DIY Curling Iron Case | Madam Sew

DIY Curling Iron Case

I travel with a curling iron to do quick styling of my hair. I don’t have a fussy style, but it is board straight without a bit of help. One problem with this is the curling iron is often still hot when I need to pack it up. While I don’t think it would start a fire in my suitcase, it could be warm enough to damage whatever it is touching. So the answer is a heat resistant case that not only covers the metal, but safely corrals the cord too.

Prepare your sewing area with your equipment.

Sewing machine, with a 1/4-inch quilting foot and a walking foot or your MadamSew Ultimate Presser Foot Set for quilting, thread, needles, sewing clips, straight pins (Glass head pins preferred), thread snips, rotary cutter 45mm, 6x24-inch ruler and mat, safety gloves, optional ruler grip, iron and ironing board or a lightweight Wool Pressing Mat.

Begin by selecting a pretty focus fabric, perhaps the same colors you are using for the Lingerie Case/Book Cover and Jewelry Roll. You’ll also need some heat resistant fabric for the lining and heat resistant batting such as Insul-Bright.


Fabric and Notion Requirements

  • Focus Fabric for outside - one rectangle 39-inches x 6-inches
  • Lining Fabric of heat resistant fabric - one rectangle 39-inches x 6-inches
  • Heat Resistant Batting - one rectangle 39-inches x 6-inches
  • Hook and Loop tape strips of both sides - one set 5-inches, one set 3-inches

Constructing a Curling Iron Case

Begin construction by layering the focus fabric wrong side to the white side of the heat resistant batting. Yes, it is OK to sew through this batting.



Quilt these layers together using any design you wish.

Place the five inch hook side of the tape perpendicular to the short edge, about a half-inch away from the edge. Place the hook side of the 3-inch piece below the first piece, crossways as shown.



Topstitch both in place all around the edges.


Lay the loop side of the five inch piece over the hook side.

Stitch only the end near the edge to hold it down.


If you like, you can use a zigzag stitch over the edge to hold it down.

Next, layer the silver side of the heat resistant fabric to the right side of the focus fabric on the case.


On the end OPPOSITE from the hook and loop tape, round the corners.

Using sewing clips, secure the edges and stitch around the edge, leaving an opening for turning.

Clip the curve up to the stitching line.



Clip the corners on the other end.



Turn and press, pressing the opening well.


Topstitch all around, closing the opening as you go.

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Place the 3-inch loop side of the tape crosswise on the lining side of the case at the rounded end.

Topstitch in place all around the edge of the tape.

Fold up the bottom end of the case (the straight part with the hook and loop tapes) up 12 inches, forming a pocket.


Using clips, place several to keep the edges aligned.



Topstitch along the previous lines of stitching.


When you get to the fold, tie off and begin a new stitching line on the other side.

Your case is all done. So easy!!


Opened up, you can see the pocket and the closure.

Place your curling iron into the pocket, curl the cord into a loop and secure with the hook and loop tape as shown.



It makes a nice addition to your travel set.

Closed up, the heat resistant lining and heat resistant batting will keep your clothing safe from a warm iron.

So, now we have three parts of our set. Next we’ll do a cosmetic case, then a shoe case. If you missed the first projects, click on Lingerie Case / Book Cover and Jewelry Roll case. Our series will continue soon with the next travel accessory project. Subscribe to the Madam Sew blog so you don’t miss a thing!

Happy Quilting!

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