Saturday, December 11, 2010

Pattern for Ironing Board Covers

Ok - this isn't the covers I made but it's cute.

Ironing Board Covers:
Since getting the wider ironing boards, I have realized the cost to replace the covers - even though it is just cosmetic. This is a pattern I came up with that I use cheap cotton decorator fabric from JoAnns or Hancock's . Measure the length of your board. You can usually get by with the 60" for the length. I recommend not using a light colored fabric as the starch and steam will discolor it quickly.

Lay freezer paper out on a table, turn Ironing Board upside down and trace around. Remove board, and add 3 -4" all around. That is your pattern you use to cut out the fabric. Measure 3 yards of string, 1/4" or 1/2" elastic and mark at 3 yards (don't cut) You should have about 4 1/2 yards of elastic for ease of installation. Sew raw edge under 1/4" Now fold under again to cover the elastic forming a casing. Secure end with safety pin. Sew down all around being careful not to catch the elastic in stitching. Now pull the elastic to where you made the 3 yard mark and sew it to the other elastic end. YOu can stitch the opening shut but i never do. If it gets worn out, I can pull out the elastic and reuse it.

Good luck and these would make great gifts for the fellow seamstress!
good luck.

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