Isn't it beautiful? I love it. I'm so proud of myself for pulling it off. It came out just as I imagined it - even better! I made it Monday night and have been using it nonstop since then. It fits perfectly! And it frees up so much space in my sewing room. I think it's the best thing I ever made.
Can't guess what it is?
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Remember this dresser I blogged about in October? Well it ended up being the perfect place to house all my kokoleo kid clothes and works-in-progress. I love it. The trouble was, I couldn't access it very well because my damn rickety ironing board was in the way. Unfortunately, it was the only place the ironing board could go (outlet logistics), but it was also right in the path where people have to walk to get outside. Then I got an idea. What if I turned the top of my dresser into an ironing board? I researched heat resistant fabric and ordered some. At $12.98 a yard, it's probably the most I've ever paid for one yard of fabric. I knew if I messed up my measurements, I was screwed.
It wasn't quite long enough so I had to add a few inches to the ends (from the excess width), then I folded over each edge and sewed a channel all the way around it (corners were a bit tricky). Then I inserted some elastic. That's what the first picture showed - the cover before I stretched it over the top of the dresser. I dissected my old ironing board, took off the foam pad, and laid it on top of the dresser with another layer of cotton batting (to give it a soft surface). If there was band in my studio it would have played a drumroll as I carefully stretched the elasticized cover over the top of the dresser. Luckily, thankfully, it fit!
Perfectly, I might add. The drawer and door open easily and the cover doesn't move around at all. Best of all, I can get rid of that precarious ironing board. I was so excited I roused Erik out of bed at 1:00 a.m. to come look. He didn't see what the big deal was. Pshaw. I guess it's something only a seamstress would appreciate. No matter. I love my little unassuming heat resistant dresser top ironing board.