I have an old table top ironing board that had a very dated cover. I wanted to give it a makeover in the hopes of making me wanna iron more. I used 1/2 a yard of navy/white duck fabric from Hobby Lobby.
First I took the cover off. This particular ironing table has short legs and a padding along with the cover. I layed the padding on top of the fabric to get my pattern. You could also flip the table over to get the size too. Whatever is easier for you.
Next I cut with an inch seam allowance so it would cover over the side of the table then under. I curved the corners so the elastic would go on easier. I only put elastic on the corners so it would fit snug around the board. Measure the corners so you know how much elastic you need. I used 1/4″ wide elastic. I used about 5″ of elastic on this corner.
Set your machine on the widest zig zag stitch. On my machine its B and the width is the 5 on top of my machine. I used the same stitch all around my cover. Not only for the elastic so it helps it stretch but I used it on all the edges so it won’t fray.
Set your elastic under the presser foot and pull slightly on the elastic as you sew. When your elastic runs out just continue sewing on the edge. You will notice the corner fabric gathering & curving. You could also use a serger on the whole thing if you have one.
Yup makes me want to iron on it instead of using my cutting mat :) Plus the cover is removable so I can wash it or change it when I get bored.