There is nothing better than a new ironing board cover so I decided to recover my DIY ironing board. Maybe I should do this at the beginning of every new year!
I decided it was time to recover my ironing table. Builder Bob cut a plywood board that I could cover with batting a long time ago. In fact, over the years he has made several quilt ironing boards for me.
Recovering the ironing board
My ironing board is 29-inches by 52-inches and fits nicely on top of my shelves. The fabric was scorched and discolored so I threw it away but the batting was still fine and didn’t have to be replaced.
Use Duct Tape
I like to use duct tape to attach my batting and fabric to the plywood board. It makes it easy to recover the board. I used to staple the fabric to the board but not anymore as this is so much easier to do.
Luckily I have my big cutting table back. I laid out the fabric on it, placed the batting covered plywood on it and then pulled the fabric to the back and taped it down.
You have to admit that it looks a lot better than my old one, it was getting pretty tacky looking.
The real reason I decided to recover my ironing board yesterday was because I had bought some new flannel tablecloths to use as design walls and wanted to put one up behind my ironing board.
The other day I was working on a baby quilt using the X Spot blocks and realized my back was getting sore because I was hunched over. The was a perfect time to raise it.
I had three stacking drawers that will work for now. The height is just a bit too tall but much better than being too short. Builder Bob helped me put it on the bins as I put duct tape on top of the drawers and only wanted to place the board on top of them once.
Someone always asks about my Algot storage system, I don’t think they are available anymore.
Flannel Tablecloths for Design Wall
I used to have a sliding design wall at the river house but I don’t think I will have one here and I’m not ready for a permanent design wall. I have a habit of moving everything around in my quilt studio and I am sure I’ll continue doing it here.
I wanted a new white flannel backed tablecloth but didn’t want to go to the cities so I ordered some online. I ended up buying a package of five that are each 54 x 108 inches and I will probably cut a couple up to fit different walls in my studio.
Whenever you buy a flannel backed tablecloth it will have folds and possibly be wrinkled. I also throw one in the dryer with a damp cloth for a couple minutes. It will be limp at first, the wrinkles will be gone and it will feel normal in a minute or two.
I was able to use push pins to attach it to my wall. They are supposed to be heavy-duty, the flannel isn’t very thick but all of my quilt blocks are sticking to it so I’m happy.
Add another design wall
I think I’ll throw another one in the dryer and make another design wall area. See that clock on the wall? I think I’ll move it and continue my design wall. I love adding orphan blocks to my wall. The splash of color everywhere makes me happy and might also encourage me to make them into quilt projects!