Yesterday, after months and months of telling myself to recover my ironing board, I finally did it! Why is it so hard to do these little maintenance jobs? I took a few pictures to show you how I did it- it’s kind of quick and dirty with a serger thrown in, but effective.
As much as I enjoyed sharing my sewing space with these gnomes, I had to admit the fabric was no longer suitable as a pressing surface. It’s been washed multiple times and is stiff as a board and perma-sticky. I think I should invest in an applique mat.
I had a cute self-made textile design printed onto Spoonflower linen-cotton, which arrived the other day. I washed it well and pressed it.
The blue quilt is lap size. It began life as a dye experiment, then a free-motion quilting primer. I finished it but it never gets used and we have plenty of other blankets so I’m using it to help pad out my ironing board surface.
I started with one of the original layers of batting. It’s polyester and wool, which helps hold in heat and moisture when I’m steaming and clapping seams on twill or bulky fabrics. It was already trimmed to my ironing board shape. Then I layered the board with even more padding (and covered the end, too).
I used the wool blend, a thermal layer (potholder batting), and the cotton quilting practice. It’s very firm. Then I draped the fabric over the board and adjusted as desired and trimmed away the excess.
I trimmed the fabric in such a way that it hung down about 1/2″ (1.2cm) below the lower edge of the board- roughly a thumb length.
Then I used 1/4″ (6mm) underwear elastic on the edges. I suggest using regular elastic, this isn’t really starchy enough. Pull the elastic fairly tightly while serging the cover to the elastic without cutting the elastic much. It takes a little coordination at first, but it’s quick and very neat. I start with a few meters of elastic in my lap and simply trim it off at the other end.
Mine isn’t perfect- I pinned the fabric below the board in a few places. Weak elastic. But it’s clean and fresh and won’t damage my fabrics, which is the main consideration.
Now I can get on with some other work!
The Pavlova Wrap Top & Skirt patterns have shipped to Cake NH and Cake Central to be shipped to you. Cake Stockists will receive their orders as we ship out the presale. Then we can get started on the new tutorials! Woohoo! I didn’t want to get too much into the technical posts until the pattern was also in your hands, I’m so thrilled to get started sewing up Pavlovas together!
Meanwhile, a little bird is in production…