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Thread: Those who made IRONING BOARD COVERS I have a ????????

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    Senior Member pinkberrykay's Avatar
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    Those who made IRONING BOARD COVERS I have a ????????

    DH and i made and cover for my ironing board so I have a larger ironing surface. I am thinking I did not use the right materials. Heres what I did:

    1/4 inch plywood~I dont think this is the problem
    Poly batting pieced
    Cotton Backing that I had left over from a quilt I made.

    I don't feel like I have enough "cushion", I know I don't need a lot but I feel there is just not enough. Also, the backing material I used doesn't feel heavy enough.

    What type of backing did you use??
    What type of material did you use for the ironing surface?


    Thanks everyone for your help.

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    That is pretty much what mine is made out of as well. Whenever my cover gets really stained and I feel like I need a new one, I just put another layer of fabric on it. Over time it will build up and get cushy. If you want it cushy now, you could always use two layers of batting.

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    I have an antique ironing board made by my great-grandfather. I couldn't find a cover for it. Now I can make one! Thanks Ladies! You're GRRRRRRRREAT!
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    I made mine just like you did but I didn't use poly as I didn't think it would handle the heat well enough. I just used lots of warm and natural and got myself a nice sewing themed cotton fabric and stapled it on. I use it so much I have had to take it off and replace an area of the fabric as I didn't want the wornout area to be a different height.

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    If the cost of cotton batting is prohibitive, go to your local Goodwill and purchase a large flat sheet or two. Cut the hems and any seams off, fold it until it's the size you want, baste it together and trim it off. Then if you want more "cush" you can put cotton batting over it. The poly will melt.
    If no one ever experimented we'd all still be making 4 patches.

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    i don't know about using poly batting- since poly melts when it gets hot---i used warm & natural on mine which seems to be the same (padding/cushion) as my store bought cover. i also purchased (ironing board cover fabric) from joannes, (the silver stuff) which has kind of a teflon coating which helps the iron glide and works very well. i have a friend who went to a thrift shop and purchased a couple inexpensive flannel sheets- folded them to size and used them for her (batting) she says its the best ironing board cover she's ever had- she also used the silver- ironing board cover fabric- i've seen a heavier (grid marked canvas) fabric available too.- seems to me a pieced top would interfere with good smooth pressing...but i've never tried it.
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    I can offer a sugestion on the surface fabric, find a heavier weight 1/4" gingham. Make sure the fabric is square on the ironing board top, it will save your eyes when creasing a fold or any other ironing that needs to be a certain width and square.
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    I did the same with warm and natural and silver ironing board cover fabric from Joannes. I didn't put anything else over that and mine works fine.


    Quote Originally Posted by ckcowl View Post
    i don't know about using poly batting- since poly melts when it gets hot---i used warm & natural on mine which seems to be the same (padding/cushion) as my store bought cover. i also purchased (ironing board cover fabric) from joannes, (the silver stuff) which has kind of a teflon coating which helps the iron glide and works very well. i have a friend who went to a thrift shop and purchased a couple inexpensive flannel sheets- folded them to size and used them for her (batting) she says its the best ironing board cover she's ever had- she also used the silver- ironing board cover fabric- i've seen a heavier (grid marked canvas) fabric available too.- seems to me a pieced top would interfere with good smooth pressing...but i've never tried it.

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    I used 7/16" OSB plywood, one layer of all-cotton batting and heavy canvas as the cover. I ground the sharp points off the corners with my mouse sander and I soaked the canvas and let it dry after I had it stapled to the board, to shrink it up tight.

    I LOVE the hard surface, with just the slightest bit of give. It really seems to to help get sharp folds to have so little batting under the canvas.

    Next time, I will cover the top of the wood with aluminum foil - it will deflect more heat back to the item I'm ironing and it will prevent the steam/moisture from penetrating the wood.

    I will also make a pillowcase-type cover for it of cotton percale, so I that I can take it off and wash it. The canvas is becoming really starchy and dirty after two or three years of use.

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