Make your own glasses case!
Caila is here today with another easy sewing tutorial for you guys that makes a great gift. You’ll definitely want to pin this one for a few weeks from now when you’re frantically searching for an easy handmade stocking stuffer! Here’s Caila:
- For the front you can use any woven fabric, leather, or faux suede. I used a linen/cotton blend by Anna Maria Horner for the front. Choose fabric with structure and body, or add interfacing to fabric that is lighter weight.
- For the inside I like to use something soft to protect the glasses. For these cases, I used a performance fabric by Roc-lon® called Mardi Gras 2 Roc-Suede. It’s technically a black out fabric for household use, but it’s like a faux suede and perfect for protecting glasses. The coating on the back acts like interfacing and adds structure to the cases.
- Interfacing: If neither your outer or inside fabric have much structure, fuse a piece of interfacing to your outer piece. Cut your piece of interfacing 1″ smaller than the outer fabric on both the width and height. (If your outer fabric is 7.5″ by 7.5″, but the interfacing piece 6.5″ by 6.5″).
Use a sharp pair of scissors to cut along the curve. I tried using a rotary cutter for this step but it’s tricky to cut a small curve, even with a small rotary cutter.
Open your pieces up and pin them together on all four sides, with right sides facing.
If you are using leather, which shifts A LOT under the sewing machine presser foot, use these clips to hold the layers in place. Don’t use pins in leather, because they will leave visible punctures in the leather.
Trim your seam allowances to 1/4″ along all four sides, being very careful not to cut into any stitches.
Clip the rounded corners. This will make the curve smooth when you turn it right side out and press.
Pull the fabric right side out through the opening.
Tuck the opening under 1/4″ and press well on all four sides.
Make sure the rounded edges are nicely pressed.
Pin the opening closed along the top edge, making sure the seam allowance is pressed under and even 1/4″.
Top stitch along the top edge, starting at one corner and backstitching at the other end. Your stitches should be about 1/16 from the edge. This will secure the opening closed and add a nice finishing touch to your glasses case.
Fold your glasses case so that the outer fabric faces out. Carefully match the curved edges and pin well.
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