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Quilted Sunglasses Case

One thing that always a problem is keeping my sunglasses scratch free.  I often have used drawstring bags, or quilted ones where the glasses slide in one end.  Those are easy to make, but the problem is the glasses will not stay inside.  They end up either sticking out the end,  or coming out altogether inside my purse.  So, the only thing to do is to make a new pattern for one that will hold the glasses inside.  Now, I like big sunglasses, ones that will give me a lot of protection both in front and partially around the sides, and they have to have a bit of glam or bling with rhinestones or something cute.  My friend Bonnie calls these my Jackie O glasses. LOL!!

Sunglasses Case at From My Carolina Home

To get started, I pulled out two coordinating purple fabrics to make the case.

Sunglasses Case at From My Carolina Home

Fabric and notion requirements –

Two pieces of fabric 10-inches x 9-inches.
One piece of scrap batting 8-1/4-inches x 9-1/4-inches
One piece of velcro 4-inches in length, both hook and loop sides

Start by putting the two pieces of fabric right sides together and sew around the edge with 1/4-inch allowance, leaving an opening for turning.

Sunglasses Case at From My Carolina Home

Clip corners. Turn right side out pushing the corners out sharply. Press.

Sunglasses Case at From My Carolina Home

With a tool like a chopstick, insert batting, using tool to smooth out the batting flat inside the bag.

Sunglasses Case at From My Carolina Home

Topstitch 1/4 inch from the edge all the way around, catching the opening for turning.

Sunglasses Case at From My Carolina Home

Quilt simply with cross-hatching, or wavy lines.

Sunglasses Case at From My Carolina Home

I used wavy lines in both directions, about 2-1/2 inches apart.

Sunglasses Case at From My Carolina Home

On the outside fabric, stitch one side of the velcro near a short edge about 2-1/2-inches from the sides (centered).

Sunglasses Case at From My Carolina Home

Position the other side of the velcro on the inside fabric near the edge and stitch down.

Sunglasses Case at From My Carolina Home

Fold the bottom edge up 3-1/2 inches.

Sunglasses Case at From My Carolina Home

Top-stitch the sides.

Sunglasses Case at From My Carolina Home

Finished, and ready to use.

Sunglasses Case at From My Carolina Home

Closed up, the velcro will hold the glasses inside.

Sunglasses Case at From My Carolina Home

Larger and longer than most, this case will hold those larger size shades.

Sunglasses Case at From My Carolina Home

Nicely padded with the quilting, it will keep the glasses scratch free.

Sunglasses Case at From My Carolina Home

Closed with the glasses inside.

Sunglasses Case at From My Carolina Home

You can make smaller ones for your reading glasses too.  Just measure the length of your glasses and add one inch.  Now I have a matched set!

Sunglasses Case at From My Carolina Home

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This simple design can be used for scissors keepers too, or anything else you want to carry and have remain inside the case.  I think I’ll make another one for Autumn!

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What colors would you use to make your sunglasses case?

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Sewing Kit, part 2

Getting back to this kit, I figured out what I needed to do.  I had to pin the base all around to one layer of Timtex to hold it tight while I added the pockets, thread holding elastic, and scissor holding elastic with clear vinyl point guards.  I sewed through only one layer of Timtex using the heavy duty needle.


When all the interior elements were done, I lifted each fabric section and put the heat and bond between the fabric lining and Timtex.  Then I used the Heat and Bond to bond a second layer of Timtex on the backside for strength as the pattern directed.  Then I carefully pulled the threads around the edge of the lining to gather the fabric around the double layer of Timtex.  I tacked it down on the backside and gently set the interior into the shell.

sewing kit inside

After that, the interior had to be stitched into the shell by hand.  The zipper gusset was bent back and I stitched it in.  That didn’t take long!

sewing kit finish

Voila!!  Here is the outside.

sewing kit finish outside

No, I don’t think I ever want to make another one, LOL!!! But it is loaded up and ready for class now!

sewing kit filled

I took it to the AQS show for classes in Charlotte.  Wow, what a blast!!  More on that next time.


Sewing Kit

Looking over the supply list for a class I am going to take, it had a lot of little things that could easily get lost in a big bag.  Things like marking pencils, seam measure, seam ripper, thimble, thread snips, and well you get the idea.   I remembered I had a pattern for a sewing kit I got at a garage sale.  So, I dug it out, pulled some sewing motif fabrics and started cutting.  I was excited that I had all the things needed, including the clear vinyl for the scissor point lining!  I started with quilting the outside shell.


OK, now I know why the bloody pattern was in a garage sale.  The instructions were a nightmare, align part H to lower side of part B, stitch this, fold that, elastic here, oh crap.  THOSE type of instructions.  This would be an exercise in patience, which is definitely not my strong suit. I would get confused, then frustrated, take a break, go back, start again.


After quilting the shell, it took most of the day to get the zipper in, and the gusset sewn to the shell.  It took a while for me to realize that the heavy duty Heat-N-Bond in the project was responsible for the many thread breaks.  This after re-threading the sewing machine several times, changing thread brands twice, changing the needle, and generally getting close to throwing the whole thing out.


The instructions said to Heat-N-Bond two layers of Timtex together for the interlining and then construct the lining on top of that.  Oh good grief, if I cannot sew through the Heat-N-Bond by itself, I sure wasn’t going to get a needle through two layers of Timetex too!!  So, now what. The lining would have to be re-engineered, and the instructions were hard enough without having to make a change. So I got this far in a day.  Not really very far, but will soldier on!


To be continued….  Here’s Part Two!

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