- fitted shirt
- Craft paper or tracing paper
- pen or marker
- knit fabric (I prefer jersey knit for this project, but any knit with two way stretch should work)
- sewing machine and/or serger
- ballpoint needle (for sewing machine)
- polyester thread (for sewing machine)
- This tutorial is for two different sized glasses cases: Large (finished size: 3 1/4" x 7", for sunglasses and larger eyeglass frames), and Small (finished size: 2 1/4" x 6 1/2", for bifocals and smaller glasses frames). Please choose your size and cut accordingly in step #1.
- Use a 3/8" seam allowance throughout, unless otherwise specified.
- All photos in this tutorial are of a glasses case in the larger size.
- There are a lot of photos and steps in this tutorial but it's easy- I promise! A beginning sewer can easily whip up a handful of these on a rainy Sunday afternoon.
- Cotton, linen or other lighter weight fabric scraps for outside.
- Coordinating lighter weight fabric for lining.
- Low or medium loft cotton batting for stuffing.
- Cotton or all purpose thread.
- Quilting needle for your sewing machine. You don't have to have one, but I think it makes sewing all of the layers together a bit easier on you and on your machine!
1) Gather fabric and patch up some squares or irregular rectangles for the outside of the glasses case. Then choose coordinating fabric for lining, and batting. Cut all down to size.
- For large size glasses case cut the patched piece, lining fabric, and batting to 7 1/2" squares.
- For small size case cut the patched piece, lining fabric, and batting to 5 1/2" x 7" rectangles.
2) Place patched outside piece right side up on top of batting. Quilt or embroider if you desire to add texture or personalization to finished product. Otherwise, no basting is required.
3) Fold in half lengthwise, with the right sides of the patched outside piece together. Decide what will be the top of the case, and what will be the bottom, and sew along the long side and bottom. Leave it inside out for now, and clip bottom corners.
4) Fold lining fabric in half lengthwise, with right sides togther. Sew only the long side. Leave inside out.
5) Turn patchwork outside/batting right side out. Place it inside lining, with seams on the same side, so that right sides face each other.
6) Sew lining, batting, and patched outside piece together along the top edge.
7) Pull lining right side out. Tuck the bottom edges of the lining inside and topstitch to close.
8) Push lining inside of patched outside and you are DONE!
9) Admire your work.
- crochet hook and yarn to crochet flowers (you may use any trimmings or pre-made felt shapes instead)
- scraps of felt or other sturdy material
- hot glue gun
- hair tie (plain Goodie brand Ouchless work well)
- embroidery thread
- embroidery needle
1) Crochet or knit flowers. There are tons of free patterns, and books and classes for knit and crochet flowers available on the internet. Just do a google search and you will have more info than you thought possible on this topic. Pre-made trimmings or felt shapes purchased from craft shops will work if you can't, or don't want to make your own flowers.
2) Select your flowers/shapes and pile them up however you like. Then sew them with embroidery thread or leftover yarn to a scrap of felt or other sturdy fabric. Take care to secure all of the flowers. I use a few large stitches around the center of the flowers to do the trick.
3) Plug in your glue gun, select a hair tie, and cut another piece of felt the same size and shape as your first.
4) Put a nice blob (that's a technical term) of hot glue in the middle of your felt and place the center of the hair tie on top.
5) Add more hot glue on top of the hair tie, and on the sides of the hair tie.
6) Press the second piece of felt on top of the first, pressing to secure to the hot glue. Be careful not to burn yourself.
7) Trim the excess felt, and viola, you have a trendy new crocheted accessory.
Now go show it off!
- Do NOT use craft felt for applique.
- Do use 100% wool felt or wool blends for blankets and other baby items.
- Do use eco felt for applique on clothing, especially for children's clothing. It machine washes and dries very well in my experience.
- When selling or gifting an item with wool or wool blend applique always advise the user to machine wash cold only, and line dry.
- Wool and wool blend felt will shrink a bit and fuzz up with frequent washing and wear, but chances are, if you like handmade, then you will like the effect.
This is a fast and simple project that yields a set of 4 oversized coasters. I've been whipping them up by the dozen and giving them to party hosts and coffee buddies. I think they would make a sweet new home or teacher gift as well. Especially paired with a handmade mug and favorite tea or half pound of coffee.
Materials: Small amounts of cotton laminate prints, bamboo or other quilt batting, thread.
1) First, pick your laminated cotton fabrics. For this set I used one fabric for all four of one side, and random cuts from four other laminate prints I had leftover from my box bags.
2) Cut eight 5 1/2 squares of cotton laminate, and four 5 1/2 squares of bamboo or other batting from quilt scraps.
3) Lay a cotton laminate square that you want to be the bottom of your coaster face up on your work surface.
4) Lay a cotton laminate square that you would like to be a coaster top face down on top of the other laminate square, with right sides touching.
5) Layer batting square on top of cotton laminates. Do not pin. Pinning leaves permanent punctures in cotton laminates and oil cloth.
6) Sew all around your square using a 1/2" seam allowance, leaving a 3" opening on one side. If you use a smaller seam allowance, the coaster will be more difficult to topstitch later.
7) Snip the corners and trim excess batting.
8) Pull the coaster right side out through your 3" opening.
9) Finger press around. You can iron cotton laminates, but I found that on a project this small it wasn't necessary.
10) Topstitch around entire coaster using 1/4" allowance. Repeat 3 times more to complete your set.