I realized that I really had to do something about my ironing board cover. It was so thin that when I ironed anything the pattern from the grill underneath was put into my fabric or garment. I’ve seen a lot of complaints about how stained they get too so it was a good thing to do all round.
I used the rest of my gingham material from an earlier project. It was obviously not all cotton so I will see how it wears over time.
I got the quick and easy instructions from this YouTube video: https://youtu.be/x0tiMnuVT54 .
Updated 2022: Please see below.
So just to come back and correct this post. I do not recommend this method for re-covering an ironing board. It did not last at all and the ironing was still not good. To be fair, the fabric might not have been 100% cotton but I just didn’t realize the difference it would make back when I wrote this. In 2019, I got a small sleeve ironing board and used that and it was much better for some reason but it was also more convenient.
Subsequently, as I expanded into other sewing project like bags and now with the crafts, I got a cricut pressing mat and then a wool mat. I use these two almost exclusively now. Harder to iron, say a man’s shirt, but I use it for sewing and crafting anyway. Ensure your surface is moisture resistant (I have Ikea’s melamine desk tops). If you use on top of a wood surface or your cutting mat, they will get warped and ruined.
At first, I swore by everything I saw on YouTube and it is an incredible resource!!! However, but I’ve grown a bit more cautious and will watch 2 o 3 different methods/videos on a topic before jumping in myself. Sometimes (often) people will post things on YouTube that they have done either for the first time and have not truly tested over time. I don’t want to fall into that category and hence your update! We all need corrections and updates as we learn.