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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!!

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

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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.

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

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

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

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Quilt simply with cross-hatching, or wavy lines.

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

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

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

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

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Top-stitch the sides.

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Finished, and ready to use.

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Closed up, the velcro will hold the glasses inside.

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

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

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Closed with the glasses inside.

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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!

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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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Port Softies for Chemotherapy Patients

This project was a collaboration of several people in my local quilt club.  It was inspired by my friend and fellow quilter, Nancy Fish, and her need for a cushion to cover her port from the seat belt while riding in a car.  She found a quilted cover online, and the group began to make them for our local cancer care center.  The design was modified by our club members over time to the one I’ll show you today.  These go together in a flash, and they are a wonderful way to use up scraps of fabric and batting.   Any hospital or chemotherapy center would love to have them.  Maybe your local group can make some for your local chemo center.  Our local group donates hundreds of these a year to our local cancer centers, who then give them to patients in need.  For those who need one but do not sew, and otherwise have no access to get one, I have some in my Etsy store.

Softie Gold in car

You’ll need the following materials –
2 pieces of fabric 5 x 7 inches for the base
2 pieces of fabric 3-1/2 x 4-3/4 for tabs
2 one-inch squares of velcro hooks and loops
1 piece of batting 4-1/2 x 6-1/2 inches

Port Softies 1

Fold the tab in half longwise, and sew across the short side on one end, pivot and sew down the long side.

Port Softies 2

Leave the other short end open for turning.

Port Softies 3

Turn and press the tabs, then sew the hook side of the velcro to the end of the tab. I use the hook side on all the tabs so I keep it straight when I am making more than one at a time. I made four at a time this day.

Port Softies 5

Place the tabs on the top of one of the pieces of 5×7 fabric about 1 to 1-1/2 inches in from each end velcro side down. Where exactly doesn’t really matter, just place them with some space at the ends and between the two tabs. Pin.

Port Softies 6

Now, turn up the end with the velcro, and mark an ‘X’ on the base to show where the loop side of the velcro should be sewn.

Port Softies 7

Place the loop side of the velcro over the mark, and sew in place.

Port Softies 8

Port Softies 9

Press the tab velcro onto the base velcro.

Port Softies 10

Place the backing 5×7 piece of fabric right sides together with the front unit. Pin through the tabs in line with the edge so they don’t shift inside while sewing.

Port Softies 11

Sew around the softie, pivoting at the corners, and leaving an opening on one short side for turning.

Port Softies 13

Stuff with batting.  Update!  I now use at least 4 layers of batting instead of two, and a bit more stuffing in the middle.

Port Softies 14

Topstitch the opening closed.

Port Softies 15

Continue topstitching around the edge to hold the batting in place. I also put an ‘X’ of stitching through the middle to hold all the layers together.  Update!  I have stopped doing the “x” in the center, and add a bit more batting to the middle.  It seems to be more comfortable for the patients.


Remember that men need these too. So, for every floral one I make, I make another one in a more masculine fabric like a plaid.  To use, simply un-hook the velcro and wrap the tabs over the seat belt, press the velcro tabs onto the base and adjust the pad to sit where needed.  It can stay on the seat belt until no longer needed.

Softies mixed

Easy, fast, and everyone that receives one will be grateful for the cushion in the car from those seat belts.  The need is ongoing.  There is likely a need in your local area too.  Please share this as you can, and I hope that more groups will make these for local chemo patients in your area.

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Le Challenge – Wood

I like the idea of a challenge where you have barely 30 days to figure something out, make it and then show it, all within a challenge theme.  That is how it works at Le Challenge, and this month the theme was Wood.   Just so happens that I have a project I have been putting off, so now is the time to pull it out again.  Here it is.

Wood Wreath finished2

This is a wooden wreath made of wood hearts glued together.   I picked it up in a thrift store in the 1980s, and painted it the now-very-dated color of Wedgewood blue.  When I came to my senses, and started painting the house in earth tones, I put this away.  Every so often, I run across it and say to myself, I need to repaint that thing and do something with it.

Heart wreath blue

So, I pulled it out again.  I used wall paints that I have left over from the current home to repaint the hearts.  These were the little color samplers of paint.  I did one layer in light beige, and the other in dark brown.

paint samples

heart wreath paint 2

Maybe it is because of spring, and everything greening up outside, but I wasn’t happy with this result.  I wanted it lighter, and less autumnal.  So, back to the basement to dig out the green wall paint.

Wood Heart Wreath 1

Repainting the dark brown hearts in a lighter green gave it a whole new feel.  It took two coats to cover it up.

Wood Heart Wreath 4

These flowers were left over from my Spring Floral Wreath.  I cut the stems shorter and hot glued them to the heart wreath.

Wood Heart Wreath 6

A final bow, and it is done. A fresh look for a tired, old, wood wreath.

Heart Wreath finish

It looked nice on the brick wall in the quilting/crafting/sewing basement, but I have been seeing a lot of things leaning recently instead of hanging. So, I leaned it in a window.

Heart Wreath leaning in window

I think I’ll leave it there for now. You can still see the azaleas blooming out the window on the left.

Do you refurbish old stuff?

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Sewing Chatelaine

This chatelaine is so easy to make with grosgrain ribbon, a couple of rings, a bit of stitch witchery and an afternoon of fun sewing. I took a little longer with mine because I like to embellish things.  I actually made this a long time ago, but now I have a blog to share it.  It is wonderful to wear at sewing gatherings and quilting classes.


There is space to display pins, along with some nifty ways to keep your tools at hand.


It serves as a memory reminder just by looking at the dates on the show pins.


You’ll need five metal rings, some scraps of fabric, one-inch wide grosgrain ribbon 44-inches long in your favorite color, 3/4-inch wide grosgrain ribbon in a backing color 44-inches long, Stitch Witchery ribbon web 44-inches long, thread, and embellishments.


Take your one-inch wide green grosgrain ribbon and your 3/4 inch black grosgrain ribbon, and bond them together using a ribbon of Stitch Witchery. Top stitch down both sides on the back to anchor the back ribbon in the center of the front ribbon.


Take two of the rings, place the lower ring over the upper ring offset creating three spaces. Weave the ribbon under the top, over the top of the second ring, under the bottom of the first ring, and over the bottom of the second ring. Make sense? Weaving the rings together as shown in the picture, place in a comfortable position on the ribbon. Try the ribbon on and see where it is comfortable to have your seam ripper hanging and put the rings there on each side. For me, the best place was about 4 inches below the top of my shoulder.  Anchor the rings in place by sewing a ribbon rose at the top of the rings. Now is the time to be sure you like the total length, it may be a little long after you add the bottom pocket and needle keeper, so make adjustments now.



For the two bottom sections, I used upholstery weight fabric, but you could use quilting cotton stabilized with a stabilizer or quilted. Start by embroidering the pocket triangle however you like. I used my embroidery machine, but a hand stitched design would be nice.  You could so a little patchwork as well, whatever strikes your fancy.  For the triangular one, cut two elongated diamond shapes and two pocket triangles. Mine are 8 inches top to bottom and 5 inches at the widest point. The pocket triangle is 5 inches across the top and 5 inches long in a equilateral triangle. Sew, turn and press the back, and then do the same for the pocket. Top stitch the pieces together along the two sides of the equal triangle creating a pocket. Add a ribbon with a button on top for stability, long enough to thread through the handles of a set of small scissors and tie a bow. Fold the top point through a metal ring and sew down.


For the oval side, cut four ovals, embellishing one. Sew one set of two right sides together, turn and press. On the other, sew keeping the top open to turn it, right sides out. When you have turned it, insert one end of the ribbon into the opening and top stitch, closing the seam and anchoring the ribbon. Align one on top of the other and top stitch down the left side to create a ‘book’ to keep your pins and needles. Add a snap closure.


I forgot to put the ribbon inside the oval, so I top-stitched it inside the needle book and added a button to hide the joining point.  Add a snap to keep it closed.


Fold the other end of the ribbon through the metal ring and stitch down.


Add a brass stiletto to one ring set and a seam ripper to the other in the center with jump rings using the middle part of the ring set.


Now go dig out all those show pins, guild pins, club pins, and just cute pins and fill up the ribbon.


Add pins and needles to the needle keeper. Slide a small pair of scissors into the pocket and tie them through the handles with the ribbon over the pocket.


Voila! A neat chatelaine that is uniquely yours, no matter how many you see made. Make them for your friends too – inexpensive, and uses up scraps nicely.


More Sewing Goodies

Now that I have the Sewing Kit finished, I had fabric left. Those scraps were begging to be used for more matching accessories, so I made a few more quickie projects.


The needle book is made like a tiny quilt, folded over, with a wool felt ‘page’ to keep the needles on.

needle case open

It has a loop over a shank button for closing.

needle case closed

The pin cushion is squares of both fabrics in a four patch on both sides. The top got a button.


This cute thread catcher is just two triangles sewn together.

thread catcher 2

I made a bunch of them, and pinned the pic to my Pinterest boards with the link to the instructions. Click on Triangle Thread Catcher to see my little group of them and link to the instructions.

thread catcher

Now, maybe I should do a mug rug, or a portable ironing board? Decisions, decisions!!

See the matching Portable Ironing Board!


Threading My Way 12 Days of Christmas Challenges, Using Fabric Scraps.


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Sincerely, Paula
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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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