Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Ruffled Sunglasses Case: Positively Splendid

I'm still out of town with family, so I have something fun lined up for today. I'm so excited to introduce you to today's guest poster: Amy from Positively Splendid. This is the first time I've had Amy stop by, and I know you'll love her style. She has a beautiful sewing tutorial to show you today. Please help me welcome Amy!

Hello, everyone! My name is Amy, and my blogging home is Positively Splendid. It is my goal for my blog to be a haven of DIY and crafting inspiration where creative minds of all skill levels can come and feel right at home. I would love for you to stop in for a visit!

For this project, you will need...

Scrap fabric, three different patterns
Fusible fleece 
Pinking shears
Coordinating thread
Basic sewing supplies: machine, shears, etc.

Prep Work:

Start by cutting your fabric to the following dimensions:

(2) 4.5 x 7-inch outer pieces from fabric 1
(2) 4.5 x 7-inch lining pieces from fabric 2
(2) 4.5 x 7-inch pieces of fusible fleece
(2) 1 x 13-inch strips from fabric 2 (cut with pinking shears to prevent fraying)
(1) 1 x 13-inch strip from fabric 3 (cut with pinking shears to prevent fraying)

Note: If you would rather and you have a serger, finish the long edges of your 1 x 13-inch strips with a rolled hem for a polished look.

Step 1 / Ruffle each of your 1 x 13-inch strips using your preferred ruffling method. I like to use the method I detail in this post to make things particularly easy. Pin your two ruffles cut from fabric 2 to one of your outer pieces, so that the top edge of the top ruffle and the bottom edge of the bottom ruffle are 1 inch away from the top and bottom edges of the outer piece, as shown. Stitch down the center of these ruffles to secure them to your outer piece. Center your remaining ruffle piece on top of the ruffles you just stitched, as shown, and stitch down the center to secure it in a similar fashion. Trim off any portions of your ruffles that extend past the edge of your main piece, so that your edges are nice and straight.

Step 2 / Iron your fusible fleece pieces to the wrong side of your main pieces. Place your lined main pieces right sides together, and use a 1/4" seam to stitch the pieces together, leaving one of the short ends open. Stitch your lining pieces together in the same manner. Clip your corners, and turn each stitched piece right side out. Press. Now, with your outer piece right side out, and your lining piece wrong-side out, slip your outer piece down inside your lining piece, as shown. Line up the raw (unstitched) top edges of each piece; pin. Stitch along this edge with a 1/4" seam, leaving 2 inches or so open for turning.

Step 3/ Turn your assembled case right-side out through the opening you left in Step 2. Press this seam so it lays nice and flat. Pin the opening shut, as shown, and carefull stitch 1/8" away from the edge around the entire opening of your case, closing the opening as you stitch.

You are finished!

Thanks so much, Amanda, for having me over today! Y'all are welcome to join me over at Positively Splendid any time.

Thank you, Amy, for being willing to share such a pretty post with me on such short, short notice!

If you haven't been by Positively Splendid before, you are missing out! Amy's blog is brimming with creative ideas. She has such a fun style: full of color and whimsy. I know you will love it. Her sweet and kind spirit shines through her writing most of all. Please stop by and pay her a visit soon!

I'll be back tomorrow with a great Giveaway!


  1. This is so fun! I need to make one for sure before our big trip this summer! I have a hard time keeping up with my sunglasses at home...I can't imagine how I will keep up with them traveling halfway across the country:)

  2. Gotta love ruffles and bright colors! Perfectly combined in this pretty!

  3. Very cool! If only I had a sewing machine now to attempt this :-) Love the colors & seems like a quick fun project to try as a beginner.

  4. This project would be fun to make for yourself or for a gift for a friend. What girlfriend wouldn't love a gift of cute fabric, ruffles, and maybe even a new pair of sunglasses to go inside?

  5. This could be the perfect solution! Since I always leave my sunglasses sitting out in the car, little hands seem to grab them and they're always too covered in fingerprints to actually wear. Thanks for the idea!

  6. Thanks so much for inviting me over, Amanda! :)


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