DIY Ironing Board Organizer

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If you do a lot of ironing, we have a fun new sewing project that is perfect for you! Today on Beginner Sewing Projects, we are going to show you how to make this DIY Ironing Board Organizer! This simple sewing project provides a place to for you keep your sewing essentials near your ironing board so you can use it as a sewing workstation. Plus, I also keep my starch and other ironing-specific items in it so that I can get through my ironing pile quickly and efficiently. This organizer drapes over your ironing board so that you don’t lose any room to iron fabric for projects or clothing. It also has pockets that you can customize to fit specific items. I put several of my most-used sewing items in mine like my rotary cutter, pins, and other small items. It is great to make them in reach and makes for quick work of cutting fabric and interfacing when the project calls for them. Whatever you decide to put in yours, you’ll be more efficient at what you love – making cool stuff! I got into sewing for the creativity and this sewing project is just the kind of thing I love.

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For this project, I added some bias tape to the top of the pocket edge for some extra durability and to make the pocket easier to open. You can make your own like I did or purchase some at the link below. You’ll also need some interfacing to add some stability to the organizer along with some basic sewing supplies. Gather up what you need from the list below and let’s get started!

What You’ll Need:

DIY Ironing Board Organizer Supplies

How To Make This DIY Ironing Board Organizer

cut out fabric for ironing board organizer

Step 1: Cut Material

First on this DIY ironing board organizer sewing tutorial, we are going to cut the materials for each piece.

  • Cut TWO 9” x 29” from the main piece of fabric (NOTE: This is for a standard 13” wide ironing board. If your iron board is more or less than this, then subtract or add inches to the length accordingly.)
  • Cut TWO 9” x 8” pieces of coordinating fabric for the large pocket.
  • Cut TWO 9” x 4 ½” pieces of coordinating fabric for the small pocket.
  • Cut ONE 9” x 29”, ONE 9” x 8”, and ONE 9” x 4 ½” of the fusible fleece or interfacing
  • Cut TWO pieces of 9” double-fold bias tape OR cut TWO 9” x 4” pieces of fabric for the pocket edge. 
  • Cut TWO pieces of 8” x 4” for the pincushion.
iron interfacing to fabric pieces

Step 2: Iron Fusible Fleece or Interfacing

After you have cut out all your fabric and interfacing, the next step is ironing the fusible fleece or interfacing onto the wrong side of one of the main fabric pieces, one of the large pocket pieces, and one of the small pocket pieces. The size of the fusible fleece or interfacing should be equal to the piece you are ironing it to. 

Step 3: Cut or Construct the Pocket Edge

Next on this ironing board organizer tutorial, we will work on the edges of the pockets. If you have double-sided bias tape, cut TWO 9” pieces.

If not, cut TWO pieces of fabric that are 2” x 9”.

To construct the bias tape yourself, fold each of the 2” x 9” pieces in half lengthwise and press. 

After, fold each long side towards the centerfold and press each side. Last, fold the center down and press one last time. 

Step 4: Add Edge to Pockets

Now on the how to sew an ironing board organizer sewing tutorial, place large pocket pieces wrong side to wrong side and place small pocket pieces wrong side to wrong side.

Next, open the bias tape or folded pieces you made in the last step and place fold on the top edge of the pocket. The top of the pocket should be inside the folded piece. 

Head over to your sewing machine and topstitch close to the edge of the bias tape so that it sews all pieces together. 

Step 5: Sew Pockets to Main Piece

Place one of the main pieces down on the workspace. After, place a small pocket on one side of the main piece and the large pocket on the other side. The pocket edge or bias tape should be towards the middle of the main piece. 

Clip and then sew a straight stitch along the bottom edge of each pocket and the two sides using a ¼” seam allowance. 

Step 6: Create Pocket Dividers

Now on this easy sew ironing board organizer tutorial, you need to decide how large you want your pocket dividers. Once you have a good idea of what you want, sew a straight stitch to create the dividers. The straight stitch should start at the bottom of the pocket and go to the very top of the pocket.

I created two pockets on the small pocket by stitching a straight line in the middle, and then I created three pockets on the larger pocket by stitching a straight line in the middle and then another straight line in the middle of that. 

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Step 7: Sew Pin Cushion

The other accessory I made fo the ironing board caddy was a pincushion and I love it. Place the 8” x 4” pieces right side to right side. Pin and sew around the edges using a ½” seam allowance. Leave about a 2” gap to turn right side out. Turn pincushion right side out. Stuff the pincushion with fiberfill. If you do not have fiberfill, you can also use some small fabric scraps that you might have. Hand sew the opening shut.

 Next, place the pin cushion about 3” above the large pocket and hand sew to the main fabric. 

Step 8: Finish Main Piece

Place the second main piece of fabric right side down on top of the pockets and pincushion. Clip or pin around the edges. The pockets and pincushion should be in the middle. Sew around the edge using a ½” inseam and leave about a 3” gap to turn right side out. You can clip the corners, so they lay flatter when flipped out.

Flip the ironing board organizer right side out through the gap. If needed, use a pointy object to push out corners. 

Last, topstitch around the entire edge of the organizer, making sure to close the gap. 

And that’s it! Now you know how to make this DIY Ironing Board Organizer! I hope it is as useful to you as it has been for me. With all the sewing I do around my ironing board, this thing has saved me from making a hundred trips back and forth to my sewing table. You can also use this to hold starch and other ironing specific items.

If you liked learning how to make this DIY ironing board organizer, make sure to pin it to your favorite Pinterest board or share it with friends on social media. If you decide to make this simple project on your own, be certain that you take a picture afterward and tag us on social media as we love seeing the fabrics and color choices that people use!

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DIY Ironing Board Organizer

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Stay organized while you do your ironing with this simple little organizer. Easy to sew and so handy!

Active Time 30 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Difficulty Easy
Estimated Cost $10.00

Instructions

  1. First, we are going to cut the materials for each piece.
  • Cut TWO 9” x 29” from the main piece of fabric (NOTE: This is for a standard 13” wide ironing board. If your iron board is more or less than this, then subtract or add inches to the length accordingly.)
  • Cut TWO 9” x 8” pieces of coordinating fabric for the large pocket.
  • Cut TWO 9” x 4 ½” pieces of coordinating fabric for the small pocket.
  • Cut ONE 9” x 29”, ONE 9” x 8”, and ONE 9” x 4 ½” of the fusible fleece or interfacing
  • Cut TWO pieces of 9” double-fold bias tape OR cut TWO 9” x 4” piece of fabric for pocket edge. 
  • Cut TWO pieces of 8” x 4” for the pincushion.
  1. Start by ironing the fusible fleece or interfacing onto the wrong side of one of the main fabric pieces, one of the large pocket pieces, and one of the small pocket pieces. The size of the fusible fleece or interfacing should be equal to the piece you are ironing it to. 
  2. If you have double sided bias tape, cut TWO 9” pieces.
  3. If not, cut TWO pieces of fabric that are 2” x 9”.
  4. To construct the bias tape yourself, fold each of the 2” x 9” pieces in half lengthwise and press. 
  5. After, fold each long side towards the center fold and press each side. 
  6. Last, fold the center down and press one last time. 
  7. Place large pocket pieces wrong side to wrong side and place small pocket pieces wrong side to wrong side.
  8. Next, open the bias tape or folded pieces you made in the last step and place fold on the top edge of the pocket. The top of the pocket should be inside the folded piece. 
  9. Topstitch close to the edge of the bias tape so that it sews all pieces together. 
  10. Place one of the main pieces down on the workspace. After, place a small pocket on one side of the main piece and the large pocket on the other side. The pocket edge or bias tape should be towards the middle of the main piece. 
  11. Clip and then sew a straight stitch along the bottom edge of each pocket and the two sides using a ¼” seam allowance. 
  12. Decide how large you want your pocket dividers and then sew a straight stitch to create the dividers. The straight stitch should start at the bottom of the pocket and go to the very top of the pocket.I created two pockets on the small pocket by stitching a straight line in the middle, and then I created three pockets on the larger pocket by stitching a straight line in the middle and then another straight line in the middle of that. 

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