Thursday, July 7, 2011

Insulated Flat Iron Travel Case



Don't you hate in when you have to wait around for your flat iron/straightener/curling iron/crimper to cool off before you stow it back into your bathroom cabinet or in your suitcase so that it won't burn yet another counter surface, brush, comb, clip or the contents of your suitcase?  Grrr!

Well wait no more!  The solution is a pretty and practical Retro Revival flat iron case that's insulated and heat resistant up to 500 degrees F (260 degrees C) so you can simply unplug your appliance after use and directly slip it into the case!

A few more details about my cases:
*Made to fit flat irons, curling irons, straighteners and crimpers
*Heat resistant lining is safe to 500 degrees F (260 degrees C)
*Horizontal case measures 5" W x 14" L with flap cover and velcro closure
*Large pocket on the backside, designed to hold your clips, combs and brush
*Ideal for travel, the gym, your bathroom cabinet, school, anywhere
*Perfect gift for your friends who have everything!

Here's my tutorial, really more tutorial-ish, on how I made them in case you want to give them a try:

Supplies:
Pretty fabric
Batting
Therma Flec fabric
Double bias tape
Velcro
Thread, scissors & sewing machine

Directions:
1.  Cut 1 each of your pretty fabric, insulated fabric and 2 pieces of batting into 5 1/2 " x 17 1/2" rectangles (these will become the back and flap front).
2.  Cut 1 each of your pretty fabric, insulated fabric and batting into 5 1/2" x 10 1/2" rectangles (these will become the front pocket where you slip in your flat iron).
3.  Cut 1 each of your pretty fabric into 5 1/2" x 6 1/2" rectangle (this will become the back pocket).


4.  Sew your Velcro onto the inside flap of the back piece of Therma Flec and onto the front of the front pocket:


5.  Sew your double bias tape to the top edge of your back pocket.
6.  Pin together your front pocket (the 10 1/2" rectangle), matching batting and Therma Flec pieces and sew the top edge of all three together with the double bias tape:

7.  Lastly, pin together your "back" pieces, the 14 1/2" pieces of Therma Flec, batting and pretty fabric...

...to the back pocket and the front pocket and attach them all together by sewing your bias tape all the way around the edges.

Ta da!  This is what your case should look like when open:

And closed:

And the back pocket:


Now, if you're not the crafty type but think these are the perfect travel accessory for the gal who considers her flat iron (or straightener, crimper or curling iron) an essential part of her beauty routine, then you can find 15 different models on Retro Revival.

And don't forget this month's blog giveaway ~ over $200 worth of goodies from Retro Revival and J&O Fabrics, including this Insulated Flat Iron Travel Case. 

Click HERE to read the details on how to enter!

9 comments:

Sizzle and Zoom said...

Great directions. You make this look easy.

Julie Harward said...

Cutest one I have ever seen...love it! ;D

Paula Parrish said...

Hello Cindy
This new Insulated Flat Iron Travel Case is such a clever and smart idea. When I travel and I am leaving the hotel; I always have my curling iron sticking out of the small pocket on the side of my bag cooling. This bag is just PERFECT to get my iron inside of my travel bag.
Smiles, Paula

donna said...

Thank you so much for sharing Cindy. I love your idea.
Hugs
donna

Donna said...

Thank you for this tutorial! I really need to make myself one of these ... I always wrap mine in a handtowel!
Hugs,
Donna

DIZZYDEVILWOMAN said...

i really love how you do the matching of fabric and color combinations.. so beautiful

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