Saturday, August 8

Ironing Board Makeover

It all started with a special request for my husband to build me a board that fits over my standard ironing board to make a larger surface for ironing large pieces of fabric, quilts, etc.

I requested a board 22" wide by 60" long, which he made for me to fit snuggly over the ironing board so it doesn't need any screws or knobs to hold it in place.

It was up to me to pad and cover it as I wished. I had several metres of this purple cotton striped fabric in my stash which I thought would work just fine. First I cut two layers of quilt batting (Warm & Natural cotton) and then the fabric. I used a staple gun all around the bottom to hold it tightly in place.

Then I decided all my other ironing tools needed a makeover as well. I have two small sleeve boards whose very worn vintage covers needed replacing and then I tackled my regular ironing board. I used the existing ironing board cover as a pattern and that worked very well.

It was only after recovering them all that I noticed that they even matched my new iron! I'm not a matchy-matchy person, but it does look nice.


  1. it looks great! and so nice to have new, fresh covers.

  2. Thanks Brenda! And now that I've done it once, it won't be so daunting when I need to do it again.

  3. That all looks very snazzy! Fun table for ironing quilts.
    I have a folding table, which I use for ironing fabrics in the studio. I put a heatproof mat on top, then an ironing board cover, which lives on the top shelf, waiting to be used. It works fine and make my table multi-purpose. Luckily I dont need a big ironing surface like you do. If I ever do though, I know who to go to for tips on making my own ironing board!

    1. Thanks Lizzie! I really like having the bigger surface to iron, it makes things so much easier! Sounds like you have a good system in place for what you need. I tend not to iron a lot of clothes on my board these days ;-).


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