How To Make An Ironing Board Cover With A Free Printable Pattern

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We have a fun new sewing tutorial for you! I am excited to share with you How To Make An Ironing Board Cover With A Free Printable Pattern. When I came across this pattern, I knew I wanted to make this. I do a ton of ironing and if you’re like me your ironing board looks like it. This simple cover gives you a nice layer of protection and is easy to clean. This project is geared towards intermediate sewers but that doesn’t mean that beginner sewers can’t do this as well. If you’re willing and eager to learn, any level of crafter and sewer can make this! It’s something in our house that we use a lot and it’s nice to have a nice cover on it that goes with the rest of the flow of our house. I also like to make multiple covers so that I can change them out as I want. This gives me time to wash them and clean them so that I can easily rotate them through and always have one for my ironing board.

ironing board cover top photo

You’ll only need a few supplies for this project. I definitely recommend getting a rotary cutter for any project where you need to cut out a large shape in a precise way. I’ve included a pattern for you to use if you want to but you don’t have to at all. Directions for both ways are included below.

How To Make An Ironing Board Cover With A Free Printable Pattern

What You’ll Need:

supplies needed to make an ironing board cover

How To Make An Ironing Board Cover With A Free Printable Pattern

I always like to start every project by washing, drying, and ironing my fabric. This will probably be the last thing you iron without this ironing board cover! This will help prep the fabric for your project as well as future washing, as it pre-shrinks the fabric so you don’t mess up your stitches later. I am going to show you how to make this with the included pattern and without it. First, I will show you how to make it with the included free printable pattern, and then later without it.

ironing board outline

To make this DIY Ironing board cover with a pattern, use the pattern to cut out the piece of cotton batting. Layout your home décor fabric wrong side up on a large flat surface. Center your cut piece of cotton batting onto your fabric. Using a seam guide, ruler, etc., and a fabric marker or pencil, measure 4” down from the edge of the pattern piece and make a mark. Do this all the way around. Now connect your marks into a line, completing the full pattern. Now, simply cut out your fabric.

measuring out the fabric

If you want to make this ironing board cover without the printable pattern, follow these steps. Start by laying out your cotton batting on a large flat surface. Using a fabric marker or pencil, trace around the ironing board, making your own pattern! Cut your batting out and set it aside.

laying down the ironing board to measure

Repeat that same process for your decorative fabric. Layout the fabric you chose the wrong side up on a large flat surface. Using a fabric marker or pencil, trace around the ironing board, making your own pattern!

Just like before, Use a seam guide, ruler, etc., and a fabric marker or pencil, measure 4” down from the edge of the trace line you made, and make a mark. Do this all the way around. Now connect your marks into a line, making a pattern. Now, just cut out your fabric.

measuring out the edges

From here on, the steps are the same no matter if you are using our printable pattern or not. Using a seam guide, ruler, etc., and a fabric marker or pencil, measure 1/2” up from the edge and make a mark. Do this all the way around. Now repeat this once more. 

ironing the edges

Beginning on one long side, fold over at the first ½” mark, and using a warm iron, press. Do this all the way around. When you get to the curves, carefully pleat the excess fabric. Go back and repeat once more. You are almost done with this ironing board cover sewing tutorial!

If needed, pin or clip seam in, using a ¼” seam allowance, sew around on the edge of your seam. You just want to close the opening of the seam, leaving enough room for your cord to pass through. Leave a 3-4” opening at the flat end, which is the bottom of the cover.

adding on the string

Attach your safety pin to the end of your cording with the masking tape. Thread your cording through the opening, going all the way through until it comes out the other side. You can now either attach the cord stop, tie a tight knot, or secure the cord with your safety pin.

completed ironing board

Now you know how to make an ironing board cover. I grew up with a cover on our ironing board and just always thought that it was nice looking and added warmth to the house as well. You can even have a lot of fun with it and change out the fabric for different seasons and patterns.

How To Make An Ironing Board Cover With A Free Printable Pattern

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How To Make An Ironing Board Cover With A Free Printable Pattern

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Learn How To Make An Ironing Board Cover With A Free Printable Pattern below!

Active Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour
Difficulty Moderate
Estimated Cost $10.00

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Instructions

  1. Step 1 with Pattern: Print and cut out your PDF DIY Ironing Board Cover pattern.
  2. Use your pattern to cut out one piece of the cotton quilt batting.
  3. Step 2 with Pattern: Lay out your home décor fabric wrong side up on a large flat surface.
  4. Center your cut DIY Ironing Board Cover piece of cotton batting onto your fabric.
  5. Using a seam guide, ruler, etc., and a fabric marker or pencil, measure 4” down from the edge of the pattern piece and make a mark. Do this all the way around.
  6. Now connect your marks into a line, making a pattern. Cut your pattern out.
  7. To make without printable pattern: Lay out your cotton batting on a large flat surface.
  8. Using a fabric marker or pencil, trace around the ironing board, making your own pattern!
  9. Cut your pattern out and set aside.
  10. Lay out your home décor fabric wrong side up on a large flat surface.
  11. Using a fabric marker or pencil, trace around the ironing board, making your own pattern!
  12. Using a seam guide, ruler, etc., and a fabric marker or pencil, measure 4” down from the edge of the pattern piece and make a mark.
  13. Do this all the way around. Now connect your marks into a line, making a pattern. Cut your pattern out.
  14. Using a seam guide, ruler, etc., and a fabric marker or pencil, measure 1/2” up from the edge and make a mark.
  15. Do this all the way around. Now repeat this once more.
  16. Beginning on one long side, fold over at the first ½” mark and using a warm iron, press.
  17. Do this all the way around. When you get to the curves, carefully pleat the excess fabric.
  18. Go back and repeat for other fabric piece.
  19. If needed, pin or clip seam in, using a ¼” seam allowance, sew around the ironing board cover on the edge of your seam. Leave a 3-4” opening at the flat end, which is the bottom of the ironing board cover.
  20. Attach your safety pin to the end of your cording with the masking tape. Thread your cording through the opening of the ironing board cover, going all the way through until it comes out the other side.
  21. You can now either attach the cord stop, tie a tight knot, or secure the cord with your safety pin.
  22. Enjoy!

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