Making something old new

Last week, I decided I had finally had enough of looking at my tired ironing board cover. I’ve tried to camouflage it in photos, but there just wasn’t any way to cover all the hideous brown spots from hard water stains and high temperatures.

contentmediaexternalimagesmedia26The above is from my post on homemade wool dryer balls (which I still use and am very happy with), and you can see I could only hide the worst of the lot.

I kept procrastinating on the project, collecting pins and posts on how to do it without actually doing it. Finally, enough was enough. I couldn’t look at it anymore.

Rather than start from scratch, I decided to use the existing cover as the pattern, since I really liked the velcro strips and elastic used to keep the cover on the board itself. (I rotated the photo below so you could see it a bit better. And yes, it’s the new cover; I didn’t think to take photos as I went along.)

board-backAmazingly, it didn’t take that long to rip out and I was very careful to keep all parts intact and marked. The worst was taking out the serging that connected the cotton cloth to the batting.

I was going to cut out new batting, but the old was in good shape and turning it over pretty much hid any stains that have soaked through. I didn’t want to cut any any new batting I could use in my quilts instead — a much better use.

Of course, I didn’t think to do that until after I had pinned it to my new fabric and had started cutting the silhouette. Thankfully, I’d left enough of a seam allowance, so I was able to serge the two pieces together without having to waste any fabric.

So nice when you’re able to recover from doing a big stupid thing because you managed to do a small smart thing beforehand!

Because it uses elastic rather than a drawstring, this cover is made in two parts. There’s a small piece attached to the main body that you can see on the upper right in the photo above. I didn’t have to serge that piece because it would get covered with the string elastic, encased on both sides with the white bias tape.

Here’s a look at the finished product:

DSC_2719The glazed chintz fabric is practically vintage; I bought it in Rochester, N.Y. on a business trip in 1991. I had a wedding to go to and I was going to make a dress out of it; the pattern had these wing-like ruffles coming out of the side seams from the waist to the hem that you made in contrasting fabric. I chose an evergreen and white stripe.

Seriously, what were designers thinking back then? Better yet, what was I thinking for buying it?

Here’s a close-up: (sorry, no photo of the pattern. I can keep my shame hidden.)

DSC_2722As the floral styles of the times went, this isn’t that bad, but I’m glad with all the use my ironing board gets, it won’t be long before I’ll have it stained and need to make another one.

And I only have a couple of yards of the dress material left. 🙂



4 thoughts on “Making something old new

    1. Thanks so much. I always think when I get these simple projects done, “why didn’t you do that sooner?” 🙂

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