Do you have any travel plans for this summer??? Then you need to make one of these curling iron cozies before you head out on your trip. Why, you ask? Well, for starters, they're so cute! They are also inexpensive and sooo easy to make, but the purpose they serve is wonderful. These are lined with ironing board fabric and are made to put a hot curling iron or hair straightener in. You can put your hot hair utensil in this minutes before you are leaving your hotel room and pack it right into your luggage without the concern of burning your clothes. My husband and I LOVE to travel and we cover a lot of ground during the summer months. We are often only a night or two at any given hotel and I always do my hair right before we check out. I'm not sure why I do that, but I take comfort in being able to put my hot straightener right into this cozy and then into the suitcase just minutes before we leave. The elastic loop on the side holds the wrapped up cord and keeps everything neat and tidy.
We're heading for Europe this summer and when I saw this fabric of famous European icons, I knew I had to make some curling iron cozies with this fabric. It's perfect! How can you not love the Eiffel Tower, windmills from Holland and the domes of Italy? AAAHHHH, I can't wait to go!
This is a very beginner sewing project and these make a great gift! Who doesn't love a handmade gift??
Here's how you can make one.
*Quilted Ironing Board fabric 14" L x12" W
*Fabric for the outside. Also 14"L x 12" W
*4-5 " elastic (1/4-1/2" wide)
Cut out fabric pieces of both ironing board fabric and outer fabric. Both pieces should be the same size. I used the dimensions of 14" L x 12" W, but this is not an exact science, rather suggested measurements.
Fold the ironing board fabric piece in half lengthwise, with right sides together. Pin the long side and bottom edges, then sew a 5/8" seam allowance around the fabric. Trim the edges. Clip the corners
On one side of the outer fabric place your elastic about 2" down from the top edge, with the elastic end lined up with the side edge of the fabric.
Fold the elastic in half so that both ends are now lined up with the side edge. Pin in place, then top stitch over the elastic to hold it it place. Now, fold your fabric in half lengthwise,
and stitch around the long side and the bottom edge, just like you did for the inner layer of fabric EXCEPT *use a 1/2" seam allowance. NOT 5/8" *You want the inner lining to be just a tad smaller than the outer fabric. Trim the edges and clip the corners.
Turn the outer fabric right side out, but keep the ironing board fabric with the right sides together.
Insert the ironing board fabric pocket into the outer fabric pocket.
Turn the top edge of each fabric layer into the center of the two layers, about 1/2". Pin in place.
Stitch around the edge of the opening about 1/4" from the top edge. I love using my blind hem foot for tasks like this because it gives it a real nice straight edge. You just line up the middle guide of the foot with the outer edge of the fabric, set your needle to the far left placement and stitch away.
Go all the way around the opening and that's it!! You've just made the easiest, cutest, curling iron cozy that all your friends are going to want. It's a good thing you know how to make them one!! Or sell it to them....$$$ OOOOOORRRRRRR........
Place your hot iron inside and go do some travelling!! The world is so beautiful and there is so much to see. The adventure is waiting for you!!