So the other day I went to a home party at my sister in law's house for Thirty-One Gifts. They have the cutest products! But the whole time I couldn't help thinking 'I could make that!' Especially when I saw these adorable hot iron cases. (Picture from their fall catalog (image source))
Look how simple! But what a great Christmas gift...yeah I know, we still have Halloween & Thanksgiving to get through but let me tell you there's nothing worse than waiting till the last minute to make Christmas gifts. It creates way too much unneeded stress!
Here's my fairly easy Hot Iron Case Tutorial:
Exterior Fabric (I used a laminated cotton)
Batting (could use Insul-bright)
Heat resistant interior fabric (I used something like this)
Coordinating Piping (optional)
First, cut your fabric. You'll need the following:
18"x6" rectangle from exterior, interior, and batting
14 1/2" x 6" rectagle of exterior, interior, and batting
Find a round object in your house to give the short ends a curve. On your shorted (pocket) piece leave one end straight.
Take exterior and interior short pieces and pin them right sides together along one of the short ends. Sew along this end.
Now open and lay this piece flat. Take the short piece of batting and lay it along one of the pieces of fabric (I chose the interior fabric). Then bring the exterior fabric over, sandwiching the batthing. Pin the short end where you sewed before.
Topstich along this short side. If you are using a laminated fabric then use a nonstick foot on your machine. (My machine came with one). Baste around the rest of this shorted piece & add velcro about an inch or so from the top. I did not and had to hand stich it on later so I don't have a picture.
Adding the piping: *this makes the project more intermediate if you want an easier version I will post another tutorial showing you how.
Start with the large piece of exterior fabric. I started in the bottom corner and pinned the piping (with the rough edge facing out) around the whole piece. At the corners I cut little notches so it would curve better.
Here you can see where I began and ended.
Baste this in place.
Now take the shorter (pocket) piece and lay it on top of the piece you just sewed the piping on. Make sure the exterior fabrics are facing each other. Line up the bottom edges, you should have about 3" above the top of the pocket piece.
Pin in place. Tip: If using a laminated fabric pin along your sewing line so that you don't leave holes in the fabric.
Sew in place leaving a 3-4" opening toward the top of one side. It's important that you feel for the piping making sure to get your seam pretty close to it. You can peak inside as your going to see where you need to sew close. Take your large piece of batting and baste it on to one side of your project.
Now carefully turn it rightside out. I started at the top, then fold it down. Make sure to keep the pocket to one side as you turn.
Now pin your opening closed and topstich around the whole thing. I used my nonstick foot and largest stitch my machine does (5mm).
Add velcro to your flap, making sure it lines up with the piece you sewed on earlier.
Now your project is complete!
Make one for yourself or to give away! While you're at it make a matching makeup bag!