Wednesday, March 12, 2014

fresh cover

Since I already had the staple gun out....

uhoh

My ironing board has been begging for some attention.  Scandalous!  I think this is the worst it's ever been.  The above documented level of yuckiness is mostly due to frequent use of Best Press starch spray during the Penny Sampler class.  Totally worth it, by the way.

pretty  newly recovered ironing board

I recover my ironing board every now and then, since the process is so easy and only takes a half yard of fabric for this wee table top board.  I made a tutorial the first time I did it, which includes the suggestion of trashing the toxic polyurethane foam that provides padding for your board and replacing it with an old bath towel.  I've been using my towel version for years and have never been anything but pleased.   The toweling hasn't needed replacing either!

in Hand Drawn Garden fabric

Definitely choose a dark fabric for your recover!  Darker fabrics hide stains best.  And, use a favorite because you'll get to look at it a lot!  This time I'm using Centerpiece from Anna Maria Horner's Hand Drawn Garden fabric collection.  Aren't these rich, saturated colors dreamy?

 new board cover!

Now my space is all prettied up for sewing night tonight.  Yay!  This time we're making girls' skirts.  I haven't done a test skirt, since I really want to make a dress for Aria, not a skirt, and am waiting on fabric.  Hopefully our project will go smoothly!

17 comments:

  1. beautiful, and yes I do agree with using dark fabric. I had a few light ironing board covers and they were a disaster after just a few weeks. Yours looks amazing.

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  2. what a change!! love that fabric!

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  3. That fabric is so perfect, and a great scale for an ironing board cover :) Can you point me in the direction of your post about the mini behind your ironing board? I know you've blogged about it before, but I can't seem to find it.

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    1. Sure! That's my "Retro Flowers" mini. A quick search along those lines should bring it up.

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  4. My ironing broad hangs on the back of the washroom door. When I'm sewing I'll put a towel on the table next to me for a mini ironing station. Hmmm, you've given me an idea - cover a piece of scrap wood, maybe add feet to it. You always inspire me Rachel, thank you :)
    Love your fabric!

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  5. Oh...great job and that reminds me I really should change mine as well! Do you think these stains rub off onto fabric? Or do they just look unattractive?

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    1. I don't think those stains pose a problem. At least, I have not noticed any trouble even with light colored fabrics. But, it probably depends on the type of stain?

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  6. wow, rachel, i love this so much! so much that i wish i had one exactly like it. i have an old AMH flannel, in the same print as one of your old covers, but in a different colorway. time for a change i think.

    good luck on your dress (not that you need it!). i can't wait to see which pattern you choose.

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  7. I need to freshen up my ironing board cover too. Thanks for sharing,

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  8. Lovely. I really need to do this, ,ome still has the white cover that it came with. Actually, I think I have that exact same ironing board :)

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  9. So pretty! I'm headed to your tutorial now. I need to recover mine - probably from Penny Sampler starch, too!

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  10. It's so beautiful! I've never really looked at my ironing board as a thing of beauty before. It might be time for me to pretty it up. Though the legs are so old and ugly I might actually need a new board!

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  11. Love that fabric; looks fab! My husband made me an ironing board to fit on top of one of my cabinets. I had some left over fabric from my loungeroom curtains which just happened to be the right amount for the new ironing top! It has some batting and an old towel underneath it. I love it; and the big surface is much nicer to work on over a wobbly fold up ironing board :)

    Jo

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  12. It turned out beautifully, Rachel! Recovering my board has been on my to-do list for a while. Thanks for the tip on using the towel!

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  13. Hey I've just covered my ironing board too, though not as cute as yours!

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  14. Ha! Mine looks just like that, but I haven't taken the time to fix it yet!!! I so need to! your new one looks great!

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