Mystery Birthday Gift

Do you have any idea what this is?

I’ll give you a hint. It measures about 19″ x 25″ and folds into a three dimensional object that is both functional and pretty.

Once I show you the other side, you’ll have a better idea:


That gray fabric is a treated heat resistant fabric commonly used on ironing board covers. Aha. So this is a portable ironing surface, right? Yes, but that’s not all. Look what it becomes when folded just so:


It’s an iron caddy. How cute is that? Not to mention practical. It’s great for transporting a still-warm iron that was used in a quilt class.

The pattern is by Sisters’ Common Thread. I made one for myself three years ago with a few modifications that I wrote about here. My good friend and fellow Quister (Quilt Sister) Vickie admired mine and asked if I might make one for her birthday this year. Why yes, I might!

Since Vickie’s favorite color is purple, I chose fabrics from the purple colorway of Benartex and Kanvas Studio’s Dance of the Dragonfly line.

I also made a little 4″ x 4″ fabric box to go with Vickie’s iron caddy:


Here is the matched set:


Don’t they look good together?

Later this week I’m celebrating Vickie’s birthday with my fellow Quisters. Sure hope she likes her present!




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6 Responses to Mystery Birthday Gift

  1. Jeanne says:

    What fun! Of course she’ll love it!

  2. Carol Sutton says:

    What a great idea – would be fun to make for a friend or “two”.

  3. Vickie says:

    She is going to love the gifts. Enjoy celebrating her birthday.

    • Dawn says:

      Vickie, some of my readers may be confused by your comment since the recipient of the iron caddy is named Vickie. It’s pretty unusual to have TWO good friends named Vickie who spell their names the same way. What are the odds you would both claim purple as your favorite color?!

  4. Gail says:

    She is going to love this- great idea!

  5. Diane says:

    You better hope the birthday girl doesn’t follow your posts too religiously!

    You may remember we discussed these fabrics when you were here over Thanksgiving and of course I endorsed all of your choices because it is hard for me to visualize fabrics in their completed state. As ever, the results are so much more wonderful than my imagination and I predict she will be thrilled!!

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