It's a sorry sight to see. She exclaimed, "yep had this same cover for my 30 plus years of marriage". At least what's left of it.
So today my mission was to break into her house and steal her ironing board.
I had covered mine sometime back and I still had some of the matching fabric left.
First turn the ironing board upside down on the fabric. Cut it out about 3 inches bigger than the board.
I then added a new padded purchased top.
I then added bias tape all around the edge, turned it over and sewed it down making about a 3/4 inch casing.
Take your husbands strong twine, add a safety pin and start string in through. Draw it tight and tie off with a good knot. Her board still had 3 spring clips, thought a little rusty, I reattached them to the under side.