Monday, March 2, 2009

Not Your Ordinary Ironing Board Cover

You'll have to agree with me that shopping for ironing board covers is a very disappointing experience. It is for me, at least. I've had everything from ugly green to tan stripes with blue flowers. Uggh!!

Last year I found a cute ironing board cover from Martha at Kmart.

Even though it didn't match my sewing room, it wasn't ugly. And, as Martha would say, "That's a good thing".

Edit: Sharon asked about the cute little project sitting on my ironing board. It's a gift bag that I found in the winter issue of Quilts and More 2006. American Patchwork and Quilting also has a website at In their "Ideas and Projects" section you will find the little gift bag lunch sack.

Well, as we all know, all "good things" must come to an end, and the cuteness of Martha's ironing board cover design was no exception. I can see where it's starting to turn a little brown over there in the right hand corner.

Eventually, the little brown spot turned into this:


Soon my "world of ironing" would change while visiting Jona at her blog, Stop Staring and Start Sewing. She has this great blog, and she sells fabric at her online fabric store, Fabritopia I've had her "Apron In an Hour" tutorial listed on my sidebar for a few months now. day she posted about her friend Cassie celebrating her one year blogaversary. Cassie has this adorable pencil roll and she was giving a tutorial on how to make one. I scrolled down to see what she was doing. I saw that she was using elastic hairbands for the closures (great idea!). Then, all of the sudden I saw this gorgeous ironing board cover!!!! Click here and you'll drool see it. Be sure to scroll down a little and enjoy her pencil roll tutorial while you're at it. Immediately I posted a comment. Here's what it said:

Happy one year blogaversary! Thanks, too, for the tutorial. I love how you used elastic hairbands for the closure. I would have never thought of that.

I, also, would love to know where you got that beautiful ironing board cover!

Cassie e-mailed me back and said that she made the ironing board cover using the tutorial that Jona has on her blog. I knew Jona had tutorials, but I guess I got stuck on the "Apron in an Hour" ! So, I went back to her blog, and there it was "Ironing Board Cover".

In about an hour and a half (including the time I spend trying to find something from my stash and taking out the stretchy string from the old ironing board cover) I had a new ironing board cover.

Now, I know this isn't the greatest fabric in the world, and no, it doesn't match my sewing room, but I did want to use something that's been laying on the shelf a couple of years before I went out and spent money on something more expensive. Besides that, I can pass this along to my oldest daughter who has her own ironing board. She'll love it!

Now, if I could only find the perfect iron....
To the Sunday Stash Buster Reporters from Judy's blog: I don't know how much fabric Iused to make my ironing board cover, but I did use my stash. I also made 200 half square triangles from my stash for the Quilt Along that Judy is doing. Since my quilt isn't really going to be scrappy, I did have to buy 1 1/2 yards of fabric for the outside border. The bolt was almost empty, and it was 30% off, so I thought it was a good time to buy it.

Diet Challenge Update: I didn't get near the scales this week after celebrating Terry's birthday twice and my son in law's birthday once. I realize now (well I've sort of known it for a while) but this 20 or so pounds is for all the fun I have in life. Although I didn't eat as well as I should this week, I did go walking 5 days. The "all women's" gym I went to closed down due to economic times. I'm still going to go walking and do my weight lifting. I found a local TV show that has a local trainer, so I'll be lifting weights and doing sit ups and squats with her.



  1. Love your ironing board cover. I made my own once too, from stash. The problem is that whatever stretchy string/elastic I use it eventually doesn't stretch anymore and the cover slips around. Same with cheap and expensive bought ones.

    Now I go to the supermarket and buy a $4 one and just replace it when it's not stretchy anymore. Less stress for me and who cares what it looks like as long as it does the job.

    Still, will check out the tutorial, just in case...

  2. Love the ironing board cover and think I have that SAME fabric, too. LOL Can you give the link for the tutorial for this?? (One of the links in your post wouldn't work for me...the one where you said to go look at the ironing board cover you'd admired.)

  3. I'm in need of an ironing board cover too. I'm going to check that out. What is the first photo of?? I'm curious. Looks cute.

  4. love it..and that you used older fabric that doesn't speak to you as much anymore...perfect choice.

  5. How CUTE !!! You did a GREAT JOB!! (actually your "before" ironing board cover is the one I have .... good ol' Martha!) .... but I'm thinking I might need a custom job in a pink polka dot!

  6. Amanda,

    There you go again inspiring me - I love the ironing board cover - and guess who is going to make one for herself...

    I just have that small little ironing board - and I can't find a cover for it.

  7. What a great post with so much info...I love that ironing board cover and I am off to check out the tutorial!!! Wonderful blog.

  8. funny ... love that 20lbs is LIFE....

    good on the walking.... smooches!! And if anyone wants to chat more often come hang out at my healthy living list at yahoo...

  9. i've been wanting to do an ironing board cover - not because they're all ugly - because the only store i have near me that sells them doesn't have the table top size! i thought they'd take forever, glad to hear they really don't. good job on the walking, sorry about the gym closing but i'm glad you've found a substitue

  10. Thanks so much for more ironing board love! Your new cover looks smashing, even if it isn't going to be your "forever" ironing board cover.

    Thanks too for the link to the lunch bag totes. I have five daughters that are due for new lunch boxes. Since I don't like to make the same thing twice, I was looking for a different design. Thanks, Amanda!

    Happy Day,

    P.S. I hope you find the iron of your dreams...

  11. Very cute ironing board cover! Jen

  12. You always have the cutest ideas. Feel so much better about my weight now that I know it means I'm just living a great life.

  13. Thank you so much for the linky love!! Your ironing board cover turned out great and it's so happy looking! Fun!

  14. Gorgeous work as always! This is a beautiful ironing board cover!!


  15. Well I do need a new ironing board cover. I know I should go for it. I love those little bags. I have that magazine too and I made about a dozen of them. They are fun.

  16. I have a small tabletop ironing board and they just don't make replacement covers, so I made one myself last year. Over the last week or two, I've noticed it's just about had it, so I'll also be making one before long! You and I DO seem to be living parallel lives sometimes--ROFLOL!

  17. if someone could figure out a way to have fun without the extra 20lbs,they'd be a bazzillionaire. good for you on 5 days of walking!

  18. Sweet ironing board cover! I'm going to have to grab that pattern myself, since my poor board has been crying for a new dress for some time now! I think the fabric you used is fun. My daughter would love it to!


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