Whew. Yesterday was tough. But everything turned out quite okay in the end. I even had a “date” with my dear friend Anna. So, moving on…
I recovered my ironing board the other day because it was dingy, and the padding was so worn down that the metal frame was leaving imprints on everything I ironed (not clothing… let me not fool you. I rarely iron clothes! :)).
First, I removed the old woven cover. I took the foam padding and used it as a guideline to cut two pieces of cotton batting and one piece of cotton fabric. (I actually layered these as I cut them out to save a couple steps.) Anyway, I cut about 3 inches wider than the foam padding all the way around. This was unnecessarily wide, and I had to trim a bit to make everything fit.
I saved the nylon string and cinchy-thingy from the old cover that made it fit around the ironing board. Then I sewed an overcasting stitch around the perimeter of my new cover (a serger could do this better, but a serger I have not). I didn’t even bother to fold over the edges (you know, since I didn’t have an ironing board to press them on), though that would have made for a nicer finish. Then I wove the nylon thread through the stitches (kind of time-consuming, but super easy) with a tapestry needle.
Finally, I layered the old foam piece, the two pieces of batting, and the new fabric cover onto the ironing board and smoothed it out. This was a little tricky, and I realized that I [still] made it much larger than necessary. But it worked. So I cinched the nylon thread as tight as possible and used the plastic cinchy-thingy from the original cover to finish it off.
And voila. It was actually much simpler than this reads, took about 30 minutes, and saved me at least a few dollars.
So what’s my Work in Progress? Cleaning the iron so I don’t ruin the ironing board again. :) And then finishing my submission to this.
And going to Kansas City.
Um. Why am I on the computer right now?