Once I got back into sewing, I realized that my ironing board was in desperate need of a makeover. The top was grubby and ragged, and I could feel the 'bones' of the board through what little padding remained.
I used an old wool army blanket for the new padding. I just turned the board upside down on the blanket, traced around it with tailor's chalk, and cut out two pieces, the second a couple inches bigger, to cover the sides of the board. (I may add a third layer, now that I know how much it's compacting with use.) I basted them together in a couple of long lines, but didn't attach it to the new cover so it can be washed separately, if needed. Then I used the old cover as a pattern for the new one, only I cut it several inches too small, so I could add a drawstring casing. After that, I used the left over scraps to make a caddy for all the things that usually live on top of the board and get in my way. They're still handy, but now they're out of the way. I put actual buttonholes in the caddy, so it can come off it needs to. The buttons aren't interfaced, but have scraps of blanket behind them for some support. All in all I'm very pleased with it. Now I just need a new iron!
I still had some fabric left over, so I made myself a new pincushion/caddy. I got the pattern from Sew Mama Sew, here: http://sewmamasew.com/blog2/?p=765
Honestly, I like the idea, but not the execution. The pincushion itself is too big, and so is the scrap bucket. Plus, the pattern kicked my @ss-I dunno if it was just me having A Day or what, but I took the pincushion apart about four times and finally had to pin it all together like it was finished to be able to visualize it in my head. Gah. The needle strip in the middle is a scrap of Army blanket.
If I had to do it again (and I might-I really do like the idea) I would make both the bucket and the pincushion about half the size it is now, and anchor the caddy at the front of it, not in the middle-it sits too close to the edge for my peace of mind. Anyway, here it is.
The one thing I did that I really like is I used sand from the incense pot on our altar instead of rice, so it smells wonderful!