Nothing gets done, until you set your mind to it! Making my daughter's quilt, was one way to dip into my supplies. I found, as I went, other projects I could put together as well.
Like this ironing board cover...
I love this bright yellow fabric, now I've brought it out of hiding. So much brighter than my old grey cover, which had more than done its duty. The best part is, I tailor made it. So it fits perfectly. Those generic covers never fitted this board well.
I reused the top and foam, in my old cover, as the pattern for the new fabric. But I wasn't going to discard perfectly good foam for my board, so incorporated it into the new liner. Unfortunately I didn't have any selvage left to sew the old liner to the new material, so sandwiched it between two pieces of material instead.
Using this old flannel sheet, was just the fit. I had originally purchased it from a second-hand store, several years ago. It had some worn areas in the middle, but I don't like to see flannel go to waste. It's good stuff! I had never envisaged though, how it would become part of my new ironing board cover.
See that elastic...
I wasn't going to use elastic at first, as it tends to wear out, in a year or so. And you end up with it sagging anyway. I contemplated using a series of manual ties, instead.
However, when I fitted it on the board (sans elastic) it just didn't look neat enough. A few ties would tuck in some areas - but not all. I didn't want a higgledy-piggledy, looking board. Not when I had gone to so much trouble to tailor it.
I was so much happier, once the elastic was added. Because I used my elastic stitch on my sewing machine, for the very first time. My trusty, "Brother". It's been with me, as long as I've been with my husband. It was the first Christmas present he ever bought me, and it was under request!
I've never been an expert sewer, but I love the freedom a sewing machine gives me. I love knowing its tucked away in that cabinet in the background, just waiting for me to imagine new ways to create practical things. I also love that it has lasted, nearly 20 years. How's that for mileage?
My old iron lasted even longer - only by a few more years. However, it met an untimely death - yes, untimely - when it went to army camp with my husband, last year. He dropped it from his locker, and knocked-off the steam control knob. I could no longer control the steam. It didn't really bother me, until I started making my daughter's quilt recently.
With that project, I had to be able to control the steam. So imagine my surprise when my husband brought home an Olliso Pro iron. It stays in the laying down position, on little legs that pop out, once your hand leaves the handle.
I never intended to colour co-ordinate the cover with my new iron, it just turned out that way. A lovely surprise! So I'm mixing up a lot of old, with some new. I hope I get as much mileage out of this iron, as I did, my former.
Is there anything practical, you've been busy creating lately?