Wednesday, July 21, 2010

CHRISTMAS IN JULY: "Crap I've Made" Gift Idea

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I promised you a great tutorial from Char of Crap I've Made.
You're gonna love this one!
Now, if only someone who actually sews -
unlike yours truly - would offer to make one for ME.

Get crafting ladies! There's lots of gifts to be made. Be sure to read all the way to the bottom for some important Christmas in July reminders and other tid-bits.

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Hey all! It’s Char from Crap I’ve Made. I’m excited to be a part of Christmas in Julyhere 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!


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:


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.


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.


Stitch in place.

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



Hook your Velcro together.



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


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


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…


and then trimmed the corners with scissors.


Sew bias tape around the perimeter.


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


wrap the cord around,


fasten the Velcro,


and go!


Even if you’re not going anywhere, the other stuff in your drawer will be safe from burns and melting.

HUGE thanks to Teresa for having me! Come see me any time at Crap I’ve Made. We’re having a whole week of giveaways starting August 1st to celebrate 1,000,000 hits.

Merry Christmas? LOL!

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feature going on now. Click here to learn more.

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  1. Great tutorial!! This would make such a perfect gift. Thanks!

  2. Gotta LOVE Char! This is perfect for back to college, too!

  3. LOVE IT! i have always drooled over the vera bradley one and have about 20 people i wanted to gift this to, but didn't feel like dropping the bucks. now it's a guilt-free gift that is even more special! thank you and thanks char!

  4. Oh I need to make this! It drives me nuts to have all the irons out on the bathroom counter all day but by the time they've cooled down I'm too lazy to go back and put them away

  5. Awesome gift idea. I have an old ratty one that needs replacing too. Thank you!!!

    PS the falling snow is depressing me....please, we have only had about two weeks of summer here so far!

  6. Awesome!! I linked to your tutorial over at Craft Gossip Sewing: