This little crafty endeavor is the result of a problem arising from vanity.
Here's the problem: I hate having puffy bangs! Whenever my bangs are puffy or frizzy I feel like I belong in a music video from the 80's... so I iron them out every morning. I don't consider myself to be a person who's overly preoccupied with my physical appearance, but puffy bangs just drive me crazy.
When I decided recently to upgrade my well-used hair iron to a fast-heating model, I realized that my older less-efficient model would be perfect to keep in my gym locker for post-workout puffy-bang emergencies. The only problem: how to stow it away among my towel and shampoo bottles when it's still warm? It takes quite a while to cool down, and time is always an issue, so what to do?
The solution: a heat-resistant hair-iron cozy!
Instead of a proper tutorial, I'll just outline the construction steps below. It really couldn't be easier.
Step 1: Grab an old oven mitt, or pick up a cheap one at the dollar store.
Step 2: Cut out two rectangular pieces of mitt... use your hair-iron (or other vanity appliance) as a template to figure out the appropriate size.
Step 3: sew the two rectangles together by hand along three edges to form a pocket. Make sure that what was the exterior of the mitt becomes the interior of the pocket, since the outer fabric of an oven mitt is the heat-resistant layer. Don't worry about keeping your stitches too even, since they will be hidden in the end.
Step 4: Make another, slightly larger fabric pocket (a perfect project for leftover fabric scraps) to slip over the inner inverted-oven-mitt layer. Make this layer the pretty one: embellish it however you like. Add a little handle if you wish. (I did!)
Step 5: Stitch the two cozy layers together around the opening into which you will slip your hair-iron.
And voila! Your little cozy is the perfect way to stow your hair appliance while still warm... be it in your gym locker, in your purse, or in your suitcase while on holiday.
A quick and easy project, and you don't even need a sewing machine!
Thanks for looking, and happy cozy-ing!