Tutorial: Sunglasses Case & Giveaway ~ Diane's Vintage Zest!

Friday, March 15, 2013

Tutorial: Sunglasses Case & Giveaway

*Update* The giveaway is over, but the pattern is still free!

Hello everybody!  Remember my post from about a month ago about the soft sunglasses cases I sewed for myself and as a couple of gifts?

Well, here is my tutorial on how to make your own, and a giveaway of the two cases below!


Sewing Tutorial + Pattern - Sunglasses Case on Diane's Vintage Zest!


This is my first pattern tutorial so please let me know in the comments or e-mail me with any suggestions for improvements.  Thanks!


Sewing Tutorial + Pattern - Sunglasses Case on Diane's Vintage Zest!


What You Will Need
- My pattern - download here
- Main fabric - only small pieces needed for all fabrics
- Lining fabric
- Contrast fabric, if desired
- Batting (For a more rigid case, use purse interfacing)
- Elastic
- Button


Sewing Tutorial + Pattern - Sunglasses Case on Diane's Vintage Zest!


Notes:

  • I use a 1/4" seam allowance.
  • In my tutorial, all of the lining pieces are gray, the flap is orange, and the exterior and interior pieces have polka dots.
  • I usually sew at night, so these pictures are going to not be lit well.  Also this is my first sewing tutorial, so bear with me!



Directions




1.  Cut pieces from the fabric as directed on the pattern.

2. Sew Pattern Piece A (flap) and Pattern Piece B (exterior) together as shown below for both the main and lining fabrics, but make sure to sew the batting to one set of fabrics as shown in the second picture.


Sewing Tutorial + Pattern - Sunglasses Case on Diane's Vintage Zest!

Sewing Tutorial + Pattern - Sunglasses Case on Diane's Vintage Zest!


3. Press open.


Sewing Tutorial + Pattern - Sunglasses Case on Diane's Vintage Zest!



4. Sew Pattern Piece C (interior) to Piece B as shown below.


Sewing Tutorial + Pattern - Sunglasses Case on Diane's Vintage Zest!
Before Step 3
Sewing Tutorial + Pattern - Sunglasses Case on Diane's Vintage Zest!
After Step 3



5. Turn the lining piece inside out and press.


Sewing Tutorial + Pattern - Sunglasses Case on Diane's Vintage Zest!



6. Slide the lining piece into the exterior piece, matching up the edges.


Sewing Tutorial + Pattern - Sunglasses Case on Diane's Vintage Zest!



7. Between main and lining fabric of the flap, sandwich a loop of the elastic with the metal part outside of the sandwich (OPPOSITE of my picture, which shows the metal part inside the sandwich).


Sewing Tutorial + Pattern - Sunglasses Case on Diane's Vintage Zest!



8. Beginning on one side of Piece C, sew the main fabric to the lining, leaving a 2-3 inch opening.  If you're confused, check out the second picture for the results.


Sewing Tutorial + Pattern - Sunglasses Case on Diane's Vintage Zest!

Sewing Tutorial + Pattern - Sunglasses Case on Diane's Vintage Zest!



9. Turn the case inside out through the opening.


Sewing Tutorial + Pattern - Sunglasses Case on Diane's Vintage Zest!



10. Topstitch all around the perimeter of the case.  I  topstitched twice around the flap, for an extra detail.


Sewing Tutorial + Pattern - Sunglasses Case on Diane's Vintage Zest!



11. Put the glasses into the pouch in order to estimate where the button should be placed.


Sewing Tutorial + Pattern - Sunglasses Case on Diane's Vintage Zest!



12.  Sew the button in place, and voila you're done!


Sewing Tutorial + Pattern - Sunglasses Case on Diane's Vintage Zest!



Let me know if this is clear enough for you, and if not let me know what steps are a bit tricky to understand.


Sewing Tutorial + Pattern - Sunglasses Case on Diane's Vintage Zest!



This is a great project for a few reasons.  It's fast, it's easy, and it uses very little fabric.  The turquoise fabric in the case below is actually leftover from my first dress and my first project ever (soon to be blogged about).

The cases can be customized with any combination of fabrics and buttons.  You could use a Velcro closure as well.  The possibilities are endless!  And of course, they would be great gifts.  :)


Let's get this giveaway started!


Sewing Tutorial + Pattern - Sunglasses Case on Diane's Vintage Zest!



Giveaway Rules and Details

1. Eligibility: Open to U.S. residents.  If I someone wants to inform me on how to use the European mail system, I could be persuaded to mail it when I travel there in a couple weeks.  But for now, just U.S. residents.  :)

2. Entry Deadline: March 28th, 2013 at 11:59pm PST.


3. Winner selection & Notification: The winners (2) will be selected from the eligible entries using a random number generator.  The winners will have 24 hours to respond or else another number will be drawn.

4. How to enter...



Sewing Tutorial + Pattern - Sunglasses Case on Diane's Vintage Zest!


Complete all four steps below for 22 possible entries!


  1. Follow via E-mail, Google (is it really going away?), or Bloglovin' (do not follow privately or else I can't contact you!).  Current subscribers are automatically entered.  (10 entries)
  2. Post about this giveaway on your blog and leave a comment below with the link. (10 entries)
  3. Leave a comment below letting me know what else you would like to see on the blog, as long as I have your attention!  Also, let me know which case you would prefer, if you are chosen first.  (1 entry
  4. Like Vintage Zest on Facebook and leave a comment below letting me know that you did.  (1 entry)

Sewing Tutorial + Pattern - Sunglasses Case on Diane's Vintage Zest!


Good luck!

*Update* Let me know if you make this because I would love to feature your version on my reader projects page!






81 comments:

  1. Ooh, I just love your eye glass case! I might have to make one of these for me - thanks for the tutorial!

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    1. Sure! If you do end up making it, I'd love to see it!

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  2. This is SUCH a great tutorial, Diane! I absolutely love the blue one--that pattern on the flap is fabulous. I'll be posting about this on my blog sometime this weekend. I'm so excited to take a stab at your tutorial to make one myself. :)

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    1. Thanks! Hopefully it turns out great. :) That was actually the second piece of fabric I ever purchased and I made my first project out of it!

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    1. Thanks! I'm glad everyone likes it so much. :)

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  4. Super cute sunglass case! I could use one of those since I am a serial sunglass murderer. I am lucky if I only need 2 a year. Well done!
    Thanks for visiting me at Clever Nest. Have a great weekend!
    Alyssa

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    1. Ha! You and my sister have something in common. :) Happy St. Patrick's Day!

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  5. Really nice project, and I've broken my sunglasses case... sooo.... I think I'll sew it soon :)
    I've found you through Sew Darn Crafty, I live in Italy and I'm following you on Bloglovin', so I don't loose you!!
    Tx for sharing,
    MammaNene

    SergerPepper.blogspot.it

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    1. Thanks! I hope it turns out well. :)

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    2. Hi Diane!
      I've finally sewn your sunglasses case... It turned out well (not really perfect, but...that's it)
      I only have to found a button and I'll take some pics for my blog.
      If you don't mind, I'll post them with a link to your blog (I'll tell you when);)
      MammaNene

      SergerPepper.blogspot.it

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  6. This is brilliant, I love it. I am going to try it. I can never find a case that I like. I pinned it!

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    1. Me too! That's why I made it myself. :) Make sure to share your final results! I'd love to see what you come up with. :)

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  7. You are right- it's a good thing we were 'neighbors' on the TT&J link party because I love this project. I was just looking at sunglass cases, but none were very cute. Now I can make my own using my favorite fabric!
    Happy St Patrick's Day!
    :) Samantha

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    1. Great! I'm sure it'll turn out beautiful, and since it's so easy to make, you can make two while you're at it!

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  8. Hi Diane, I am a new follower and I love this glasses case. I am a glasses case nut! I love both of them but I am partial to the gray and red one. Thanks for the opportunity to win.

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    1. Great! I got you on Bloglovin' and good luck. The one that you're referring to is actually gray and orange, so I hope you like it if you win. :)

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  9. Thanks for the tutorial! I love any chance that I get to use my sewing machine and try out new things.

    My favorite is the teal one. I think it's a gorgeous color!

    I've followed you on bloglovin and liked you on facebook under Clover + Mustard Photo.

    I'm also hosting a giveaway on my blog of some favorites of mine! Feel free to check it out and enter!

    http://cloverandmustard.blogspot.com/2013/03/a-few-of-my-favorites-giveaway.html

    Have a great week!

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    1. You're welcome! Good luck and I'm on my way to your giveaway. :)

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  10. These are GREAT! Pinning to my Stitching and Sewing board now, thanks for posting :-) Can't wait to make these in time for Summer!

    Hannah ♫
    Sew Lah Tea Dough

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    1. Perfect! Share them back with me, I'm interested to see peoples' interpretations!

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  11. What a cool project! Thanks for linking up this awesome tutorial at Monday Funday!

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    1. Of course! I hope your readers turn out some cute sunglasses cases for the summer!

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  12. I liked you on FB. Woo hoo! Jo @ Let's Face the Music

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  13. My glasses are always rolling around in my purse unprotected. I could really use a case or two. I might even give making them a try. Thanks for the giveaway. Jo @ Let's Face the Music

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    1. They're super easy and it'll take hardly any time at all!

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  14. I'm following you on bloglovin (I think). Jo @ Let's Face the Music

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  15. I love the teal eyeglass case. I am looking forward to the sunshine this year. Still gray in Cleveland OH

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    1. I can imagine! My parents used to live there, and luckily they moved out here for all the sunshine before I was born! This pattern would be good for regular glasses as well. :)

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  16. This is an amazing project! You are so talented! Love both colors.Thanks so much for sharing the great tutorial! Would love to have you visit me sometime.
    Have a fabulous week!
    Hugs from Portugal,

    Ana Love Craft
    www.lovecraft2012.blogspot.com

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  17. Wonderful tutorial! I'll be pinning this to my sewing board for reference later. Thank you!

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    1. Great! I hope it's helpful, and please come back to share your final product!

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  18. How cute! Stopping by from Lil Luna Link Party!

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    1. Thanks! I'll pop over and visit too. :)

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  19. What a great tutorial! I love the case. It will be in my Monday Funday fashion round-up! Thanks for linking it!
    --Katie

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    1. Thanks! I' look forward to being included in the round-up. :)

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    1. Thanks! I hope you make your own. :)

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  21. When I saw this tutorial I immediately downloaded the pattern. Just bought some cute fabric with eyeglasses on it...how perfect!

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    1. That is going to be too cute! Send an e-mail or link back with the finished results. :)

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  22. i really like sewing tutorials ..... the steps make it so easy to try.

    I like the turquoise one the best.

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    1. Great! Good luck in the giveaway!

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  23. Great idea!! I'm constantly losing my sunglasses because they're so small. This would be great for me to have! thanks for sharing! :)

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    1. I agree! They were always floating around in the bottom of my purse getting scratched, or in that huge box they come in for protection. This has just the right amount of padding and a cute color will totally make it stand out right away! :)

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  24. I'd like to see more great tutes like this. I can never find sunglasses big enough for my sunglasses.

    I love the turquoise case!

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    1. Thanks for the input! I agree about the lack of cases for oversized sunglasses. The choices are either an enormous box or a pouch that provides no padding whatsoever! Good luck in the giveaway!

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  25. This is a great tutorial! Since I have an embroidery machine I instantly thought MONOGRAM! An ideal idea for gifts! Thank you for the awesome pattern. I can't wait to stitch it up! ;)
    Marsha

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    1. Great! I have plans for one more for sure. :)

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  27. It`s super cute.Thanks for the tutorial!!

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    1. Of course! I hope you have fun sewing it up. :)

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  28. What a great tutorial! Thanks so much for sharing - and now I am following thru Bloglovin!

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  29. Wow, this is awesome! love the tutorial and these would make such a great gift!

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    1. I agree! I may end up having more of these than sunglasses one day!

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  30. another great tutorial!!! Such a great idea! This is fantastic to adapt to any style.. Thanks for sharing your creativity.

    Thanks so much for linking up at Give Me The Goods Monday! Can't wait to see what you link up next week!
    Amy from www.commona-myhouse.blogspot.com be a great gift!

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    1. Thanks! I'm glad I could share. :)

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  31. These are so cute! Great idea! Thanks for sharing (and letting me know my button wasn't working! :) I'm a new follower on blog lovin and I "liked" you on fb. Have a great week!

    Ashley @ casa-de-castel.blogspot.com

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    1. Of course! I'm glad to help, and thanks for following!

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  32. Super cute! Thanks so much for linking up to Handmade Tuesdays @ www.ladybug-blessings.com

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    1. Thank you for allowing me to share. :)

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  33. So neat to make your own case! I love the idea of a completely customized case to what I want. Thanks so much for linking up at Real Family Fun.
    KC

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  34. Ohmygosh, I love those vintage eyeglass cases!! I wish I could see more pics of your retro eyeglasses, though. Didn't get a great glimpse of those.

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  35. You're so creative! Thanks for sharing this on The Creative HomeAcre Hop!
    Hope you have time to link up again this week!
    http://www.theselfsufficienthomeacre.com/2013/03/the-creative-homeacre-hop-9.html

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  36. Very creative. I love the color! I’d love for you to check out our Pattern Party! Those with free patterns and templates to share are invited to link up!

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  37. To use the 'European' Mail system it's easy you take your letter or package to a post office (they have them all over Europe) and then put the recipients address on the front, pay the postage and wey hey ... it gets delivered! I do believe that you can send mail across the pond from the USA too and vice versa :-) ... I love the glasses case by the way, I may try and make one...

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  38. Yay! I love the button! I'll put it on my reader projects page too. :)

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