Time to tart-up the ironing board.
Every second month my living room turns into a sewing workshop, full of creative young women on a mission to build their dream wardrobes. The ironing board was quite frankly an embarrassment.
Purchased as a young fashion student because it was the cheapest one in Argos. The cover was ripped/burnt and the frame was covered in gaffer tape. Note there are no ‘before’ pictures.. just too ugly for public view. Despite its visual flaws, its light and folds small, aka. handy for diddy London flats and throwing in the car boot once in a while/TV costume job.
The parents have a few (?) inherited heavy wooden ironing boards. One day, when I marry a Lord and move to a country pile with a designated Victorian laundry room, I will adopt one as an awkward but charitable domestic service baby. For the time being the budget Argos model will do.
Faced with job applications…
… I decided that attacking the metal legs with white spirit was much more fun. Job hunting = DIY flair. Sticky gaffer tape be gone.
The old cover was ripped off and the drawstring pulled out for reuse.
Out came the fabric bag of doom.
Or at least the original one because there are now four fabric bags of doom. *Edit: now 3. I Kon-Maried my craft cupboard. Get me!
Happy coincidence…2 fat-quarters (cut as one piece) was exactly the right size, with 6cm seam allowance all around. I cannot claim this will fit all ironing boards, as mine is on the short side, so measure yours if you are attempting this.
The sewing construction is pretty self explanatory but I will recommend an especially good step by step tutorial (link at bottom of page). I like the use of bias binding for the channel. Gotta love a fully finished seam allowance.
I used pink bias binding because….. it was long enough.
Why go to the fabric shop when you can use an ‘accent’ colour from your stash. Left to my own boringdesignerisboring devices I would have probably chosen white or navy. Pink brings far more joy.
Total time spent sewing… 1hr
If you’re an occasional stitcher it is easily an afternoon project. It would make a great gift, if giving an ironing board cover doesn’t completely cramp your style. I gave my best-friend a handmade peg bag for her 30th birthday. I’ve already given up on being cool.
Obviously I had to show off my joyfully cutesy creation on Facebook/Instagram because that it a productive use of my time (ehem, job applications?).
A short while later…
Ironing Board Cover sewing instructions by Tilly and the Buttons.
If you make one please do tag them to credit their great tutorial. So clear and neat.
The original Baby the Stars Shine Bright ironing board cover incident that inspired the project.
Baby the Stars Shine Bright is a Japanese designer brand that makes cute printed dresses that are collectable and have very high resale value. This bit of news/amusement caused quite a ripple amongst the J-Fashion online community at the time. Personally, I loved it.