Home Improvements Of The Sewing Kind

HAPPY NEW YEAR, guys!

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A new decade is upon us.

I’ll admit that it didn’t really dawn on me that it’s a new decade as well as a new year until about a week before it actually arrived. December is always manic for us, and we just try to survive day by day until we make it to the holiday break 😂 But yeah, we got ourselves a whole new fresh decade to play with.

Social media is – of course – now filled with everyone’s new gym kit, meal replacement shakes, 5/2 diet plans. I used to be that person, but there’s gonna be no resolutions of that kind for me – instead, I’m making resolutions to look after myself a bit more. I’ll try and eat a few more vegetables. I’ll make an effort to do the stretches that the massage therapist tells me to do, which I never seem to make the time for. I’ve never really been into the whole ‘beauty’ thing (I don’t wear makeup and I’m a wash-and-moisturise morning routine kinda gal) but I seem to have considerably fewer wrinkles than the husbeast, so I’m trying to capitalise on that before it’s too late. I’ve bought a nice facial scrub to use, and tried out a charcoal/clay face mask the other day which is supposed to soak up all the excess oil in your pores. Well, let me tell ya – my mask looked like chip shop wrapping paper by the time I washed it off 😨 Gross. I bet that when I cycle to work, all the gunk off London’s roads collects in my face 😑 I’m determined to tackle the blackheads on my nose, and the hard skin on my feet. I think my feet are tough enough that I could walk across hot coals and not feel it, whereas the husbeast has feet like a newborn baby that hasn’t walked a day in their life. I don’t understand it. Must be genetic 🤷🏻‍♀️ (I’d rather have the hard skin than the wrinkles, though 😂)

I’ve seen a lot of those ‘my decade in review’ things on people’s Instagram stories which are totes interesting, but as I’ve not yet figured out how to use Stories (yep, really 😂) you’re gonna get mine in the best way I know how… written out 🤓

So – let’s roll on back ten years…

2010 Was the year after my mum passed away, and we moved halfway around the world from England to Borneo. Our dogs were born there and found their forever homes with us that year, too.

2011 We spent travelling in Asia. Good times. I also started my (second) accountancy qualification and got several exams completed while in Malaysia 🤓

2012 We moved back to the UK, dogs in tow. The doggos left 30-degree heat (which was all they’d known, forever) and arrived at Heathrow to snow. Much confusion on their part to this new British weather system. I went back into the job I was in before we left the country, but realised I’d changed as a person since I left and it wasn’t for me anymore. I left accountancy practice, which I’d worked in my entire working life, and went into industry as a management accountant. Passed all my exams and got my qualification this year, and went to NYC for the first time and fell in love with the city 🗽

2013 I discovered sewing! ‘Nuff said. ✂️

2014 I left my hometown for a job in London. The city called to me – the rural fields of Suffolk were no longer cutting it. Aaron remained in his job back home, while I lived in London Monday-Friday and came home at the weekends. It was tough. I started dying my hair bright colours again after I stopped for the job I took in 2012 🌈

2015 We found a rental house in London, and Aaron found a job in the city and once again we were back together 💜

2016 Got my tattoo sleeve!

2017 The first posts on the Wanderstitch blog went live! I’d been planning it behind the scenes for a couple of months, but nothing prepared me for the IMMENSE learning curve that would be maintaining a blog and doing the techy-stuff to keep it running and fix it when it went wrong. This was also the year that we started our Etsy shop 🛍

2018 Bad year. Suffered a head injury right at the start which pretty much wrote off the entire year, and most of the next one too. Happy to forget that year.

2019 For the first time ever, I find myself not working in finance. I’ve had a career change and now work in data protection and information security, and am quite looking forward to what’s to come. Also, I got the courage to get my first ever needle piercing and had my septum pierced. Though I did close my eyes from the second I sat down in the chair (I feel like if I saw the needle I might have bottled it) and I got a lollipop for my efforts 😂

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Quite a decade, eh?

I’m moving into this new one with a much more solid idea of who I am, and less of a willingness to change and align with what people expect of someone ‘my age’ or with ‘my job’ or any other crap. Yes, I’m 35 and have just got my nose pierced. Yes, I have pink hair and a tattoo sleeve. Yes, I’m a qualified accountant. No, we don’t want children. I also don’t want to work full time for someone else, and I don’t want the promotion that comes with more money and a bucketload of stress, thanks. I’m happy that both of us have landed jobs in creative industries here in London that allow us to express who we truly are. I’m a wanderer, a dreamer, a creator, and always have been – but I’ve suppressed it in the past to conform to what people think a finance professional should be. No more. You take me for me, or you don’t. Simples 🤷🏻‍♀️

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I feel like I’ve got my life priorities a bit more in order heading into the new year/decade, and that feels good… because at the start of the decade everything was a bit of a mess 😂

Just for the lols, here’s a little 2010 vs 2019 of me and the husbeast… I’m not sure we’ve aged well 😂 There’s definitely a few more forehead wrinkles going on 👀

(also it’s pretty depressing to see that blue skies have been replaced with grey 🤔)

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To celebrate the start of this (hopefully) wonderful new decade I did some Home Improvements Of The Sewing Kind…

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Let me get this out the way and say I never thought I’d actually make cushion covers – I mean, who am I? Cushion covers are borrrrrrring 😨 But they can also be kinda necessary, I suppose.

For the last few years, we’ve had some beautiful magenta and gold cushion covers on our sofas. Then the dog discovered she liked to sit on them, and eventually, the fabric wore through (helped by her claws, as she tried to mould them to her liking before sitting on them) and they ended up in shreds. It didn’t help that the cushion inners were just slightlyyy too big for the covers as well, and they bulged in a bit of an ugly way.

Here’s what they looked like when I bought them, and at the end of their days:

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Oh! The screenshot actually says I bought the covers in 2014. They lasted well. Yeah… I’m ashamed to say the cushions remained in this state for a fair few months before I decided to do something about them 😨 But I couldn’t decide on the fabric I wanted to use to make replacements.

Then one evening, an idea struck me 💡

You remember that outfit I made for a friend’s Indian wedding? Well, I had a fair chunk of fabric leftover from the skirt (I over-ordered because it was coming from India and I was on a deadline and I did NOT want running out of fabric to be a thing) and I realised that it would make a damn good fabric choice for the new cushions. Pretty similar to the ones I loved so much that the dog had trashed 😑

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I roughly measured how much fabric I had left, bought some 18-inch cushion covers from good ol’ Amazon along with some pink and purple basic cotton fabrics from Minerva, and set to work.

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When I was cutting up the silk, I then realised that I’d forgotten that one little thing called seam allowance and that I didn’t have enough fabric to cut the panels as planned at 19 x 19 inches side by side – because the fabric wasn’t wide enough. FFS. 🤬

So I cut the fabric in half and went with what I could… meaning that the seam allowance was a little scant, shall we say, on a few of the edges.

I layered the outer silk on top of a polycotton from Minerva (for a bit more thickness) and the backs were made from their slightly studier cotton poplin.

I went for the super easy flap back (is that what it’s called? I have no idea. Probably not. Probably called something way more eloquent than that) so that I didn’t have to faff with zips… and there’s no piping on these bad boys either. If I was going to make stuff for the home, it was going to be done quick sharp so that I could get back to sewing the fun stuff ASAP.

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I made each ‘flap’ two-thirds of the height of the back – the front of the cushion was (almost) 18 inches square, so each flap is 12 inches tall and they overlap for six inches (it was a complaint of the husbeast that the last cushion covers we had only overlapped by an inch or so and the innards were exposed – probably more because the pads were too big for the covers, but 🤷🏻‍♀️).

I sewed a double-fold hem of 1cm on the mouth of each back piece.

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I layered everything up – silk on top of polycotton (right side up) and then the back sections on top of the silk, right sides facing. Everything was pinned in place and then the whole thing was whizzed through the overlocker, which took about sixty seconds. (And it was even quicker because I couldn’t be bothered to change my overlocker threads, so the cushions got whatever was in there at the time. Hey, it’s on the inside, no one’s gonna know. Except for you lot, because I’ve just told you 😂)

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Twenty minutes (not even, probably) and three cushions later, and I’m turning them right side out and marvelling at what a pretty cushion cover I’ve made in no time at all (and cursing myself for actually buying these previously when I could have actually attempted to make them myself 🤦🏻‍♀️) The pads were inserted, corners poked, back flaps flattened and they were placed on the sofa. And they looked pretty damn good.

Here’s a little before-and-after:

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I’m still marvelling at the difference they make even now – and, most importantly (OBVS) – the dog approves.

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She is, however, under strict instruction NOT to shred these beauties with her claws, or damage them in any way. Yeah, look at her – butter wouldn’t melt in her mouth. Bloody would, I tell ya 😑

Once I’d made the cushions, I was on a bit of a roll with the housey-stuff – the ironing board was next.

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Now this one I’d actually prepped for a while back. I’d already chosen (and bought) my fabric – two metres of an Alexander Henry print that I found as a remnant on eBay. I’d also already bought the replacement fleece padding stuff that goes under the cover.

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My current cover was Boring With A Capital B. Grey and white, with a bloody great rip in it that I’d tried to patch with interfacing (yes, really) and lots of holes all over it. Before you wonder what the hell I did to it, I use spray starch a lot for the things we sell on Etsy, which collects on the cover so it has to be washed fairly regularly. The washing exacerbates all the tiny little holes and thin patches where the cover has just worn through… until it ends up looking a mess. Like, a big hot mess.

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Yep – I’d bodged a rip with fusible interfacing 😂 Twice.

Underneath wasn’t much prettier either:

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The foam was shrunken, and burned, and generally looking pretty sorry for itself.

The plan was to salvage the tape from around the edge of the current cover, and attach this to the new one. I’d do away with the ugly grey ‘heat resistant’ pad at the top end because I never used it anyway – why you’d want to get into the habit of placing the iron hot side down on an ironing board escapes me, and it’s just asking for trouble. Since we got the dogs, I’m totes a nervous wreck about things that can cause catastrophe – irons, hair straighteners, candles, the oven – I worry about all of that lot when the dogs are home alone. More than what is considered a normal amount, I bet. So I for sure do not want to start putting the hot surface of the iron on things and getting into that habit.

(Plus that grey bit looks ugly and I didn’t want to cover up my pretty fabric with it 😂)

So I started out by removing the cover from the board. Eeeeeeeasy.

I then laid out my Alexander Henry fabric on my folding picnic-slash-cutting table (yep, really – £20 off Amazon and it’s the best £20 I’ve ever spent because it folds up and lives under the sofa when not in use) and literally cut around the cover. No measuring, no nothing – just me and the scissors. I’m actually kind of alarmed at how simple this whole process was, if I’m honest.

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Once that was cut out, I proceeded to remove the edging tape, and then sew this round the new cover I just cut. As the stitching was going to be underneath the ironing board, I took the opportunity to use up some of the thread that’s sitting in my thread box which never gets used – so, brown for me (I don’t even remember which project I bought this thread for, or if I was given it or what 🤷🏻‍♀️)

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Sure it looks ugly, but my finishing on the bottom corner is way better than the original and I’m taking that as a win 🤘🏻

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The fresh padding was put on the board, and cut round (very roughly), and the cover put on top of that. All the string-tightening happened and the whole thing now looks 100% awesome! I’ve had this ironing board for about seven years (and that nasty grey cover, as well) and it now feels brand new – I can’t believe I waited this long to do such a simple refresh.

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It’s cool, right?  Recovering the board is not something that I’m gonna be doing like all the time – because although I’m sure that you can buy that white tape that goes around the edge, I’ll just keep reusing that same bit – but at least I know that it’s not too much drama to sew a new cover when then this one dies. Saying that, it would be good to have a second one that I could put on when this one goes into the wash (which, tbh it could do with now), but… meh. I dunno. Perhaps I also should have drawn a paper template for future use 🤔 Too late now.

Anyways, I was pretty chuffed that with just an afternoon’s work, I was able to dramatically improve some things that were looking particularly shabby – yay!

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I hope you all had a great new year’s eve – we stayed at home (always do, because one of our doggos is super scared of the fireworks), and I was in bed by 10pm because I couldn’t keep my eyes open any longer.

I know, SO rock and roll 🤘🏻😂

Did you all manage to get some sewing done over the Christmas break? I hope so ✂️

Happy Sunday everyone ✌🏻

Oh! One last thing. Please settle a….disagreement between me and the husbeast 🤔 He thinks I’ve put the fabric on the ironing board upside down. His reasoning is that when the ironing board is folded and stored upright, the girls are upside down. He says the ‘top’ of the ironing board should, therefore, be the narrow end. I disagree. I put the fabric on what I thought was the right way up – my reasoning being that where you place the iron (ie, the widest end), is the top of the ironing board. And the way I’ve done it just looks visually *right* to me. But it seems that we disagree.

So – are you team right way up or team upside down? 🙃

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47 Comments

  1. Barbarags
    January 5, 2020 / 8:45 am

    Definitely your way is the right way up. I wonder if I recovered our ironing board (and it definitely needs it) with that sort of fabric design then would my partner do some of the ironing. Also your post has activated in me cushion making guilt as I started a cushion over a year ago and it is still unfinished. I did the fancy work on the front of the cushion but opted to do a zip back, piping and other fiddly bits and I have chickened out. I shall go and drag it out from amongst other UFO’s. Best wishes to the both of you in 2020.

    • Sarah
      Author
      January 6, 2020 / 1:04 pm

      Thanks Barbara – here’s to an awesome 2020 for you too! ❤️
      Ah, see now that’s why I went super simple with the cushion – I thought that if I made it too fiddly I’d just give up on it and buy replacement covers 😂😂😂 The piping does look good on a cushion though, perhaps I’ll make that upgrade on the next ones (if there are any!)
      It’s definitely worth a try with the ironing board – though even if it doesn’t get him to do the ironing at least you’ll have a cool looking board! And also I should probably mention that my board isn’t actually used for any *ironing*… just pressing!! I hate ironing and will only iron a garment if it would be totally embarrassing to wear it to work in it’s current state 😳😂

  2. Pauline Arjani
    January 5, 2020 / 8:45 am

    Ironing board looks. Fab as does the cushion, well done, I am team right way up for the ironing board cover 👏 😄

    • Sarah
      Author
      January 6, 2020 / 1:05 pm

      Thanks Pauline! I was convinced that the way I’d put it was right, and then it wasn’t until I’d finished it that the husbeast went ‘it looks good, but you realise it’s upside down’? and I was like 😨😨😨

  3. Donna Bartlett
    January 5, 2020 / 8:54 am

    Yeah you’ve done the ironing board the right way, normally there’s an iron rest thing at the fat end? Just store it with the girls up the right way instead. Sorted 👍🏻😊 xx

    • Sarah
      Author
      January 6, 2020 / 1:08 pm

      Yayyy I’m glad you think it’s the right way ❤️
      There was like a heat resistant pad thing at the fat end, but I took it off because it was an ugly grey colour 😂
      I’m not actually sure whether my board can be stored both ways up… I’m gonna check that!!

  4. Natacha
    January 5, 2020 / 9:22 am

    Totally with you on the ironing board cover sense. And wish you, the Husbeast and your furry family a great year and decade.

    • Sarah
      Author
      January 6, 2020 / 1:08 pm

      Thank you Natacha! ❤️
      I hope you have a wonderful 2020 too!

  5. Bren Holmes
    January 5, 2020 / 9:27 am

    Your cushions are lovely and they are envelope back style. I love making something from fabric remnants and scraps I already have; always feels like a win.
    I agree that your ironing board fabric is in the right direction. I’ve never made my own ironing board cover, but mine gets in a state, too. At least, the one in my sewing room does. I do minimal ironing on the one in the house these days, so that survives longer. My sewing room is an extension built on to the side of the house, with a separate access. I didn’t realise that it was possible to purchase replacement ironing board padding, so thanks for that bit of info. I have a new cover ready to go onto the ironing board, but I’ll get some new padding before putting it on.
    I’ve not done much sewing over the holiday period, just finished two large shopping bags that were in progress before they were temporarily abandoned for making Christmas gifts. I’ve still not completed that quilt, but it’s next on the agenda. My sewing mojo seems to have faded away rather of late. I must finish my many Phd (projects half done) this year. My only other New Year resolution is to laugh more.
    Wishing you a very happy and creative decade.

    • Sarah
      Author
      January 6, 2020 / 1:15 pm

      Ahhh thanks Bren – ENVELOPE STYLE. See, that sounds way more eloquent!! I knew there would be a proper name 😂
      And I’m the same as you, no actual ‘ironing’ happens on my ironing board, only pressing the works in progress! I try not to make too many clothes that need ironing before wear 😁
      Wow you have an actual sewing room? That’s the dream. I’d love that one day ❤️
      I got my board padding off Amazon I think, maybe just less than a tenner? I think you can buy other brands, but my board is a Brabantia (and pretty big) so I bought their padding as I knew it would fit. I reckon they’re all probably much of the same, though. Did you make the new cover for your board?
      I’d say just go with your mojo – if you don’t feel like sewing much, maybe spend some time browsing patterns or fabric for inspiration 😊 I’m hoping that 2020 will be the year that I finally tackle a quilt – though I always like the really big and complicated ones which I think might be WAY above my current skill level 😂
      And I think that is an EXCELLENT resolution 🙌🏻😁

  6. January 5, 2020 / 10:17 am

    You put it the right way if you are a right-hand person. If you were left-hander, then you would like to be standing on the other side of the board (where the aquarium is now) and then, visually, the ladies would be upside down.
    Love your blog, btw, not quite my fashion style 😊, but I like reading your comments on your projects. So hope to read it in 2020!

    • Sarah
      Author
      January 6, 2020 / 1:18 pm

      Thank you Veronika! I’m so happy to hear that you enjoy the blog 💕 And I hope you will continue to enjoy it 😊
      I follow a wide variety of blogs from people who make things that I wouldn’t necessarily make for myself – I think it definitely helps to give you a different angle and perspective on garments.
      And that was my reasoning too for the direction of the fabric on the ironing board… the husbeast seems to disagree though!

  7. January 5, 2020 / 10:45 am

    I’m another one who didn’t know about the padding- I was wondering what to do with my new cover [which has flamingos on, even though I asked for a plain one thank you please] In the past [shh don’t tell] I just used to layer up each new cover on the old ones…

    • Sarah
      Author
      January 6, 2020 / 1:21 pm

      Aha – I’m happy that I’ve brought ironing board padding into your lives ❤️ I got it off Amazon, I think maybe about £8, ish. You could always send the flamingo one back and make yourself a snazzy new one 🤔😁
      I’m glad you think it’s right way up… it never even occurred to me that he would think it’s upside down! Totally different perspective 🤔

  8. January 5, 2020 / 10:45 am

    PS, I’m with you on ‘right way up’ and who stores them narrow end up anyway? bizarre. Must be a Mars Venus thing lol

  9. Tania Walton
    January 5, 2020 / 12:12 pm

    Job well done! 👍
    I’ve just found the padding from when I was planning to recover my ironing board about (whoops!) 5 years ago… now you’ve given me the motivation me to get it done.

    • Sarah
      Author
      January 6, 2020 / 1:22 pm

      Thanks Tania! ❤️
      And yaaay for finding the padding… will you be making the new cover? 😊
      Happy new year! 💕

  10. Emma - snowfrosch_sews
    January 5, 2020 / 12:27 pm

    Ha ha.
    I’m afraid, I immediately thought “upside down”, when I saw your gorgeous finished cover.
    I’m right-handed, though. ;o>

    • Sarah
      Author
      January 6, 2020 / 1:27 pm

      It wasn’t until I’d finished covering it, and proudly presented it to the husbeast, that he went ‘but it’s upside down’ 😨😨😨
      I’m right handed too, so I see where I put the iron as the ‘top’ 🤔 You’ve made the husband’s day though agreeing with him 😁

  11. Lizzy Sew Dizzy
    January 5, 2020 / 12:59 pm

    Team right way up all the way. Your cushions and ironing board all look awesome.

    • Sarah
      Author
      January 6, 2020 / 1:28 pm

      Ahh thank you! ❤️ I’m really pleased with how they turned out – maximum impact for minimum effort 😂

  12. Cindy
    January 5, 2020 / 1:34 pm

    You two are my kind of folk…you rescued 2 doggie from Borneo and you fell in love and paid a full fortune to bring them with you home and have continued to love them, and be there for them. I too was at home new years eve with our rescued doggies 9 of them as of then, 8 now one got his forever home. We bought ” thunder jackets” the real ones not cheap versions and we had 9 very chilled happy dogs. We then took them off for just 30 mins during the evening and had to quickly replace them, they work amazingly well. So much so we are now going to rehome our dogs with “thunder jackets” as they are an amazing tool to have at home to totally calm your beloved 4 legs. We have had no more dogs arrive , but today gained a very very sick horse , I hate some people xxx
    Happy new year my loves
    Cindy x

    • Sarah
      Author
      January 6, 2020 / 1:35 pm

      Ahh Cindy that sounds like a fabulous NYE… nine doggies… and even better that one has found their forever home ❤️
      Yep, there was no question that we wouldn’t bring them back with us – pets have a forever home with us, no matter the circumstances. Yep it was bloody expensive to bring them back home, but they were worth every penny.
      You’ve just reminded me that we did used to have a Thunder Jacket for Fry, one of the proper ones, I’m not sure what happened to it. Maybe I’ll try and have a look for it, or buy him a new one. We’ve now bought him a foldable crate that we bring out over the holidays, make it all snuggly and nice, so that if he wants a place to hide he’s got one 😊
      Happy new year to you all too, I hope you have a wonderful 2020 ❤️

  13. Melody Srygley
    January 5, 2020 / 4:44 pm

    Ok. I thought the first cushion (over- loved) WAS your Indian wedding fabric. Lol. AND your ironing board cover is placed correctly – if you iron like I do. Haha. (I basically stand and move around the pointy end, if that makes sense.) AND I also never put it to bed. It’s always open. (My husband once built a table it slipped under.) But your husbeast must be right – to his way of thinking! (Hopefully this will be your worst disagreement of the decade! Haha.)
    P.S. Thornberry (prolific Australian blogger) has a current travelogue to Borneo. I really need to take a look at my Atlas…

    • Sarah
      Author
      January 6, 2020 / 1:38 pm

      Haha, they are really similar fabrics aren’t they! It’s probably why I bought that skirt fabric, because it reminded me so much of the fabric I already loved ❤️
      Yes! I work mostly at the pointy end of the board too! Usually, the iron and my many pairs of scissors/pot of pins/seam ripper etc takes up most of the wide end so there’s no room there anyway 😂 Hmm, maybe I should make a matching tool caddy for the end to keep everything organised… 🤔
      Ooh I’m gonna go check out that blog, thanks for the tip!💕

  14. Pence
    January 5, 2020 / 5:18 pm

    I found an ironing board hanger which also has a shelf for the iron. So my board lives on the back of a closet door – the hanger hooks the splayed legs which on my board means that the narrow end is up.

    • Sarah
      Author
      January 6, 2020 / 1:40 pm

      That’s an awesome idea – hanging it over the back of a door 🤔 I hadn’t thought of that. Does the iron hang on the door too?
      I think I need to do some research into this!

  15. Angela Dent
    January 5, 2020 / 6:35 pm

    If you store the ironing board the other way up you can both be right!😉

    • Sarah
      Author
      January 6, 2020 / 1:41 pm

      Haha, that’s true! 🤔😁

  16. Nicola
    January 5, 2020 / 7:41 pm

    You are definitely right my husband drives me insane by putting the ironing board 1 away when I need it and 2 upside down in the cupboard eg pointy end up

    • Sarah
      Author
      January 6, 2020 / 1:41 pm

      Haha… maybe you could sew a ‘this way up’ patch for your board 😁

  17. Helene Wilson
    January 5, 2020 / 8:29 pm

    I so look forward to your weekly blog posts. Really inspirational. And, I’ve saved your “How to Start a Blog,” because I’m planning to start my own sewing blog after many years of waiting. Always been a little scared to try, but I’m ready now.
    BTW, here’s a quick old wives’ cure for hard heels. Apply some Vicks Vaporub (or similar product) on the bottom of your heels before bedtime. Then, slip on some socks and wear during the night. Your heels should be soft in about two days.

    • Sarah
      Author
      January 6, 2020 / 1:43 pm

      Ahh thank you Helene – I’m so happy to hear that you enjoy the blog! ❤️
      And how exciting that you’re starting your own! It’s a learning curve for sure, but very rewarding. If you get stuck on anything, do drop me an email and I’ll be happy to help 💕
      Ohh I bet the vaporub smells… the husband will love that 😂😂 But if I only have to do it for two days I’m sure he can cope with it! I wonder what it is about the product that softens the skin… is it the menthol, do you think? 🤔

  18. Sarah Hammond
    January 5, 2020 / 8:49 pm

    That is the correct way up, no matter your handedness, great ideas btw. I see fabric I love but wouldn’t wear: home furnishings is the way to go. Can’t believe I never thought of that.

    • Sarah
      Author
      January 6, 2020 / 1:45 pm

      Yep, home furnishings is a good one, bags is another one you can try! Or luggage 😊 Or even a wallet/purse! The (non-clothing) world is your oyster 💕

  19. January 6, 2020 / 12:39 am

    I say you’re both wrong; you should have put the girls sideways so that they were right-side up while you use it, since you stand to the side. =P
    I need to recover my own ironing board, too. I tried buying a premade one, but it just doesn’t fit right, and that means there are bunches that then get transferred into what I’m trying to flatten. Not helpful. And isn’t it funny how much a small thing like a pillow cover can affect a whole room? My laziness is grateful for that. 😉

    When I looked again at that picture of your Indian wedding outfit, it struck me that the colors matched your sleeve perfectly. Well played!

    • Sarah
      Author
      January 13, 2020 / 12:47 pm

      Haha, I did think about that! But the fabric is only 45 inches wide, and the board is longer than that… which means a seam in the middle – nope! I don’t think I had enough fabric to try and pattern match it either… and like you say, creases and seams and stuff transfer to what you’re ironing 😩 But I think that direction was my first preference!
      Premade covers are just SO dull – they’re all flowers or bubbles or some crappy pattern 😕 Go on… make your own 😉
      And yes, those two simple upgrades made ALL the difference to the room! I was proper happy about that!
      Both my tattoo sleeve and the Indian outfit contain all of my favourite colours 😍

  20. Ruth Lister
    January 6, 2020 / 2:04 am

    Fabric is the right way up, but I store my board wide end up, as it has an iron tray at that end.

    • Sarah
      Author
      January 13, 2020 / 12:49 pm

      Ah – I store mine wide end down! Does the iron tray hold the iron when the board is closed and folded? That sounds like a good idea but I can imagine me unfolding the board wrong and having the iron drop on my foot 😂

  21. Fiona
    January 6, 2020 / 2:52 pm

    Another vote for wrong way up, ours is stored pointy end up and the side I’d stand on, the girls would be the wrong way for me. As long as its the right way for you though, its lovely! I have some of the alexander henry mermaid fabric and I’m struggling to know what to do with it, maybe an ironing board cover is the answer!

    • Sarah
      Author
      January 13, 2020 / 12:51 pm

      OMG YES that fabric would look amazing as an ironing cover! Do it!
      I store mine pointy end up – not sure why, it just feels ‘right’ to me?! But that does mean that the girls are upside down when the board is stored – but the right way up (to me, anyway) while I’m using the board. I *could* store it the other way up, which would mean that the girlies are the right way up, but I’m just not sure I can break the habit of a lifetime 😂

  22. January 6, 2020 / 5:30 pm

    I’m with the husbeast on this one. I would put the girls the other way up…..but it’s totally up the the person using the ironing board to decide!

    If you do want to make another cover and don’t want to buy more of the tape I would just cut your cover 1 inch wider all around, sew a double turned 1/2″ hem and leave a small opening and thread 1/4″elastic through it to keep the cover in place. Or my cover just has a cord threaded through bias tape sewed around the edge.

    • Sarah
      Author
      January 13, 2020 / 12:53 pm

      The husbeast is happy that he got another vote! 🙌🏻
      The girls do look upside down when the board is stored, but I can store the board either way up (I think) so that could easily be rectified!
      Ooh I’m not sure I have the will to thread elastic through that long a tube… I know I’d get about halfway and lose the end 😨😡😂 But those are all very good ideas, thank you Jenny!

  23. Gill
    January 7, 2020 / 11:33 pm

    Yours is absolutely the right way up! My ironing board hangs flat against the wall from a wooden thing my Dad made and the wide end is def the top.
    As for the hard-skinned feet – try Palmers Cocoa Butter Foot Magic – I can’t recommend it highly enough (I got mine in Sainsbury’s). Can’t help out with the husbeast’s wrinkles though – maybe he worries too much about fabric orientation???

    • Sarah
      Author
      January 13, 2020 / 1:04 pm

      OMG YES 😂😂 That is *definitely * why the husbeast has wrinkles… he worries way too much about stuff (about EVERYTHING, actually 🤔) 😂
      Ooh I use Palmers body moisturiser – I didn’t realise they had a foot cream as well – thanks for the tip! ❤️
      See the thing is though, I store my board with the wide end down… so the girls are upside down when the board is folded, but the ‘right’ way up (to me) when I’m sewing. I guess I could store it the other way up, but it’s kind of an ingrained habit putting it that way up!! 🤷🏻‍♀️

  24. Cindy
    January 12, 2020 / 1:20 pm

    Crates are fantastic,, make a black cover for it to just leave the front open so they can see you for comfort, if you can leave it up, and put a few drops of Bach Flower rescue remedy it really is very good, we feed 4 days out of 7 all the time just 4 drops for a lab sized dog, you cant overdose on it , but it will make a difference. We allow a crate for each dog and they never mix them up, its mine only ….they say xx
    Cindy did

    • Sarah
      Author
      January 13, 2020 / 1:16 pm

      Well we bought one crate, but the dog it was intended for didn’t really want to get in it – the other dog went in first, and then when she left it, the cat went in and curled up 😂 Honestly, those animals! Thanks for the tip on the Rescue Remedy too – I used to take that before my piano exams back when I was a teenager! Didn’t realise you could give it to dogs too ❤️

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