The Ironing Board Cover of My Dreams


My Frankenstein sewing job on my “new” ironing board cover.

My grandmother’s ironing board always had a series of safety pins and stings holding the cover on. I don’t know why I remember that, but every once in a while the image of it comes back to me.

And it’s that image that came to mind the last couple of times I changed my ironing board cover.  Because the new ones  just never fit  right.  And the longer I had them, the worse they got.  Also,  the fabric on the cover seems to be thinner than tissue paper.  Fraying and ripping mcuh too easily.

I was done with buying a new cover and hoping it would be different.

So this afternoon, thinking of my grandmother’s ironing board, I pulled out a big piece of canvas I had in my stash and stretched it over my ironing board.  I thought about using safety pins and stings,  but decided sewing it on, with a needle and some strong yarn, would be easier.

It took me about 15 minutes and now I have the ironing board cover of my dreams.   I can’t wait to try it out.


8 thoughts on “The Ironing Board Cover of My Dreams

  1. There must be something in air … I did the same thing this morning in a fit of pique when the satan-spawn cover kept rolling up as I moved fabric over it. Good on us, girl!

  2. This post made me smile, I recall my own mothers ironing board cover held in place by thin strings at the bottom pulled tight to make it form fit which was never the case, there was a few hooks attached to elastic that fit across making it look like a tied corset. I remember the years dragging out the iron and ironing board on a Saturday morning and being in a state a bliss as I ironed my clothes for the week ahead. Over the years I have found ironing to be one of the best relievers of stress I can be found to this day ironing in the middle of the night when I can’t sleep.

    1. Ironing is an interesting thing Deb, I used to love to iron when I was a kid. I still love to see the wrinkles pressed flat. It’s very satisfying.

  3. I have a wooden ironing board from my grandmother. She was short as I am , so the height is just right for me. I have recently covered it with “sewing motif fabric and thin batting. Tying it together was a challenge. Love my grandmother’s ironing board! Such great memories of the two of us sewing.

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