Our recent purchase of a 22″ travel trailer has me in overdrive. I can’t wait to change out some of the many shades of beige that make up the trailer’s decor. I have already packed my Babylock Sofia sewing machine and the accessory bag. Now to start adding in the extras that make a project look professional. Ironing and pressing are key to a polished project. I found the perfect ironing board at a discount store. It was under $10, very light weight with a hanging hook. What I was not thrilled with is the cover, it was so plain. Luckily I have all kinds of fabric at my disposal and it just so happened that I had a leftover piece of this vintage sewing machine fabric that will be perfect. Let’s get started.
This is the ironing board I purchased. While it weighed very little, I liked the size, hanging feature and the legs, I did not like the cover or the thin padding. Luckily I am able to fix both in only 30 minutes.
Start by removing the cover and giving it a good press to flatten out all of the edges. This will become your pattern.
Lay the ‘pattern’ on top of your fabric and cut around the outside edges. In my case, I actually did the opposite as I wanted to center one of the sewing machine on my fabric. Because the background of my fabric was white and the cover was blue, I was able to see through the top layer and cut around the cover. I re- used the foam padding insert and added a layer of Poly-fil Cotton classic Batting from Fairfield on top. The foam padding that came with the ironing board was too thin for my liking. and I wanted to add an extra layer of padding under my fabric cover.
Next I encased the raw edge of the cover using a wide double folded bias tape. Gently stretch the bias tape as you sew around the curves. In case you are wondering I used yellow because that is what I had on hand. I started at the wide end of the ironing board cover, folding under the raw end of the bias tape and sewing around the circumference of the ironing board cover, ending by folding over the opposite end the bias tape. Insert 1/4″ elastic, I used a Dritz® Elastic Threader to help feed the elastic through the channel created by the bias tape. Cover the ironing board with the padding and slip the cover over the padding, stretching the elastic to assure a snug fit with no wrinkles. When you are happy with the fit, tie the elastic end together and trim.