Summer Sunglasses Holder!

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I don’t know about you, but I simply cannot leave the house during the summer without a good pair of sunnies on. As a result I have accumulated quite the collection of sunglasses over the years. I have never had a great way of keeping up with them unfortunately, until now! Without any further ado, I give you the Super Summer Sunglasses organizer!

What You’ll Need:

  • Two fat quarters (or slightly larger) of coordinating fabric.
  • A fat quarter of flannel (color is unimportant)
  • A coordinating roll of bias tape
  • Sewing machine
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Other vital sewing accouterments

Procedure:

  • First lay out your primary fabric on the cutting mat with all your sunglasses lined up for measuring purposes. Make sure you give yourself an inch on both sides of the sunglasses.

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  • Cut the fabric accordingly.

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  • Next using the other half of the fat quarter that we cut we need to measure it out into equal width strips. Make them about two and a half to three inches wide. Measure, mark, then cut.

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  • you should end up with three strips and one really skinny strip that seems useless. Do not throw away that seemingly useless skinny strip because we will use it later.

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  • Now cut those strips in half (or an inch wider than the body of the case) mine happened to work by just cutting them in half.

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  • You should end up with six rectangles.

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  • Now lay out a coordinating felt fabric and cut out a strip to the same width as the other rectangles:

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  • Lay the strip out flat and cut it to match the length of the other rectangles (repeat this six times)

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  • Put the two fabrics right sides together

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  • Sew on only one edge of the fabric at the edge of the foot. Sorry that it is difficult to see in the picture below where I sewed the seam. Repeat this for every rectangle.

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  • Flip the rectangles right-side-out, iron them open, then flip them so that wrong sides are together and pin the edge that is on your seam.

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  • Sew a strip of bias tape onto the raw edge opposite your seam. Don’t worry about the two raw edges on either side of the rectangle that will be taken care of later. Repeat for all six rectangles.

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  • Next comes the body of the hanging case. Arrange the rectangles onto the matching piece of fabric left over from cutting the original rectangles.

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  • NOTE: THIS NEXT STEP IS CRUCIAL TO SUCCESS OF THE PROJECT!!! Start from the top when adding the pockets and work your way down!
  • Lay the first rectangle (this will become the pockets to hold the sunglasses in) onto the base fabric with one edge flush with the base fabric and the opposite edge hanging off (as shown). Be sure to leave approximately 1 inch of space from the top of the base fabric to the top of the pocket.

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  • Sew along the edge of the pocket on the flush side. Sew on the edge of the foot.

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  • Line up the opposite edge of the pocket and pin it so that it is flush to the edge of the base fabric and sew it down too. Don’t worry if there is a bulge in the pocket, that was the goal all along.

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  • This next part is rather complicated but I will try to explain it as simply as I can. We are trying to create a pleat in the pocket’s bottom to give it a more open mouth.
  • Measure an inch from the edge of the pocket (at the bottom) there create a pleat as depicted and pin it flat all the way across. Essentially to create a pleat all you must do is pinch the fabric between two fingers and fold it so that one layer is above the other. This might take some practice but the end result should look something like the picture below:

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  • Sew along the bottom edge at the edge of the foot. Voila, the first pocket has been created! Unpin it.

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  • The pockets must overlap slightly to completely fit on the base fabric.
  • Lay the new pocket over the bottom of the old one (maybe 1/2 an inch) and push one side over until it is flush with the edge of the base fabric:

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  • Sew the edges of the pockets.

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  • Pleat the fabric, pin it flat, and sew the bottom of the pocket on the edge of the foot.

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  • Repeat this same process four more times adding a new overlapping pocket under the old one until all the pockets are gone.

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  • Congratulations, you are now on the down hill portion of this project.
  • Cut a small scrap of fabric from the patterned fabric (the base fabric). It should be about 8 inches long and an inch or more wide.

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  • Now cut that in half…

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  • Place right sides together and sew on the edge of the foot on only one side:

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  • Press the strip open, then press it where the wrong sides are together, then fold both edges inward on themselves and pin it.

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  • Press it flat and sew a seam on the edge of the foot externally to secure the little hanging strap. PRO TIP: if the strap is too narrow when folded in half to go through the sewing machine put a piece of paper under the strap allowing the feed dogs to move the strap forward through your machine (I had to do this).

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  • Fold the strap in half and pin it to the middle, of the top of the base fabric with all the pockets sewn onto it. Note: make sure the pockets are facing upwards because this is going to be the hanging strap.

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  • Sew it securely onto the edge of the bag.

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  • Next take the coordinating fabric and lay it face down over the pockets and hanging strap side of the base fabric. Pin it all the way around the edges and sew one edge at a time.
  • Make sure that you leave one side with an opening so that you can pull the project inside out at the end!!!

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  • I decided that I would leave the bottom open.
  • I must admit that I messed up on that part and had to seam rip and start over again.

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  • Snip the corners while the bag is still inside out!

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  • Start flipping the project inside out. PRO TIP use a wooden spoon to ram the difficult spots and to get corners worked out properly.

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That concludes this sunglasses case tutorial. As always, glamour shots!!! Please like this post, subscribe, comment, or share this with a friend or two. Thank you for all your support!

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