All our products are made with love and care in RURAL Australia by men and women who have a disability.
We Always Show Off Our Bottom! It’s Our Best Feature.
$44.95 for a life time of tantrum free ironing.
There is only one solution to ironing board covers that slip and slide.
And that’s to anchor the ironing board cover easily and securely to your ironing board. So that it never moves. EVER!
And once the ironing board cover is anchored. And never moves. The next criteria is that you can easily fold your board up and down. Without having to undo. Redo. Or adjust the anchor.
That’s what the Fitz Like A Glove™ Ironing Board Cover does. Anchors your cover perfectly to your board. It’s a set and forget system. There is absolutely nothing you need to fiddle with.
It’s a very simple solution. For a difficult problem.
And is why we always show off our bottom.
Because it’s the underside of the Fitz Like A Glove™ Ironing Board Cover that makes it special.
You want a cover to fit whatever size your board is. To fit perfectly, regardless of what you’re ironing. You don’t want it to ever move, ride up, wrinkle, crease, and curl its toes up when you’re putting the finishing touches on your best garment or heritage quilt.
You like colour, but definitely don’t want it to bleed on anything you own.
You might not wash your cover frequently, but when you do, you don’t want it to fall apart. So the fabric has to be pretty special. And you don’t want to throw it away every few months and have to buy another one.
The Fitz Like A Glove™ Ironing Board Cover will fit your board perfectly. It never moves, it lasts for a very long time. Think years. Not months. It looks fabulous on your board. And it makes ironing a breeze. This cover will fit all your criteria. And we’ve guaranteed all of this since 1994.
Not only that, but it’s made with love and care in rural Australia by men and women who have a disability. They put their heart and soul into everything they do. And it shows!
Wendy says she was endlessly trying covers. In the hope of finding the ultimate cover. And found the Fitz Like A Glove™ Ironing Board Cover is the ‘ultimate’ cover.
Fiona says this is the first intelligently designed cover she has ever seen.
Anthony purchased the cover because his friend Sarah, who was given hers as a gift, told him “it’s just amazing”.
Why? Because this ironing board cover incorporates a foolproof anchoring system. That works. When others don’t.
It’s a simple. Flexible. Crisscross tension cord. That takes the stress out of ironing.
Only seconds to secure. No lacing or struggling with draw strings.
It’s a simple set and forget anchoring system.
Simply crisscross the elastic tension system over 4 hooks and the cover never moves or wrinkles because it’s self adjusting. Stays drum tight even when pressing sheets, tablecloths, quilts or any large item. Your board folds up and down as easily as before.
Why do other cover manufacturers only show you the top? Because there’s nothing underneath. It’s the same old elastic or drawstring round the edges, which never really stops the cover from wrinkling. It’s just more of the same.
The breakthrough came when an architect, Victor Pleshev, heard his mother’s plea for a cover that would never wrinkle and stay on her board. Using his 25 years of design and construction experience, he saw a simple solution. Add a crisscross, elastic tension system under the cover.
This is Our Story. How We Built A Worldwide Business From Broke. In a conversation with Tim Webster on Radio 2UE. Sydney Australia.
Facts, facts, facts.
The fabric. Its tough, 100% pure cotton drill for smooth ironing and a long, long life. Fabrics that are part synthetic won’t stand high heat and leave black residue on your iron.
No garish patterns. Plain, colourfast colours won’t stain your clothes or wash out. And always look smart on your board. Printed patterns are rarely colourfast and are often part synthetic.
One standard size fits all popular boards from: 32cm wide x 120 cm long (13″x 48″) to 46cm wide x 139cm long (18″x 56″) and everything in between. The tension system is self adjusting for a drum tight fit.
With smaller or larger boards we can still help. Our extra small cover fits boards from 29cm wide x 85cm long (11.5″ x 34″) to 34cm wide x 110cm long (13.6″ x 44″). The extra large cover fits all boards bigger than our standard size.
Our covers don’t have padding sewn in so they never get lumpy. We only recommend and sell the best quality, compressed felt sheet to give a smoother ironing surface. And you won’t need new padding with every cover.
The pouch the cover comes in turns into a great storage solution for when you need a place to store your clothes brush, spray bottle or iron cleaner in easy reach?
Who uses the cover? Anyone who irons will benefit from the Fitz Like A Glove Ironing Board Cover but in particular it’s a boon for patchwork and quilters, sewers, ironing services, dressmakers, wedding gown designers, tailors, school fashion design courses, clothing alteration services and laundries. The cover is appreciated by professionals and trades persons alike who are used to, and expect, efficiency and quality in the tools that they use.
Wrinkle free, trouble free, profanity free ironing makes this cover a joy to use. So give it a try.
Protecting our customers since 1994.
You get four essential guarantees. At $44.95+p&h, it’s absolutely risk free.
1 A 100% unconditional refund, including postage, if you’re not happy for any reason.
2 Guaranteed against wear and tear for 12 months (lots are going strong after 5 years).
3 Guaranteed to be not only colourfast, but rub fast as well.
4 And most important; the fit is guaranteed for the life of the cover.
A lot of people have put their heart and soul into this cover. The design, quality and customer service is as good as we can make it. But the real heroes are the men and women with disabilities who manufacture the cover. They’re the ones who make sure that you get the best product possible.
We strongly recommend our superior felt underlay as the perfect partner to the Fitz Like A Glove™ Cover. You’ll never have a better ironing surface and there’s no extra postage.
All up, there are 20 components which make up this cover and every piece has been tested and sourced to last the distance.
Fabric details: We use heavy duty, 190 gsm (grams per square metre) cotton drill. This fabric has a diagonal weave, which means that it’s resistant to distortion. square weave fabrics have less resistance to stretching and become baggy quickly. Weight is important too. A typical supermarket cover weighs 75 to 90 gsm and more weight means much more durability.
Why not synthetic fabrics? The highest setting on your iron is for linen and cotton and that’s what your cover should be. You wouldn’t iron synthetic fabrics on a cotton heat setting, so why use a cover that can’t take the heat.
Colour details: If it’s not colour fast then the dye will end up on your clothes. If the fabric is printed rather than dyed through, there is more chance of the dye rubbing off on your clothes. Check the instructions. If it says “wash before use” it will almost certainly run. We choose our colours very carefully. We make sure that dye doesn’t rub off. And because you will have your cover for a long time, it must be easy to live with. So they’re all plain, rich colours, which are never out of fashion.
Tension chord details: there’s a tension cord holding the cover in place, which is made of 12 separate, very fine elastic strands bound with a woven polyester casing. The resulting 3mm diameter composite elastic cord has remarkable stretch and recovery, is fully washable and snag resistant.
Elastic details: There is also a 9mm perimeter elastic, which is woven not knitted (because it’s stronger) . We go to the trouble of threading this elastic through the skirt hem rather than sewing it in like other covers. This leaves your cover free to slide over this elastic, adjusting out all the wrinkles. While the tension cord keeps the cover smooth on top, this elastic makes sure that the cover hugs your board evenly round the perimeter.
Anchor point details: There are 11 tough anchor points for the tension cord. 9 of these are made of 8mm, tubular, woven cotton cording and the 2 end points are made of 32mm woven cotton webbing. Into each end point we insert a brass eyelet with washer to take the end of the tension cord. Brass so that it doesn’t rust and the washers make sure that the eyelets don’t pull out.
Attachment details: The tension cord is hooked over 4 polypropylene curtain glides used as hooks. Chosen for their durability and ease of use these curtain glides make ideal attachment points. They can be handled easily by people with hand problems and once attached, the mushroom stud makes sure that the tension cord stays in place until released.
Australian Made: Our covers are made in the Central Tablelands of NSW, by men and women who have disabilities. They are sewn with 5 thread, industrial overlockers for an absolutely secure finish. Our sewers make sure that every anchor point is caught with all 5 threads, the tension cord is tied off with triple knots and the perimeter elastic is tied with a 75mm tail for a safe finish.
Quality control details: Each cover is checked 3 times. Twice in the factory and once by us before we dispatch. If it’s not as perfect as we can get it, we don’t send it.
So How Does The Tension Cord Work At Anchoring the Fitz Like A Glove™ Cover To Your Ironing Board?
To put it simply, the tension system is a tent. You stand a pole upright. Then you place fabric over the pole. And stretch the fabric out all around. Then you pound stays/tent pegs into the ground to tether the stretched fabric to the stays/tent pegs.
What are the separate elements in this structure?
The pole is a compression member. Its being compressed between the fabric and the ground.
The fabric is in tension because it’s being stretched between the pole and the stays/tent pegs.
All the forces are in balance. They are equal and opposite. If they weren’t the fabric would rip or the pole would snap.
Back to our Fitz Like A Glove™ Ironing Board Cover.
The ironing board is the equivalent of the tent pole. And the cover is the tent fabric.
But instead of anchoring the cover to the floor (a bit awkward!), we turn it under the board. And anchor it to itself, by using an elastic cord.
To someone not trained in structure and tension, the simplest tactic would be to stretch a few cords straight across the width of the board. And attach it to both sides.
These suspender type belts for ironing board covers already exist.
The shortcoming is that this only tensions the fabric in one direction. Any force on top of your board, or at an angle to this direction, will wrinkle and move the fabric.
Since you iron every which way your cover will be a wrinkled mess in no time. Because the further you get from the direction of the cord underneath, the less tension in the ironing board cover itself.
So back to the tent.
All tents have an opening. To close the opening there will be a lace which is not laced straight across but angled in a zigzag pattern. The lace goes through an eye and pulls in one direction at the entry and another direction at the exit.
There are now two forces dividing the tension (load) between them and two directions of resistance. This means no puckering in your tent entry.
This is what we’ve done with the tension cord under the board.
It’s criss-crossed at angles to distribute the load better.
But. For your convenience. We use hooks as attachments. That’s so you don’t have to thread the elastic through eyelets every time you put the cover on. All you do is hook one side to the other.
Because the cover is really ‘pulling itself together’ under the board, the elastic will expand. And contract. On different sizes of boards.
How does the tension cord cater for such a wide variety of board sizes the Fitz Like A Glove™ Ironing Board Cover fits?
We make the cover to fit the largest board. The tension cord is then on duty to pull any excess fabric in under smaller boards so it will also fit the smallest board. Regardless of your board size, the cover still remains smooth. Snug. And taut. On top.
This is why we call the tension cord the secret ingredient. With it, the Fitz Like A Glove™ Ironing Board Cover always stays smooth and snug on every board.
Without it? Well, you know the scenario for that story!
Tips For Success
Get more mileage out of your cover
After selling many, many covers, we’ve been intrigued to find that for 80% of customers, our cover lasts from 3 to 9 years, while others order more frequently. Our investigations have produced interesting results, which will help extend the life of your cover.
Underfelt. It’s the quiet achiever of your ironing surface. You need good quality, thick felt under your cover for two, very good reasons:
• To provide a smooth, resilient surface for quicker ironing and
• To insulate your cover from your metal board so that your cover lasts longer.
If your ironing surface isn’t smooth and resilient, your iron snags your clothes as you iron, slowing you down and producing poor results.
Good underfelt prevents the metal top and edges from heating up and burning your cover from underneath. Contact with hot metal will dramatically shorten the life of your cover.
For smoother ironing and a longer life for your cover, always use good quality, thick felt, as this does better under heat. Never, ever use foam rubber as it compresses and solidifies under heat.
Just as important. Don’t use pre-cut felt as it’s always smaller than your board and exposes the metal edges, and hence your cover, to heat from your iron. Always trim the felt 2 to 3cms larger than your board so that the felt rolls over the edge, padding and insulating it all round the board.
Signs of trouble. If you see the mesh pattern from your board appearing on your cover, or your iron snags, or you can feel the metal edges, it’s time to upgrade.
Water spillage. You will quite often spill water on your cover. No problem! Our covers are colour fast and washable. But if you dry the water with your hot iron (always tempting) the cover will deteriorate at about twice the normal rate. Damage typically appears in a circular pattern, at the back of your board. The fabric becomes brittle, discoloured and eventually tears.
Water soaks into the fibres causing them to expand. Applying a hot iron turns the water to steam. The steam expands and bursts through the fibres to escape. This weakens the fibres and over time causes a complete breakdown of the fabric. The occasional spill is OK, but regular iron drying is to be avoided.
We suggest. That you fill your iron over the sink if convenient, or keep a heat proof tray handy to put under the iron when filling, or let the spill dry naturally.
We’ve had a 100% success rate in improving the life of covers when these suggestions are followed. You should get thousands of hours of trouble free ironing out of your Fitz Like A Glove™ Ironing Board Cover and we get concerned if you don’t.
The Story Behind The Fitz Like A Glove™ Ironing Board Cover
Hello. I’m Carol Jones. And some of the best products you and I own have the best stories about how they were created.
The Fitz Like A Glove™ Ironing Board Cover has just such a story.
It was never meant to be a business. Just a gift from a son. To his mother. To help her with her ironing when she was recovering from a stroke.
In 1994, Margarita, the mother of Victor Pleshev, an architect, suffered her second stroke in two years. The first stroke left her unharmed. This one was different. She lost the feeling in her right hand and arm. Which made many tasks difficult for her. Things like having to learn all over again how to balance a cup of hot tea. When you can’t feel the cup in your fingers.
Victor and I live on our remote 54 hectare rural property in the picturesque Central Tablelands of NSW. While we were visiting Margarita in Sydney, Victor and I were watching her trying to iron a shirt for Victor’s father. She was determined that this set back would not affect her daily life.
We watched her struggling to keep an ironing board cover on her board. While shifting her husband’s shirt around the board. And. Watched in horror, as her right hand, which was holding her hot iron, dipped and swayed as she tried to exert control over an ironing board cover that was constantly slipping and sliding.
She was a burns victim waiting to happen.
Victor chided her for not having a decent cover that fits her ironing board. There aren’t any, she said.
Not believing her, we went into Sydney the next day to buy her a ‘proper’ cover. We came home with 7. Ranging in price from $12 to $50. Not one of them fit her board like a glove. Elastic edging wasn’t tight enough. She didn’t have the strength to pull a drawstring tight enough. Some padded covers were like giant marshmallows on her board. It was clear that none were suitable.
On the way home to our rural property, Victor said that if he can keep a multi-story building from falling down. He could design an ironing board cover that will fit his mother’s board – like a glove.
Six weeks. And many prototypes later. The Fitz Like A Glove™ Ironing Board Cover was born.
Put into an Australia Post post bag. And dropped down the chute of our rural post office in Kandos NSW.
A surprise birthday gift for Margarita.
It was such a success, Margarita’s friends wanted one. And an accidental business is born.
It’s a truism that innovation comes from outside an industry. And that’s what Victor’s architectural insight did. He changed the way an ironing board cover stays snug and tight on any board. A guaranteed ‘Fitz Like A Glove’ experience.
All the photographs are of our property and are taken by Carol the Paddock Paparazzi. To view more of Carol’s photos click here. For more information contact us and talk to Carol.