diy project: kata golda’s glasses case

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today’s second diy project comes from crafter and author kata golda. kata’s newest book, kata golda’s hand-stitched felt: 25 whimsical sewing projects (stc craft/a melanie falick book, 2009) is bursting with great ideas that are perfect for the cooler weather. when temperatures drop i feel myself drawn towards projects that involve knitting, wool or felt. and these projects from kata are a fun chance to try a little hand-stitching with felt. i’ve chosen my favorite project from kata’s book to share here today- a great hand-stitched eye glasses case. my glasses are about 6 prescriptions behind and horribly scratched up, but perhaps if i gave my new pair a home like this they wouldn’t have the same fate as the pair currently on my face. i hope you’ll enjoy kata’s project as much as i did. thanks to kata and leslie for sharing this with us- click here to check out and order kata’s book online. (click here to check out an adorable promo video for her book)

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Finished Dimensions: 2 3/4″ x 6 1/4″

Materials:

*all colors can be changed if you’d like to customize your project*

-8″x10″ safe green felt, for case
-1.5″ x 2″ mustard felt, for outer leaves
-1″ x 1.5″ peach felt, for inner leaves
-embroidery floss in rose (for case, leaves, and button) and brown floss for the stem
-3/4″ diameter button of your choice
-template for your leaf shapes (you can use the template in the book, download any leaf shape from the internet to use, or cut your leaf shapes by hand
-glue stick
-fabric shears

Stitched used: Double Running Stitch, Blanket Stitch, Straight Stitch

Steps:

1. Cut Case Felt and Applique Pieces: With fabric shears, cut two 2.5″ x 3.5″ pieces out of the corners of the sage green felt.

Using your template, or cutting by hand, cut the leaves out using your colored felt.

2. Assemble Applique Design: Assemble the applique design on the sage green felt, with the peach inner leaves stacked on top of the mustard leaves. Make sure that all the leaves slant upward, with the largest ones at the bottom. Temporarily secure the pieces in place with a glue stick.

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*As you complete the decorative stitches for the design during this next step, tie off all the knots on the wrong side of the felt.*

Stitch around the inner leaf 1/8″ from the edge using a double running stitch and single-ply rose floss. Connect the leaves with a branch by sewing stems with 2-ply brown floss and double running stitch.

At the point where the leaf and stem meet, make a single stitch through all layers

3. Sew Case: With the appliqued side down, fold the safe green felt on the fold lines, tucking away the right side under the left to create a top flap piece.

With the flap up and out of the way, fold and pin the overlapped fabric in place. Starting at the bottom left corner, tie a knot on the inside of the sandwiches felt with 3-ply rose floss. Blanket stitch across the bottom of all 3 layers with stitches 1/4″ apart.

Straight stitch up the seam on the right side through only two layers of felt, then to the left along the top opening, around the single layer flap, and back to the opening on the right before knotting off the inside.

4. Attach Button and Cut Buttonhole: Sew the button onto the center front of the case, 1.5″ below the opening. Fold the flap over the button and mark a 3/4″ horizontal slit for the buttonhole. Make sure that the button matches up with the slit before cutting the felt. Keep in mind also that the buttonhole should not be too large or loose, because the felt will stretch.

Carefully cut the buttonhole open using the tip of fabric shears or small embroidery scissors. The hole should be roughly 1/8″ smaller than the diameter of the button.

You’re done!

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  1. Heather says:

    Too fun! I know someone that could really use a couple of these.

  2. Tina says:

    Where do you buy decent felt? I’ve only seen it at places like A.C. Moore, and it’s stiff.

  3. Liana says:

    Some fabric shops carry wool felt, but if you can’t find it, look online. You can get Kata Golda’s felt at http://www.katagolda.com or http://www.ohmafelt.com. Other good felts can be found at http://www.purlsoho.com, http://www.achildsdreamcometrue.com and http://www.magiccabin.com.

  4. Audrey says:

    What a great quick project! Almost everyone in my family wears glasses. These would make great stocking stuffers.

  5. Great result! I wish a knew how to sew to be able to try it ;O)

  6. Dominique says:

    But glasses would get crushed in these :(

  7. stacy di says:

    these are great! my glasses case has never fit my glasses very well…I’d love to make one of these!!

  8. Shelley says:

    Adorable! Felt is perfect for glasses. Thanks for posting.

  9. grammy2 says:

    These are adorable, will be making at least 2 for myself! The hard case I have now snaps (without mercy) closed! Martha has a glass case keeper using the lens cleaners as liners. I am going to combine both! Thanks for such a great tutorial!

  10. Lara says:

    Even though I do not sew much I want to give this a try. Are they for sale anywhere?

  11. CHar says:

    loVELY LOVELY idea…my Mum will love it.
    Have a lovely weekend.
    Char

  12. Charity says:

    I’ve made about 5 already and love it. A couple of them I cut to fit a cell phone and changed the picture on front to a cute little bird.

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