Sunglasses Case Sewing Tutorial

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

As the hot summer sun blazes down in Texas, I find myself reaching for my sunglasses more and more. To protect all of my favorite shades, I need sunglasses cases in my car, purse, pool bag, etc. The quilt-as-you-go method for sewing up a sunglasses case results in a padded sleeve perfect for cushioning those precious shades. For those non-quilters such as myself, quilt-as-you-go just means you are quilting and piecing all at once.

Quilt-As-You-Go Sunglasses Case Sewing Tutorial

The measurements provided result in a case that is 3.5" x 6.75". Most sunglasses will fit this case, but you may want to verify if you have oversized glasses. The Club Havana fabrics by Riley Blake have the perfect summer feel for sunglasses cases. 

Here's what to cut: (2) lining pieces 4.25"h x 7.5"w and (2) batting pieces 4.25"h x 7.5"w. For the exterior pieces, cut pieces 4.25"h with various widths. When you piece these widths together the total width needs to be greater than 7.5". For a symmetric look, cut pieces the same size for the front and back of the case. All seam allowances are 3/8" unless noted otherwise. 

Place an exterior piece on top of the batting aligning a raw edge at the 4.25" end. Quilt the fabric to the batting with seams at regular intervals. Here, I have stitched 1/2" lines. Stop your quilting lines with enough space for a 3/8" seam. 

Place the next exterior piece right sides together with the quilted fabric aligning the raw edges. Stitch through the fabric and batting with a 3/8" seam allowance.

Press the fabric toward the seam allowance. Continue quilting the fabric to the batting. I started my rows 1/4" from the seam to secure the seam allowance underneath. Trim any fabric that overhangs the batting so the resulting quilted piece 4.25" x 7.5". 

Place both lining pieces right sides together and stitch around both long sides and one short side. Leave an opening in the short side for turning. Place both exterior quilted pieces right sides together and stitch around three sides leaving one short end open.

Clip the corners in the lining and exterior pieces.

Turn the quilted exterior right side out. Slide the exterior inside the lining so that the right sides are facing. Finger press the seam allowances open. Pin around the opening. 

Stitch around the opening with a 3/8" seam allowance. 

Turn the case right sides out through the opening in the lining. Slip stitch the opening in the lining closed by hand. Then, push the lining inside the case. Optionally, topstitch around the opening.

Now think of all of the fabric scraps you can combine to make many more!! "The future's so bright, I gotta wear shades!" Be sure to check out my favorite sunglasses at Blue Planet Eyewear where they donate corrective glasses for every purchase. Use coupon code Courtney20 for 20% off. 
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