Since I had so much heat resistant fabric left over from my ironing pad project, I decided to try to solve a long dilemma of how to pack a hot curling iron. For years I've typically wrapped my hot curling iron with a towel before putting it into my suitcase... it worked... but it wasn't very fashionable. Finally, I got the idea to make the curling iron hot pocket! Within 40 minutes I solved my own life-long dilemma :)
Supplies / Tools Needed: (All measurements based on a standard sized 1 1/2" barrel curling iron, supplies may need to be adjusted to accommodate different sized curling irons)
- 15 mini-charms or 15 - 2 1/2" squares
- 6 3/4" by 10 3/4" piece of heat resistant fabric (I like Therma Flex Heat Resistant fabric which I bought at Fabric.com)
- 6 3/4" by 10 3/4" piece of batting (I like Warm N Natural)
- 17 inches of coordinating 1/2" wide double-fold bias tape
- Quilter's ruler
- Rotary cutter
- Pins or binding clips
Layout the mini-charms in three rows of five.
Sew the squares together using a 1/4" seam allowance. Iron your seams to one side. Alternate pressed sides so seams will nest.
Sew the rows together using a 1/4" seam allowance. Press the seams to the side. Press the finished rectangle.
Make a quilt sandwich by placing the heat resistant fabric wrong side up, then the batting, and finally the sewn top right-side up. Secure the sandwich with either basting spray or a few pins.
Quilt the piece using a method that makes you happy :)
Square your edges using your ruler and rotary cutter.
Open one end of the bias tape to fold the top corner in.
Wrap the bias tape around the side starting a little further than two squares down. Secure the end with a pin.
To create the mitered corner open the bias tape right at the corner. Use your finger to make a 45 degree edge. Then fold the top back over at the top edge. Repeat the process on the back side.
Repeat this process around the other corner and finish the end of the bias tape in the same manner you folded the corner at the start. The end of the bias tape should be trimmed so that it lines up with the other side. Pin or clip the bias tape in place.
Sew about 1/8" from the inside edge around the bias taped sides.
Fold the piece in half length wise, heat resistant fabric side out. Clip or pin in place.
Using a 1/4" seam sew the sides together starting 1" before the end of the bias tape until you reach the non-bias taped corner. Backstitch a few stitches to secure.
Turn the sewn pocket right sides out. Using a blunt object push out your corners. Now your pocket is ready for use! Warning: Do not leave a plugged in curling iron in your curling iron pocket!!! That's like leaving a hot iron iron-side down on your ironing board... bad idea.
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