Thursday, May 2, 2013

Ironing board makeover

I don't know if any of you are like me when it comes to projects or things I want to change. I'll think about it for months. Think about how I'll execute the task - over and over and over  and over again - Until I've re-invented the wheel about 17 times. Then finally one day {usually unplanned} I'll actually do it and am almost always surprised at how easy it was to complete the task and am then thankful to have that freed-up space in my head. 

Today during nap time when I was/am supposed to be doing laundry and other work, I figured it was time to recover my eye-sore of an ironing board {especially since I use it every day}. I've been thinking about it for months. Figured it was time to free up that thinking space in my brain.
First I found a scrap of fabric that was long enough for my board. As you can see, it isn't perfectly cut - just kind of in the shape of the ironing board.
  Then I sewed a casing around the edge - I didn't even pin it or measure where to sew. You don't even have to know how to sew in a straight line for this project. Be sure to leave a little gap at the straight end.
 Then I took a ribbon {you could use rope too} and attached a safety pin to one side to "thread" the ribbon through the casing. I use the same method to thread elastic through skirts, etc.
This took the longest amount of time.  then finally you'll come full circle to the end where your opening is.
Then pull both sides of the ribbon to tighten so it'll fit like a cover over the board.
 Place over your ironing board and tighten your ribbon/rope and tie a knot. Done and done. 
I chose a solid color fabric because sometimes I deal with tiny little pieces and didn't want to 'lose' them on my fabric.

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