Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Got hot curling irons?

I know every travelling girl has hot irons to tote back and forth and sometimes your curls are the last thing you do before you run out of the house. So there goes the hot iron right into the bag to inevitably melt or burn something important. The few of us that are prepared with a sock try that method.... but here's a sweet solution:
the curling iron tote! (this one holds a CHI and a 1" curling iron!)

Check out the video tutorial here:
2-in-1 Flat Iron/Curling Iron Tote

You will need two coordinating fabrics and cotton batting. Here are my measurements: outer fabric and batting (7"x22"), lining (7"x24"), and ties (3"x11")
 but they are pictured folded in half.

Layer your fabric with the right side of the outer fabric up, then cotton batting and right side of lining fabric down. Center the three pieces so that the lining sticks out about 1" on either side of the outer fabric. Pin in place.

Starting at the junction of the outer fabric and the lining, quilt the three pieces together. I made a diagonal checkerboard pattern with a curvy stitch.

Be sure to stop before you get to the lining on the other end of the piece.

Take the excess lining and fold over 1/2" and then another 1/2" on itself to make a finished edge. Pin in place.

Sew along the second fold, close to the outer fabric. Repeat for the other end.

Now for the straps... First take two pieces and lay the right sides together and pin. Then, one corner is folded over to make a triangle and that piece is cut off.  Flip the straps right side out and iron the straps so they lay flat. Sew along the edge for a finished look. Now, attach the straps

Now flip your piece with the lining side up and fold in half. The two long edges should be sewn about 1/2" from the edge. Clean up the excess fabric and thread to make it easier to flip right side out.

Turn your tote right side out and double check that all of your seams are complete. Especially make sure that the straps are well attached.

At this point, I put my CHI straightener in and pinned where I thought the separation between the two compartments should be. From there, you sew a straight stitch from the top to the bottom, reinforcing with backwards stitches especially at the opening. The other side I use for my 1" curling iron.

There you have it! A sweet tote that can be completed in less than 30 minutes and can save you precious packing time! The ties are intended to wrap up unruly cords, but if you'd like to use them to tie a bow around the opening, that would be cute too!

Sew. Sweet.


  1. so cute and so handy! love it!

    i would love for you to come link up this or any other amazing project at my creativity party going on right now!


    thanks so much for sharing!

  2. I am putting this on my to-do list! I needed this last weekend when I went on a road trip or even just for everyday when I finish and want to make sure my little guys don't touch the hot irons! I'm your newest follower, found you from the Eisy Morgan linky party. :)
    -Robyn from Tips from the Heart

  3. Thanks for sharing this! I think every girl needs one of these. I love the fabric you used!

  4. @Robyn Rasmussen Thanks for following Robyn! We're so excited to have you! :)

  5. Great idea!! I would love for you to link this up at the Do Something Crafty link party: http://vanessascraftynest.blogspot.com/search/label/Do%20Something%20Crafty%20Friday

  6. @Vanessa We're linked up! Thanks for having us! And feel free to feature! :) Glad you stopped by!

  7. Hi SewSweet,

    I'm the editor of AllFreeSewing.com and I loved your project. I've linked to it, which you can see here: The Curling Iron Tote

    If you you have any questions or would like to see more of your projects on the site, please feel free to contact me!

    Thanks, I look forward to hearing from you.


  8. I will be making some of these, starting my Birthday and Christmas gifts for 2012, thank you for sharing! Paula

  9. I really like the idea and think when I make one for myself I will add an extra short pocket on the front of the tote to put the cord into so that it will not be outside to swing free.

  10. Great information here thanks for sharing!
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  11. Hello, I am new to your site and I rarely comment, however, If you use a non flammable lining, you will not melt other things in your suitcase, such as chiffon or silks.

  12. I made a few of these a few months ago. I can't decide which one I like more so I can't decide which ones to give as gifts ha. Love them. So easy. When they're finished they look like they took a lot more time and effort than they actually did. LOVE THEM. AND when I put it away hot my mom no longer badgers me about "burning the house down".

  13. What an awesome, last minute Christmas gift this will make. Thanks so much!

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  15. Love this/added pocket low on front to slip the cord into...Thank you...