Flat Iron Travel Pouch Tutorial

In case you missed my post for Christmas in July over on It’s A Good Day

I’ve got a gift idea for you: a flat iron travel case. This would be the perfect handmade gift for your everyone from your teenaged niece to your BFF….anyone with a flat iron, really. Before we get started, let’s take a moment in honor of flat irons. Seriously. My halfro (totally not curly on the top) and I salute you!

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Supplies:
Fabric
Cotton batting or Insul-Bright (I really wanted to use the Insul-Bright, but I had to order it and it didn’t show up in time. The good news for you is that you have 5 months ‘til Christmas and PLENTY of time to track down your own!)
1.5” of Velcro
Double fold bias tape ~ 50” (I made my own)

Cut 2 of each from fabric and one of each from batting:

6” X 11”
10” X 12”

Sandwich your batting between the same sized pieces of fabric, right sides facing out, like this:

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Take the smaller piece and position the soft loopy side of your Velcro so that the center is 6” from the right end. The Velcro will NOT be centered. Make sure it’s up slightly higher than the width of your bias tape.

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Stitch in place.

Position the hard pokey side of your Velcro so that it’s centered 6” from the right end as well. This piece of Velcro WILL be centered. Again, make sure that it’s up slightly higher than the width of your bias tape.

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Stitch in place.

Sew a piece of bias tape on the right hand side (short end) of your smaller piece.

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Hook your Velcro together.

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You’re going to sew 1/4” from the left hand side of the top (smaller) piece.

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Undo the Velcro and fold the flap to the other side, lining up the edges.

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You may want to use a couple of pins to keep it in place.

The next step is rounding the corners. I used a glass and traced the curve…

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and then trimmed the corners with scissors.

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Sew bias tape around the perimeter.

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And you’re ready to put your flat iron inside,

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wrap the cord around,

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fasten the Velcro,

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and go!

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Even if you’re not going anywhere, the other stuff in your drawer will be safe from burns and melting. Not that I’d know anything about that. Because I’ve sure never melted a hole in the side of a hairspray bottle.

Comments

  1. The Cottage Mama says:

    Ok, Char, are you brilliant or what?! What a great idea and so perfect for gifts!! I'm about to make a "ruffle camera strap" similar to yours too – I will be linking over once I get it complete.

    Thanks so much for your useful, creative ideas! You go girl!!

    Lindsay

  2. PeaceLoveApplesauce says:

    So very cute!!

  3. I am so doing this! Probably one for myself and every other woman I am gifting to this year. Amazing!

  4. Mormishmom says:

    This is some fantastic crap :)

  5. The Fear Fam says:

    How did you know that I never know what to get my hairdresser-sister for Christmas?!? Hooray! Thank you for the tutorial.

  6. Alysha (Supermom) says:

    What a great tutorial… Such a great gift idea :) Thanks!!!

  7. Kimbo West @ a girl and a glue gun says:

    oh! I need one…but that is not the reason I'm here! I gave you an award at my blog.

    kimboscrafts.blogspot.com

  8. Love this! I need to find some cool fabric. Can't WAIT for the laptop sleeve too.

    snuzalsews.blogspot.com

  9. Great idea!

  10. ificould says:

    I need this! SO clever, I'm featuring this tutorial on Monday! Thanks for sharing!

  11. Josh and Leslie says:

    Hey there…new to the world of sewing and was wondering if you wash your fabric before using it? Also…any typical fabric you prefer or brands/websites you would suggest??

    Thanks so much…

  12. I just wanted to say that I have the same flat iron as you, and I bought it because you recommended it to me on BBC. My frizz-ball hair thanks you.

  13. Porche' says:

    Awesome idea! This is definitely on my Christmas sewing list. Thanks!

  14. [email protected] says:

    Ooh that's genius! I carry my Chi around in a big plastic bin and I'm still paranoid about it. This is such a great idea! Thanks so much fr this, I'll be linking.

  15. Thanks for doing my thinking for me! I've been wanting to do something like this forever. Much cuter than wrapping it in a ratty towel.

  16. tammiemarie says:

    well, this is a few months too late. thanks a lot. ha! my cat knocked my chi iron off the shelf and broke it. and i've had a halfro ever since.

  17. [email protected] says:

    Awesome tutorial! I need one of these! Totally going to make one. Thanks for sharing.

  18. gnee @ Singing With Birds says:

    Hi Char,

    Congratulations, your travel pouch made this week's Top 5 His at Singing With Birds. Come check it out, grab a blog button and have a great weekend. I wish you see the ancient one I've been using. I am so making several soon!

  19. kelegirl6 says:

    I'm a new sewer and 1) I'm having issues with stitching the bias tape straight; 2) My machine won't stitch through all those layers, what do I need to adjust for this??? 3) I need to work on my cutting. Things were crooked so they were trimmed down and now the flap won't fold completely over when its finished, but the next one I make I'll hopefully improve!!

    PS: If you have any tips on my 2 novice problems, I'd love to here them!!

    And I found InsulBright at Walmart!

  20. I love this idea and could really use one myself! I had to share it – I featured you here.

  21. Char @ Crap I've Made says:

    kele,

    There's a bit of a learning curve with bias tape. I don't have any real suggestions other than to practice and go slowly. And if you're using store bought bias tape, make sure the short side is on top, that way you're guaranteed to hit the bottom piece.

    And I can't go to WalMart (makes me curse like a sailor), but good to know that they have it!

  22. curlyQdesign says:

    Just found this tutorial linked through Sew Mana Sew. Perfect gift idea for my sister in law!

    Thanks!!

  23. Kelly Irene says:

    This is wonderful! I also have a sister in law who would love this :)

  24. I made this for my sister-in-law for Christmas and she loved it. Thank you for sharing this!

  25. HarmlessColor says:

    Thank you for posting this tutorial! It was just what I needed as a Christmas gift for my stylish sister. I put up pictures of the pair I made with my other handmade Christmas gifts from 2010. Have a look!

    http://harmlesscolor.blogspot.com/2011/01/2010-handmade-christmas-gifts-ii_15.html

  26. Dominique @ Craft Couture says:

    Awesome tutorial! Thank you, I'm deff making one because I've been looking in the stores for on e& can never find one I like. Now thanks to you I can make one just how I want it! I'm deff. I new follower :)

    dominiquescraftcouture.blogspot.com

  27. This is great stuff! I really like this tutorial. Great photos, great directions, great job!

    nnvillan.blogspot.com

  28. I'm not great at math, How much yardage do I need to purchase? lol
    Thanks, I can't wait to make it!

  29. @Bflymommy – I added it up and found out for you (also me BC i have fabric and I wanna do this, but make it oversized). Using 45/46 in width fabric, get at least 1/2 yard of one fabric and 1/4 yard batting. If you want different lining fabric (like me), getting 1/2 yard batting, 1/2 yard lining, and 1/2 yard outside fabric will make TWO travel pouches (and then this means you have a present for your best friend's birthday). And just so you know, it would be only 12" length and 36" width total for ONE pouch.

  30. BTW, the website for the insul bright said that there wasn't any distributors for 100 miles around me and I found some at my walmart, also – 15 miles away. It's sold on bolts there near the fusible interfacing and mine was $6.97/yard. It looks like regular batting except that there is a metallic strip running the full length between a sandwich of batting.

  31. Congratulations your blog is very cool, I loved it, I was a fan. see mine too, good weekend

  32. I just did this tutorial, it was awesome! Thank you for posting this!

  33. Thanks so much! Was looking for a pattern for a carrying case for my flatiron. Couldn’t see paying the prices they charge for those little cases when I am a sewer myself. My daughters and grandaughters will also love it.

  34. LOVE this tutorial! Made one yesterday, and I have to say I am in love with it! Thanks so much!!

  35. Love Love Love this tutorial!!!!! I have made 2 so far (none for myself unfortunately….I’m waiting until I get really good at it before I make my own…hehe!) and am so happy you taught us how to make this fabulous flat iron pouch! I still have trouble on the corners with the bias tape….but getting better! If anyone has tricks to corners…..those of us who are less fortunate in mastering this task would love to know! =)

    Thank you so much for taking the time to teach us!

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