My sunglasses travel with me. Literally. Usually on my head. When I take them off I need a case. I have one in the car and another in my hand bag. So wherever I am there’s a case to slip them into. This tutorial will help you sew one too.
What you will need
- 4 charm squares or 5″ squares (12.5cm)
- backing fabric 4.25″ x 15.75″ (11cm x 40cm) – I used soft flannel
- Iron-on pellon 3.75″ x 15.25″ (9.5cm x 40cm)
- Usual sewing items – thread, sewing machine, pins, scissors, iron, etc
What to do
1. Match up two of your charm squares right sides together.
2. Draw a line across the back of one of them corner to corner.
3. Stitch a quarter of an inch seam on either side of the line. (5mm seam)
4. Cut along the line and open to make two sets of triangles joined together.
5. Cut each pair again into two smaller pairs of triangle.
6. Switch the pairs and join to make an hour-glass block like these.
7. Cut the other two charm squares down to 4.25″ (11cm) square – the same size as the hour-glass blocks.
8. Join the 4 blocks together with the hour-glass blocks at the ends and the squares in the middle to make a long strip. This will be the outer piece of your case.
9. At this point measure to check the size. Mine was 4.25″ x 10.75″, so I cut my backing piece that size to match. Adjust the backing piece slightly if your dimensions are a little different. This can be caused by seams being slightly different.
10. Iron the pellon onto the back of your patchwork piece.
11. Layer your pieces: Backing fabric, right side up. On top of that your patchwork piece, right side down so that the pellon should be on top. Pin them together.
12. Sew around the outer edge leaving a gap of 3″ (7.5cm) for turning.
13. Clip the corners then turn it through. Use a knitting needle to get the corners pushed out neatly. Iron it flat.
14. Sew around the outer edge again about 2mm in from the edge. This will close the turning gap, and give a neat finish.
15. Fold the strip in half, right sides together, to create a pocket and pin.
16. Sew up each side about 2mm in from the edge.
17. Turn through, press and you’re done!
- You could quilt your case between steps 14 and 15 if you wish
- A simpler version would be to use the 4 charm squares without creating the hour-glass block. In which case, just join the four squares into a strip and go from step 9. Your pellon and backing would be larger, and the case would end up slightly larger than mine.