Wednesday, November 04, 2009


Lately I have been having a heck of a time with my ironing board covers. What about you? In the past I always washed them several times before they gave up the ghost but the last two.. gross, they just cracked and were goners. I think that it's because these new ones have foam in the lining? What's with that?

This week I went in search of a new cover. My current cover is on it's last legs and Rocket knocked the ironing board the other day while he was hiding from the rabbit who was thumping and coffee spilled all over it. My own fault, who uses their ironing board for a table? Not a genius move my friends. Anyway. Treated myself to this bit of fancy. And I'm actually putting it on my ironing board. I know its going to break my heart probably the first time I turn my iron on and it gets yucky. But until then I'll feel a little like her.


Blogger jen.e said...

i need a new ironing board cover too...i was thinking about making one? i'll add it to my list of to do's :).....*sigh* posie's studio is a creative bliss. i want to be there instead of here at work! lol....xo

8:19 AM  
Blogger alobsiger said...

Just this morning I noticed that my ironing board thingy is about to crack open. Been using some muslin to "protect" it but she's just about to give! Oh, and I buckled my cutting mat by placing hot blocks on it. Sweet!

8:34 AM  
Blogger jen duncan said...

Hi Pam! This is the same one I've bought twice now from BB&B. They don't last much longer either, but at least they're pretty ;-)

8:57 AM  
Blogger Minick and Simpson said...

Yours is pretty. Good luck with it. I have a Big Board and when my last cover gave up the ghost I ordered one that I really like. It isn't pretty. It is one big piece of reflective teflon stuff over foam and the underside is sticky. I just pealed off the paper and stuck it on. Functions very well. I could put a pretty cover over it - but that is way down on my to-do list right now.


9:15 AM  
Blogger Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

I want someone to build the perfect ironing board cover. Something that doesn't get brown and washes easily, something that is cute and a fashion accessory to my sewing room, something that is made of some space age materials to not break down under heat. Am I dreaming the impossible dream?

9:43 AM  
Blogger Agnes said...

I totally agree, the ironing board covers are the worst now days.....seems like I am always buying new ones. I think those they made along time ago with the shinny silver look lasted much longer. Not so pretty though. LOL But on second thought you might not remember those as I am somewhat older than you. LOL

9:54 AM  
Blogger Miss Jean said...

Where did you find a pink cover? Nikki and I have been looking all over for one! I agree, they don't make them like they used to. I was so foolish as to purchase a book with an ironing board cover pattern. Yea, right. Like I'm going to spend all that time making one only to have it get yucky with spray starch and lint.

10:05 AM  
Blogger Jan said...

I've used a ironing board cover from Vermont Country Store, for years, it's fabulous. A tad pricey, but will last forever.

10:31 AM  
Blogger madrekarin said...

I have an in-the-wall ironing board and I'm on cover number three! I think I go through them so fast because the board itself is solid wood- no vent holes for the steam to escape. :( The present cover is torn, burned and the foam is shredding. I need to make a new one but I dread doing so. Why make something cute when you're only going to destroy it? I think I need to retire that ironing board, use the cabinet as shelves for starches, etc. and get myself a regular board. Maybe then I'll make it cute.

10:57 AM  
Blogger Dena said...

Recently, I came across instructions for making a cover for my ironing board and I think I'm going to try it. I'll use a couple of layers of Warm & Natural batting as I think it will absorb the steam while providing the additional padding I need for ironing my fabric. Hope the cover you purchased works well for you.

10:58 AM  
Blogger Apron Thrift Girl said...

We are in a rental but it included one of those in the wall boards from the 1960's. It has what looks like to be the original cover. Now that is quality....why don't they make them like they used to. or so the saying goes.
I've been meaning to ask...any good Indie type fabric stores in Sonoma County?

12:36 PM  
Blogger Kathi D said...

I quit buying covers for my ironing board when I figured out that the shiny, foil-y layer that reflects the heat back was causing me to burn my fingers all the dang time (even when that layer was covered up with a non-shiny layer).

I made a paper pattern from my store-bought cover and made my own, with Warm & Natural batting and quilting-weight cotton. That one lasted a couple of years. Recently I made a new one, with some of that cute Japanese linen-y heavier weight fabric, and this time I made a little quilted piece to lay on top, where I use the iron the most. What wore out my other one was ironing constantly on that one spot with my iron set on SCORCH (which is always is). So now I plan to wear out the extra piece and make the cover last longer. We'll seeeeeee (like Mom always said).

2:24 PM  
Blogger Sandy said...

You're not supposed to use your ironing board as a table??? Ohhhh!

4:35 PM  
Blogger Elizabeth said...

Now I'm embarrassed to go back and iron something. Thanks for that.
If only I had the coffee excuse. Mine just LOOKS like I poured coffee all over it.

5:05 PM  
Anonymous barbara@quiltsoup said...

Who ARE these people that have that kind of workspace anyway? Mine has more of that "atom bomb" kind of feel to it!

10:18 PM  
Blogger Suzanne said...

Oh Pam, you've hit a nerve! I go through ironing board covers faster than bad hairdos. The current one got yucky looking pretty fast and I couldn't face the search for another one so I pinned another fabric on top of it. I used a heavy weight drapery lining fabric that is a thermal lining. It's really tough and taking a beating. My plans are now to use the store bought cover as a pattern and make a full one out of the drapery lining.

I'm another one with an "atom bomb" workroom. I'd love for it to be beautiful. Maybe next week.

- Suzanne

3:37 AM  
Blogger Carol in E TN said...

Why don't you make one out of some pretty fabrics you must have in your stash?!

10:16 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Glad to see I'm not the only one that uses it as a table...The hubby gets on me all the time for leaving it out with drinks and such on it. Not such a good idea when we have a cat that thinks she can get on every high surface now that she can jump that high :) Good Luck with the new cover :)

1:21 PM  
Blogger AnneElizablog said...

I had a cute green plaid ironing board cover that I bought at Target about five years ago. About the time it was getting shabby, I saw a darling Laura Ashley ironing board cover in a magazine. Couldn't find it anywhere. Finally I googled "Laura Ashley ironing board cover" and there it was. Guess where?! Who knew? It's adorable and (here's the best part) it's reversible!

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