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You can buy "heat-resistant fabric" by the yard at large fabric stores in the utility fabrics section (literally called "ironing board fabric" at a popular chain) or online (several sources came up on a search), for about the same price as cotton duck or canvas, often for less. Measure the board and be sure to allow fabric to tuck under and attach to the bottom in the same way as the original cover. It is strong but not bulky or very stiff, silver-gray, and easy to work with, also often used for potholders. If needed, you should replace the cotton padding while you are at it, with cotton batting, from the same sources.
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You can use quilting weight cotton or heavier canvas or upholstery weight fabric. Cotton fabrics breathe better than synthetics and won't trap the moisture of the steam from your iron. When I moved alot I used a lrg cotton beach towel with low nap thick density on the kitchen table; use a fabric with small threads/weave so it doesn't leave marks on what you are ironing. https://shop.mybluprint.com/sewing/article/how-to-sew-an-ironing-board-cover/
I sew, therefore pressing is important to me. I want my ironing surface to be cotton so that it can stand up to the highest heat setting of my iron. And I want the fabric to be tightly woven and thick enough so that it doesn't stretch as I press. I recommend you shop for a natural cotton duck cloth. Look for a single fill number 10. I also recommend that you pad your ironing surface with cotton batting.
Hi Betty, When choosing a fabric, a quilting cotton is fine, or you can use a more durable cotton drapery fabric. Consider the color as well. A darker color or at least something without a lot of white is best for hiding stains.