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How to Make a Reverse-Applique Eyeglass Case

comments (4) April 28th, 2009     

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Use up some fabric scraps to make this cute, appliquéd eyglass holder.
You probably have everything you need to make one of these.
Use your glasses as a guide for how big to cut.
Use up some fabric scraps to make this cute, appliquéd eyglass holder.

Use up some fabric scraps to make this cute, appliquéd eyglass holder.

Photo: Cal Patch
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Fabric scraps cause me a great deal of stress. Every time I cut out a new sewing project, I'm left with all sorts of pieces, ranging from tiny bits to half or whole yards. I know I can't keep them all, but where to draw the line? The little guys are great for stuffing (why buy poly-fill when I'm constantly throwing away fibery fluff?), and the bigger they are, the more uses I can imagine! So the only solution that satisfies me is to make projects with my scraps whenever possible to avoid being buried under the ever-growing pile. One of my fave sources of scrappy ideas is Craft Leftovers, so take a look for some inspiration.

I've been looking fruitlessly for a new eyeglass case to protect my sunglasses in my bag for ages, so I finally concluded it was time to make one. Ah-ha, a small sewing project! Perfect for using up scraps. I decided to use three layers of scraps for extra cushioning, and since I was already layering, a little reverse appliqué seemed like a natural embellishment. Here's how I went about it:

What you'll need:

  • Your glasses (for size reference)
  • At least three scraps that are about three times longer than the glasses and one and a half times as wide
  • Tailor's chalk
  • Pins
  • Heavy quilting thread
  • A needle
  • Scissors
  • A snap, Velcro, or button for a closure


You probably have everything you need to make one of these. I forgot to include pins and a snap in the photo.

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Comments (4)

nasrilee writes: awesome stuff
Posted: 8:25 am on October 7th
socalgrl writes: Why weren't the leaf shapes cut out earlier, before sewing up the sides? It just makes more sense to work while the fabric is flat (easier to cut a flat piece any time).


Posted: 2:12 pm on May 2nd
tessi writes: I agree, it is a great project, but the reverse applique design is DEFINITELY Alabama Chanin, and I feel they should be given proper credit........
Posted: 1:11 pm on May 2nd
WendyQM writes: LOVE IT! I see the Alabama Chanin influence! ; )
Posted: 9:31 pm on April 29th
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