Silver Ironing Board Cover Tutorial

by Kelsey Norwood

in Crafts,Sewing,Tutorials

My ironing board is an odd size and my old cover was useless, so I made my own tonight. It cost under $5 and took less than 2 hours. I opted for the silver  ironing board cover fabric that is cotton with an aluminized coating for two reasons.

  1. Fabric gets scorched and nasty looking eventually so I am hoping this will look nicer and last longer than fabric.
  2. This fabric is made specifically for ironing boards, oven mitts, etc. and has better heat reflecting qualities than regular fabric for more efficient ironing and pressing.

To make an ironing board cover you’ll need the following:

  • Pattern paper (I use the medical exam table paper)
  • Ironing board fabric or regular cotton fabric (about 6 inches wider/longer than your ironing board)
  • Insul-Bright Insulation for the padding (about 6 inches wider/longer than your ironing board)
  • Enough thin rope to fit the diameter of your ironing board
  • 1 cord stop

Step 1 Trace your ironing board to make a pattern.

ironing board cover tutorial

Step 2 Cut out the cover fabric 2 1/2″  wider than the pattern.

ironing board cover tutorial

Step 3 Cut out the insulation/padding fabric 1″ wider than the pattern.

ironing board cover tutorial

Step 4 Make a casing by folding the edges of the cover fabric down 1″. (That pen mark was a mistake – disregard.) Edgestitch all the way around, sewing down the tucks made by the excess fabric in the curves. Remember to leave a finished opening for the rope to come through.

Step 5 Center the insulation fabric on the wrong side of the cover fabric and baste around the edges.

ironing board cover tutorial

Step 6 Tie your rope to a safety pin and work all the way around the cover in the casing.

Step 7 Once you have both loose ends out of the casing, attach the cord pull, center on the ironing board, and cinch until tight.

ironing board cover tutorial

ironing board cover tutorial

Ironically enough, the silver cover fabric got quite wrinkly, but other than that, I think it looks pretty good! And this will be so much more functional than what I have been using.

Any ideas on how this could have been easier or better? Let me know your suggestions!


1 Amanda N February 24, 2010 at 11:54 am

This is pretty cool! I need to make one of these. Where do you buy that fabric? just like JOanne’s or something?

I think it looks great, no worries abt the wrinkles.
I have a question. I’ve been searching for a nice quick and easy crayon roll tutorial. Have you seen one or do you have one?


2 gisella February 24, 2010 at 12:00 pm

thank you for the tutorial , i need to make one for sure !

3 Shop with Me Mama (Kim) February 24, 2010 at 11:53 pm

Wow! Great job and tutorial!!

4 Deborah February 26, 2010 at 1:59 am

Looks pretty great to me and I’m sure it’s very functional. I’ll have to see if I can find this fabric when I need it.

5 Laura July 24, 2010 at 4:49 pm

You made a very nice cover!

I just made one today, but I’m lazy and simply stretched and sewed (zig-zagged) elastic around the entire edge of the underside of the ironing board cover. I also sewed a cross-piece of elastic from one side to the other, near the tip of the ironing board, to secure the cover better. I used the same silver fabric you did. I reused the 3 layers of old batting that were already on the board. Turned out great!

6 Laura July 24, 2010 at 4:50 pm

BTW, Joanns carries that silver fabric.

7 Kelsey July 25, 2010 at 9:24 pm

I did end up finding the silver fabric at JoAnn, and I think I”m going to make a cover for my cover so it’s pretty. I don’t think I used enough padding either, so I really do need another layer, promise!

8 Janet Ward January 5, 2012 at 10:14 pm

Can you tell me where I can locate the aluminum coated material? Please and thank you, your project and tutorial was just what I needed.

9 Kelsey January 10, 2012 at 10:07 am

I got it at JoAnn – you have to ask them where it is, they keep it in a kind of secret place…good luck!

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