Handsewn Ironing Board Cover

The days were numbered for my ironing board cover.  You know, it was faded, slightly torn, didn’t fit as well as it used to.  Kind of like my favorite old concert tee shirt, but without all the fond memories.


The bones of the ironing board were still good, so I just wanted to re-cover it in like the easiest, cheapest way possible.  And like, I did not want to pull out my sewing machine because we were getting ready to move.

I did some research and found this diy ironing board cover tutorial from 2 Little Super Heroes that seemed easy to follow with the ability to change out the step of machine sewing step to that of handsewing.

What you need and how to hand sew an ironing board cover


Embroidery thread (or heavy duty thread)

White cotton string


Darning needle

Sewing pins


I followed the directions from the 2 Little Super Heroes tutorial but with 2 changes:

  1. I re-covered right over the old cover
  2. I used the handsewn method to attach the string to the fabric


Other than that, I followed these steps.

  1. I laid fabric face down
  2. placed board on top of fabric, face up
  3. Cut fabric around ironing board at about 4″ all around
  4. Laid out the string
  5. Use the darning needle and embroidery thread to hand stitch the string using a zig-zag type stitch.
  6. Pull string taught and tied it off so that new ironing board cover wrapped tightly around the ironing board.

The whole process took about 1-2 hours.

Pretty easy without all the fuss of pulling my sewing machine out.

Tip:  Trim excess fabric and apply a no-fray product to the ends of the fabric.



This project was done on a table top ironing board, but the handsewn method could be used for a standard sized ironing board.



And here is the after, sitting pretty in the (yet to be revealed) townhouse laundry area.  Which did actually get finished before we moved.

Oh happy day ~ Amy



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3 Responses to Handsewn Ironing Board Cover

  1. Anne@DesignDreams October 7, 2015 at 7:47 am #

    sweet! I’ll have to do this cause I can’t find a cover I like!!

  2. Feral Turtle October 7, 2015 at 10:16 am #

    I love the fabric choice…lazy me just bought one from Ikea, only to have it not fit 🙁 LOL. You are teasing us with your laundry room reveal!! I can hardly wait.

  3. Sharleen October 7, 2015 at 8:39 pm #

    very cute.. love the fabric

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