Saturday, June 28, 2014
I hate ironing clothes. When I was a young teenager we had to iron everything, even my Dad's pajamas and handkerchiefs. After I was married, my husband had a couple of cotton shirts that needed to be ironed, and I have to admit they spent more time in the ironing basket than they did in the closet. I hardly ever iron anything any more--unless it has to do with quilting.
Somehow, I actually like pressing quilt blocks. It's the finishing touch. I finger press at the machine, and then press with the iron when the whole block is done. The blocks look crisp and neat after pressing.
But I have never had an ironing board cover I really liked. Even when I spent decent money on them, they were just so cheap--thin fabric, thin insulation, no lining, and the last one I had even used a cheap see-through nylon for a casing for the cheap string that held it on the board. Which I did not know until I got it out of the package. Yuck.
We're making over a bedroom for a sewing room, and I wanted to have a nicer ironing board cover, especially since the old one was falling apart.
I took some ideas from this web page:
Moda Bake Shop: Quilted Ironing Board Cover
although I didn't follow the pattern. I wanted elastic in a casing instead of a ribbon.
Mine is more like this one, although still not quite the same:
Desiloop Quilted Ironing Board Cover
After I made the long narrow quilt top, I layered it with cotton batting and backing, and quilted it in the ditch on my new Pfaff.
Then I trimmed it into an ironing board shape. I used what was left of the old cover as a kind of pattern, but I cut mine about 2 inches wider on each side.
I made my casing from some wide cotton bias tape I had in my collection, adding it like a binding on the front, and stitching it to the back by machine.
When I had it nice and tight, I tried it on the ironing board, and was amazed that it fit PERFECTLY.
Pretty and functional, used only stuff I had on hand, and didn't take long to make.
Now that's my kind of project!