Does your flat iron or curling iron become a huge snake of a mess in your luggage when you travel? Or does the endless amount of cord that accompanies all your hair tools drive you nuts? I answered yes and yes, so making a hot pad cozy for my flat iron has been on my to-do list since I joined Pinterest, but I've never seen one that keeps the cord contained like this, so with a few tweaks, I've designed a pattern that cutely keeps the cord at bay while still protecting your iron plates from getting scratched.
The only two things you need are a hot pad and a scrap of fabric to make a tie. My hot pad happens to be handmade, but that doesn't matter at all. Naturally, the tougher the hot pad, the more sturdy your cozy will be, which will make it easier to string your cord around, so you might have to look beyond the dollar store for this one. Trust me, I checked, and the hot pads they carry are pretty flimsy.
Fold your hot pad in half and slide your iron in to see how much space is needed to make it snug, but still easy to slide in and out. Mine came out to be around 2 and ⅝" from the crease. Sew a straight line from top to bottom, then test it out. Adjust accordingly, then start on your tie. I cut a strip 42" long and 1 ⅝" wide, then ironed the edges inward and sewed it shut on one side.
You know, you could replace this white tie with something pre-sewn, like a ribbon or shoelace, and then you are really only sewing two seams. Methinks that accounts to less than a minute sitting at your machine.
Now fold the tie in half and place it in the middle of the sewn edge. Sew one more straight line down the side, closer to the edge than before, and catching the tie to be sewn in place.
You're done! Wasn't that fast?
This project can easily cost less than $4 and under a half hour of your time. Doesn't your flat iron deserve a hot pad cozy?!
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