Well, a couple of weeks ago one of my hubby's cousins did just that. Her little girl had just gotten her first pair of glasses and she asked if I could make something up for Ali to keep her glasses in that had handles so it could hang on her dresser.
|How cute is she?!|
Sounded easy enough, so off I went to whip something up. When I heard that Ali likes pink and girly I knew just what I wanted to use : )
I actually remembered to take some pictures while I was making it so I thought I'd share how I did it:
First off you'll need to gather up your supplies and cut everything to size.
- 4 pieces of fabric cut to 4 1/2" x 8" (I used 2 coordinating fabrics. One for the outside then something different for the lining)
- 2 pieces of batting 4 1/2" x 8" (not the thick stuff, it makes your seams too bulky)
- 2 pieces of ribbon 8" each (I used ric rac because I had it and it matched, but you can use just about anything for the handles, or even make some out of the same fabric as the case)
- All the regular stuff you'll need to sew it up : )
Step 1: Lay out both pieces of batting and then lay the lining fabric on top of the batting, right side up.
Step 2: Next pin your handles to the top. Leaving about 2 inches one either end.
Step 4: Lay the 2 pieces right sides together with the lining fabric and outside fabric matching up. Pin the whole way around leaving about a 2 to 3 inch gap on the long side of the lining fabric (this is where you will turn it.) You also want to try to line up the middle seams as close as you can. Once turned that will become the opening of your case and it will lay much better if the seams are lined up right.
Step 5: Once you have everything pinned in place sew the whole way around making sure to leave the gap on the lining side for turning. Be sure to back stitch at the beginning and end since there will be a lot of stress on it when you turn it right side out. When your are done sewing, clip all four corners.
Step 6: I don't have a picture for this one, sorry! Turn your case right side out and push each of the corners out to a point. (Just be careful to not poke all the way through. I've done that!) It'll be kind of "puffy" from the batting so you'll want to iron it down a little so it'll be easier to work with when you are closing your hole.
Step 7: (Sorry it's kind of hard to see the stitch in the picture.) If you're really good at doing one of those blind stitches where you can't tell where it has been closed up then more power to ya!! I am not good at that at all! So I just iron the raw edges under and close it up with the sewing machine using a 1/8 inch seam allowance. It's on the inside and you can hardly tell once the lining is tucked back in.
All you have left to do is stick the lining back down in the case and you're done! Yay! It really is just a cute little bag that has some extra padding so I'm sure you could come up with a hundred other uses for it! You could also add a little bit of hook and loop to the top to keep it closed if you were planning on taking it out somewhere.
Well there you have it...my very first tutorial! If you make one let me know, I'd LOVE to see it!! And since this is my first time writing a tutorial I would really appreciate some feedback. If something doesn't make sense or you have any suggestions PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE leave a comment or send me an email. I want it to be as helpful as possible!
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