Sunday, 3 April 2016

A quick project

Look what I made the other day!  It's an iron caddy, so that I can carry my iron to retreats/workshops - and back home again even if it's still hot.

Lined with heat resistant fabric, with a layer of insulbrite inside, it should keep the heat from the iron safely away from everything else.

This was truely a 1-day project.  I decided Thursday night that I needed one, to take to a day retreat on Saturday.  Friday morning I looked up patterns, and found this one.  Made a phone call to make sure I could get the fabric I needed (Yes, Fabricland carries it) and headed out mid-morning.  OK, I'll admit this was not a cheap venture. If I'd waited for a sale day, it might have been better - the heat-resistant fabric & insulbrite & batting cost me $40. But I got enough to make 2 caddies from that.

I came home from my shopping trip, dug a fabric out of my stash for the outside of the bag, and did some cutting. Being one to like shortcuts, I layered all 4 fabrics and cut the overall size through all of them at once. Worked great. A few pins, a quick trip through the sewing machine to stitch the layers together, and it was ready for binding.

Found a nice contrasting fabric in my stash to use for handles and binding. I love the turquoise colour, but I cut this one close. Once I cut the handles out, I had enough left for 2 strips of binding.  They fit - but just barely, and the final join in the binding is a straight join rather than angled. But who's going to know, right?  I won't tell if you won't :)  I also made a minor mistake with the positioning of the elastics for closures.  I may end up moving them later, but for now close counts.

This caddy used a total of 1 yard of fabric. And binding for Allietare, which I cut out and attached before my shopping trip, used 3/4 yards.
total out this week - 1 3/4 yards, and nothing in (not counting the shopping trip since that's not quilting fabric that came home)

2016 totals:
69 3/4 yards in
98 1/4 yards out
Total: 28 1/2 yards out
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  1. That's a great little caddy. I've been seeing it pop up here and there and might make a couple for myself. It's always been a problem, having to wait until the iron is cool to transport it home. I like how colorful your penguin fabric is and love the turquoise binding - it really pops.

  2. Love your iron caddy - I just made one too, but my insulbrite came from a friend, making it a "free" project! Your totals for the year look great!

  3. Very bright and fun iron caddy.