Just thought id re-mention my dislike of pretty much all manufactured ironing board covers. Why do manufacturing companies always choose such hideous fabrics for their ironing boards? Now i know there are a few design brands that make slightly more tasteful ones but on the whole, much like bed mattress fabric, the choice available is entirely hideous and very much set in the 70's/ early 80's when cheap and tatty had a whole new market. Anyway, rant over! I cover my own boards myself with fabrics i don't mind looking at (they are durable too) and when they eventually burn.......yes my ironing is a little hap-hazard, i make a new one.
On seeing a friends very sorry looking ironing board (with a cover so thin it left wire grid marks on the clothes), i decided to make her a new one. The original fabric was actually not nearly as offensive as any I've seen before and i happened to have a similar coloured off cut from a previous project, so i used it. This is not really a post about something amazing I've made but to show people how easy it is to make your own. All you need to do is trace round the original cover, adding an extra cm or two for shrinkage. add a layer of wadding if it needs padding replaced on the board and then sew a bias tape all around the outside edge. Folding it with a strong but thin piece of string inside. Easy, new pretty ironing board with better padding, makes ironing a happier task!