Tidying up the Purse with a New Quilted Sunglasses Case

My sunglasses case has been in tatters for some time, so with a new pair of sunglasses, I decided it was time to be out with the old and in with the new. This simple case makes use of those small left over fabric pieces from other projects, or if you have just little bits, is small enough that you can piece the dimension you need.

Here’s the how to:

1. If you have a fabric sunglasses case that works for you now, just measure it, adding 1/2″ for each seam allowance. My new sunglasses are curved so they needed a bigger case. I cut two pieces of fabric – one for the lining and one for the outside – measuring 9-1/2″ x 8-3/4″. Cut the batting slightly smaller – I cut a piece measuring 8-3/4″ x 8-1/4″.

2. Make the quilt sandwich in the sequence indicated in the picture below. First lay the lining fabric down, then stack the outside fabric right on top, then center the batting on top of that. Smooth it all out so there are no annoying wrinkles anywhere and pin the layers all together.

3. Stitch around the edges using a 1/2″ seam and leaving a gap of about 4″ along one edge for turning. If you have a walking foot, use that for best results. When finished stitching, clip the corners; turn and press. Stitch the opening closed using your sewing machine and stitching close to the edge. (Under normal conditions, I would stitch this opening closed using a slip stitch, but since the case will take a beating in my purse, the machine stitch will just be more durable in the long run.)

4. Quilt using a favorite stitch or try something new – this is an ideal project to experiment a bit to see what looks best with your fabrics. If you don’t like the end result, you have maybe lost 45 minutes, not hours. When finished with the quilting, I found I had to make a decision: While I intended to make a sunglasses case, I kind of liked the finished result at this point and toyed with the idea of stopping here and enjoying the piece as a hot pad. However, my need for a new case won out, so I finished it up …

5. Fold the quilted piece in half lengthwise and stitch the bottom and side seam using a 1/4″ seam allowance. Turn and press.

Enjoy and happy sewing!

P.S. This is a great kids sewing project – for themselves, a teacher or friend.

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One Response to “Tidying up the Purse with a New Quilted Sunglasses Case”

  1. Hilary Denk Says:

    Yvonne, Your latest article have been great. You seem to be increasing the frequency of your articles too. Hope the rest of your last week of summer go well. I am going to try to make it for Max’s run, but had planned a meeting at 3pm, so we may see you today. Hilary

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