June 22, 2011

Kiddo Glasses Case {tutorial}

It seems like a lot of things I've been working on lately have been firsts for me.  Don't get me wrong, I love making my "standards", but it is so much fun to get an email from someone saying do you think you could make {insert some random project I've never tried before} and then seeing if I can actually make it!! 

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 3: Lay your outside fabric on top with right sides together. Pin and then sew the the whole way across the top of bot sets.  Open them up and press your seams.

 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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Ginger said...

So cute! (I don't which one's cuter though Ali or her glasses case!) :) Thanks for linking up!

Jen@born2impress said...

Hi there.
Following from the Friday hop.
I hope you have a chance to stop by and say hi:)

Melissa said...

very cute!!! I am your newest follower! Thanks for stopping by HGF!!

lisaannepollard said...

Hi I am stopping by from the FNF blog hop! :)

This glasses case has to be one of the cutest things I've ever seen! Only problem is I am NOT crafty what-so-ever. I wonder if I can talk my crafty step-sister into making one for me...


Nancy StylenDecorDeals said...

Both are adorable...Ali and the case!
Ali's more adorable!
I'm a new follower from the Over 40 Blog Hop!
Hope you'll hop by and visit my blog too!
Nice meeting you!

Nancy StylenDecorDeals said...

Sorry. I'm from the Friday Blog hop! I'm also hopping on the Over 40 Hop!

Kadie said...

What a cute girl you have!! The glass case is great. I could use one for me. I am a new follower from the boost your blog hop. I would love it if you would hop over to my blog too. When you get the time. Thanks.


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