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How To DIY Ironing Board Cover: A Step-by-Step Guide

Ironing boards are an essential tool for keeping your clothes looking crisp and wrinkle-free. However, over time, the fabric cover on your ironing board can become worn and stained, making it less effective. Instead of buying a new ironing board, why not try making your own DIY ironing board cover? Not only is it a cost-effective solution, but it also allows you to customize the cover to your liking. Follow this step-by-step guide to create your own fabric cover for your ironing board.

Gather Materials

Before you begin, make sure you have all the necessary materials. You will need a piece of fabric that is at least 2 inches larger than your ironing board on all sides, a measuring tape, scissors, pins, and an iron.

Ironing Board Cover Tools

Measure and Cut Fabric

Lay your fabric on a flat surface with the wrong side facing up. Place your ironing board on top of the fabric and use a measuring tape to measure 2 inches beyond the edges of the board. Mark the fabric with a pen or chalk and cut along the lines.


Hem the Edges

Fold the edges of the fabric over by 1 inch and iron them flat. This will create a clean edge and prevent fraying. Then, fold the edges over again by 1 inch and iron them flat. Pin the hems in place and sew along the edges to secure them.

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Create Elastic Casing

On the shorter sides of the fabric, fold the edges over by 1 inch and iron them flat. Then, fold the edges over again by 2 inches and iron them flat. Pin the hems in place and sew along the edges, leaving a small opening to insert the elastic. Cut a piece of elastic that is the same length as the width of your ironing board. Use a safety pin to thread the elastic through the casing, and then sew the ends of the elastic together.

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Attach the Cover to the Ironing Board

Place the cover on your ironing board with the right side facing down. Pull the elastic to tighten the cover and secure it in place. Adjust the cover as needed to ensure it is taut and smooth.

Ironing Board Padding and Cover

Finishing Touches

To give your ironing board cover a professional look, you can add a decorative ribbon or trim along the edges. Simply sew the ribbon or trim onto the edges of the cover, making sure to tuck the raw edges under for a clean finish.


To keep your DIY ironing board cover looking fresh, it is important to wash it regularly. Simply remove the cover from the ironing board and wash it in cold water with a mild detergent. Hang it to dry or tumble dry on low heat.

With these simple steps, you can create a custom fabric cover for your ironing board that is both functional and stylish. Say goodbye to worn and stained covers and hello to a fresh and new DIY cover. Have you tried making your own ironing board cover? Share your experience in the comments below.

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