What is the Muslin For?

Rather boring picture, I know. But I’m finally going to make a new ironing board cover. I’ve been threatening to do this for next to forever and have found a couple of tutorials online that seem pretty straightforward so today’s experiment shall be making myself a clean new ironing board cover. My old one is so far beyond the pale I wouldn’t even dream of taking a picture of it.

For a fleeting moment or two I thought about dressing up the ironing board and using a pretty print fabric but, given the wear and tear my ironing board takes being shoved in the closet and dragged out again, I’d rather be a bit more frugal about it. Watch for tomorrow’s report on just how easy (or not) making this ironing board cover proved to be!

Last night Mr. Q.O. suggested a quilt be made for a friend. So out came the quilt books looking for some quick inspiration. I think I’ve settled on a design and, if the ironing board cover experiment goes well, I might even get the first block made today. It will be a machine-pieced quilt and one that I hope to put together quickly.

Baxter was draped over the arm of the chair looking at the quilt books too. He’ll be happy with whatever design so long as he has a chance to bite the fabric.

8 thoughts on “What is the Muslin For?

  1. I agree with you on the muslin for your new ironing board cover. I have often debated on using pretty fabric, but then it would just get messed up anyway, why waste it? I am totally impressed that you will be machine piecing your next quilt! Definitely a quilting cat if I ever saw one!


  2. I have been making my ironing board covers out of decorator fabric (100% cotton) that is marked down to only a little $$$. You end up having to buy about 2 yards but you get 2 covers out of it. The best thing is that they last a lot longer than the thin fabric….


  3. I think muslin is a great idea for the ironing board. It’s economical, and I don’t know about you, but I like to draw some lines on my cover with a sharpie. I use those lines for keeping bindings I’m folding/ironing straight, and I have some lines that I use to make sure my folded fabrics are the same size on the shelf. A recent quilt I made a wonky/crazy border for was much easier with lines to go by, to make sure I had it the right width. These lines are hard to see on printed fabric……so my next board cover will be muslin! Thanks!


  4. I’ve always wanted to make my own ironing board covers, but it seems so daunting. I’m really looking forward to hearing your report tomorrow! Also curious to know what pattern you and Baxter choose for the gift quilt! xxoo


  5. Good luck with the cover. I just purchased a reversable cover (time short). Love the idea he has to mark the fabric He still looks like butter wouldn’t melt in his mouth. He looks so loving too.


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