I've had my ironing board for awhile now... For at least 12 years... I can't remember if it was a purchase of my own or if I got it as a hand-me-down when I moved out back in '99.
I have since learned that I should not use tap water in my iron. Look what a mess it made (over time) on my old cover:
From now on, I will only use filtered water in my iron.
I did a Google search a few days ago and found this super simple tutorial on how to cover your ironing board without replacing the cord. That sounded like something I could handle!! After going through my stacks of fabric, I concluded that for a large iron, you will need more than one metre. I had to cut it on the diagonal, and add an inch on each end to make it long enough. (but that part gets hidden, anyway).
I came across this black and white sewing themed fabric that I bought a few months ago. Right away I knew it was perfect for this project!!!
Happy sewing... and ironing :)