How To Make An Ironing Board Cover

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I noticed that my ironing board cover was getting ratty looking so I made a new one today.

Sewing an ironing board cover is easy. It’s a sewing project that even a beginner can tackle.

I didn’t buy fabric for my new cover. Instead I went through my fabric scraps and found a piece that was big enough.

Using what you already have on hand is a good way to practice the old adage:

Make Do

Do Over


Do Without

To make an ironing board cover you’ll need:


Non-fusible fleece or batting if you need new padding



A safety pin

A sewing machine

The amount of fabric you’ll need depends upon the size of your ironing board and the width and type of fabric you choose.

Because your new cover will be subject to high heat you’ll probably want 100% cotton or linen fabric.  Cotton is washable and comes in an almost endless assortment of designs and colors. Linen is more expensive but lasts a long, long time.

And just so you know, you can buy Teflon coated fabric. The important thing in picking a fabric for an ironing board cover is to stay away from synthetics.

Synthetics can melt and will hold a stain.

For most ironing board covers you need about 1-¾ yards of fabric depending upon the width of the fabric. Be sure to measure before you buy. It’s better to have too much fabric than too little.

Fabric comes in different  widths and depending upon your pattern, you can get away with much less fabric if you use a 60” fabric.

You’ll need about 3-1/2 or 4 yards of 3/8” elastic, and 1-¾ yards of batting or non-fusible fleece if you need a new pad.


Pre-wash your fabric and iron it.

Lay your fabric wrong side down on a large flat surface. I used a table but the floor will do.

Now place your opened ironing board directly on top of the fabric. Measure 3” from the side of your ironing board and mark the fabric.

Cut out the cover along the marks.

Finish the raw edge of the ironing board cover with either a zig-zag stitch or overlock stitch.


Next make a 1” casing by turning under the right side edge to the wrong side of the fabric.

Stitch the casing all the way around leaving about a 1” opening at the center of the back.


Put a large safety pin on one end of the elastic and insert through the casing.


Bring the elastic end out of the opening.

Now try the ironing board cover on the ironing board to make sure it fits. Anchor one end of the elastic with a pin and don’t let go of the elastic or you’ll be sorry.


When you are satisfied that the cover fits and looks good, trim the elastic and overlap the ends and sew them together firmly.

Then sew the casing close.

Put the pad on the board if you have a new one.

Next put the new cover on and stand back and admire.


Pretty easy huh?

There are a couple of modifications that you could do if you like. Non-fusible fleece can be sewn directly to the wrong side of the cover before turning under the casing. I used leftover batting for a pad. Don’t try to sew batting onto the back of a ironing board cover. You’ll end up with a puckery mess that can’t be washed.

If you don’t want to turn under a casing you can apply purchased ready made biased tape or make your own. A biased tape casing makes for a cleaner, neater finish.

If elastic isn’t for you a drawing string works very well.

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