Here is a quick and easy gift to make for summer – a sunglasses case!
Padded sunglasses case
I found the free pattern here at Riley Blake Designs. It was written by Melissa of Polka Dot Chair.
There is a download for the pattern piece (which comes in two sizes). At first I thought I could print it from the “preview” but it wouldn’t size right. Once I actually downloaded it, there was no problem with the sizing. Duh!
The directions call for a 7″ zipper which I did not have. Mine was 14″. I added a fabric covering to each end of the zipper leaving only 6-1/2″ in between and cut off the excess zipper.
Outside piece and foam treated as one piece.
I used ByAnnie’s Soft and Stable for the padding. This is a product that I have enjoyed using in a variety of bags I’ve made recently and I had scraps that were big enough for this little project.
One outside and one lining piece sewn on to one side of zipper.
I used the leftover zipper pieces for the zipper pull and a tab coming out of the side that I will put a clip on.
Zipper fun – tab and pull.
I made the larger size because the niece I’m gifting this to has large sunglasses. I’m pretty sure that most adult sunglasses would fit into this size case – whether the glasses are large or small.
Now for some fun in the sun!
Pockets to Go by Terry Atkinson
Aren’t these adorable? I made one and a friend made the other. The pattern is called “Pockets To Go” by Atkinson Designs. They are sewing supply organizers and can hold all sorts of supplies. I use mine all the time.
There are zippered pockets on two of the outer sides and handles on the other. It all goes together very cleverly.
Sewing caddy side view.
The side panels are cut for both the inside and outside. Pockets are added to all 4 inside panels. Zippered pockets are added to two of the outside panels.
The inside and outside panels are sewn together and the bottom added. The last step is to add binding around the top and before this is done, a panel of pel-tex is slipped in to give it sturdiness.
I gave the colorful one to my niece as a gift and made this linen one for myself. Another one of my nieces, who doesn’t sew, thought it looked great to use to hold makeup. Hmmm. . . . that’s a definite Christmas gift idea for this year! I have 4 nieces and 3 daughters who I would love to sew something for as a holiday gift.
Linen and polka dot cotton fabric
Another friend made the longer skinnier version to use in her car to hold things when she travels.
She made it out of travel fabric. Isn’t it great? I may have to do the same for my car.
I really love this pattern but I would like to point out a few things. There are a couple problems with the instructions which may or may not be a factor depending on your level of sewing expertise. You are instructed to make the inside pockets as shown “in Terry’s Tip on page 1” but Terry’s Tip is on page 4. The more confusing error is on sewing on the binding along the sides and bottom of the caddy. The directions and illustration had me trying to sew it on in such a way that I could not neatly cover the corner. Once I realized that it needs to be done exactly like a quilt binding and I could achieve this by starting it on the opposite side of the raw seams, I was able to do it perfectly.