looks since I rarely use it yet insist it have a cute cover. I can't help it! I hangs on the outside of a closet door upstairs next to the laundry room. Maybe my next one will be home made…and maybe it will match for the holidays….hehehe

  12. 29
    Sondra says:

    What a cute comparison :) My mom irons for fun too! You aren't the only one :)

  13. 30
    Mrs. Lady Sofia says:

    LOL! This was a fun post, but I have to admit that ironing is not one of my "fun" homemaking chores to do. It ranks just above dusting (smiles). Honestly, I'd rather do bathrooms than iron. I like to clean bathrooms because I like how everything is "shinny and sparkly" after a good cleaning (smiles).

    I like your ironing board cover. You did a fancy one. I don't like the covers they sell in the stores either (they are cheaply made and cost too much money).

    What I did for my ironing board cover was take an old queen size sheet and draped it around the ironing board several times (this gives the board a nice thick padding). Then, I used some safety pins to pin the sheet down to the board so it won't slip off. My mother did this on her ironing board, and it works even though it doesn't look "pretty."

    Anyway, this is only the second time I have posted/visited your blog. I need to "visit" you more often (smiles). Take care and have a blessed day.

  14. 31
    Bethany Hudson says:

    I love Hairspray! Your ironing cover looks great. I don't do much ironing myself; most of our clothes come out wrinkle-free with some hang-drying, but I enjoy it when I do do it. It's so calming.

  15. 32
    vivian says:

    I iron everyday too Diane! I wouldnt be caught dead in a wrinkle! drives my girls nuts! YOu are so resourceful and talented!
    How about next wednesday for lunch? say, at elsewheres? at 1:00?? if thats good for you.. would you send me a little blog message reminder on tuesday night? I would hate for you to be sitting there waiting for me while I'm sitting at my office in oblivion! They didnt used to call my vivian oblivion for nothing ya know!
    hugs!
    vivian

  16. 33
    Lisateresa says:

    I love that dress on you – it caught my eye as soon as I saw that photo. I have a very nice ironing board cover, but I hope I'll remember where I saw how to make one, whenever mine quits. You're very clever.

  17. 34
    Diane says:

    mamasew… ya know what? that seriously sounds like fun to me- hey maybe we could do a jane austen marathon while we're at it! woohoo! do we know how to have a good time or what?

    ellen… happy to have given you a wee bit o'a smile dear;)

    barbara.. i know it helps me to see the bright happy colors:)

    rachel… why, how about an ironing board cover and matching apron? whoo baby, you'd be stylin' then! hee hee

    sweet mama…. oh my. holiday themed ironing board covers. the mind positively reels with posibilities.

    sondra.. your mama sounds like a very fine woman;)

    lady sophia… i am so pleased that you came to visit. and did i see that you are 'following' me now? well, i am looking forward to getting to know each other:)

    bethany… i really do love that character, and we really do have a great deal in common, as embarrassed as i am to admit it, lol.

    viv… i would love to do lunch next week, and elsewheres would be great, but wednesdays are such a busy day for us. could we possibly do tues… or thurs? i'll comment over at your place:)

    lisateresa… it's so nice to see you over here, dear! and thanks for the compliment on the dress.. i think i just might wear it today;)

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