We used to have a strong aversion to ironing, hiding our iron in the bottom of the closet and neglecting our rickety hang-on-the-door ironing board. Then one day we learned to love ironing because we love sewing. Taking the time to press your fabric makes a big difference in the construction of any project, and it's no big deal once you know how to do it. We came to understand that sewing needs ironing; otherwise our sewing room becomes a very un-Zen place. So we upgraded our ironing board with a beautiful new cover, and made friends with our iron.
But, what is it with ironing boards? The old cover of my board had a tag that read "do not hand wash or machine wash". I read that and thought, "I use natural, 'washable' materials when I sew, so why shouldn't I use natural materials to iron?" Before I threw away that old cover I used it as a template to make this new one. -- Isabelle