So when I saw this tutorial for straightener cozy on Pinterest, I knew I had to make it. This seemed like the simplest tutorial (there are several, so look around if you want something more challenging). Now, I can sew, technically speaking. I know how to thread it all up, make the machine go, and sew fabric together and have it not unravel. But what I can't do, and the reason I don't sew very often, is troubleshoot when something goes wrong, and/or hold it together when I can't figure out what the heck is wrong with my machine. I lack patience, essentially.
I don't really think I overestimated my sewing abilities when I attempted this project. I really think I could have done it expertly if I had been a little more patient and my machine hadn't been finicky/weird. But, I did make the cozy. And another one for my curling iron. Mine were done cheaply and quickly (I finished both in about an hour). So here's my version-- the ghetto version-- in case you're interested. If you want a classy one, be sure your machine works and you are patient, then follow the tutorial. I've been known to deviate from a tutorial when I think I know how to do it faster. So that's why mine turned out more ghetto. I mean, they look fine from far away-- basic, but fine. But up close? Well, let me just ask you to not look at them up close, OK?
- Oven mitt-- I bought a bulky one from the Dollar Tree for $1. I'd suggest a thinner one that's not actually a mitt, but a square.
- Fabric-- your choice. I used quilting-type cotton fabric I had leftover from Bestie Jr.'s baby shower.
- Fabric Scissors
- Sewing Machine (technically optional)
I apologize for the lack of pictures during these steps. I don't think you should necessarily follow my directions-- check the original. This is just for the ghetto version or if you want to know how my brain works. Wait, why would you want to know that; that's weird.
First, I put my straightener on the oven mitt and eyeballed how big the cozy should be. I wanted a tight fit. I cut out the size I wanted out of the mitt, giving me two pieces of heat-resistant material. I ripped the original fabric off the mitt and then just had the quilted batting left. Well, one side ripped off. The other was fused to the batting, so I left it. Oh well.
Maybe if you have an awesome sewing machine, you can sew through the thick heat-resistant fabric. But I don't. So I hand-sewed the two pieces together, leaving one small size open, through which my straightener will go.
Then place your little pocket on your fabric (inside out fabric-- have the inside facing up), and cut out the fabric, leaving about an inch on every side. I then pinned the fabric together around the pocket (again, inside of the fabric facing up), as close to the pocket as possible without pinning it to the pocket. I then pulled out the pocket, leaving me with a fabric pocket now.
I used my machine to sew up the sides with the pins. Here is where my machine had a conniption. I don't know why it hated me, but it did. I had to really soothe it before it would help me out. Then I trimmed the excess fabric and thread, and turned the pocket out so now it had the pretty side of the fabric up, and it was a perfect pocket.
Stuff your insulated pocket inside the fabric pocket. Fold the excess top fabric inside, and then I hand-sewed it to the insulation, finishing the top. And done.
I did the same for the curling iron, as well. My version leaves the cords free, but that wasn't my concern-- I just didn't want it melting anything.
It's functional and kind of cute (in a plain kind of way) from far away. And oh-so-cheap. Maybe one day I'll attempt this the right way. But until then, there you go. Why don't you try your hand at it?
PS: don't judge my old, crappy straightener.