Both my husband and my best friend have told me that I would make a great tester for companies wanting to test out the hardiness of their products. I have a tendency to wear things out fast. I determined today that I better get a new ironing board cover after my "fancy schmancy" one bit the dust. It really did look ok about two weeks ago, but I find they die quickly once they rip through. This one was only about a year old. I ordered it from a lady here in Australia who sells them at a way too pricey cost. What I like about them is the clipping system that allows you to secure it on tightly to the board. So, I decided today I would have a go at making one myself. I cut out all the hardware (elastic is hardware?) and used some of my Ruby Star Rising reels that were hiding in my stash. Ha, my sewing wasn't perfect, but the imperfect parts are hidden so it doesn't matter. What matters is that I have a brand new cover that I adore and made myself!