My old vintage ironing board finally met it's end. The metal cracked, and the whole board needed to be replaced.
I ran out and bought a shiny new board with a modern blue chevron striped cover. It was pretty. It was also pretty flimsy! Every little bump sent it wobbling dangerously. I was sure someone or something would get burned.
The modern board was then replaced with a vintage ironing board from the local thrift shop.
Look: Not so pretty.
Not only is the vintage board sturdier, it sits at a better height for me and is a few inches longer than the sleek new modern version. I know this because I tried to stretch the cover from the modern board onto the vintage board ~ surprise! ~ it didn't fit. I clamped it onto the edges with some binder clips, and planned on making a new cover...someday...when I wasn't swamped with children's needs, house cleaning, and work. (When does that happen?)
Last weekend I was out at a yard sale and found this vintage pink ironing board cover still inside it's dusty unopened package for 25 cents. It fits perfectly! It came with a nice thick pad! Bonus: It's pink! The sewing goddesses have smiled down on me, and all is well in my studio. Creation can go on ~ Yes!
I'm sure there are some wonderful new ironing boards out there somewhere, just not in my town! What is your ironing setup like? Do you keep it set up all the time, or only when you are sewing? Leave a comment below.
Be creative ~ sew something today!
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