DIY Ironing Board Cover Conversion

DIY Ironing Board Cover Conversion

I don’t know if you noticed in yesterday’s post when I gave my scoop on this extra-wide ironing board, but the cover I’m using now isn’t just any old regular cover.

I’ve had a cover on my standard-sized ironing board for several years that I love using.  It has a measurement grid printed on it, which I find to be extremely helpful.  With the new wider board the kids gave me for Mother’s Day, I needed a new cover with the measurement grid on it.

In June, I searched on line for one that would fit my new 18″ ironing board.  I came up empty, so I ordered the standard size from Amazon.  I thought it made sense to adapt it somehow, making the standard cover fit the wider board.

Update, March, 2017:  The June Taylor Press-Mate for 54″ extra-wide board is available at Amazon*.

So, you can order one now (for which I would receive an affiliate commission*), or you can adjust your own by following this tutorial.

In my usual fashion, I put the project aside while distraction of other projects occurred.  I used the plain cover until it became so rust stained, I was afraid it might transfer to fabrics while ironing.

I recently decided it was time do get this project done.  I took 30 minutes out of my cold-weather cave-dwelling for the cover transformation.  I’m no quilter or tailor, but having measurements on my ironing board comes in very handy.  Oh, how I’d missed having that added feature for these 8 months!

Measuring Grid on Board Cover

I do my shorter fabric cuts on the board – using the measurement grid.  I don’t have much use for the circles and angles, but I can see how someone else might.

The new cover was just wide enough to reach beyond the edges of my new 18″ board, so I decided to sew it on top of the plain cover – the rusty one.  Not to worry – the measurement grid cover is backed with some padding, so the stains shouldn’t bleed through.

With the plain cover in place, I pinned the new cover to it along the sides. (Of course, I’d snipped the edging in a tiny place and pulled the elastic cord out of the new cover, not the plain one.)

Pinning Cover

The wider board is a little shorter, so I trimmed off the wide end a little.  Here’s a picture made after the initial pinning and removing the cover – for trimming and sewing.

End Piece Trimmed

The grape cranberry juice jug is my water refill container – handy for steam ironing.  (Yes, I’m a recycler!)  With a screw cap, if the container gets tipped over by a clumsy kid, no spills.  (Not that it would ever happen – wink.)

To open the smaller end of the new cover, trim some of the under side.  Carefully.  You wouldn’t want to accidentally snip the plain cover – or the draw cord along its edge.

Opening the Smaller End

Place the covers over the board again, position everything like you want it, and do your final pinning.  Pin around the tip while pulling the cover taught.

Final Pinning

When you’ve pinned around the entire cover, remove it one final time.  It’s time for final trimming.

Notice the two rows of pins.  I added the pin row closest to the edge there after removing the cover – to hold everything in place better.  Trim a little more of the extra fabric from the measurement grid cover – along the edge beside the plain cover.

Pinning and Trimming

After trimming and pinning is complete, sew (from the top side) around the edge of the entire cover.

Sewing the Cover

Be sure to finish seams, but avoid sewing over the draw string.  Doesn’t this look neet, tidy, and secure?

Finishing Edges

Haha!  Don’t be fooled.  (I’m not that good at this!)  I had to tear a little serging out, free the captured draw string, and zig-zag stitch that area.  I found it much easier to zig-zag over the draw cord to avoid stitching into it.

Maybe you should finish the raw edges before sewing everything together (?).  I don’t know – I like the neatness of it all sewn together at the ends.

The sides of the new cover are wide enough to just reach past the edge of the ironing board.  That part won’t wrap under the board along with the plain cover, like it does at the ends.  With the top stitching, everything is secure, though.

Final Placement of Cover

I haven’t mentioned the pocket on this cover.  My original measurement grid cover didn’t have the pocket.  I decided to leave it for now.  If it drives me batty gets in the way, I can always trim it off later.

In my post about my opinion of this new wider ironing board, I showed you how the under pad was stained with rust. (And you saw how I repaired it.)

Rust-stained Inner Pad

I cut a new thin pad to go under the newly sewn cover by using the old pad as a pattern.  Duh…as if you wouldn’t have known to do that.    Since the measurement grid cover had some padding attached to the under side, I added only a thin layer of padding.

Old Cover on New Board

Of course, when I searched yesterday for the Amazon link for the standard-sized measurement grid cover (to share with you), I found one that I think actually fits this 18″ board.  Go figure!  It’s called a June Taylor Press-Mate cover, and it’s only a couple of dollars more than the standard cover!  It’s great to know I now have an alternative when my new cover wears out.

So, why not trash this post?  Well…if there’s anyone who wants to re-vamp their standard sized ironing board cover (for whatever reason) to a larger cover, they can see how I did mine.  Not that I’m the expert, but sometimes it helps to see how someone else accomplished their diy project before proceeding with your own.

Now that you’ve seen two posts about this wider ironing board and cover, it’s time to move forward with some sewing projects.  I hope to have some special stuff for you next week – possibly a Valentine project (?) – or two.


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  1. Cheryl says

    What a creative way to make the cover fit your big ironing board! I never would have thought of it! I love the cover! I’ve never seen one like it. Thank you for providing the link as to where to purchase one!