Spec-tacular sewing | Sew a glasses case

Have a go at sewing your very own glasses case.

glasses case

by Emily Gilbert |

This neat case is ideal for your sunglasses or reading glasses and will slip easily into your handbag. The padded fabric will protect your eyewear when you are out and about.

Skill level: requires experience

You’ll need

Fabric requirements based on fabrics with a useable width of 107cm (42in)

• 15.2cm (6in) main fabric for the outer case

• 15.2cm (6in) contrast fabric for the lining

• 30cm (12in) square pink for the bias binding

• Fabric scrap in pink for the motif

• 15.2cm (6in) fusible wadding (batting)

• Neutral thread for piecing

• 2.5cm (1in) square of hook and loop sew-on tape

Note

Although this case fits a standard-size pair of glasses, different styles of glasses vary in shape and size, so the pattern may need adjusting to fit. When measuring your glasses, remember to allow for wadding. Bear in mind the bias binding also reduces the dimension of the glasses case once stitched in place.

Size: 17.8x10cm (7x4in)

All cutting instructions include a 0.65cm (¼ in) seam allowance.

Main fabric

• One 24.7x10cm (93/4x4in) rectangle

• One 15.2x10cm (6x4in) rectangle

Contrast fabric

• One 24.7x10cm (93/4x4in) rectangle

• One 15.2x10cm (6x4in) rectangle

Pink fabric

• One 2.5x81.3cm (1x32in) pink bias strip (join to get the required length)

One glasses motif (see template below - use at 100%)

Fusible wadding

• One 24.7x10cm m(93/4x4in) rectangle

• One 15.2x10cm (6x4in) rectangle

Motif template

glasses case template

Method

step 1 glasses case
  1. On the 15.2x10cm (6x4in) main fabric rectangle, appliqué the glasses motif on the diagonal, 4cm (11/2in) from the bottom edge using blanket stitch.
step 2 glasses case
  1. To curve the top folded section of the glasses case, take the 24.7x10cm (93/4x4in) main fabric, contrast fabric and fusible wadding rectangles and, using a cup or circle template with a diameter of 5cm (2in), draw a curved edge on each top corner. Cut along the curve.
step 3 glasses case
  1. To curve the bottom of the glasses case, take the units from Step 2 and the 15.2x10cm (6x4in) main fabric, contrast fabric and fusible wadding rectangles. Measure 1.3cm (1/2in) up from each lower corner and across the bottom and mark the points. Cut a small curve between these points on both bottom corners.
step 4 glasses case
  1. Stitch the hook side of the hook and loop tape to the 24.7x10cm (93/4x4in) contrast fabric, positioning the tape in the centre, 1.3cm (1/2in) from the curved top of the rectangle. Stitch the loop side of the tape to the 15.2x10cm (6 x 4in) main fabric, positioning the tape in the centre, 1.3cm (1/2in) from the straight top edge of the rectangle.
step 5 glasses case
  1. Iron the fusible wadding to the wrong side of both main fabric units and place these units on top of the corresponding lining fabrics so that the wrong sides of the fabric are facing each other. Pin in place.
step 6 glasses case
  1. To make the bias binding, take the 2.5x81.3cm (1x32in) pink bias strip and fold and then iron under 0.65cm (1/4in) on one long edge.
step 7 glasses case

7 Take the 15.2x10cm (6x4in) unit completed in Step 5 and place the raw edge of the bias binding right side facing the 10cm (4in) straight edge and, matching the raw edges, stitch to the unit. Cut the binding strip level with the outer edge. Fold the binding over the outer edge to the lining side and slip stitch in place.

step 8 glasses case
  1. Place the 15.2x10cm (6x4in) unit on top of the 24.7x10cm (93/4x4in) unit so that the curved bottom matches. Pin in place. Using a 0.32cm (1⁄8in) seam, stitch through all layers, securing the two units together.
step 8 glasses case
  1. To attach the bias binding to the outer edge of the glasses case, turn under one short end and place the raw edge of the binding right side facing the case, matching the raw edges. Stitch around the outer edge. When you get to the place where you started, overlap the binding by 0.65cm (1/4in) to hide the raw edge. Clip the curves. Fold the binding over the outer edge of the case and slipstitch in place. Give the glasses case a final press.

Top tip!

Stitch your case in a bright fabric in the colours of your choosing – you’ll be sure to never lose those glasses again!

Taken from Weekend Makes: Simple Appliqué by Janet Goddard

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