Saturday, June 12, 2010
Ironing Board Cover - gift
I have made so many ironing board covers for myself and several for family and friends.
First - not all ironing boards are the same size, I learned that the hard way.
But they are so easy to make and quick. Yet they make a wonderful gift for yourself or someone else.
I took two pieces of newspaper (or pattern making paper or something similar and tape them together as needed). Lay them on top of the ironing board and trace around the shape of the ironing board. Next trace a line about 3" outside of the original line. (For the graphic I added blue lines to denote where the corners should be rounded.)
Cut out the pattern on the outer line with the rounded corners.
Place pattern on fabric (I usually make two at a time because with the fabric folded in half it is plenty big enough for both).
Set up the serger for a 4 thread balanced stitch or with a slight gather.
If you have an elastic gathering attachment, place it on the serger. The attachment makes it much easier.
Starting on one of the straight sides attach the elastic all the way around. When you get back to where you started I serge about 2" on top of the previously serged elastic and then just serge off.
I use this same technique to make crib sheets.
It is so quick and almost a no brainer with super results.
I have so many ironing board covers for all the seasons, including my Christmas one. I thought about taking a pic and posting it but they are so stained cause I do crafts and have oops on them it wouldn't look good enough to share. SO hopefully the graphic will be sufficient.
Note - I used to go through about 4 irons a year until I got my T-Fal. Just absolutely love it better than anything else. My BFF Valora told me about T-FAL, what a gal! I have now had the same one for 2 years without any problems. Yehaw!!!!!