Monday, January 25, 2010

Using UGLY stash

I have a piece of fabric that I just do not like.  Do not ask me why I bought it in the first place.  I can only tell you that I was a new quilter, the fabric was on sale and I thought it would be ok in a border for a Bible quilt that my quilting group was making.  After making only 4 blocks and deciding I would never complete the quilt, I was left with this fabric.

So - what do you do with several yards of ugly stuff?

I think it makes a decent ironing board cover.  Now that I am looking at the photo I see that I could have done a better job of centering the fabric's design.  In making the cover, I used my rolled hem foot for the first time.  I have been sewing for over 40 years and had never even attempted to use that foot.  It is a little tricky getting started but I love the finish on the edges!

You may have noticed the strange feet on my ironing board.  It was my grandmother's.  It is very sturdy, has a solid wooden top and a metal frame.  I love it because it belonged to my grandmother.  I just wish it didn't weigh so much!


  1. Glad to see I am not the only one that makes new covers for the ironing board instead of purchasing new ones. I sew over a corded string around the edges - then draw it tight to make it fit properly.

    One time I used a printed fabric like that - but found it threw me off when pressing my pieces for making a block...seemed like it made one eye go one direction of the ironing top and the other eye went the direction of the quilt block piece...I know I am just made a new cover of a solid color.

    Have a great week.

  2. it looks good!

    i've been using ugly stash for quilt backings

  3. I thing that's a great way to use up a piece of fabric you'd never put in a quilt. It looks great. To buy a good heavyduty ironing board now that would last as long as yours is probably either impossible or too expensive!

  4. Great job, looks wonderful.....

  5. Great job. Like Quilt Nut I use my uglies for quilt backins or bag linings

    Love and hugs Gina xxx

  6. That is a great idea for ugly fabric. How did you attach it underneath? elastic? or string encased and pulled?

  7. I love a new ironing board cover. They wear out so fast or get brown so fast. So you are right! Why waste fabric you love on them.

  8. You know what Bonnie Hunter says about ugly fabrics? You just have not cut them SMALL enuf yet! I kinda like that one on the ironing board tho..dont' wanna waste one you LIKE getting scorched! great stashbusting


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