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