How to Make an Ironing Board Cover?

Ironing is one of the toughest laundry chores that require swiftness when handling the task. Therefore, the task should be easily doable to make the person comfortable removing creases from fabrics. For this reason, one needs an ironing board that is very comfortable to work on. The board should have a board cover to protect both the clothes and the ironing board. Also, with the board cover, you get to eliminate creases and wrinkles from clothes with ease. These covers are not permanent pieces of fabric that can stay on your ironing board for ages. They require frequent changing so as to improve the quality of service you get when ironing your garments. In this article, we are going to take you through steps to making an ironing board cover by yourself.


  • The ironing board to cover
  • 2 yards of fabric
  • Sewing machine
  • Padding
  • Ruler
  • A pair of scissors
  • Embroidery floss
  • Safety pins
  • Iron

Step 1: Remove the old ironing board cover

In this case, it’s assumed that you are replacing the board cover, therefore, you first have to remove it in preparation for the new one. When removing it, be careful as not to cut the ties or the casing. Remove the cover and set it aside.

Step 2: Prepare the new padding

Put the new padding on the floor and make the ironing board face down onto the padding. Alternatively, you can use the old cover’s measurements to get the right size for your ironing board. This is simply done by tracing around the surface of the cover leaving 2 inches for allowance to the outer boarder to be folded under the ironing board. Then, cut along the traced line with scissors.

Step 3: Sew the padding

Using multiple padding pieces is always ideal to make the ironing board comfortable to work on. So, if you are using two or more pieces of padding, it is recommended that you sew them together to avoid shifting.

Step 4: Mark the new cover pattern using the old cover

Take the old ironing cover you had set aside and remove any string or elastic and lay it on the ironing board. Using the iron, make it as flat as possible to achieve right results. Then, place the old cover on top of the new fabric and cut around it (also leaving seam allowance).

Step 5: Edge folding

For the cover to be in place, there’s need to fold the edges to form a casing where a string can pass through. With the padding on top of the ironing board, place the new cover and fold the edges by ¼ inch. Using an iron, press it down to level it. Fold the edges again about ¾ inch.

Step 6: Work on the casing

Using two pins, place them at the center of the back cover with a few inches interval. This is the area that doesn’t require sewing. Sew thе casing along the marked edges. Backstitch as you begin and end the stitching. Then after sewing, there is the threading part. Here, you tie the cord/string to a small pin and close it. In the opening, place the safety pin and start threading it through.

Step 7: Place the ironing cover on the board

Here, with the padding on the board, take the new cover and place it on top, facing down on a flat surface. Then, pull the string to tighten and hold the cover in place. There! You are good to go.

Making an ironing board cover isn’t as hard as it sounds. As long as you have the time and the right materials, achieving success is a breeze. And when you follow the steps discussed above, you will want to change the covers frequently.

About the Author Harry Thompson

Gaining a BSc Honours in building/ property maintenance at the University of Portsmouth Harry went into the field of renovating properties. Along the journey, he has developed a wide variety of home & garden DIY skills such as installing new kitchens and landscaping gardens.