Thursday, February 19, 2015

Iron Tote/Mat

Getting Retreat Ready

I bought this pattern about 5 years ago
thinking it was a great idea!
I really needed one!
It drives me nuts to go to a class
and everyone is waiting around one iron.

Never again will I be standing wasting sewing time
for an iron and when I am done - button it up and go home.

I am going to my first retreat with

Quilter's Square

Super excited!
Now I just need a free pattern
for a cutting mat/ruler holder!
If you know where a free one is please leave a comment!

Do you have a little binding basket?
You should, then it doesn't roll across the room!
Your dog, cat, children don't unroll it playing catch!

I used (2) outside fabrics
(2) layers of cotton batting
(1) layer of Insul Bright

The pattern called for a heat resistant pad
on the inside fabric but I did not have any
So I used what I had on hand with the Insul Bright!

Nice place to press my pieces!

Oh no! I did something wrong but what?

How to fold the Iron Tote/Pressing Mat together?
Kaye Wood shows you how

It is a quick video showing binding,
elastic and button placement,
finally she shows you how to fold it up!

I cannot find the pattern I used online.
I bought it at a LQS and it is by Marie Sines.

I did find this one which includes the Ironing pad
Sisters Common Thread Caddy Pad Iron Tote Pattern

Disclaimer: the photos used in this post are not of Sisters Common Thread Caddy Iron Tote but one will be made at a later date with a Giveaway graciously provided by the Sisters! Thank you ladies!

Fabric used is Indelible by Katarina Roccella
Thread: Aurifil 50 wt. #1154 Orange and #1158 Gray
(My two favorite colors)

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  1. looks great, have fun at your retreat!

  2. I had a similar pattern on my "to buy" list, but never did buy it or make it. I need an iron tote for our camper. thanks

  3. I had a similar pattern on my "to buy" list, but never did buy it or make it. I need an iron tote for our camper. thanks

  4. My guild just had a workshop to make the iron caddy.

  5. Your iron tote turned out great. I don't have a tutorial for a cutting mat/ruler bag but I when I made one for mine, it was basically a zippered bag with handles.

    Have fun at your retreat.

  6. How about the pattern at Moda Bake Shop? Queen bee bag. That looks like what you are looking for.
    Really like your iron tote!!!
    esthersipatchandquilt at yahoo dot com

  7. I need to make one of these. I just wrap mine in an iron pad.

  8. Have you checked out HappyQuiltingMelissa? She has a case under other tutorials . FYI

  9. I have one of these and I just love it for retreats and sew days at Guild. I made 8 of them one year for Christmas for my quilting friends. They were a big hit!

  10. I have this pattern AND the insul-brite too. Just need to make it. crystalbluern at onlineok dot com

  11. I have an iron caddy on my todo list.I have all the fabric and pattern but just keep letting it slip down my list. I will probably wait til the day before going to a class to whip it together too. Cindy/

  12. Lisa I have a file for a pattern! If you still need one let me know and ill send it to you!! Its big and great!


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