I just made some really cute travel holders for hot curling irons/straighteners. I used insulated batting, but used Kona cotton for the lining. My husband says since cotton isn't flame retardant, the holders aren't worth finishing. For those of you who have made casserole carriers, etc., do you have any words of wisdom for me? I still have to hand stitch the binding, but certainly don't want to think that a hot curling iron could cause damage in a suitcase! Each side of the holder has the outside fabric, insulated batting and Kona cotton lining so there is insulated batting on both sides - if that makes sense. I got the pattern on sew4home.com. They suggested twill for the lining and I didn't have any. The black Kona cotton I used does have some weight to it.
I have a "store bought" curling iron case to pack with. It has cotton fabric on both sides. If you are still in doubt, heat up your curling iron as hot as it will go, unplug it, and wrap it in a piece of the cotton you used for lining. I don't think they get hot enough to set fire to fabric, but I might be wrong. Twill is just a heavy weave of cotton.
If I have to pack immediately after using my curling iron, after unplugging I run cold water over the metal iron part being careful not to get it in/on the handle. Doesn't take but a couple of minutes to cool it down enough to pack.
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engineer DH says, might scorch your fabric but no flames. only takes few seconds to start cooling enough to be ok.
With that said, had never thought about the cotton lining. I try and use the silver ironing board fabric to line my holders.
I too fun under water carefully. Place iron on cold water wet washcloth or towel while I get ready to leave.
Hope this helps
If I am packing my curling iron (hair iron) I always run it under cold water as Sherry said. However, an iron is different....those small irons used for applique don't cool off the same.
I did burn the inside of my carrier with it. Never had any problems with the hair curling iron.
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Thanks so much for all the info. I think I will go ahead and finish them as all recipients use straighteners not curling irons and the hot part is more to the inside anyway. I will post a picture on Sew and Tell when I finish! If I were making a holder for an applique iron, etc., I would do as texana suggested and use the silver ironing board fabric.
I never pack my curling iron until it is cool. I don't think it would be hot enought to cause a flame but could be bad if packed next to poly fabrics. Heat the iron and give it a try.
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