Making a Glasses Case

Rissa Peace Root 2004

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A special friend recently had cataract surgery and mentioned using reading glasses for the first time in her life.  I got the idea to make her a case for those glasses. Although I did not have any idea what size her glasses would be, I used a fairly generic size and shape for the case. Basically, I used a ruler to draw a rectangle onto my foundation muslin.
Since a rectangle is one of the easiest shapes to piece, I pulled out some satin pieces and decided to make a rough approximation of a fan shape, instead of a true fan. 
I used a quarter inch seam marker and a pencil to mark my sewing lines on the wrong side of each fabric piece, sewed along the line on the machine, flipped it over, and pressed it into place.
After I had my bottom portion pieced, I added a silk print that I wanted to be an accent.  Because it was so thin, I backed it with another piece of material before sewing it into place.  When I was done, I used basting stitches to mark my pattern on both sides, so I would know where to embellish and where to sew in the next step.
Close-up of the scrolling SRE motif and stitch diagram.
I placed the CQ design and backing material (in this case, cream textured satin) right sides together and pinned in place.  The I used the basting stitches to sew three sides of the pouch, leaving the top, plus about one inch on each side not sewn. 
After sewing and making sure my design was even, I trimmed away the excess fabric leaving only a small seam allowance.
Next, I cut two pieces of lining material slightly smaller than the pattern.  I used felt to prevent scratching the lens, but almost any soft cloth will do.  The I placed the two pieces right sides facing and stuffed them into the pouch without sewing.  There should be about an inch that can be turned back.
I pinned the lining to the outside fabric on each side, turned one side back and sewed each side from seam to seam.  It is important to pin back the side you are working on to prevent accidentally sewing it. 
Once the tops had been sewn, I pulled the lining out and finished sewing down the seams on the left and the right.  Make sure you DO NOT SEW THE BOTTOM.  You will be flipping this project inside out through this opening.
Then I turned the entire project right side out through the open end and tucked the the lining down into the pouch.  Once all of the corners are turned out, you can go back and sew the bottom seam or leave it open.
While it is harder to create the pouch with the top margin sewn separately, it makes it more functional.  It is easier to get your glasses in and out of this type of pouch without fear of damaging the seams.
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