August 20, 2014

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DIY Doll-sized Ironing Board

Hey all! This week, I'm going to show you how to make a pretend ironing board for your doll! This craft goes together really quick, and makes a fun addition to your doll's "sewing studio" :) 

Grab some supplies, and let's get going! You'll need cardboard, drinking straws, popsicle sticks, a toothpick or two -- and of course, some batting and fun fabric.

 

Cut a rectangle out of the cardboard -- mine is 10" x 4" -- and then round off the corners, so it's shaped like an ironing board. Hot glue some popsicle sticks to the underside, to give it some stability.

 

Cut a piece of batting the same size as your board, then glue it down to the non-popsicle-stick side.

Wrap the batting with fabric, and glue it down on the back side, trimming away any extra fabric as you go. 

Then, cut a piece of fabric just smaller than the board, and glue it onto the underside. This makes the bottom of the board pretty, too!

Next, make legs for your board. Pick out four drinking straws, preferably ones without the crinkly bend in them, and use an awl or other pointy tool to poke holes in them all at the same height. 

Break a toothpick in half, and run it through the straws, to connect them. Cover the ends of the toothpick with a dot of hot glue. 

Open up the legs, and cut another length of straw to act as a strut. Then, glue on more pieces of straw to act as feet. 

Finally, glue the legs onto the base of your board -- and voila! Your ironing board is done!

UPDATE: giveaway closed! Thanks to everybody who entered!!

The winner is # 7, Kari, who said:

"I would cover it in little doggies because I LOVE them!"

Fun choice, Kari! We'll be in touch with you via email soon :)

NOW: would you like to win this ironing board (and some other goodies too?) 

To enter, just leave a comment below, finishing this sentence: 

"If I could have any kind of cover on my ironing board, it would look like..."

 

We'll run the giveaway through next Monday, August 25, pick a winner randomly, and get in touch with them via email.

They will receive the ironing board, a pretend iron, a sewing ottoman, a needle book, and a few other goodies too! Woohoo! 

**Because of shipping restraints, this giveaway is only open to US residents.

Thanks everybody! Have fun with this!

For Pixie Faire,

Melinda


100 Comments

Paige
Paige

November 29, 2016

Definitely cover it in cats and roses! Those things usually don’t go together, but they actually might this time.

Marcy
Marcy

October 28, 2016

I mean adorable it’s so cute

Marcy
Marcy

October 28, 2016

So adorns love it so creative and talented can’t wait to try to make it lol

Sandra
Sandra

October 18, 2016

I would cover it with hearts, for love

skylar
skylar

September 18, 2016

can you show us how to make a iron please.

me
me

August 15, 2016

PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE TELL UP HOW TO MAKE THE IORN (the bord went succesful )

Annie
Annie

August 12, 2016

I would cover it in fabric with little irons all over it. It would be so cute in her sewing room!

Thresea Wright
Thresea Wright

August 12, 2016

Butterflies are a favorite of my granddaughters!

Thresea Wright
Thresea Wright

August 12, 2016

Butterflies are a favorite of my granddaughters!

Connie
Connie

August 12, 2016

It would look like emojis for my grandaughter. It is so much fun teaching her to sew and make things for AG dolls.

Claudette Straub
Claudette Straub

August 12, 2016

My daughter loves cats, but I’m allergic. So cover it in a cat pattern so she could enjoy them that way.

C
C

March 14, 2016

I would cover my ironing board to look like a bright, sunny flower garden!

Sue Ellen
Sue Ellen

July 24, 2015

My ironing board cover would have happy little owls all over it. Owls make me happy so they would be good to see as I did ironing chores.

Mary Parent
Mary Parent

May 16, 2015

It would look like someone spilled a whole jar of buttons, because I love collecting them and I love to sew.

Sue Myers
Sue Myers

May 15, 2015

It would depend on who I was making it for. My daughter would have fairies for her fairyland day care Business. My granddaughter would definitely want horses. But mine would have little skunks all over it. I collect skunk items.

Rita Mortenson
Rita Mortenson

May 15, 2015

It would look like I used it a lot making all these wonderful Pixie Faire patterns.

Nancy
Nancy

May 15, 2015

My ironing board would be covered with a bright small flower print fabric that I used to sew my granddaughter an outfit when she was a toddler. It always reminds me of those precious moments we were together.

Tanya
Tanya

May 15, 2015

I would have a “traditional” cover. There is a new fabric that looks almost like aluminum foil, shiny and bright silver, that is actually a heat resistant fabric, but is very flexible. It would be wonderful. I would make along with this ironing board, a pressing ham and other pressing tools. Also would probably have a spray bottle and a metal hook to keep the iron wire from getting in the way, ha! ha!

Ashley
Ashley

May 15, 2015

I have this SUPER AWESOME fabric from fabric.com that has illustrated irons from each decade all over it. It’s very colorful. That’s definitely what I’d love it with!!

Marian Robinett
Marian Robinett

May 15, 2015

“If I could have any kind of cover on my ironing board, it would look like…”

It would be heat resistant silver so it can iron cotton and handle steam without getting scorch marks.

betty
betty

May 15, 2015

it would be the one you showed in the instructions above because I just love the whole scene and color combo that is just so cute.

Jan
Jan

May 15, 2015

I would use a small size dowel for the legs. It is easy to work with.

Jo
Jo

May 15, 2015

My cover would be bright colors with butterflies.

Ellie
Ellie

January 03, 2015

How could any of this be better stated? It con’udlt.

Desiree
Desiree

December 16, 2014

Love it

abby
abby

November 05, 2014

hard so hard

Mak
Mak

October 21, 2014

If I could use any kind of fabric I would choose a reindeer for a Christmas board and the muppets for my seasonal board the muppets are a childhood memory and I want it to be the same for my doll

kayla
kayla

September 05, 2014

If I could have any kind of cover on my ironing board, it would have cute owls . Because I love them so much. I am new to Pixie Faire and am in love with your ideas. They are so cute and cool.

Monya
Monya

August 25, 2014

I would love to have an ironing board fabric cover with the original drawings of Winnie the Pooh on it!!

sam
sam

August 24, 2014

the one my mother had!

Katie
Katie

August 24, 2014

If I could have any kind of cover on my ironing board, it would look like turquoise and navy chevron.

Velma
Velma

August 24, 2014

My little girl would love to have this ironing board for her “Katie” doll, so she could cover it with a pony pattern for her pony Ginger!

Jessica Flinn
Jessica Flinn

August 24, 2014

If I could cover my ironing board with any fabric I would cover it with black toile. It goes with just about everything and always looks chic!

Laura T.
Laura T.

August 24, 2014

That ironing board is too cute and so simple! I really like the straw legs -never would have thought of that. If I could have any ironing board cover it would have a vintage teacup/shabby chic covering. I love that look.

Kari
Kari

August 24, 2014

I would cover it in little doggies because I Love them.

Marketta Meyer
Marketta Meyer

August 23, 2014

I would have a bright colored tropical fish cover for my ironing board.

Julieta
Julieta

August 23, 2014

it would have bright pink hearts with a blue background.

Hannah
Hannah

August 23, 2014

it would be blue with colorful flowers.

Sarah Flores
Sarah Flores

August 23, 2014

it would be purple with turquoise polk a dots.

Doreen
Doreen

August 23, 2014

My cover would be lime green & aqua polka dots with a grey background.

Karen Burke
Karen Burke

August 23, 2014

I would love an ironing board cover with dragonfly’s on it, doesn’t matter the backround color I love dragonflys.

Kim
Kim

August 23, 2014

My ironing board would be black and white!

Christina
Christina

August 23, 2014

If I could have any kind of cover on my ironing board, it would look like … beige or light blue with Eiffel towers and other French designs on it.

Stephanie S.
Stephanie S.

August 22, 2014

If I could have any type of cover on my ironing board it would be “pink & green dots”.

Tania
Tania

August 22, 2014

If I had any cover on my ironing board it would be lime green with white polka dots. They just make me smile.

Kathryn
Kathryn

August 22, 2014

If I could have any kind of cover on my ironing board it would be covered with poem about the things cancer CANNOT do, since I have now overcome kidney, colon, breast and skin cancer:
It cannot cripple love.
It cannot shatter hope.
It cannot corrode faith.
It cannot eat away peace.
It cannot destroy confidence.
It cannot kill friendship.
It cannot shut out memories.
It cannot silence courage.
It cannot reduce eternal life.
It cannot quench the Spirit.

TOOGIE
TOOGIE

August 22, 2014

……it was brand new,all the time.

Norma Mikkola
Norma Mikkola

August 22, 2014

Heavy cotton with tye-dye rich colors. A pocket hanging on front side, stitched into two
pockets. One pocket for spray bottle and container for loose threads, etc. The other pocket to keep scissors and misc. findings as I iron. Also an attached an attached small pin cushion
at end of board.

The tutorial ironing board is amazing.

Julie
Julie

August 22, 2014

“If I could have any kind of cover on my ironing board, it would look like.. sewing fabric themes with buttons and thread.

Kimber
Kimber

August 22, 2014

I would love to have all of my past pets pictures and make my own fabric. I would be able to iron away while cherishing what I had made. Hmmmmmmm………I’m going to make my own fabric!!! Thanks for the tutorial!

Susan
Susan

August 22, 2014

If I could have any kind of cover on my ironing board, it would look like Pixies!

Maxi Mueller
Maxi Mueller

August 22, 2014

My ironing board cover would have bicycles of all colors all over it. I would then decorate my whole sewing room with bicycles.

MANDY SONNENSCHEIN
MANDY SONNENSCHEIN

August 22, 2014

If I could have any kind of cover on my ironing board I would like bubbles and kitties.

Maria
Maria

August 22, 2014

If I could have any kind of cover on my ironing board, it would look like a perfect grid and ALWAYS be square no matter what happened. The dolls motif is always dogs. My granddaughter loves dogs!

Candy Rice
Candy Rice

August 22, 2014

If I could have any kind of cover on my ironing board, it would have a very girlie fun fabric with either very bright colors or sweet pastels!!!

Mary Stewart
Mary Stewart

August 22, 2014

If I could have any cover on my ironing board, I would like it to be a Lavender and white polka dot print!

Gay
Gay

August 22, 2014

If I could have any kind of cover on my ironing board, it would look like quilt blocks in bright colors.

Martha
Martha

August 22, 2014

If I could have any kind of cover on my ironing board, it would be flat and tight fitting for flat ironing, yet at the touch of a button an area would pop up for ironing rounded edges, another button and a place for ironing sleeves would appear. A new shape available at the touch of a button for every possible sewing/ironing task. When the ironing aid is no longer needed you push the buttons to drop them into the ironing board and it returns to the flat tight fitting cover. Hey, if I’m going to dream I might as well go all the way.

Bobbie
Bobbie

August 22, 2014

If I could have any kind of cover on my ironing board, it would look like a lot of tiny shirts, some wrinkly and needing to be ironed, but most perfectly ironed.

Claire
Claire

August 22, 2014

My ironing board cover would be a fantabulously groovy paisley pattern – one that both AG Julie and I would be proud to own and iron on!!

Toni
Toni

August 22, 2014

I would like an ironing board with a non-stick cover that had measuring elements to it and a pretty light colored background design that wouldn’t interfere with what you were ironing. It would also be a cover that stayed put with a bit of padding to it also

Nicole Gauvreau
Nicole Gauvreau

August 22, 2014

Hmm, for my people-sized ironing board measuring squares on a yellow background would be nice. For a dolly ironing board I was thinking clouds and pandas.

Martha Aron
Martha Aron

August 22, 2014

If I could have any kind of cover on my ironing board, it would look like clouds floating in a blue sky. thanks for all the freebie Fridays.

Donna
Donna

August 22, 2014

it would probably look like my granddaughter’s cat Edward. He loves her very much and plays dress up with her and her dolls

Molly Sue Walden
Molly Sue Walden

August 22, 2014

I would DIE if I were to win. I would get a beautiful picture of a headstone that could possibly end up being my headstone and stencil it on pink cloth. I would then be thrilled that I was still alive to enjoy “ironing” my beautiful American Girls dresses.

janet S
janet S

August 22, 2014

If I could have any kind of cover on my ironing board, it would look like a rainbow — the more bright colors the better!

Marjory W
Marjory W

August 22, 2014

My ironing board would have a grid and measuring strips like a quilt cutting mat. Actually, it already has this kind of cover and I find it very useful for ironing, blocking knit sweaters, etc.

Ty
Ty

August 22, 2014

“If I could have any kind of cover on my ironing board, it would look like…”
Well,I’d go for anything in my size,but for dolls,I’d probably go for yellow.Ivy’s one of mine and yellow and black are my favorite colors for her!

Miri B
Miri B

August 22, 2014

If I could have any cover on my ironing board, it would have cats all over it

Sandy
Sandy

August 22, 2014

I would make covers for my ironing board for each of the major holidays, Easter, Fourth of July, Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas and show it off every month it’s so adorable.

Donna
Donna

August 22, 2014

Believe it or not, I like the print that you used. I love purple so it is always good. Some other good themes would be music, cats (or paw prints), or butterflies are a few to start with. I like way too many things.

KJo
KJo

August 22, 2014

If I could have any kind of cover on my ironing board, it would look like a princess from a fairytale or black and white zebra. I’m six and have two AG dolls, and all three of us love princess stuff and anything zebra!

Samantha P.
Samantha P.

August 22, 2014

If I could have any cover on my ironing board it would have spools of thread and sewing needles on it. I would put a strip of Moda Half Moon scissor fabric at the end of the board. If I ever find the right spool of thread fabric I will be making myself an ironing board cover.

Rhonda
Rhonda

August 22, 2014

If I could have any kind of cover on my ironing board, it would look just like the one you made in this tutorial…I love purple!

Donna
Donna

August 22, 2014

my cover would be teddy bears

Donna
Donna

August 22, 2014

my cover would be teddy bears

Stacey
Stacey

August 22, 2014

If I could have any kind of cover on my ironing board, it would be gray with yellow polk-a-dots all over it.

Linda
Linda

August 22, 2014

If I could have any kind of cover on my ironing board , it would look like….. I would love doll clothes

Jennifer
Jennifer

August 22, 2014

This is super cute!! I love chevron patterns so mine would be pink and white chevron.

Mary
Mary

August 22, 2014

My ironing board would have bright purple Hibiscus flowers with pink and blue butterflies.

Candy
Candy

August 22, 2014

Ironing board cover with Hello Kitty

Candy
Candy

August 22, 2014

Ironing board cover with Hello Kitty

Yelena
Yelena

August 22, 2014

I would like sewing supplies design on my ironing board. Could you also publish tutorial for iron? It looks really cute and ready to use.

Amy
Amy

August 22, 2014

If I could have any kind of cover on my ironing board, it would look like an oceanside scene! So while I iron my life away, I can imagine I’m enjoying the sound of the waves instead of being the homemaker slave. Ha! :)

Gail
Gail

August 22, 2014

My would be lime green with maybe a tangerine print. I love bright, happy colors.

Trudy Jones
Trudy Jones

August 22, 2014

If I could have any kind of cover on my ironing board… which I am going to make by the way… It would be covered with an old piece of ticking material and held on the bottom side with safety pins and string woven between them This is just like my grandmother had and I learned to iron on.. great memories of fun times with my dear grandmother.

Connie
Connie

August 22, 2014

Like the beach so ironing would be fun!

Janice
Janice

August 22, 2014

My granddaughter would love this in bright pink.

Donna
Donna

August 22, 2014

I would love to have an ironing board cover with pictures of Ireland and Paris, so I could dream about traveling to those fun places!

Kristi
Kristi

August 22, 2014

My cover would have the words “press on” on it.

Kelly
Kelly

August 22, 2014

If I could have any kind of cover on my ironing board, it would look like either the basic silver, so it would be similar to a real ironing board cover or some great, busy design in green purple and aqua!

Angie
Angie

August 22, 2014

I would have a sunny yellow cover. So happy!

Linda
Linda

August 22, 2014

If I could have any cover I wanted … it would have a silver (teflon) cover. While I think the colorful legs are great and fashion forward (aewsome!), I would use real wood for the legs.

Fran
Fran

August 22, 2014

My cover would be different colored frogs dancing the jig.

Leona
Leona

August 22, 2014

I would use real ironing board cover material(silver) and glue or sew on a piece of ribbon that looks like a tape measure-it’s even yellow like a tape measure

Kittie
Kittie

August 22, 2014

“If I could have any kind of cover on my ironing board, it would look like… Victorian roses.

Nancy
Nancy

August 22, 2014

I love the purple cover with polka dots! Mine would have a purple cover with roses or other small flowers on it. Cheerful and cute!

Cindy
Cindy

August 22, 2014

Would look like… spring!

Sharon
Sharon

August 22, 2014

I like Cheryl’s idea of the cover having a grid and/or tape measure in a nice bright cheerful color!

Janine
Janine

August 22, 2014

It would be covered in a print of “faded” roses and rose buds.

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