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

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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.
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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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    Pink - I read that an ironing board shouldn't have too much "cush" (can't think of a better word). With respect to a standard ironing board, you want it thick enough so that the metal shapes (circles or wire mesh) don't get imprinted on your fabric.

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    I used muslin to cover warm and natural batting. I had a piece left over from the quilting I did on a ladies quilt top and it fit just perfectly.
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    if you are ironing clothing, you may want more cushion...i always use an old blanket, folded several times..but the ironing board in my sewing room is for pressing and that requires a harder surface...you need more than one layer of cotton, however, and the poly doesn't count, it's flat by now... and down piece anything you use for the padding, the creases and overlaps will show and keep you from getting a good 'finish'... i like denim as my last layer...cotton absorbs the moisture from the steam, and it's sturdy so it lasts a long time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pinkberrykay View Post
    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.
    Not too long ago there was a thread on this board about using a canvas drip cloth they had at Lowes or Home Depot to use as a cover for the ironing boards they had , it was quite inexpensive and worked well.

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    I had purchased an ironing board cover with the silver fabric on it. I don't like a cotton top - get's too dirty, soaks up too much water/steam/starch. My silver fabric top had a thin layer of foam on the back that was sticky backed - so it was easy to stick it to my board, wrap the edges around, staple them for good measure, and presto-bango I was done and I can just wipe a damp cloth over the top and it's clean.

    The thin layer of foam is THIN, less than 1/4 (perhaps 1/8) and it has just a little give to it, which I like. I don't want a "soft" board for the fabric to "dip" into - I want my fabric to lay as flat as possible. Too much batting/foam and your fabric will sink into the batting. The surface should be flat and for the most part hard.
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    The only thing I would add is a layer of heavy tin foil before you put on the batting and a heavy fabric cover.
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    I love my large ironing board but didn't want it have to wash the cover. So... I cut up a bed sheet top, slightly larger than my board and then serged it all around. Actually I got 4 pieces from one queen top. I just use a few pins on the edge, slightly underneath, to secure it and then just change for washing. Works great for me!

    For cushion, I used 2 layers of batting.

    My DH used 1/2 inch plywood for my 24 inch by 60 inch board. It still bends a little. I think 1/4 inch is not quite strong enough, just my opinion. You will love the extra room you get using this board. Be sure to put rails on the bottom so is stays securely on you actual ironing board and doesn't slide around.

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    I started mine out with putting heavy tin foil down first. Then a layer of cotton batting then some cotton fabric I didn't really care for. Pulled it really tight and stapled to the back side. It now has another layer of fabric I didn't care for but needed a new cover. I don't like it mushy. I will keep putting fabric over it until I feel it's getting too soft. Then I might take some layers off and start again.

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    I used 1/2" plywood (24' x 60")
    One layer of Warm and Natural cotton batting
    One layer of Thinsulbrite
    Covered with one layer of decorator fabric

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    Take it apart and take the poly out. It'll melt. If you use a lot of steam or starch I would add a layer of foil or the board will warp before long. I would use one layer of Warm and Natural batting and a cotton canvas or cotton duck cover. In a class I took with a national quilt teacher she told us the teflon covers allow too much slipping when you press and let your pieces distort too much. You want a cover with some grip.

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    I did almost what another on here stated, but I used a 12" square, about 1/4' thick plywood. Cut one layer of w&n the size of the board, one layer larger to fold over so that no splinters would come thru (did sand edges a little). Stapled on back. Cut 2 pieces of canvas a couple inches larger, made a strip to use as loop to hang, pinned all as close as possible to board and serged edges. With help, I guess you could do that to any size needed. Anyway, when all was done, I took the board outside on a very hot day and got the canvas wet. It shrank to tighten. I open my desk drawer, place just inside and iron on it when I am piecing. When it starts looking nasty, (spit from iron, spills, etc) I take it outside and hang on nail and wash with Dawn and then hose it down. If that doesn't work, I use bleach or lemon juice and let the sun do it's thing. As long as it is a hot day and you do it fairly early so the wood drys fast if it gets wet, there is no warpage. Washed a June Taylor Square and Block that way also. Looks good as new!

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    I used plywood, covered that with muslin, covered that with insulbrite, and final top is quilted padded fabric. Seems to be just right. Hope this helps.
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    Actually - you probably have too much cushion. A firmer surface is better for pressing sharp seams.

    My big board is 1/4 or 3/8 inch plywood
    1 layer wool army blanket - for padding
    1 layer duck cloth (actually a painting drop cloth from Lowe's) - for pressing.

    Cheers, K

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    LOVE the aluminum foil tip!!

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