Wednesday, March 11, 2015


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My ironing board cover for the small ironing board was looking pretty bad. I use it to put things on like wonder under, stitch witchery and interfacing. I did not want to spend money on new material or use up a larger piece either. I had this really cute material that was given to me. It was not quite wide enough. So put on my thinking cap and came up with an idea to make it work.
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I cut off some of the length to add to the sides. To do this I determined where I needed extra width on the ironing board.
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Here is a close up of the pieces I sewed together to make the piece of material wide enough.

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Place the ironing board upside down on the material centering it as best as possible. Make sure that you have enough material all around that you will need to form a seam for the elastic.
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Start gently pulling up the material around the front. Pin the material to the front sides to hold it in place.
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Trim the excess off just above the pinned area.
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Remove the pins and let the material lay flat. Trim the curved edge at the front of the ironing board just like in the picture. It does not have to be perfect as you will be turing this under anyway.
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Now turn under a seam and pin it to the front of the ironing board so that it will not move as you work your way down the sides of the board.
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Trim the excess material leaving enough to turn under a seam.
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This is what it looked like at the end of the ironing board.
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Trim the material leaving enough to turn under a seam that will go over the end of the board, similar to the one that you see on the board.
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Remove the pins and remove the ironing board. ZIG-ZAG the edge or turn under a 1/4 inch seam. Then re-pin a seam allowance that will allow your elastic.
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Sew around the edge of your ironing board cover.
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Leave an opening to be able to insert the elastic. I use a safety pin to work my elastic through the seam.
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I have a TRICK that I use when running elastic in a long seam. Inside the seam is a small safety pin with elastic. When I want to work the elastic down the seam I pin a diaper pin through the safety pin in the seam. That way my safety pin does not work its way back from the starting point while I am adjusting the elastic.
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After the elastic is all the way through it should look similar to the picture above.
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Put the cover on the board. Centering and adjusting so that the pattern in you material is where you want it.
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Turn your board upside down.
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Grab both pieces of elastic and start pulling until the cover is very snug on your board.
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Carefully tie a knot without letting your elastic become lose.
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I like to tie a lot of knots after the first one just to be sure it does not work itself loose.
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Now I am ready to start sewing again.