Sunday, February 21, 2016

Iron Caddy

A friend of mine made a cute iron caddy a few years ago and I thought it was not only cute, but useful too. I borrowed her pattern to make one of my own. Well as cute as this is, the instructions weren't all that clear and there were only a few tiny photos. I had to borrow my friend's finished iron caddy to figure out how to finish making it. Even my friend said the instructions were hard to understand, but when she did figure it out, she went ahead and made about 4 more right away. I looked at her finished caddy and then sewed mine together my own way and didn't even use the instructions.

I also made some changes. I didn't add the ruffle on my iron caddy because it was more work and because I thought the ruffle would get in the way of zipping and unzipping the caddy. I also didn't do the embroidered section because it seemed like a lot of work and you really wouldn't see it (especially if I had added the ruffle). I used a foam stabilizer to give this caddy some structure, rather than using batting. I do like the foam stabilizer so much better. I also sewed a bias binding inside to cover the raw edges. As an afterthought, I sewed a couple of ribbon tabs at each end of the zipper to have something to hold on to when zipping this caddy open and closed.

I wanted to keep one of my irons inside this caddy to keep it dust-free. Well the iron I wanted to store inside this caddy, ended up not fitting inside the caddy! I guess my iron was a tad too long. So I ended up putting my travel iron inside it instead.

The pattern shows a ruffle all the way around above the zipper. I suppose it looks like a slice of cake with the ruffle and the layers of different colored fabric. But to keep mine simple and avoid the ruffle from getting caught in the zipper, I opted to go ruffle-free, lol!!!

I ended up storing my travel iron inside the caddy, because the iron I wanted to store inside was a tad too long!


I took these photos several weeks ago when we had a dusting of snow.

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12 comments:

  1. Well that is just adorable! And to be honest it reminds me of a piece of cake. Wonder if the pattern would look cute as a piece of cake and could you really store a piece of cake in it?!

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  2. Very cute--I may need to make one for my new little Clover!

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  3. This is a great idea! Your iron caddy is so pretty and useful. Thanks for sharing, Daryl ... :) Pat

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  4. Oh my gosh, how cute is that...I love it! I always want to change up a pattern, too. Must be that extra creative side in us. :O)

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  5. Since I'm not the ruffle type, YAY, no ruffle! LoL. Your fabrics are fun. Love the zipper pulls. I guess because an iron is largest at the sole plate, this tote looks upside down to me. I would change it by putting the handle on the other side. No imagination here, I guess.

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  6. Great project! It reminds me that I need something like this as well. Your changes are great and thoughtful. Thanks for sharing them.

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  7. Such a cute idea. I would have skipped the ruffle too.

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  8. Definitely nix the ruffle for efficiency. I believe you have improved this iron caddy with your smart changes. I have thought of making an iron caddy but so far have not done sew. Embracing Creative Bliss...

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  9. But it's so cute. I'd find it a darling conversational piece. It'd be fun to see it on a kitchen counter with something unexpected in it. To bad the pattern was the pits.

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  10. it came out great and its a very handy size and shape. After seeing the struggles you had with it I'm so glad I bought one that a mutual friend made. She put the ruffle on mine and I love it. it really doesn't seem to get in the way of the zipper. You are correct in thinking with the ruffle especially, it looks like a slice of cake. you used very fun fabrics. enjoy

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  11. This is soo cute.....must make one...like you no ruffle, but yes I will make it a tad bigger to fit the house iron...yes I have several....but I love the look of yours.....

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  12. I think it does look like a piece of cake. One with layers of jam. :-) It must have been a big disappointment to have gone through all this trouble to find that your iron doesn't even fit inside this caddy. At least, you're able to actually use it with an iron.

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