It’s been a week, dear reader, quite a week. I’ve been a little overwhelmed over the past little while and it finally caught up with me last week as I took a downward spiral into a nice head-cold. Still coughing a bit, but on the whole feeling much better. And it gave me a nice excuse to lay in bed and get feeling better and tell people, “I simply can’t, I’m not feeling well.” This whole ordeal is, of course, a classic problem with me and that is the problem of saying “no” to people. Anyone else have this problem? It’s hard for me to combat. To put it simply, I’m a work in progress, and that’s saying something. I could take a better cue from The Selfish Seamstress in all aspects of life. Her haiku are simply marvelous and some definite words to live by. Sigh….
Enough about that. Last week I said I was going to post a tutorial on how to make your own ironing board cover and then well, I went off the deep end for a minute. Seriously though, have you ever thought about this? I hadn’t. Not because I didn’t want to, but because in the time it would take to sew up one of these I could sew up a sweet skirt or simple sheath dress and since my time is rather precious and I don’t have ample amounts to sew anyway I really didn’t want to spend it doing this. Not saying that this takes a huge amount of time, but I’m sure you get my drift. Whatever. I told you I had the trouble of getting a new ironing board and iron and that I couldn’t really find a board cover that was going to work. Have you taken a look at the ironing board covers that are available lately? They are total….crap. Ummm…a polyurethane liner? This is disgraceful! First being it is not a natural fiber whatsoever, second that because it’s not a natural fiber it doesn’t breathe at all and then moisture gets caught within the cover and in between the liner and the board, then causing rusting which will seep through to your clothing and stain; a stain that will not come out. Not to mention, the actual cover, though claiming it is 100% cotton acts like it is a cotton/polyester blend, which has the same effect on the board as the synthetic liner. After a thorough and exhausting search of all the nearest stores, I did an internet search of some tutorials for an ironing board cover and found that they lacked certain things that I had to have in an ironing board cover. Let’s get a few things straight here:
- I wanted something that would last a good long while.
- I wanted to use all natural fibers that would “breathe.”
- I did not want that stupid drawstring thing, which does not really work unless the drawstring is encased in a casing along with elastic. Encasing a drawstring alone in a thread serged casing is AWFUL!!! The drawstring and casing has broken every time for me.
OK, I let it all out. That does feel rather good. So here it is folks, a small and very easy tutorial on how to make your own ironing board cover. I realize the materials are a little on the spendy side, but I believe, being a seamstress, that pressing is an absolute must while sewing. Sew, why not give yourself the best quality out there and sew it yourself. I found it was easy to make two of these bad boys at the same time and that will last me even longer! Now that is something to smile about. For all your stitchers out there, here’s a little something that will make your pressing troubles a little better. Enjoy!
Click here for the tutorial.