The to-do list I posted yesterday lasted exactly 12 hours before it got revised. To be fair, I should have put "make a new cover for my ironing board" at the top of the list and just forgot to include it.
I am mighty particular about my ironing boards. My mother has a Mary Proctor single-flip ironing board that is at least as old as I am. My sister and I both learned to iron my father's dress shirts on that ironing board. What makes it special is that the end of it flips up and down—up, and the ironing board is a large rectangle perfect for ironing yardage; down, and it forms a triangular end for ironing smaller items.
A few years ago, I went on the hunt for my own. They are not easy to find. Most people who have them (like my mother) refuse to give them up. I started with eBay and managed to locate one and convince the seller to ship it to me. This is what I got:
That's it with the end flipped down. It was in reasonably good shape overall. I got some PVC pipe ends to put on the bottom crossbars and they work fine. I added some padding to the top and then just cut out a large poplin rectangle a few inches larger all around, bound it with double-fold bias tape, and threaded a thin nylon cord through the bias tape to cinch it up. Worked perfectly.
Not long after that, I ran across a Mary Proctor double-flip ironing board at a thrift store here in town. It has the flip-up end AND a piece on the side that flips up and down to make the body of the ironing board even wider. I keep that one downstairs. In January, I found another single-flip Mary Proctor ironing board at a thrift store in Spokane for a whopping $1.09. I bought that one and gave it to my friend, Tera, because she had been asking about mine.
I am also kind of particular about my irons. This is the kind of iron I learned to iron with:
I have about six of these. DD#2 felt compelled to lecture me about the number of irons in my collection when she was home on spring break, but I have this terrible fear of having to use a modern iron, so I pick these up at thrift stores whenever I see them. They are usually only a couple of dollars. They are nice and heavy and don't have stupid safety features on them like auto shut-off. There is nothing more annoying than getting up from a sewing session to press something and having to wait for the iron to heat up again.
Unfortunately, being old, some of these irons have residue in them and that is why I had to replace the cover on my ironing board. I clean these with iron cleaner and/or vinegar before I use them, but one in particular that I tried desperately to rescue and rehabilitate randomly kept spitting up brown liquid. It would work fine for a while and then all of a sudden it would just gush gunk out of the top and onto the ironing board cover (thankfully, not onto any fabric). I had to throw it away, sadly. The ironing board cover got stained and was looking pretty awful. I was cleaning out some fabric the other day and ran across the rest of the poplin I had used for the first cover, so I took it out in anticipation of making another one.
Yesterday was a long day, for a variety of reasons, and I didn't finish working until 4:30. That's a long day for me. Most days, I am done by 2:00 p.m. or earlier. The husband and I also had to attend a fire department meeting last night because next week is our big fundraising auction. There were plenty of leftovers for dinner, though, so I didn't have to cook. After work I ran upstairs, cut out the new cover, sewed on the bias tape, and threaded the nylon cord through the casing while also watching the first half of the Gonzaga-West Virginia basketball game. I wasn't quite able to get the cover back on the board before we had to leave for the meeting, but I put it on when we got home.
And now Gonzaga is playing Xavier in the Elite Eight round. My cousin Aimee's son is a junior at Xavier and another one of my cousin's kids is a Xavier alum, so we have a bit of a family rivalry going on here. It should be a good game tomorrow. Spike is ready: