How to Re-Cover Your Ironing Board

how to redo the cover on ironing board

Let’s say you’re quite happy with the stability and ease of use of your ironing board, but you’ve had it for few years now and its cover and padding need a fresh look. However if you’re looking for a new board, here’s a place that lines up some of the top ironing boards on the market.

You may have some difficulties as your iron drags on the ironing board or you hit the metal through the padding. None of this situations are great and you really need to change the cover on your ironing board.

Let’s go over the steps you need to do for that:

Step 1- What you need

Here are the things you’re going to need for replacing the old cover:

  • Sewing machine
  • Padding
  • 2 yards of fabric (cotton is a good idea)
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Iron
  • Safety pin
  • Cord/embroidery floss

As the padding needs to be changed as well, here’s what you may use for padding:

Some like to go with the quilt batting as it’s easy to get and it’s not difficult to use several layers, getting enough padding for the ironing board.

No matter which is your final choice for the fabric or the padding, it’s always better to use just one piece. If you’re going to use several pieces of fabric/padding, it’s only a matter of time until the seam lines are going to give some unpleasant bumps in the cover. Therefore, you ironing with no wrinkles is going to be quite difficult to get!

Step 2: take care of the new padding

You should start by removing the old cover and putting it aside for now. Place the padding on the floor, flipping your ironing board face down onto it. You may double over the batting so you can cut and mark two layers at the same time.

Use a marker and go all the way around the edge of your ironing board. You only need to cut along the line if you’re only using one layer of padding. You need to pin the layers together if you’re using more than one and cut outside the lines.

It’s better to sew the several pieces of padding so there’s minimal chance for shifting later on. Sew on the line and take out the pins when you’re done.

Put the new padding on the board frame, using it as a makeshift ironing board from now on.

Step 3: prepare the old cover

Remove the string or elastic (you may have to cut it away) from the old cover and iron the old cover as flat as you can.

You may lay the cover on the floor, placing the ironing board on top so that you see how much overlap the cover had. The new cover should overlap the edges of the board by 3 inches or so.

Step 4: Mark the new cover pattern

Lay the fabric for the new cover down on the floor and put the old cover/the ironing board on top of it. You may pin the old cover to the fabric, cutting around it or draw the right seam allowance around the ironing board on top. Keep in mind to add some seam allowance – 3 in. of fabric all around the edges will do.

Continue by forming a casing to pass a string through. Set up the ironing board and lay the new cover on top. Don’t forget to place the padding on top.

Fold over the edges (1/4inch is enough) and use the iron for pressing. Continue by folding over the edges once again (3/4inch this time).

If this is the first time when you’re doing it, you’re going to have to be careful when doing it around the corners. You want to go around the corners from various directions. Don’t pleat too much and it’s fine if you can’t do it right the first time.

Step 5: Mark the casing opening

Get two pings and set them a couple of inches apart in the middle of the back of the cover. This is the part where you’re not going to sew. You want to leave it open so that you may insert the string later on.

Use a 1/8 seam allowance around the casing, starting at one edge of the marked opening. You should pay attention around the pleats as your sewing machine may catch on them. If so, you should raise the presser foot and stop the machine with the needle down. Go on with your sewing after you pushed the pleated casing back.

Do the same for the other marked edge of casing, backstitching at the beginning and end of your stitching.

As for the cord, you want it to be around 12+ inches longer than the length of the outside edge of the board. You should secure the string/cord use a small safety pin. Thread it through once you’ve put the safety ping into the opening and hold the pin by its back, pushing the casing onto it. Continue by pinching the front of the pin and pushing the bunched casing off the back. Go on until you get to the other end.

It’s a good idea to pin the cord to the opening when it’s through- only until the cover is all flattened out.

Step 6: You’re done!

As you’re holding the ends of the cord, try to straighten out the cover until it’s entirely flat. Don’t forget about the padding. You may stitch the padding down to the metal base with a needle and some thread so that it doesn’t shift.

Place the new cover on and tighten it with the strings.

It’s not a bad idea to also get some ironing board straps so your cover is always nice in place.

Safe Ironing Around Kids

Kids of all ages, especially the little ones, are very curious and really like the adventure of discovering their surroundings. This may also include touching an iron, especially because it’s hard to tell when an iron is hot.

Here are some safety tips and products that you may use for keeping your kid nice and safe around the hot machines, iron including.

  • The iron guard

This is one little device that you can use when storing a hot iron right after you’ve used it.

  • The ironing centers

You may store your ironing board and your hot iron in there right after you’re done with your ironing.

These are just some of the many products out there that are designed for increasing your child’s safety when ironing.

There are also some things for you to do it for keeping him/her safe:

  • Try not to use hot appliances when your little ones are around you
  • Don’t let your kids use the iron
  • Make sure the cords are out of the reach of children
  • Unplug the iron the second you’re done with it, placing it away from your kids.
  • You shouldn’t iron on the floor or on the bed as you can make the iron easy to reach by your kid.
  • Always make sure that the ironing board is stable when you’re using it. You never want it to trip over your little one
  • Try to fold the ironing board and store it away when you’re done with ironing
  • You may simply want to get a cordless iron so that there’s not cord wrapping around the iron or for your kid to play with
  • Check to see if the cord has any breakage or dampness
  • Get an iron with automatic shut-off or an alert system when it’s left idle for more than a couple of minutes
  • Store your curler/straightener in a dry and cool area
  • Never stay close to the bath tub, running show nor the sink while using the hair curler/straightener
  • It’s a good idea to use only the low temperature on your hair appliances as they give great results like that too
  • Let the curler/hair straightener to cool down away from your children. The hair appliances may be hot for quite some time.

How to handle burns

Should an accident happen around the ironing board, it’s good to know a thing or two about the burns. There are three main categories: first, second and third degree, depending on how bad the skin is burned.

A hot iron or a hair straightener may cause each of the three types of burns and it’s important to recognize them in order to address them well.

No matter the type though, you should start by lowering the temperature of the burned area for lowering the damage to the skin and the underlying tissues.

Should your kid get burned, First Aid is crucial and every second is important. Here’s what to keep in mind:

  • Cool the scald right away in some cool running water for 20 minutes. You’re not only calming your kid like this, but you’re also minimizing the risk for scarring and on-going medical attention
  • Get to the doctor
  • Never use oil, butter, ice, soy sauce or any ointments as they may cause greater damage to the skin
  • Keep your kid warm using a blanket
  • The further the burn goes into the skin, the less painful the burn is
  • The contact burns from hair irons and irons are a common cause of injury for kids younger than 6. Most of the time, they’re quite severe and need medical treatment


Always make sure there are not hot irons around your kid, nor ironing board either. Better safe than sorry is the rule to follow all the time.

Are Straps Important for the Ironing Board Cover?

No matter how much you may be enjoying ironing or how tight the cover on the ironing board may be, you still end up with some wrinkles on your clothes. Holding tight the cover of the ironing board is almost mission impossible so you’re looking around for the tricks and tips to follow so that the results you get when ironing are as planned.

What are the straps?

If you ever looked on the back of your ironing board, you may have noticed some straps. Sometimes they keep the cover tight enough so the clothes are wrinkles-free when you’re done with ironing. On the other hand, you may also find yourself in the situation when nothing seems to hold the cover of the ironing board tighten enough for the wrinkle-free results.

Most of the straps out there are made of elastic band and they’re made to hold the ironing board cover secure and in place throughout the ironing. No matter how great the elastic band of the cover was in the beginning, frequent washes may lower its resilience, so the strap becomes useless at some point.

The quality varies and here are some important things that count for a good quality strap:

  • They are easy to use.

You only need to clip onto each side of your cover. If the elastic is too long, you may simply place diagonal across bottom, getting a crisscross pattern. You shouldn’t have any problems when attaching them either.

  • They come in set

Most of the straps out there come in set of 3 or 4, variously sized. This way, you may hold the ironing board cover in various places, using the right size of strap for the various widths.

  • They hold secure

You want the clips on the straps go be made of strong metal so that they keep in place the ironing board cover.

  • The elastic band is high quality

It’s important for the straps that the elastic is good quality, able to maintain its flexibility even after long time use.

  • They’re easy to clean

Even though they are made of polyester and elastodiene, it’s important that they’re also washable.

  • Their clips are strong

The clips on the straps are also important. You want them to be strong enough to hold the cover, yet to remain easy to attach/detach. You don’t want to put much muscle into clipping them, but you want the cover to stay in place.

Most of the good clips are made of steel and have a “sure-grip” at each end.

  • They’re versatile

No matter how much you’re paying for it, you want the set of straps to hold your ironing board cover. This means it should come with all the sizes that you need for tightening the cover.

Final thought

Even if you never thought about it, the lack of some good straps on your ironing board cover may be the reason for which your clothes aren’t wrinkle-free after you ironed them. Just yet…