23 August 2011
I am so excited to share a quick and easy tutorial with y'all today! (And I do mean quick - after I shot the tutorial I did a time trial to see how fast I could make one without pausing to take photos of each step. Working at a normal, relaxed pace I completed the project in 9 minutes and 7 seconds. Told you it was quick!)
Quick but also super useful. You'll use this every day (if you use a flat iron or curling iron every day) and it's especially handy if you're traveling or going to the gym because you won't have to wait for your iron to cool before packing it away.
Y'all, I'm so pleased to share with you, my quick and easy Flat Iron Cover Tutorial!
What you'll need:
11"x6" pieces of the following three fabrics: Insul-Bright, pretty cotton fabric (for outside), and plain cotton fabric (for inside)
You'll also need about 7" of 1/2" double fold bias tape - buy some or make your own
You'll also need a sewing machine. You know I'm rather attached to mine. :)
Using your tailor tape, measure the circumference of your flat iron (or curling iron) at the widest point. Also measure the length.
Now, if you have a Chi, the work has been done for you. You can use my measurements. If not, I'll show you how I did my work so you can adjust yours accordingly.
A few notes about my notes: after I made these notes, I adjusted the width of the cut to 6" instead of 5.5" and it's good that I did - I needed that extra wriggle room. Also, I suggested the use of home decor fabric on my notes - that's probably the very best (I made one about a year ago with home decor fabric and it's been great and kept the warm inside), but quilting weight fabric will work as well. The Insul-Bright is good stuff.
Now, cut your three pieces to the size you've determined. And we're on to the quilt sandwich!
Lay your three fabric pieces in a stack, plain cotton first, then Insul-Bright, then your pretty fabric (right side facing up) and pin in place.
Now, quilt your cute little stack. Beginning on the right side, stitch several lines, each 1/2" from the next to make your quilt sandwich all one piece.
You may need to square things up when you're finished if your pile shifted at all.
You're already halfway finished!
Now take your piece of bias tape. Open it up and tuck one of the short ends of your quilted piece into the crease of the bias tape. Stitch the bias tape onto your quilted piece, close to the end. (You're only catching one side of the bt this time.)
Now fold the bias tape up and over your quilted piece and stick it in place. (I like to stitch each side individually so I can be sure that nothing gets missed and the stitch that shows is a strait and sure one.)
Seriously, almost done. Yay!
Just fold your piece lengthwise, right sides together. Stich across the top and down the side, with a 1/4" seam allowance.
Trim the excess off the corners, then turn it right side out (a dowel rod or pencil are both useful for this maneuver).
It's all pretty and tidy AND functional!
Just slip it on your hot flat iron and run! Hurrah!
As with all of my tutorials, you are completely welcome to use this tutorial to make items for sale in your Etsy shop or at craft fairs and such. I'd love it if you would share a link back to your source (me!) and I always love to see what y'all make with my tutorials, so please share them here!
Have a lovely Tuesday, friends! What are y'all up to this week?
**Update** For a limited time I am selling flat iron cover kits in my Etsy shop. I am also taking custom orders for flat iron covers this week only. More details here.