How was your MeMadeMay?
I really love this annual event and am eager to participate next year.
(Note: Mark calendar.)
What a wonderful, diverse community of Makers out there!
Congratulations to all who took part officially (and unofficially, ahem.. you're not alone). and thank you for sharing your makes!
As for myself, I needed a new ironing board
A very serviceable and sturdy model was found at the thrift store for $10, sans cover.
It's not the pressing table + industrial iron combo of my dreamy-dreams, but, hey, it beats the portable, yet way-too-tiny sleeve board that I had been using on top of my counter. (The aftermath of moving cross-country via train and a generous application of Marie Kondo-style purging of possessions.)
I made a cover with the help of this Instructionable and sourced my fabric, batting, and elastic cord secondhand. Total project cost: $12.
I winged it a bit, since I was without a worn-out cover to use as a template, I traced the board and added a couple inches seam allowance all around. You may want to add more for ensuring that the cover wraps around the edges fully (remember there's batting) and the whole "turn of the cloth" principle.
Improving the Improvisations:
1.. Source the fabric for the cover new if possible for larger dimensions. I used what was available to me and wished I had a bit more width to work with - it just barely made it. Also, I pieced some length on the far end. A heavier weight material like drill would be more sturdy and durable..
2. Add bias-tape to your shopping list, because doing a fold and fold for the casing, gets a bit tricky at the nose-end. If you are stubborn/frugal. like myself and refuse bias tape, skip the pressing of the seam allowances and run two lines of machine basting in order to turn the folds more effectively.
3. Opt for the elastic cording or 1/4" elastic. It really helps to secure and snug up the cover around the frame. I tried using embroidery floss from my supplies and ended up stomping, I mean bicycling joyfully, back to the store.
4. Relax. It's an ironing board cover! Detail-oriented people, take a load off, it will be fine. All the stitching lives underneath the board, far from your judgmental eyes.
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