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Ironing Board Cover

jpatton21 | Posted in General Discussion on

Does anyone know which issue of Threads has the instructions on recovering your own ironing board? I covered mine a while ago, but it was damaged. I’ve replaced the fabrics as best I could (felts, batting, top fabric, etc.), but don’t remember the order in which they go on. Can anyone help me?





  1. sanderson | | #1

    My studio ironing board...made by my father in 1933 in his high school shop class...wears a folded flannel sheet blanket with a discarded cotton sheet over that.  I have at times used the spring thingies with hooks on each end to keep things taut.  I especially like this board because it is extra wide and long;  makes a place to stash towels and improvised hams.

    1. jpatton21 | | #4

      Thanks for your info on the ironing board cover. It helped me figure out the layers. Those clip thingies on your father's ironing board sound very useful, I've heard other people mention them. Do you know what they are called and where I can get them?

      Sorry for the delay in answering, I've been traveling and couldn't remember my login info for gatherings.


      1. sanderson | | #5

        Joyce...you can find the clips right next to the premade ironing board covers or improvise with safety pins and elastic.  (I've been AWOL a bunch this winter, too!)

        1. jpatton21 | | #6

          Thanks, I'll try and find them.


  2. CarolFresia | | #2

    Hi, Joyce,

    Sorry it's taken a while to get you an answer on this. The issue  in question, No. 57, is no longer in print, so I'm going to do a quick summary of the layers for you. Top: brushed twill-weave cotton (moleskin), with fuzzy side down; middle: 5/8 in. thick knited cotton padding (available from tailoring and dry-cleaning supply companies); bottom layer: 2-3 layer of felted wool (you can wash old woolen blankets for this).

    You can use your old cover as a pattern, and make the twill cover with a drawstring edge. If you make a few covers at a time, you'll always have a fresh, clean one at hand.


    1. jpatton21 | | #3

      Thanks for the ironing board information Carol. It gave me a good idea how thick to make the layers, which I couldn't remember. I couldn't find the exact materials, but our fabric store has a wonderful, thick felt for making table mats that was a good substitute. --I've got that old issue of Threads by the way, (I have all the issues of Threads) and have xeroxed the article.

      Sorry for the delay in answering. I was traveling and couldn't find my login name or password for Gatherings.

      Thanks for your help,


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