Make Your Own Iron CaddyDateline: 03/10/98
Here's a quick project that will protect your cars synthetic carpet after sewing class, with a pocket for the cord.
- 19" Square of cotton fashion fabric
- 19" square of batting
- 19" square of Teflon Fabric(silver, heat resistant fabric)
- 14" by 5" piece of fabric
- 11" of 1/4" soft elastic
- Tape measure or ruler
- Pencil or chalk
Fold fashion fabric in half and in half again, so that it is folded in quarter.
From the folded corner measure 9", rotating your ruler to form a 1/4 circle. Join your marks together and cut on the marked line. When unfolded you will have a circle of fabric.
Use the circle as a template to cut out your batting and teflon. Set aside the batting and teflon.
Use the 14" by 5" piece of fabric to make a pocket. Fold right sides together so that you have a 7" by 5" folded piece. Using 1/2" seams stitch around cut edges leaving a 1" area open to turn right side out. Trim corners. Turn right side out. Push out corners. Press flat and press the unstitched area in 1/2" to match seam line.
From any edge of the cotton fabric fold up an area so that the fold to the edge measures 6 1/2". Measure 5 1/4" in along folded edge, from both sides.
Line up pocket with your measured area. Place the open area that you turned the pocket right sides out, towards the center of the circle. Pin in place and stitch close to the pocket edges. Leave open on the long edge that is nearest the circle edge.
Lay batting on table. Lay cotton fabric over batting right side up. Lay teflon fabric on top of fabric shiny side down. Line up all edges. You may pin them together but pins will leave marks in the Teflon. You can paper clip it together and remove the paper clips as you get to that area.
Stitch along edge leaving a 3" - 4" area open to turn right sides out. Turn right sides of fabric out. Press flat and press under the unstitched edge.
Stitch 1/2" on from pressed seam edge, around the entire circle.
Using a safety pin, thread the elastic through the edge of the circle. Overlap the ends of the elastic and stitch to hold them together.
Use a slip stitch to close the open edge.
I designed these instructions for a standard household iron. You may need to vary the elastic for your iron.
Even though Teflon is heat resistant, please be very careful with a hot iron. Allow it to cool while you pack up everything else.
Although clothes pins are bulky, you can use the spring type to hold fabrics together in place of paper clips.