Yuck! I looked at the heap of fabric that I call my stash, and I knew that this would be a good project to help me use some of that fabric (so I can get more of course!).
So I picked out this pretty floral cotton print and went to work. I made this up myself as I went along, and I was very happy with the results. I thought that I would share how I made the cover, so I made up a tutorial that I hope you’ll find useful!
Enough fabric for the length of your ironing board or sleeve board plus about 10″
The same amount of muslin for lining your cover
brown kraft paper or something similar to draw your pattern on
padding for your board – I used a double layer of cotton batting (note: if you plan on washing your cover, pre-shrink your cotton batting before you make this)
Heavy cotton string, ribbon, cording or whatever you want to use to gather and tie your cover to your board. Measure around the entire circumference of your board and add on about 1 foot to the length. I used heavy cotton string and I left it on the roll and pulled it through the casing before cutting it.
Disappearing or wash away fabric marker
First you need to make a pattern for your board. Roll out the kraft paper and lay your board on it upside down.
Using a pencil, draw all of the way around it. Next, using a ruler, measure the depth of your board. You need to take the depth of the board and add on about 2 1/4″ more. This will include a 1/4″ seam allowance. My board was about 1/2″, so I used 2 3/4″ as my measurement.
You will need to measure from the line that you drew around the board, and mark the additional allowance.
Using the final line as your guide, cut out the pattern.
Now lay your fabric and your muslin with right sides facing each other. Pin your pattern to the fabric and cut it out.
Note: my picture only has the fabric because I didn’t figure this part out until I had already cut the top out. So I cut them out separately.
Next you will need to cut out your padding. Lay your board on the top of your padding, and draw around the board with a disappearing or wash away fabric marker. I know this picture is a little hard to see, but I think you can get the idea.
Now mark on the inside of your lining fabric where the padding will be. Do this by taking the measurement that you came up with for the sides and the seam allowance, and measure from the edge of the fabric. Mine is 2 3/4″. You only need to make a couple of marks for a guide.
Now lay your padding inside those marks. It should meet the edge of the marks on all sides. Pin down the padding all the way around.
Now stitch all the way around the padding, securing it to the lining fabric. If you have a walking foot for your machine, I recommend using it for this. After sewing this together, you might want to lay the lining and padding on the top of your board to make sure it is going to fit.
After you have sewn down the padding, place the lining with the padding sewn on (padding facing up) with the right side of the muslin facing the right side of the outside cover fabric. Pin together. Starting on what will be the back end of the cover (this should be the straight end rather than the curved end) sew the two pieces together using a 1/4″ seam allowance and leaving about a 5″ opening to turn the cover. Note: if you are covering a full size ironing board, you may want to leave a little larger opening for turning.
Before turning it right side out, clip the curves to the seam making sure that you don’t clip into the seam.
Turn right side out and press around all of the edges so that they lay flat. On the back end of your cover (the straight end), measure to find the middle. Then mark 1/2″ on each side of the middle. This needs to be left open/unsewn for the string to go through the casing.
Starting and ending where you marked the back opening, stitch on the top of the outside through all layers, about 1/2″ from the edge. This forms the casing for the string.
After you have gone all of the way around you will have to stitch 1/4″ from the outside edge where the opening was left from turning your cover right side out. This will catch the 1/4″ seam allowance. You’ll see what I mean when you do this part. Please see the pictures:
Now you can pull your string all the way around the cover, through the casing. Push your gathers down as you go through until you come out the other side. Now lay your cover over the top of your board, lining up the padding on the top of the board.
Phew!!!! All done!
Actually this is easier to do than to explain. So please, if you have any confusion while trying to do this, please contact me and let me know. I’d be glad to lend any assistance that I can.