Wednesday, November 9, 2011
The Eyes Have It
Due to a number of requests, I am presenting the eyeglass case tutorial today - next week on Thursday I will have the tutorial for the tissue box cover that I made with the Ghastlies.
SUPPLIES: (1)Main fabric - 4" x 13.5", (1) Lining - 4" x 13.25", (2) batt 4" x 6.5" (**I used a low loft cotton batt), pins, scissors, machine and thread. ** I used my own glasses for size so they may be a little large, but you have room then for a snap/velcro or tab closure if you like**
Here are my pieces cut for demo - main fabric, lining, and batt. I also have a green case as you will see as I needed to show a few different steps in one photo and hopefully the two different color cases will aid in that.
Place your main fabric and lining pieces right sides together (RST) and pin/sew the short ends - remember the lining is a little shorter in length, but that is to allow the lining to lay nicely inside the case with the thickness of the batt.
Press those seams open. You will have a continuous circle of fabric.
Now fold in half, matching seams and pin seams. Press.
Prepping for sewing - **on main fabric half** - place one batt, your case, and second batt piece. Batting should fit from bottom edge of case to mid-seam and side edges. Pin all in place and leave a turning opening (1.5"-2") on one lining side.
TIP - when sewing the long sides, start at the batt end, this will aid in keeping the batt smooth. This means you will sew down one side - remember your opening for turning **I did the turning hole side first so I would remember to DO IT! Then flip it over to sew down the other side starting at the batt end and sew all the way down. YES, back stitch your stitching start/stop so seams won't pop open when turning.
Clip your corners - TIP - turn your batt end first as it prevents the batt from bunching. And then the other half turns thru that hole so easy. Use your favorite tool for pushing out corners - I use an old chop stick.
Press flat and stitch your opening closed (by hand or machine). Then push the lining into the case BEING SURE that it goes inbetween the layers of batt. Use your corner tool to work those lining corners nicely into the case corners. If you have used all the pressing in each step, this process goes nicely.
Now you can embellish, top stitch edge if you like (this is small so you may have to hand stitch), add a closing tab or snap - or leave them plain - it is all up to you. Enjoy and please share if you make some as I would love to see them **link back to this post for tutorial credit, please.
“The eye sees a thing more clearly in dreams than the imagination awake.”
- - - Leonardo Da Vinci