If you would like to be able to lay a ½ yard
of fabric out and iron it all at one time without having to move the fabric; you
are going to love this! I
ran across an ironing board similar to this and thought “WOW that would great to have...I bet I can make one of those.” It is one of my
favorite tool/items in my sewing room. You can make one of these too, and
you'll be surprised how easy it all comes together. Easy enough!
(Yes, that's a 15 inch ruler laying on that ironing board
all around it)
I am fairly new to
Here is a list of supplies you
existing Ironing board or a thrift find. I found one for $4 today (with old cover removed)
Measure, pencil, saw, drill with smaller than wood screw drill bit, staple gun
w/staples and a screw driver, hammer and/or brad nail
of ¾ inch plywood cut 20 inches wide about 63 long or 6 inches beyond the length of your
ironing board CLOSED.
(my example is for
a standard ironing board and it’s cut 63 inches x
20inches) You can make your board any size you like.
fender washers & 7 wood screws
(10 ft) sticks of
¾ inch wood (for
Cotton Batting(I used scraps
I already had)
* 2 Yards Heat Resistant Insulated Lining ( For making pot holders)
yards of Thick Fabric (You can choose whatever color you want…Dress it up
or dress it down)
Nails 1 ½ long amount varies.
Okay Let’s begin assembly. First mark the top of
your board and lay it face down.
Lay ironing board face down on top of the plywood.
Center ironing board on plywood and mark where you
mounting the wood screws to the ironing board.
(I marked 7
total- one at the tip…and 3 along each side of ironing board)
(Mark the ironing board also,... a lot easier to
Now remove ironing board and pre-drill your
this step makes securing it
easier to at the end.
(if you drill all the way
thru..no worries, you will be
covering it up with
… Take your ¾ x
¾ inch sticks of wood, measure and cut the
lengths to match the plywood length. From the left over cuts, measure and cut
for the short lengths to fit in between the long sides… IMPORTANT >> DO NOT ATTACH YET!
Put aside for finishing!
Next…Cut 4 layers of batting an inch or so larger
size of your
The extra will wrap over
the sides and give a cushion along
the edge of your ironing board.
(I notched the corners of two layers so that I
wouldn’t have super bulky corners. I hope you can see that in the picture… it
was a sunny day)
Now…Clear off your table and lay your fabric so
Right Side is facing
You’ll want enough fabric to hold onto
when pulling and stapling.
way you will get a tight fit across the board.
Next lay your batting layers on top of the
lay your plywood so that the side marked TOP is face DOWN.
Pull the fabric over the plywood just like you are
a chair and
(Be careful to not
shift your batting)
Staple the fabric about ¾ of an inch from the
Remember you will be
covering the staples with
sticks you cut previously.
When you work into a corner, fold the fabric like
you are wrapping a present.
Once you have the fabric securely stapled, trim
(Be sure to not trim too close to
When all the
fabric is trimmed, go thru with a hammer and give each staple an extra tap to ensure that each staple lays
as flat as possible.
Now you are ready to attach the ¾ inch by
Lay the sticks
on top of the staples.
not to hit a staple when finishing.
You can use a brad nailer or finishing nails. It was quick
but if you don't...
the stick’s down with a hammer.
Now that the edges are attached...
You are ready for the last step. (Are you excited
Position the ironing board over the pre drilled
holes that were made earlier.
Secure your new cover to the ironing board with a
and fender washer in each of the pre-drilled
You are now ready to flip
over your ironing board and enjoy
how much bigger it
You now have an
"Supersized" Ironing Board that
everyone you know - who
sews - will be jealous of.
Be careful...you may have
to make one of these for a friend, I did.
Stay creative and come back soon to see what I am up to.
P.S. Two of my finished quilts coming soon!
who wrote this blog
The LadyBugs Garden