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hummingbird42
« on: September 27, 2006 07:33:56 AM »

hello!

i just got a new ironing board and it came with the most ugly board cover.  i could buy another cover but  1.)  i don't really have any money and 2.) i like the idea of re-vamping the one i have somehow.  but!  the pickle for me is, whatever i put on it has to tolerate heat obviously and washings.  anyone have any ideas for that one?  wondering if iron-on transfers tolerate heat?  thanks a bunch!

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Gwydion
« Reply #1 on: September 27, 2006 08:52:10 PM »

If you're going to decorate the existing cover, about the only way you can make sure your decoration stays on is to sew it on.  Firmly.  The heat from the iron will MELT off iron-on materials or hot glue.

The decoration should also be 100% cotton, or you run the risk of inadvertently melting it onto whatever you're ironing at the time.

If you've got an old cotton sheet, you can easily make a new cover: tape a couple sheets of newspaper together, turn the board upside down and trace around it, then trace another line 3 inches outside that.  Cut your fabric on the outside line.  Either hem in a drawstring pocket or edge the thing with bias tape, leaving an opening at the center of the wide end of the board.  Insert drawstring and voila! new cover.  For pennies.

(Your board will be even more effective if you cut two underlayers: 1) a bottom layer of heavy 100% wool (old Army blankets are great for this) and 2) a layer of 100% cotton batting to go over the wool.  Cut each of these layers about 2 inches larger than the board top, so they will be secured by the ironing board cover and won't wiggle)  Something about the wool-batting setup seems to pull the steam through more effectively.
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hummingbird42
« Reply #2 on: October 04, 2006 10:16:08 AM »

wow!  some cool ideas there. thanks.  i was trying to avoid the 'sewing thing" (cause i don't have a sewing machine) and hoping for an easier solution, but i suspected there wasn't one.  thanks for your reply.

hey!  what about using dyes?  i wonder if that could work somehow.  i've never worked with dyes so i have no idea.......i suppose you run the risk of the dye coming off and "leaking" into whatever you are ironing i bet.
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