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    I guess it's possible to wear out the padding on an ironing board. . . didn't really expect this to happen, but I need to replace it. I can actually see the pattern of the metal through the cover.

    Rather than buying a new one, I was thinking I'd make my own with some fabric I love. I'm not sure what to use for padding. I typically only use low loft cotton or wool battings. Would they work? Or, what about a towel as the padding? Before I started sewing and needed an ironing board, I'd just iron my clothing on a towel on the table. Thoughts?

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    I used cotton batting for a portable ironing surface and it has done very well.

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    yes, I have found lots of links to make for ironing board covers, will post later on this evening for you

    Quote Originally Posted by aeble
    I guess it's possible to wear out the padding on an ironing board. . . didn't really expect this to happen, but I need to replace it. I can actually see the pattern of the metal through the cover.

    Rather than buying a new one, I was thinking I'd make my own with some fabric I love. I'm not sure what to use for padding. I typically only use low loft cotton or wool battings. Would they work? Or, what about a towel as the padding? Before I started sewing and needed an ironing board, I'd just iron my clothing on a towel on the table. Thoughts?

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    Thanks Crafty Bear. I did a search to see what had been posted so far, but everything seemed to be focused on the cover and not the padding itself.

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    I saw an adorable tutorial on a blog where a lady had taken a wooden TV tray table she found on clearance. Cut several pieces of batting the size of the top and stacked them. She cut a rectangle of her choice of cover fabric 4 inches larger than the table top all the way around. She laid the cover fabric on a work surface right side down, centered the stack of batting pieces on top of that and then put the tv table upside down on top of that, folded the fabric tightly around to the bottom side of table and secured with a staple gun. Due to the wood's hardness, staples didn't go all the way in, but she finished driving them in with a small hammer. She said it made a perfect foldable ironing table to sit by her sewing machine and use while piecing quilt tops. You couldn't use this to iron your clothes of course, but I thought it sounded perfect for pressing seams as you piece.

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    I use batting also, theres a cute tute on modabakeshop.com

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    I used a towel double folded and then a piece of cotton fabric on top. I like it as it far more washable than the store bought covers.

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    I have used old towels,and blankets

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    I bought my fav ironing board cover in Melbourne Australia at a market. It has Aussi animals and birds and bright colors. My friends thought I was nuts -- On a backpacking holiday and I buy an ironing board cover?? !!! LOL

    I wouldn't trade it for the world. I remember that holiday every time I press seams -- the only time I iron

    Make the cover with a fabric you love. Look into heat resistant material for the first "batting" and then something soft. The first one will protect the soft one.

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    it deends on how much loft or padding you want. I used two layers of warm and natural and then the cover.

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    I used 2 layers of warm and natural and a layer of the padding that is heat resistant (can't remember the name). The kind you use in pot holders. Works great. I made myself an extra large ironing board cover to fit over my regular ironing board. I don't have a staple gun, so I used small nails.
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    I used 2 layers of warm and natural and a layer of the padding that is heat resistant (can't remember the name). The kind you use in pot holders. Works great. I made myself an extra large ironing board cover to fit over my regular ironing board. I don't have a staple gun, so I used small nails.
    Sue

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    ironing on towl. reminds me of college days.. :0)

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    With my ironing board, I had the 90 inch cotton batting---since it was already doubled, I just cut out 2 pieces so I had 4 thickness of the batting. Then I put my pretty fabric on top. Been using it for over a year, works pretty good.

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    An old mattress pad makes a good ironing board cover. Then cover with fabric to your liking. Can find them at the resale shops.

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    I use a towel folded over on my cutting table as an ironing surface. That said, for years my mother (not a quilter but a staunch ironer) would buy new covers and add them to the existing pad/cover on her ironing board. That ironing board now has a very cushy surface.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aeble
    I guess it's possible to wear out the padding on an ironing board. . . didn't really expect this to happen, but I need to replace it. I can actually see the pattern of the metal through the cover.

    Rather than buying a new one, I was thinking I'd make my own with some fabric I love. I'm not sure what to use for padding. I typically only use low loft cotton or wool battings. Would they work? Or, what about a towel as the padding? Before I started sewing and needed an ironing board, I'd just iron my clothing on a towel on the table. Thoughts?

    Don't know why you couldn't. I've done the same thing. Also, If you happen to have a flannel sheet, fold it as often as needed and use that. I've done that and it worked fine.

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    Forgot. You could also put a layer or 2 of heavy aluminum foil over whatever you decide on and then your cover.

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    Quote Originally Posted by susie-susie-susie
    I used 2 layers of warm and natural and a layer of the padding that is heat resistant (can't remember the name). The kind you use in pot holders. Works great. I made myself an extra large ironing board cover to fit over my regular ironing board. I don't have a staple gun, so I used small nails.
    Sue
    this is what i did with mine. i also took off the old one and used it as a pattern.

    on my small board, i just used the 2 layers of W&N and some cute 30's fabric.

    Connecting threads has a pattern kit, looks cute.

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    I Googled 'ironing board covers' and browsed through until I found a tut I liked.
    I was able to reuse my old batting (100% cotton of course) and added some bright and pretty fabric my DH chose. I added binding in a contrasting color sewing elastic into it.

    Basically I laid the ironing board upside down on my cutting tableon on top of the fabric and cut out leaving about four inches all around. I hemmed, added the binding/elastic, and sewed together.

    I chose not to piece my top as I did not want the seam lines to come through onto my ironed pieces.

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    I used cotton batting for mind. Like it even better than the store bought ones.

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    When I had to get a new cover, I made one of of cute sewing theme fabric, used batting underneath, but left the old cover and pad on the board and just put the new stuff on top. Gives me extra padding and works just fine.

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    I just did this very same thing with one of my TV tables. I covered it with 3 layers of warm and natural batting then I took a rectangle of fabric measuring 4 inches longer that the table on all sides, rounded off the corners slightly, put a small hem in all seams, leaving a small opening to put a strong string through and put a string through the hem, pulled the string really tightly, with help, tied it in a knot and Voila!.....a small ironing surface to keep by my work area. I just started an applique class, my first ever, real quilting project and I don't have a sewing room or area yet. I made a little sewing area near my favorite chair where I do all of my applique and when I need to make new pieces to applique to my background fabric, I don't have to keep running to the basement where my washroom and ironing board is in order to press my applique seems. When I'm finished, I fold it up and place it back onto the rack with the other tables, out of the way. It's a great little 'quilters helper'..

    Quote Originally Posted by dforesee
    I saw an adorable tutorial on a blog where a lady had taken a wooden TV tray table she found on clearance. Cut several pieces of batting the size of the top and stacked them. She cut a rectangle of her choice of cover fabric 4 inches larger than the table top all the way around. She laid the cover fabric on a work surface right side down, centered the stack of batting pieces on top of that and then put the tv table upside down on top of that, folded the fabric tightly around to the bottom side of table and secured with a staple gun. Due to the wood's hardness, staples didn't go all the way in, but she finished driving them in with a small hammer. She said it made a perfect foldable ironing table to sit by her sewing machine and use while piecing quilt tops. You couldn't use this to iron your clothes of course, but I thought it sounded perfect for pressing seams as you piece.

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    I use towel with flannel on top!!

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