Saturday, May 9, 2009

glasses case tutorial

Do you think you could make in time for Mother's Day? I think you could and I bet you already have everything for it. It is last minute so if you don't make it for Mother's Day, then put it on your list for next year or birthday gifts. Everyone has glasses - either sun, reading or in my case, just for plain old seeing, so this is the gift for everyone.

What you will need:
2 pieces of outside fabric - 6 inches long X 5 inches wide
2 pieces of outside band fabric - 2 1/2 inches long X 5 inches wide
2 pieces of lining fabric - 8 inches long X 5 inches wide
2 pieces of warm and natural batting - 8 inches long X 5 inches wide
4 inch piece of twill tape or any ribbon that you can stamp on
1 fabric ink pen for stamping
alphabet stamp set
any trim that you may want (rick rack, ribbon, etc.)
1 set of hook and loop (velco) 3/4"

1. First you will attach the contrasting band fabric to the top of the main fabric. You do this by placing right sides together at that top and sewing with a 1/4 inch seam. This will make your outside fabric piece 7 1/2 inches long and 5 inches wide to match the lining and batting pieces. Do this for both outside pieces. You don't have to have a contrasting band, so you could just make your outside pieces 7 1/2 X 5 inches instead. It's up to you.

2. Press each of the seams you have just sewn.

3. Lay outside fabric on top of warm and natural batting and pin loosely. Decide what pattern you want to use to quilt the fabric to the batting. I just chose a simple vertical line pattern each 1 inch apart. I drew the lines with a water soluble marker and stitched along those lines.

4. Once you have quilted each outside piece it will look like this.

5. This is where you can add an trim you may want along the seam. I added a piece of rick rack along the seam, but I have put ribbon on others and it is cute too.

6. Now for the fun part - stamping "glasses" on the twill tape. You don't have to use twill tape, but that's what I prefer. You can also use ribbon. I use a textile marker to ink up the alphabet stamps and stamp right on the tape. It doesn't require heat setting and since this probably won't go through the washer, I think the stamped letters will last long enough!

7. Just pin the twill tape with the word glasses where you want it and zig zag stitch all the way around.

8. Now, place both pieces of outside fabric right sides together and pin. Sew around 3 sides, leaving the top open. I use a 3/8 inch seam. Cut the bottom corners at a diagonal and set aside leaving it inside out.

9. Place the 2 pieces of lining fabric together and pin. Sew around all three sides leaving the top open as well. I use a 3/8 inch seam as well, but try to go just a bit past it towards the 1/2 inch seam to make the lining just a bit smaller than the outside fabric. That allows it to fit in snug and not bunch too much when sewing it all together. Does that make sense? Email me with any questions you have about that step. Clip the corners at the diagonal and turn right out.  This is when you are going to add the 2 pieces of velcro - one to each right side of the lining.  Find the center and mark it and then mark 5/8 inch down from the top in the center.  This is where the top of the velcro will go and attach it with a straight stitch going around all four sides.  Now, attach the other piece to the opposite right side of the lining so that it faces the  piece you have just sewn in.  

10. Now place the lining inside the outside fabric right sides touching. This means that the outside fabric is still right side in and the lining fabric is right side out. Line up side seams and pin all they way around the top.

11. Sew around the top edge using a 3/8 inch seam. Leave a 2 inch opening (I usually do this on the back side with out the "glasses" tag on it in case there is an slight imperfections - ha, I always have these!).

12. Now, turn it right side out through the opening. Stuff the lining back inside the outside fabric and press the top seam.

13. Pin the opening closed. Using a close top stitch, stitch all the way around the top, sewing the opening closed as you do this.

14. You are done!

Here are a few others!


Fiesta said...

lovely. Thank you for the tutorial.

Waldeck Dry Goods said...

Bookmarked for Christmas gifts! My guests are coming over at 1pm, and I still haven't started making my gifts for them! Hopefully my little one takes a good morning nap and my hubby is willing to do all the cleaning!!

Thanks for posting this. =) said...

Aww, I love this! The ric-rak is so sweet! I'll be linking.

An Accomplished Woman said...

Thanks for the tutorial. I will so be making this and linking back to you.


dana said...

Great tutorial and fun idea! Thanks for sharing. I love those stamps.

Stacey said...

Brilliant...this is a must try. thanks

Johanna said...

This is just screaming my MIL's name! I'll definitely remember it for her December birthday.


Jennifer said...

Just finished up one of these for my now 6 year old's bday!

Aubrey Leong said...

Thanks so much for sharing. So easy and fun. I posted a link on my blog

The Paisley Abbey said...

Thank you for your great tutorial. I embroidered the sun-glass cases and used them as place cards at a luau themed tea. They were perfect! Here are some pictures of them:

Kristy said...

Fun! Thanks for sharing!