Ironing or Pressing is something that should become second nature when you are doing any kind of sewing project. I can admit that when I began sewing as a child, it was my least favorite part and I couldn't understand why I had to do it. There were many projects I completed without pressing between steps but they didn't turn out exactly as I hoped. As I practiced more, I saw that using my iron to create flat surfaces and hem openings made fitting pattern pieces so much easier. Now, it really has become just a habit to heat my iron when I am starting to sew. My board surface shows the use so I have been thinking about updating the cover with a bright piece of fabric.
This is the before picture. It might be a little hard to see, but it had become stained with the steam and spray starch over time.
I really had never looked at how it was attached to the board until I decided to update it. When I looked closely, I realized the manufacturer had used just an overlock seam and some heavy duty string to gather the fabric around the edges.
The string that had been passed through the overlock seam was tied off on the end and there was a small piece of plastic that held the wrapped string in place.
This is a picture of the piece of plastic. The document below is a good resource if you would like to replicate the plastic piece. I scanned the piece on my printer and it should print off in a good size.
I used a piece of plastic cutting board from the Dollar Tree to trace over and it worked just as good as the original.
My fabric is canvas that I found in a remnant bin at Hobby Lobby. When I purchased it, I wondered what I could do with 18 inches of fabric. Well, you can always think of something creative. I used a heat away marker to trace 2 inches wider than the ironing board and cut around it. That extra 2 inches was enough to come up and around the board.
2 layers of quilt batting made the board extra fluffy so I will have padding now when I press projects. I just cut the batting to the size of the wooden top.
On my serger, I set up my seam for a four thread wide overlock. I finished the entire edge around the perimeter and then finished the thread tail with a needle so it wouldn't unravel.
I used a large needle with 6 strand embroider floss underneath the seam leaving extra length on the ends. This is the part that did take the longest to complete. It would be good TV time sewing. My best advice is to use a large blunt needle so it doesn't get caught on the fabric as you are passing it underneath the seam. I tied the ends with a knot and a bow so I could grab them and pull to gather.
The fabric was put face down then the batting and finally the board. When I pulled on the string, the cover began to gather.
The edges cupped around the board just right and then I used the plastic piece to wrap the string around and lock the position. All of the ends pieces were neatly tucked under the material.
Here is the newly covered ironing board ready for use. I love the bright color.
BEFORE AND AFTER
I have a video you can watch below that shows the entire project. I hope you have enjoyed this post, share what you learn and are generous with what you create. Someone will appreciate your hard work!
My latest embroidery design is being released today. I think you just might say, I could use one of those! It is an In The Hoop Flyswatter Holder. In our area, this time of year brings out all of the flying bugs. Every time you open the front door, one seems to be waiting and then we are looking for the flyswatter. I currently have a push pin that I hang mine on, but I wanted a better place so here it is.
This ITH Flyswatter Holder uses a small amount of felt fabric and is completed in a 5x7 hoop. You will be able to complete all of the steps in one hooping.
Felt is a good material because it doesn't fray and it has some body that helps it keep it's shape. I made sure to use a low loft felt because there is some folding of fabric and you don't want it to be too thick to fit under your machine foot.
The sample in the pictures has white bobbin thread on it but I would suggest using a matching bobbin because you can see that thread once it is finished.
This project does have some creative cutting on the stabilizer. Usually we are taught that you have to keep this in tact but if you are careful and the design is digitized for it, you can do some techniques to mimic sewing on a machine. You do have to be very careful and use a ight touch so your stabilizer doesn't stretch out.
This view shows the hole that will later become the place where the Flyswatter hangs .
There is a pocket on the back also. Two small strong magnets are slipped inside and they hold the weight of the flyswatter.
Here is a closeup of the project. It would be a really great stocking stuffer for that person that has everything. I bet they don't have one of these. Also, if you are doing craft fairs or farmer's markets, these would be a unique item to sell.
Flyswatters come in various styles and I tried two that I have in my house. Both fit the design very well.
Are you curious to see how the In The Hoop Flyswatter Holder is made? I have a video tutorial below that you can watch. I hope you have enjoyed this post, share what you learn and are generous with what you create. Someone will appreciate your hard work.
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