Make your ironing board into a creative workstation with this cover and caddy set. Keep everything to hand for quick stitching, with pockets for all your tools, plus a matching pincushion to stop those pins from going walking. Ironing won’t be a chore any more with this handy make!
- Fabric: Makower UK, Modern Folkloric
- collection, 10 prints
- Toy stuffing
- Elastic, 3m
- Thread, sewing: black; yellow; grey
- Ironing board cover: custom-sized
- Caddy: 21cm x 83cm
- Pincushion: 5cm x 18cm
Sew an ironing board cover
Place an ironing board onto a large piece of paper, board-side down. Draw around the shape, allowing at least 8cm all round. Cut out to make a template, then use to cut this shape out of fabric.
At the narrowest end, fold over a double hem of 1cm to the wrong side, along a width of 5cm. Machine stitch. Fold the whole of the hem over twice to match, then a third time by 2cm all the way round. Pin and stitch leaving the 5cm section open.
Attach a safety pin to one end of a 3m length of elastic. Thread it through the gap in the ironing board cover. Bring all the way round until it comes back out of the opening. Manipulate the gathered fabric evenly along the elastic, and secure the ends.
Make a caddy
Cut 23cm x 87cm from grey chevron fabric. Trim 20cm x 30cm of black daisy fabric and iron all the raw edges over to the wrong side by 5mm, mitring the corners. Pin this in the middle of the grey fabric. Cut six 8cm squares from yellow daisy fabric and fold each one in half to the wrong side to make a rectangle. Fold each corner of the fold over to the middle of the raw end to make a triangle. Press with a hot iron.
Arrange three triangles at each end of the black daisy fabric, tucking their raw edges securely under it. Secure the black daisy panel using black thread, making sure to catch each triangle’s raw edge. Iron on the reverse.
Cut 24cm x 28cm from yellow sunflower fabric. Stitch a double hem on one long side, and a single 1cm hem on the opposite edge, then press. Lay this piece onto one end of the grey chevron panel so that its twice hemmed edge is 4cm from the yellow triangles. Pin the raw side edges so they match up with the grey raw edges. Create two evenly spaced pleats in the sunflower fabric, then pin and stitch across the bottom. Press to make two vertical creases from the pleats, and topstitch each one close to the crease line.
Cut 12cm x 23cm from floral print fabric, fold the bottom edge over by 1cm and press. Trim a 5cm x 23cm strip of black daisy fabric. Fold both long edges over to the wrong side until almost in the middle, then press the creases. Bind the top edge of the floral rectangle with the black strip.
Pin the rectangle across the other end of the grey chevron fabric, 4cm from the yellow triangles. Stitch down the sides and across the bottom. Divide the pocket into two by stitching down its middle. Repeat to make a second pocket from yellow chevron print. Stitch, so that it just overlaps the bottom seam of the first pocket.
Cut one 23cm x 87cm rectangle from yellow floral print and one from wadding. Lay the fabric right side up on the wadding, then the finished caddy front, wrong side up, on top. Pin and stitch all the way round with a 1cm seam allowance, leaving a gap at one end for turning.
Clip across the corners and trim any excess wadding before turning right side out. Push the corners out and press all the way around the edge. Topstitch 3mm in from the edge, catching in the open end. Finish by quilting lines across the black daisy panel in yellow thread and highlighting some of the chevrons in grey.
Stich a pincushion
Make two folded triangle pieces from yellow daisy fabric as for the caddy. Set aside. Cut 8.5cm x 9.5cm of black silhouette fabric and 3cm x 8.5cm of chevron print, and stitch together. Iron the seam. Trim a narrow piece of yellow daisy fabric and attach to the end. Press.
Cut backing fabric from black sunflower print, making it the same size as the patchwork piece. Pin the two right sides together, trapping a yellow triangle at either end. Stitch around with a 5mm seam allowance, leaving a gap for turning. Clip the corners and turn right side out. Stuff and hand stitch the gap closed.