Quilted Ironing Board Cover

Hi! My name is Jenny and I am so excited to be a designer here at the Bake Shop! This is my first recipe.

If your ironing board cover is dull as dishwater, it may be time to spruce it up! I guarantee ironing will be a little more fun when you have something pretty to iron on, like Kate Spain's gorgeous Verna line.



1 Jelly Roll - Verna by Kate Spain

2 Yards of Muslin

Luna Batting - Crib Size

3 Yards of 1/2" Wide Ribbon

Coordinating Thread





* Note: all seams are 1/4"

1. Sew three jelly roll strips right sides together along long sides. Press. Repeat with three additional jelly roll strips.




















2. Layer pieced jelly roll strips right sides together. Stitch along each long end to create a tube.




















3. With a 10" square ruler (or 10" square template made of posterboard), cut tube into 5 blocks as pictured:



















4. Press blocks open.



















5. Repeat Steps 1-4 four more times for a total of 5 tubes and 25 blocks.


6. Arrange blocks into a grid of 3 blocks across and 8 blocks down. You will have one leftover block from Step 5. Sew the blocks into rows, then join the rows together. Press well.


7. Lay your pieced quilt top right side down on the floor. Place your ironing board on top. Add 3.5" to the perimeter of the ironing board. Trace. Cut along traced line.




































8. Cut batting and muslin to match quilt top. Sandwich batting between muslin and quilt top. Baste and quilt as desired.



















9. Serge, pink, overcast, or zig-zag perimeter to prevent fraying.

10. Press and pin perimeter 3/4" to the wrong side. Edge stitch perimeter to create a channel for the ribbon drawstring. Be sure to leave a 3" opening in the back of the cover to thread ribbon!



















11. On the center back of quilt top (directly above 3" opening), sew a buttonhole parallel to stitched line. Slice open with an X-acto knife.

12. Thread ribbon through button hole and entire ironing board channel. Hand stitch 3" opening closed, leaving only enough room for threaded ribbon. Place quilted cover on ironing board. Pull ribbon snugly and tie in a bow!





















One sassy ironing board cover!


Enjoy!







88 comments:

eatmoresmores said...

love this!

lissa said...

It is about time Ironing was a fashion sport! Adorable!

Pia said...

Great. Love it ...

rachel griffith said...

adorable AND simplistic.
great job.

Cottage In The Sun said...

Oooh! I have been needing a new one for a while - this is just the push I need to get started! Fabulous!

Pete said...

Bravo! Thanks for the imagination, skill, and clear and colorful instructions. :)

Ever since Kate designed Verna, I've dreamed of trying my hand at covering our I-Love-Lucy era ironing board with ... why, yes, Verna.

Wow, Kate just forwarded me this great MBS recipe. What a clarion call to me (and to all who iron on dishwater-colored ironing boards) to seize the day. Now I must absolutely beautify our board.

Thanks!

Pete Spain

allsewnup said...

My ironing board has been pleading for a new cover...this is the boost I and it desire.
Thank you for the tute.

Carolyn

Kim Walus said...

What a great project. Everything about it is fantastic. It's Practical, functional and gorgeous.

I'm just going to have to make one of these here soon.

Trish said...

This is must project for me! Can't wait to try it, thanks!

kate spain said...

oh i love love this!! Jenny, you did such a beautiful job! And most of what my hubby wrote was true - except the part about him actually making this! Thanks so much for a wonderful project :)

Needled Mom said...

It's so pretty that I would hate to use it!

deros said...

I hate this process (ironing), but if I had a board - should have done it without stopping

karenfae said...

lovely!! would hate to have this get all those brown scorched marks on it though!
Karen
http://karensquilting.com/blog/

Kimberly said...

Oh I need to make this for my girlfriend... her ironing board cover is, um, how should I put this... ready to retire!

Brenda said...

I had to leave a comment. MY gasp was heard around the house when I saw this cover. WOW! Now why didn't I think of that?! Oh, it's just too pretty for ironing but if I had to iron I sure would be happier doing it if my Ironing board looked like that! Amazing! Thanks for sharing this one. You made my day! B=)

Magicaldamselfly said...

I love this and can scratch a new ironing board off my shopping list.
Once again there is no printer version, does anyone know what has happened with this option?? I am in transition right now so I am having to get on here on my cell phone so I need to be able to run someplace to print these recipes...HELP!!!!
Sheila
Magicaldamselfly@gmail.com

jaybird said...

so cute!! i really need to spruce up my ironing board!

Cheryl said...

Jenny,
Thanks for sharing the tutorial for this. I may never purchase an ironing board cover again. Love this.

Angie said...

That is the prettiest ironing board I've ever seen!

KatieQ said...

Thank you, thank you, thank you!!! I REALLY love this pattern. So pretty, but so incredibly practical. Can't wait to make it.

Purple Quilter Queen said...

So cute! Congrats on your first recipe! Can you use elastic instead of ribbon? The ribbon is awful cute though. Great job. Jenn

jen duncan said...

That is one cute ironing board cover! Of course; I would absolutely croak the first time my iron sputtered brown water on it :-O but it sure would be great for lookin' at ;-).

a blogger said...

Wow, this is much easier than I thought it would be, thanks so much for the great step by step photos! To the commenter above, I had that little spitting problem too. I bought a new iron and vowed to never put water in it, I just use a water spray bottle instead and it works extremely well.

Amy C. said...

Great project! Have you tried using insulbright refractory batting for this? Someone recommended that I give it a shot for ironing board covers.

Clodagh a.k.a. Isra said...

so pretty, i love it.
I am wondering however if I were to meander quilt it then would those impressions go through to the item I was ironing? Is it better to straight stitch quit it?

PamKittyMorning said...

Super cool! I'd hate to iron on it and ruin it!

Quilt Hollow said...

Fantastic Idea!!!!!

Me and My Gang said...

Oh THANK YOU! THANK YOU! I had been hoping to find a good "recipe" for an ironing board and this is exactly what I needed.
Thanks again!

jabeybaby said...

Oh I love this! I have been in need of a new ironing board cover for awhile and this will be perfect! Thanks for sharing!!

Sarah said...

Jenny,
You've done it again! Love this!!
-Sarah from Create Studio
www.createstudio.blogspot.com

NURIA said...

Simple and great job.
Thanks

Nuria Spain

Kate said...

SUCH great timing. I was just at Khols last week and had an new ironing board cover in my cart. Not only was it UGLY but it was 15 bucks!!! So, I ended up putting it back. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this. Thanks so much for the great directions too. I couldn't figure out how to make new one. duh!! This is fantabulous (yes, this is a word, just ask my kids. ;)

outrosretalhos said...

This is GREAT! I have never thought of giving to my ironing board such a great look. I'm adding this project to my "to do" list. Thanks for sharing.

Kim said...

Totally awesome. Should brighten up any sewing room.

Jenny Garland said...

You all are SO sweet!! I'm so glad you like the recipe.

*You could definitely use elastic instead of ribbon. Just pull until taut and zigzag stitch the ends together (make sure you zigzag a few times to make it secure).

*I haven't used Insulbrite for this project but believe it would also be a great batting to use.

*I haven't had issues with the meandering pattern imprinting on whatever I'm pressing. Maybe if you press a lot of fine fabric like silk this may be an issue and you might want to stitch in the ditch. I almost always iron cotton.

Let me know if you have other questions!

Jenny

Nicole said...

This is adorable, I need one bad! This just might make ironing fun!

Talin's Corner said...

The ironing board cover is gorgeous.

Bradie Sparrow said...

Fabulous!! This could inspire me to iron something besides fabric.

Marta said...

I love!......thanks

Kim D. said...

Great Idea Jenny!! Gorgeous fabrics and it's so pretty I'd hate to get wonder under and water spills on it.

Madame Samm said...

Dearest Jenny, I am pressed to tell you how impressed I am lol..
Now this is one I would love to tackle...it may even rise my passion for ironing and psst, I love to iron, But I would iron more...thanks for the inspiration madame samm
http://sewdollswhosnext.blogspot.com

Emily said...

Very nice. I've been needing one of these!

Kate said...

That is gorgeous! That fabric is already on my want-list, and I could do with a new ironing board cover...

Kathy said...

This is quite awesome! I want to make one!

Donna S. said...

Man, am I going to show I am a newbie!! If you sew the long ends together to make a tube (step 2 I think) it is only open on the 2 short ends. Then how do you open the squares after you cut them. Wouldn't the point be closed also?

Jen O said...

I'm making this for my super-quilter mom for Mothers Day. She has an old, huge ironing board that was my grandma's and she can never find a cover big enough. This will be perfect! Thanks!

marciae527 said...

Love it!!!! it might even make ironing seem "not so bad" ;)

Metanoia said...

Can you still iron all the creases out and get seams flat if you are pressing on all those seams in the cover... ?

Frauke said...

what a nice idea,
Frauke of north germany

eamylove said...

Too pretty for just my ironing board. I love the way you made those blocks - will try it for a quilt instead!

Jessica said...

How CUTE! This is a GREAT mother's day gift for friends and family too!! LOVE it :-)

Karen said...

absolutely fabulous project and i have been wanting to make a new cover for my board ... this is perfect. thanks so much!!!!

One Crafting Sheep said...

Excellent timing for this pattern! I fused some Heat 'n Bond to my small ironing board last night, and today made and finished this cover! I used leftover strips from another quilt. Thanks so much for this one!

Chris said...

What's an ironing board?

sewwhatsnext said...

I love the timing on this project. I just told the hubby tonight that I needed to buy or make an ironing board cover. Guess it will be make and not buy. Thanks!

Lake Family said...

I would want to hang my ironing board on the wall when I was done. So cute. It would be a good wedding shower gift

Heather said...

I love this. I have just been thinking of my need for a new ironing board cover. What a great idea and so cute. Thanks.

Jenny Garland said...

Donna S,

The point may have one or two stitches but it pops right open easily!

Jenny

Busy Little Quilter said...

I love this, too, Jenny!

Thanks for the recipe!

(Guess what my word verification is? presse

Is that funny or what! Maybe it's trying to tell me something! lol

Donna S. said...

Thank you Jenny. After I thought about it I kind of figured that. But, I am a very new quilter.

luvinthemommyhood said...

What a fab idea! Great project! I couldn't resist adding this to our link luv roundup today. come by for a peek. http://www.luvinthemommyhood.com/2010/01/link-luv-roundup.html

Madame Samm said...

Did Donna's commment ever get answered.?
From Donna
Man, am I going to show I am a newbie!! If you sew the long ends together to make a tube (step 2 I think) it is only open on the 2 short ends. Then how do you open the squares after you cut them. Wouldn't the point be closed also?

thanks so much, I am making one this weekend...
blessings madame samm ( http://sewdollswhosnext.blogspot.com

Jenny Garland said...

Madamme Sam,

I did answer Donna's question but it was buried in the comments. Here's what I said:

"The point may have one or two stitches but it pops right open easily!"

Be sure to post pictures on the MBS flickr site after you make one :)

Jenny

Mia's Cottage said...

This is great! Love it, made it, love it even more! I made one to fit my small ironing board I have set up next to mt sewing machine.
www.miascottage.blogspot.com
check it out! Adorable.
Donna

Lizzy said...

That is really pretty, a good idea! :)

Mommy Songe said...

I saw this idea and FELL... IN.... LOVE!!!! I have a cute little ironing board that desperately needed a new cover... this completely fit the bill! Awesome!!! Thanks for the great idea, I love my new ironing board!!

mollie said...

I just love the Moda jelly roll that you sent! The colors are fantastic. Love that you give such good directions too . . . can't wait to put my ironing board cover together.

Thanks for such speedy delivery of my fabric!!!

FabricsNQuilts said...

Love this! I have strip blocks just aching for a project & now they have one!

Lesley x said...

I love, love, love this and I'm definately going to make one for my new giant, but ugly ironing board. I'll keep it up always. Thankyou x

Sheila said...

Am I the ONLY quilter in the world who thinks an ironing board cover with all those seams/bumps is a dumb idea?!?! Shouldn't your ironing surface be FLAT and SMOOTH???

Farmhouse Blessings said...

Oh my gosh, I love it! Thank you.

Connie said...

omg! I just love this. I actually need a new ironing board cover, thanks for posting the recipe.

Bee Yourself Designs said...

Oh my goodness! What a nice way to use up the scraps I have!! Thanks for sharing!

Madame Samm said...

Ahhh Jenny, thanks for your response...I am making one of your covers today....sew I am pressing on...
I know, bad...I am badness lol..
blessings madame samm

Sharon said...

Awesome and EXACTLY what I needed!!! Thak you so much~~~

ClassiclyAmber said...

This is so adorably cute! I looove it! <3

Rabome said...

i love your idea..... have just made it using scrap fabrics

thankyou for your inspration

Judy from Australia

13ghosts60 said...

Last year my husband made me a big board that I lay over the ironing board resting a couple of inches on the sewing table but wanted a new cover for this and this will be perfect with just making it wider and longer. On the pattern I found for this board it is 30.5 x 60 inches and I used an infant mattress pad and covered it with fabric then stapled it to the back of the board.

13ghosts60 said...

I made my cover for the big board last night using 30s jelly rolls. It really turned out so nice

Paula W. said...

I just finished my ironing board cover yesterday. It is so cute!!! I love it! :)

Anonymous said...

how can i print the quilted ironing board cover recipe?

Jenny Garland said...

Hi Anonymous,

Click on the "Printer Friendly Version" icon and the bottom of the post to download the PDF. Thanks!

wendelabra said...

I made this ironing board cover and absolutely love how it turned out. However, I am still confused as to why we make or use a 10" cardboard template. When I cut out the tubes to make the squares I had to measure at 8 and about 3/4" in order to get a square. When you sew 3 - 2 1/2" strips together you end up with a 6 1/2" piece then when you sew that with the other one to make a tube you end up with a tube that measures 6 ". This is where I don't understand the purpose of the 10" cardboard template. My husband and I figured in order to get a square out of this tube we needed to cut it out at about 8 and 3/4". In the end it worked but I sure was frustrated for awhile. Maybe I did something wrong? Can someone explain? Thanks. I love my cover and use it everyday!

wendelabra said...

I made a mistake in my comment. I meant you end up with a 7" piece of fabric then a 6 1/2" tube. Anyways none the less the 10" square still confuses me!

Jenny Garland said...

Hi wendelabra, I'm glad your project turned out well and sorry for the frustration you experienced! I like the 10" square template because it's a little wider block. It doesn't have to be square, so maybe that's where I could have clarified better. You could use a different sized template for a slightly different look.

Thanks!

Lizzerd said...

I can't figure out why you'd want all those seams/bumps all over your ironing surface ...

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Sitti said...

This was a fun project. I found some fun fabric and wanting to cover my much used ironing board. Great instructions. Can't wait to do another one. Thanks