Making your own ironing board cover with elastic is easy! You don’t need a pattern and you really don’t need to be accurate. The stretchy elastic pulls everything into shape for you.
There is nothing more embarrassing than a grotty ironing board cover. When my cover became stained with spills and burns I was shocked to discover how expensive it was to buy a new adjustable cover to fit. So I decided to go ahead and make my own.
Another good reason for a new cover is to add some weight and thickness to your board. A cushy base makes for better ironing after all.
- Durable material such as denim or canvas (enough to cover your ironing board)
- Wide elastic that is approximately 1.6cm or 5/8 of an inch in width and up to 2 metres or 6.6 feet in length
- Tape measure or ruler
Watch the video tutorial or keep scrolling for the written instructions with pictures.
Cut out the fabric
Open your fabric and smooth it out across the ironing board. I recommend using a durable material, such as denim or canvas because it adds thickness to your board which makes for better ironing. It also improves durability as ironing boards get a lot of wear-and-tear.
Measure 11.5cm or 4.5 inches from the edges of your ironing board and cut out your fabric accordingly.
Make sure to follow the curves around the top and bottom of the ironing board maintaining that 11.5cm or 4.5 inch distance. Don’t worry about being too accurate!
Fold and sew edges
Fold over the rough edge of the fabric by .6cm or 1/4 of an inch and sew.
Then fold the edge of your fabric again. This time, measure the fold to be the same height as the width of your elastic. Don’t use a skinny elastic otherwise your cover will lose stretch quickly and become flimsy!
Sew the fold closed. Stitch as near as possible to the bottom edge of the fabric. The idea is to create a channel through which to pull the elastic later. You will need to scrunch the material up to get around the curves at the top and bottom. Don’t worry about being too accurate, however, do make sure the channel remains wide enough for the elastic to pass through.
Leave a gap of around 5cm or 2 inches.
Insert the elastic
Take your elastic and fasten a safety pin to the end. Make sure the safety pin can fit through the channel you created in the prior step. The safety pin should also be large and sturdy enough that it does not buckle under pressure or break.
Use the safety pin to insert the elastic into the gap you created. Wiggle it all the way around the channel until it comes out the other end of the gap. You will need strong fingers for this task, which takes approximately 8 minutes.
Use the safety pin to secure the ends of the elastic together. Fit the cover on your ironing board and stretch or ease the elastic to create a snug fit. Use the safety pin to mark where the ends should meet.
Close the gap
Cut the excess elastic and sew both ends of the elastic together using a zigzag stitch.
Use a straight stitch to close the gap of the channel.
Pull on your ironing board cover
Pull on your ironing board cover and smooth it flat with your hand. If you wish, you can add some additional padding underneath (purchase at your local sewing store) for an even cushier fit.
And that is it! In just a few easy steps you have a brand new ironing board cover with elastic that will cost you a fraction of the price of purchasing it new!
If you would like to view this tutorial on YouTube, click here.