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Thread: Ironing Board Covers... do you wash them or throw them away?

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    I use a lot of starch, both for piecing and machine applique.

    I throw it out and replace it when it's disgusting. There's just something about having a nice, clean, new ironing board cover...makes me happy!

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    Quote Originally Posted by janRN
    I'm embarrassed to admit my ironing board and cover were wedding gifts--40 yrs ago!!!!! It was one of those silver heavy duty fabric (Prob had asbestos in it). I loved it cause it reflected the heat nicely. It finally got to the place where it was too stained and ripped around the edges. I searched high and low for a new--they were all light weight cotton with thin lining. I finally found one at Clothilde-it has the lines and measurements on it (which I don't use, not accurate) but it is thick canvas fabric and I kept my old one under it. I just couldn't throw it away LOL>


    My ironing board was a wedding gift, also, nearly 65 yrs. ago. The cover has been replaced several times. Have often thought of getting an adjustable one, but those I have seen are so wobbly. Think I'll stick to my oldy as it's solid as a rock.

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    speaking of ironing boards & covers- I bought the neatest small ironing board to go next to my machine at my quilting store the other day. Someone was brilliant enought to cover a folding table (like you buy in sets of 4) w/ padding & reg. ironing board cover, stapled in on. I paid $22.00 for it but talk about handy! Those folding tables are usually sold in sets of 4 for about $30.00. Neat idea tho' cause it folds flat when I don't need it.

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    Why don't you make one? I've been making my own, out of much prettier fabrics, for years!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peggi
    speaking of ironing boards & covers- I bought the neatest small ironing board to go next to my machine at my quilting store the other day. Someone was brilliant enought to cover a folding table (like you buy in sets of 4) w/ padding & reg. ironing board cover, stapled in on. I paid $22.00 for it but talk about handy! Those folding tables are usually sold in sets of 4 for about $30.00. Neat idea tho' cause it folds flat when I don't need it.
    you mean like a TV table? What a neat idea

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    Oh, that really brought back memories. My Mother had one of those and I wish I could find one. It never seemed to wear out and like you said, it reflected the heat. "Thanks for the memories"

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    Throw away. By the time they are that bad, they are usually scorched in some places too, and have adhesive build up that's difficult to remove. I LOVE a fresh new ironing board cover!

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    I throw mine out, but I make my own from rubber backed curtain fabric which I pick up from charity shops for next to nothing. The fabric reflects the heat really well. I always make two at a time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JulieM
    Thanks for the replies. The one I have on my ironing board has threads sticking to the surface from starching. I don't like to use my "quilting" cover when I am ironing slacks, blouses, etc.

    I was afraid to wash it until now, for fear of damaging the washer..LOL

    You iron slacks, blouses, etc? What kind of quilter are you, anyway? (LOL). I thought irons were supposed to be dedicated to sewing!

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    I took a piece of plywood almost 36" square, laid a piece of batting on it then a piece of fabric. Gives more ironing room and keeps the starch off of the ironingboard cover.
    Linda

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    Wash them until they disintegrate.

    For starching - the very few times I've done it - I put another layer of fabric over the ironing board cover - so then I can just pick it up and toss it - or put the fabrics to be starched/sized on a cookie sheet and spray them there.

    I use my Big Board ironing surface as my cutting table - and my cat also "assists" - so I use a lint roller between washings to get stray stuff off the surface. Cutting lint - cat "lint"

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    Quote Originally Posted by dotcomdtcm
    Oh JanRN, we can only wonder what else you have kept for 40 years! LOL!
    I can outdo her, my ironing board is 66 yrs. old. I got it from my Mom and she got it for a wedding shower gift. My parents celebrated their 66 wedding anniversary last June. I have made a larger board that fits over the top of it for a larger pressing surface for quilting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JulieM
    I have one that is stiff with starch. Just curious.
    I wash mine, but all the new ones say DONT WASH, so I made mine, even the pattern, then I saw a sewing room accessories pattern that has one, can't remember whose pattern at the moment tho.

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    I have one of those heavy ones with rulers and grid printed on it etc. I priced a new one and decided to try washing it first before I put that kind of money into another one. It washed quite well and also shrunk it a little, so now it fits tighter than it did when it was dirty. Wash it. The worst thing that can happen is it will fall apart and you'll have to get a new one anyway.

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    I've never washed one. The one I have now has a teflon coating so I don't have much trouble with things sticking to it.

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    Make a new one & throw the old one out.

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    I don't buy the regular ironing board covers. I use cotton batting as my padding and muslin for my cover. If you have a regular ironing board just pin under it, if you have a big board my husband made me I justlayer on and staple under side. Works wonderful.

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    My ironing board cover has a cover (LOL). I have a quick pattern for making a cotton cover which I put on over the original one. When it wears out or gets really ugly looking, I just toss it and make a new one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scissor Queen
    I just throw them away and get a new one. By the time I need a new one they generally have been starched and scorched enough they would probably fall apart in the wash.
    The same with mine I use it untell I can't stand it some times I put new over old and when it gets too much strip it and start fresh

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    Quote Originally Posted by fireworkslover
    Quote Originally Posted by dotcomdtcm
    Oh JanRN, we can only wonder what else you have kept for 40 years! LOL!
    I can outdo her, my ironing board is 66 yrs. old. I got it from my Mom and she got it for a wedding shower gift. My parents celebrated their 66 wedding anniversary last June. I have made a larger board that fits over the top of it for a larger pressing surface for quilting.
    Well, if we're comparing the age of the ironing board, not the cover, I want to play. The one in my studio is one of those antique all wooden ones. :lol:

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    I just buy a new one.

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    I USUALLY THROW THEM AWAY UNLESS THEY ARE THE SILVER TEFLON TYPE AND THEN I WILL CUT AWAY THE GOOD PART TO PUT ON THE BOARD MY HUSBAND MADE ME (SMALL IRONING BOARD) FOR WHEN I AM WORKING ON APPLIQUE AND DON'T REALLY NEED THE BIG IRONING BOARD. LATELY SINCE I HAVE TWO OVER THE DOOR IRONING BOARDS AND FOUND THAT THE COVERS WERE HARD TO FIND I HAVE MADE MY OWN COVERS. SOME REAL CUTE ONE'S ARE MADE WITH THE SEWERS FABRIC THAT HAS PRINTS OF CUTTING MATS TOOLS ETC....

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    I've washed mine several times.

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    I make my own covers from decorator fabric on sale (cheap) @ JoAnn's. I just add a new one over the top of the old. They are EASY to make and I can change the LOOK and COLORS in my sewing room that way!

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    would love to have one of those again. They are great.

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