Here’s an easy to make Christmas gift for a girlfriend, sister, or anyone who styles hair with a heated styling appliance – a decorative, insulated storage case that cuts down on the clutter factor associated with using a hot iron.
After using a hot iron, waiting for the cool down period often results in leaving an unruly work area. The strewn out cord takes up a luxurious amount of space that could serve a better purpose. If you’re like me, you often forget to go back after it cools to put it away.
This easy to do sewing/crafting project takes about 35 minutes. Even if sewing is not exactly your forte, it should still take less than an hour. The sewing can be done by hand or machine, or instead of sewing you can use fabric glue and clothes pins.
A designer-look hot iron storage case can actually compliment the décor of a bathroom vanity or dressing table.
The inside of the case is insulated with fire resistant fabric which minimizes the cool-down period. Depending on your decorating style, the curling iron in it’s case can be left out in plain view, where it’s extremely handy as well as attractive. A nice sleek design makes these great for packing in a suitcase.
Ironing board insulating cloth for the lining (available at Walmart)
Any attractive and sturdy material for the outside
1/8″ foam backing or quilt lining
Bias trim (optional)
1.)Cut one piece of each of the above materials into 19″ x 4″ rectangles.
2.)Cut two 4″ x 4″ pieces for a pocket to hold the cord on back. A matching piece of wide elastic can hold the cord, too. Simply cut the elastic using the same measurement.
3.)Pin 4″ x 4″ fabrics with right sides together and stitch three sides at 5/8″. This will be added to the back of the rectangular piece in the next step. Turn right side out and press.
4.)Layer the wrong side of the insulating material with the foam padding and stitch together.
5)Now put right sides of decorative fabric, and the insulating cloth together and stitch the three pieces together leaving one end open. Using a ruler, turn these right side out. You will see the shiny side of the ironing board fabric on one side, and the right side of the decorative fabric on the other.
6.) Attach the hot iron cord pocket from step one to the decorative fabric side nine inches down from the top sewn side of the oblong.
7.) Fold the conjoined fabrics with insulating sides facing and attach the stitched edge five inches away from the top. The extra five inches will fold over the front, functioning as a closure flap.
8.) Stitch from the top of the oblong, and continue around “5/8 on three sides.
9.)Fold the last remaining raw edge under twice and stitch, or cover with bias tape.
Take your choice of how you want the closure to be attached. You may decide to use Velcro, or a loop and a button, or a snap. Get fancy with magnetic snaps?
My favorite hot iron carry case was made from a faux, soft leather with a subtle sheen. I topped it with an antique, glittery insignia. A shiny elastic cord loop works to go around an antique button which is fixed on the main body of the hot iron carry case.
Many creative options are available for this handy hot iron carry case. Depending on whether or how it may travel, the fabric choice will vary. Perhaps it will simply add a nice touch for using at home .
As a gift, imagine the recipient’s decorating theme. Would peach or fern green look good? How about adding lace? Add an extra loop on the corner in order for it to hang up somewhere.
The mélange of creative applications really makes this project a lot of fun. Get started now. Children over nine can be included on the decorating part. With a little time, you can easily make quite a few of these hot iron carry cases as a gift for Christmas or any occasion.