My mom used her ironing board
every day when I was a kid. As I got older and she got sicker, I took over the majority of the ironing for her. We wore many holes in the cover of that ole board, and finally, it just became a prop against her bedroom wall. To my surprise, it is still there, looking as gross as ever. it is still usable; all that it needs is a new cover.
Vain and Vapid has a great tutorial; showing us through step by step pictures and directions exactly how to recover an ironing board
. You'll need fabric, newspaper, string and quilt batting. Make sure to use batting and fabric that can withstand the heat of the iron
The hardest part of making your own cover is threading the drawstring
through the fabric. Using a safety pin and plenty of patience is the key to getting the drawstring through. Tie a large knot on the end of the string so that you don't ever lose it, if you wash the cover.